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Waler
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« on: 01 June 2010, 11:04:18 pm »

g'day All,

On a recent visit to London, l came across the recent war memorial to the animals in Hyde park (near Marble Arch). l know we have some memorials scattered around the country to the Horse, but have why not a similiar memorial in Canberra, at the AWM. The AWM recently hosted Animals at War, perhaps a formal permanent memorial, as suggested by someone l was talking to, why not have the ALHA, instigate and sponsor this.

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« Reply #1 on: 01 June 2010, 11:19:18 pm »

The memorial has a mule leading a donk, through the opening, where they in turn are lead by a draught, with a dog along side and a pigeon above.
The memorial inscription reads, "because they had no choice"
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« Reply #2 on: 01 June 2010, 11:20:21 pm »

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« Reply #3 on: 01 June 2010, 11:20:53 pm »

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« Reply #4 on: 02 June 2010, 09:10:11 am »

I have a notion that the AWM Animals of War are doing a tour shortly.

Lest We Forget !
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« Reply #5 on: 02 June 2010, 03:27:50 pm »


Thanks for sharing the photos Richard.
Have you seen this one at the AWM:
http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/ART93929

Cheers, Frev
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« Reply #6 on: 02 June 2010, 07:36:34 pm »

Thanks Frev,
haven't seen that! about time and a good link to memorials of old. l'll have a closer look next l'm in Canberra. maybe the AWM should add a dog and mule/donk as well.
RDC
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« Reply #7 on: 12 June 2010, 10:17:49 pm »

A mate in the UK sent me photos of the memorial , Waler, and guess what, yep, the tears flowed.
When we had that meet up in Canberra, they had Sandy out on show as part of the Animals at War Exhibit, and then to see his hooves at Duntroon!
It must have been ever so cruel to see animals with shell shock, and bodily injury, and the effects of short rations; no wonder hardened war vets cried at the remembrance of their animals.

The Light Horse, after all, were two entities: the man and the horse, of which neither would have survived, nor conquered, with out the other.
Those days are gone, but do not let us forget the importance of animals in war.
Kim

Remembering at this time, the Australian dogs that have been lost in the current conflict of the Middle East.
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« Reply #8 on: 05 January 2011, 08:55:32 pm »

haven't seen that! about time and a good link to memorials of old.
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