Two children stand at the grave of Simon. Simon the cat is credited with helping save the lives of Royal Navy officers during the Chinese civil war in 1949. He protected food stores from a rat infestation during a siege.
Photo postcard showing the dog cemetery on the north side of Hyde Park, near Victoria Gate, the cemetery was in use for nearly 40 years, around the end of the nineteenth century. Packed tightly together in a now neglected patch of ground behind Victoria Lodge lie the graves and memorials of some 200 cherished pets. It is thought that the first burial took place here when a dog belonging to the Duke of Cambridge died in the lodge, and it later became fashionable.