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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
Best Camel Statue
Superb statue that commemorates the Camel Corps in World War I
Location: Embankment Gardens, SW3
Description: London's best '3D camel' is near Cleopatra's Needle in Embankment Gardens not far from the statue of Robert Raikes and commemorates the work of the Camel Corps in World War One. It is quite small so make sure you don't miss it.
In 1921 it was unveiled by the Lieutenant-General Sir Philip Chetwode, who had been the first commander of the Desert Mounted Corps (including the Imperial Camel Corps Brigade).
The man who had commanded the Brigade throughout its existence, Brigadier-General Clement Smith, was there too, as were many other former cameliers. Also present were the New Zealand and Australian prime ministers of the day, William Massey and Billy Hughes.
The Embankment Gardens is a narrow strip of public park by the Thames created in the late-19th century with the construction of the Embankment.