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Gallantry medal recognises animals that served in the First World War

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THE contributions made by the animals that served alongside soldiers in the First World War were recognised last week with the presentation of an honorary PDSA Dickin Medal. The medal, which is known as the ‘animals’ Victoria Cross', was bestowed posthumously on the war horse Warrior; the inscription on the reverse read ‘Warrior – For Gallantry – Honouring All Animals That Served in WWI 1914-1918’.

The PDSA was founded during the First World War when the charity's founder Maria Dickin opened a free ‘dispensary’ in Whitechapel in the east end of London in 1917. The Dickin Medal was instituted in 1943 to recognise the gallantry …

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