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“Boy David Memorial - formally known as the Machine Gun Corp Memorial” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Boy David Memorial
Ranked #745 of 1,568 things to do in London
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“Boy David Memorial - formally known as the Machine Gun Corp Memorial”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

The Machine Gun Corp Memorial, also referred to as the Boy David Memorial, is one of several commemorative monuments found at the southeast corner of Hyde Park.

This is an interesting monument dedicated to the machine gunners who lost their lives during WWI. The memorial was designed by Francis Derwent in 1925 and features a young David, hence the name. On both sides of the statue figure, you will see Vickers machine guns encased in bronze.

The memorial makes a nice addition to the collection that can be found at this area of the city and can be quickly seen for those who intend to spend time in this area of the city.

Other monuments here include the the Wellington Arch, Duke of Wellington Statue, Royal Artillery Memorial, New Zealand Memorial, Australia Memorial and across the street in Green Park, you can see the Bomber Command Memorial.

Visited June 2014
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“Fitting memorial”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

As a unit that only existing from 1915 to 1922, the Machine Gun Corps had a surprising impact on warfare and this memorial is one that is fitting to the soldiers that died while serving in it. The Corps was not as long lasting as others commemorated on the Corner but it encompassed soldiers from all areas of the Country and all arms of service.

The Memorial consists of the 'Boy David', symbolising what one man can do against many with a machine gun, flanking by two impressions of the Vickers Machine Gun. Rumours abound that these are real machine guns encased in bronze but these are unfounded as the dimensions are quite different. The attention to detail is brilliant though!

Visited August 2013
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“Another simple but meaningful memorial!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

The Machine Gun Corps Memorial, also known as The Boy David, is a memorial to the dead of the Machine Gun Corps in the First World War at Hyde Park Corner in London, Check it with the rest of the memorials in Hyde Park Corner and pay your tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives during war.

Visited June 2013
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“In memory of the brave soldiers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2011

Erected to commemorate the soldiers lost in WW1, the David Statue on Hyde Park Corner is an understated monument with great meaning behind it. Easy to miss in the shadow of the Wellington Monument, the statue is a fitting reminder of those who gave so much. Combined with the other memorials in Hyde Park Corner, this attraction is excellent.

Visited August 2011
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