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Animals’ “Victoria Cross” – PDSA Dickin Medal

The PDSA Dicken Medal is the highest award any animal can receive whilst serving in military conflict. Worldwide it is commonly known as the animals “Victoria Cross”

It was instigated by Maria Dicken CBE (the founder of the PDSA) in 1943 to honour the work of animals in World War 2. It was for any animal displaying acts of outstanding bravery or devotion to duty whilst serving with the Armed Forces or any Civil Defence units in any Theatre of War throughout the world.

It was during the Second World War that Maria Dicken realised the important role and incredible bravery of animals on active service. They saved the lives of many with their amazing feats and gave comfort to Prisoners of War in their darkest hours.

The medal has been awarded 68 times since 1943. In 2014 one Honorary¬†PDSA Dickin Medal was awarded to War Horse Warrior. This was to honour all the animals that served in the First World War. Have a look on the PDSA’s website for the Dogs Roll of Honour.