Machine Gun Corps Memorial
Machine Gun Corps Memorial
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  • Hyde Park Corner • 3 min walk
  • Green Park • 9 min walk

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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,056 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This memorial is located in Hyde Park Corner near Constitution Hill.

The machine gun fundamentally changed modern warfare when it was introduced during World War One. This monument commemorates those who served in the Machine Gun Corps in World War One.
Written 11 October 2022
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Jannerbloke
Plymouth, UK13,208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This memorial has inspired various shades of comment over the years, not just for the blood curdling lower text ‘Saul hath slain his thousands but David his tens of thousands’ but also Stephen Fry’s assertion that ‘the young man memorialising the Machine Gun Corps in Wellington Place. His matchlessly perfect buttocks present themselves to anyone travelling south along Park Lane towards Hyde Park Corner. One never minds a red light there.’
Written 24 September 2021
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,431 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
One of the group of memorials in the open space in the centre of the Hyde Park one way system. The bronze statue is a version of the classical image of David, with a huge sword. On next level of the plinth are two bronze machine guns heavily wreathed. The key inscription is in small lettering under much larger general wording and reads: “Saul hath slain his thousands but David his tens of thousands”. It commemorates almost 14,000 members of the MGC, who perished in WW1. It was unveiled in 1925.
Written 14 December 2019
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland29,809 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
It’s a nice memorial and appreciative of the hero’s of the Machine Gun Corps. Just seems slightly smaller than many of the other memorials in the immediate area if you know what I mean.
Written 23 November 2019
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futtock21
London, UK16,416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
The Machine Gun Corps Memorial located at the north side of the open space at the centre of Hyde Park Corner gyratory is a memorial to the casualties of the Machine Gun Corps in World War One. It was originally located next to Grosvenor Place just south of Hyde Park Corner where it was unveiled by Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, in 1925. Designed by Derwent Wood it proved controversial some viewing the depiction of the solitary gunner as though glorifying war. The statue went through its own wars being dismantled due to road widening in 1945 and not rededicated in its present location until 1963. It received grade II listed status in 1970.

Written 18 September 2019
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Epic-Traveller
Rushden, UK4,521 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Bit of an odd statue for the memorialising of Machine Gun Corps. The statue is of a naked man with a leaf covering his organ and holding a sword 7/8 his height. Either side of him, on lower plinths, are two machine guns with two wreaths around them.

An inscription on the middle plinth reads, "erected to commemorate the glorious heroes of the Machine Gun Corps who fell in the great war" and "Saul hath slain his thousands but David his tens of thousands".

Underneath the left-hand plinth is the Roman numeral 'MCMXIV' (1914) and on the right-hand plinth is the Roman numeral 'MCMXIX' (1919).
Written 15 September 2019
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland29,809 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Strange memorial to the Machine Gun Corps. It’s great to remember the hero’s and a good creation. Recommended
Written 11 July 2019
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Howlo
Buckingham, UK9,640 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
A fine monument in remembrance to these brave guys, who tirelessly fired the Vickers machine gun in the hope to protect their comrades in the trenches. Very fitting memorial.
Written 27 May 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,85,260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
The Machine Gun Corps Memorial is a memorial that stands in tribute to the casualties of the British casualties of the Machine Gun Corps in the First World War. It's located on the same roundabout as the Royal Artillery Memorial, Australian War memorial, the New Zealand War Memorial and the monuments to Wellington.

The memorial consists of a bronze statue of the biblical David. David stands with one hand on his hip and the other resting on Goliath's oversized sword. On either side of David, on lower flaking plinths are two bronze sculptures of Vickers machine guns wrapped in laurels, the symbol of victory and honour. The rear of the memorial tells us that sadly of the 159,000 soldiers who served in the corps, nearly half became casualties.

A sad, but worthy memorial.
Written 16 March 2019
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