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17-August-2023 (Sandra Brown)
17-August-2023 (Sandra Brown)

Photographs supplied by Russell Byers / Sandra Brown / Nigel Allsopp, President of the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation

The memorial commemorates all animals who have served our nation in times of war and peace. The plaque recognises the sacrifices and deeds that animals have undertaken in battlefields around the world.  

Senior Constable Nigel Allsopp, a current-serving police-dog handler and President of the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation, was a driving force behind the war-animal memorial dedication.

Animals have played a very significant role in assisting our defence forces over the years and the memorial plaque is to show support for the many dogs, horses, mules, donkeys, camels and pigeons who have bravely served Australia. The recognition of animals in war is not new as three pigeons had been awarded the Dickin Medal – the equivalent of a Victoria Cross – in World War One and a British mine detection dog in Afghanistan has also received the same award.


Address:Ipswich Street (Brisbane Valley Highway), Diggers Memorial Club, Esk, 4312
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.237717
Long: 152.419881
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 25th April, 2014
Front Inscription

Dedicated to all war animals 

They also served

Lest We Forget


Source: MA,AWA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au