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Australian War Memorial
Wellington Place
Hyde Park Corner
London W1J 7J2
TfL Fare Zone 1

 

 
Erected in 2003 this unusual memorial commemorates the 1.5 million Australian servicemen and women who joined with Britain in fighting two World Wars. One hundred and two thousand people lost their lives in these conflicts – an enormous sacrifice for such a sparsely populated country.
 
The memorial takes the form of a gently sloping, curved wall of West Australian green granite rising no more than 13 feet (4 metres). Slabs of granite like tombstones lean up against the wall, bearing not the names of people, but the names of the 24,000 hometowns and suburbs where they enlisted. Not all the town names are Australian; some are from Britain and other countries.
 
Carved on the granite wall above the slabs are 47 of the Battle Honours won by the RAN, AIF, ACMF and RAAF. When available, water flows across the sloping slabs.
 
An inscription under the Australian Coat of Arms reads:
'Whatever burden you are to carry we also will shoulder that burden'
 
Further Information
 
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to the Australian War Memorial, visit TfL Journey Planner.
 
- By Underground
Hyde Park Corner Station     Piccadilly Line
(just outside the park)
 
Google Maps - Australian War Memorial Hyde Park Corner