In the north-eastern corner of Kadlitpina there are several war monuments. The large white granite obelisk was dedicated in 1925 to members of the Australian Light Horse Regiments who had died in World War One. The horses themselves are also remembered, with a white granite drinking trough. The rectangular white granite memorial with bronze plaque was added in 1995 by the successors of the Light Horse Regiment – the Royal Australian Armoured Corps – to record the 50th anniversary of 'Victory in the Pacific” (VP) Day.
Finally, in 2002, a bronze plaque was added to the obelisk to commemorate the passing of Private Albert Whitmore (aged 102) who was the last surviving Australia Light Horseman and the last surviving South Australian World War I veteran.
War itself never reached Adelaide, but even the Park Lands were not impervious to the perceived threat of attack. From 1942 to 1944 a series of air raid shelters was built in the Park Lands – five-foot deep trenches reinforced with sandbags and cement pipes.
Kadlitpina hosted the largest network of these shelters. There's no sign of them today, but at the time, over two kilometres of trenches, arranged in a herringbone pattern, had a capacity of 2,500 people. Thankfully, they were never used for their intended purpose, though they did become a handy