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New Zealand Memorial, London

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The New Zealand War Memorial in London is a memorial to the war dead of New Zealand in the First and Second World Wars, unveiled in 2006. Officially named "Southern Stand", the memorial was designed by architect John Hardwick-Smith and sculptor Paul Dibble, both from New Zealand.It is located on the Piccadilly side of Hyde Park Corner, northeast of the Wellington Arch, and is diagonally opposite the Australian War Memorial. The traffic island also houses an Equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington, the Machine Gun Corps Memorial and the Royal Artillery Memorial.BackgroundThe memorial was established to commemorate "the enduring bond between New Zealand and the United Kingdom", and the lives lost by the two countries during the two World Wars. Dibble said:Thousands of soldiers from New Zealand served with the British Army in South Africa during the Boer War, at Gallipoli and on the Western Front during the First World War, and the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force served in England, the Middle East and Italy in the Second World War. Hundreds of New Zealanders also served in the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force, and Royal Navy, including the battlecruiser HMS New Zealand and the light cruiser HMS Achilles. Prominent wartime commanders with connections to New Zealand included Bernard Freyberg and Keith Park.
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  • Stark in many ways to view. Demonstrates the shared sacrifice between New Zealand and the UK. It’s profound design.  more »
  • You could almost miss this simple installation. A very nice and plain piece to symbolise the sacrifice of the new zealanders. A lovely piece compared to some monstrosities I have seen.  more »
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  • The New Zealand War Memorial is a memorial that stands in tribute to the war dead of New Zealand in the First and Second World Wars. The memorial comprises of a series of 16 bronze girders project from the ground at an angle towards the south. Each surfaces of the girders is adorned with different texts, patterns and small relief sculptures related to New Zealand such as fern leafs, other plants and animals from New Zealand. Sadly with the recent events in New Zealand, a great many flowers have been left at the memorial in memory of more victims.
  • It's a very solemn but beautiful place. Worth a visit
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