What is the Dicken Medal ?
The PDSA Dicken Medal is a bronze medallion awarded to animals who have displayed devotion to duty while serving in the Armed Forces or Civil Defence Units. The medal features the words "For Gallantry" and "We also Serve" within a laurel wreath, the medal is carried on a ribbon coloured green, dark brown and pale blue to represent the three forces naval, air and land.
Founder of the PDSA, Maria Dicken CBE, created to medal in 1943 to recognise the work of animals in the armed forces during the Second World War.
Between 1943 and 1949 the medal was awarded to 32 pigeons, 18 dogs, 3 horses and one cat. In 2000 a Newfoundland was honoured for saving infantrymen in the Battle of Lye Mun. Three dogs, one search and rescue and two guide dogs that had roles in the response to the September 11th attacks received honours in 2002. In 2014 the only honorary medal was awarded to a warhorse, Warrior, on behalf of all animals that served in World War 1.
You can find a full roll of honour at the PDSA website.