An unusual memorial service took place yesterday at the PDSA animal cemetery in Ilford, Essex, which is the burial place of twelve recipients of the Dickin Medal (the animal’s Victoria Cross). Among them are Simon, ship’s cat on HMS Amethyst during the Yangtze Incident, whom we’ve written about before. Read more about Dickin Medal winner, Simon
The service was attended by living Dickin Medal winners, such as Sadie, a black labrador explosives search dog who worked in Afghanistan. The cemetery itself has recently been refurbished with the help of a lottery fund grant.
We currently list 23 war memorials to animals in the UK.