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The Australian War Memorial at Hyde Park Corner, London was unveiled on 11 November 2003, on the 85th anniversary of Armistice Day. The memorial commemorates the Australian service men and women who served in World War I and World War II - more than 100,000 Australians died in these conflicts. The main lettering on the memorial is the birthplaces of all of these individuals (23,844 towns), and superimposed over the top are the names of 47 of the famous battles in which they fought. Water washes over the panels, symbolising "refreshing memories and cleansing the pain of suffering and loss". The memorial was constructed in 11 months (reflecting the symbolic end of WWI at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) and is made of Australian granite.

Also visible in the virtual tour is Constitution Arch (also known as Wellington Arch), which is a memorial to Wellington topped by 'The Angel of Peace descending on the Quadriga of Victory' built in 1912 by the sculptor Adrian Jones. The Royal Artillery Memorial is to the west of Hyde Park Corner, the entrance to Hyde Park is visible beyond this to the North next to Apsley House (once the London residence of the Dukes of Wellington) which has the memorable address: 'Number One, London'. The Monument to the Cavalry of the Empire can be seen in front of Apsley House.

Please note that from 5 May 2009 to mid August 2009 the memorial is being refurbished to restore the lettering which has been worn down over time. To view the Australian War Memorial virtual tour please click the thumbnail panorama below.
Australian War Memorial, Hyde Park Corner

Australian War Memorial, Hyde Park Corner

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