Animals in War Memorial in Park Lane, London
Animals in War.
On Friday 14th November, Welsh Pony and Cob Society Vice Chairman John Kirk and President–Elect Dai Harris representing The Welsh Pony and Cob Society, took part in a very special ceremony at the Animals in War Memorial in London’s Park Lane.
Representatives from a number of animal charities gathered to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War at The Memorial which was also celebrating ten years since it was unveiled by HRH Princess Anne in 2004.
Following the wreath laying, Dogs Trust Chief Executive, Adrian Burder commented.
“It is deeply moving to see so many representatives of the major animal charities paying their respects to all those animals that served bravely alongside our servicemen and women during military conflicts.
“All military animals, whatever their size, deserve our sincerest thanks for their contribution both past and present.”
Dai Harris commented, “We the Welsh Pony & Cob Society had a choice – to remember the equines that lost their lives at war and for giving us the chance of freedom”
Eight million horses and donkeys died in the First World War while carrying vital supplies to the front line. Animals were not only remembered at this service but many paid their respects including horses from the Household Cavalry.
Beneath the main heading "Animals in War", the memorial has two inscriptions:
"This monument is dedicated to all the animals that served and died alongside British and Allied forces in wars and campaigns throughout time."
The second, smaller inscription simply reads: "They had no choice."