Monument to animals gets a facelift in time for war centenary

Published 9th November 2018

A special war monument in a Wednesbury park to remember the huge number of animals that served or died in wars has been given a facelift to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.

The monument in Brunswick Park in Walsall Street is dedicated to all animals that served and died alongside the British and Allied forces in wars and campaigns throughout time.

It has been estimated that hundreds of thousands of animals – including horses, dogs, mules and camels – were killed in the four-year First World War.

Local Councillor Peter Hughes said that the monument had been given a facelift in time for this month's 100-year commemorations of the end of the First World War.

“We are pleased that the monument has been cleaned-up and improved by Sandwell Council’s parks department because it is important that the animals are remembered for their service on the battlefields,” he said.

“After all, the message that 'They had no choice' is a very poignant one and the upgrade of the monument has been really appreciated by local people who are pleased that the monument has been improved, and utilised in such an appropriate way.”

The monument is to be dedicated by the Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Joy Edis on behalf of the Friends of Brunswick Park.

The dedication is to take place in Brunswick Park at 10.30am tomorrow (Saturday 10 November) following the Remembrance Service at Wood Green Cemetery at 9.30am.

Go to our Sandwell Remembers webpage for information on the many ways Sandwell is commemorating the centenary of the end of the war.