The Dicken Medal

Mom went to Bletchley Park today, and although I can’t claim to know anything about what it means to break codes, she did come back and tell me all about one exhibit that was there.


It was about a medal which was given to really brave animals during the second world war. Fifty three medals have been awarded during and since the second world war, and surprisingly thirty two of those went to pigeons! They flew with messages in very dangerous places!

Twenty eight so far have been awarded to dogs, mostly during the war, and most were serving with regiments, although one mongrel dog, who was a stray, was given one for finding lots of people stuck in rubble in London after the bombings! Clever and courageous!

These were very brave, and I think people sometimes forget how many animals were involved in battles during the war. Not so many have been awarded recently, but some are very special.

Quote from the PDSA website;

“Appollo – German Shepherd
Date of Award: 5 March 2002
NYPD dog Appollo received the PDSA Dickin Medal on behalf of all the Search and Rescue dogs at Ground Zero and the Pentagon following the terrorist attack on 11 September 2001. 
“For tireless courage in the service of humanity during the search and rescue operations in New York and Washington on and after 11 September 2001.” Faithful to words of command and undaunted by the task, the dogs’ work and unstinting devotion to duty stand as a testament to those lost or injured.”


“Salty and Roselle – Labrador Guide dogs
Date of Award: 5 March 2002
“For remaining loyally at the side of their blind owners, courageously leading them down more than 70 floors of the World Trade Center and to a place of safety following the terrorist attack on New York on 11 September 2001.”

There are also those serving in war zones today, helping to find hidden bombs and exposives, saving many soldiers lives. Some dogs have lost their lives doing this.

I am just a pet, and could never be so brave or so useful to humans, but I am very proud of those that can and do.


4 thoughts on “The Dicken Medal

  1. Lovely Bella, there was a pigeon who got the Dicken Medal. He flew many time to and fro to France and was shot at many times


  2. I do think of these dogs often and I feel they dont get enough recognition! These dogs who served in the wars are incredibly brave and loyal!

    Dogs help us in so many ways and save lives daily! It honestly breaks my heart to bits and pieces when I see them being mistreated or abused. It just crushes me inside!

    I know some of them can warn their owners who have seizures, before they happen!

    They are all incredible and each one deserves to be honored and spoiled rotten.


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