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eggshaped
24881.  Mon Sep 26, 2005 7:00 am Reply with quote

The Dickin medal was instituted by Mrs Maria Dickin founder of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) in 1943, and was immediately recognised as “the Animals’ Victoria Cross”.

The original idea was to reward “any animal displaying conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst serving with armed forces or civil emergency services”

The species with most winners is the pigeon; many messanger pigeons were used during the Second World War, during communication black-outs .

Between 1943 and 1949 PDSA awarded 54 Dickin Medals including 32 pigeons, 18 dogs, three horses and one cat. Recently a few more awards have been given out, most noticably guide dog "Salty", owned by Omar Rivera, and guide dog "Roselle", owned by Michael Hingson, who received their PDSA Dickin Medals for their devotion to duty as they led their owners down more than 70 floors of the World Trade Center and to a place of safety. The Search and Rescue dogs were also honoured for their service to humanity at Ground Zero and the Pentagon.

My idea for a question would be something like, “Which is the bravest species of animal?”. After some wrong answers, the clue that the question is related to a WWII medal should give the game away.

http://www.britainusa.com/ny/articles_show.asp?SarticleType=20&Article_ID=301

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickin_Medal

http://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/dickin/

http://www.pdsa.org.uk/pages/page01_13.cfm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/animals_vc.shtml

 
Gray
24895.  Mon Sep 26, 2005 8:23 am Reply with quote

Now that's a great question. Double points for animal-relatedness too!

 

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