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Remembrance Day: The touching story of the dogs who served in the war

A soldier and his brave dog dog-happy
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As Remembrance Day rolls around and we mark the untimely passing of soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty, we look at the dogs who served with them.

By Natasha James

Published on the 08/11/2020, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

Whatever your age, you can’t fail to be moved by the stories of millions of young men who risked their lives during the Great War and faced the horrors of battle along the way.

But, did you know that an army of dogs served alongside them?

The bravest of pups

It’s thought that around 18,000 brave dogs including Border Collies, Retrievers, Lurchers and Sheepdogs went into battle alongside the soldiers serving as scouts, messengers and searchers. Many dogs lost their lives, killed by snipers, shelling and heavy artillery but, happily, a number also made it through.

After the end of the war, soldiers who served alongside these pups expressed a desire to take them home but logistically this proved difficult. Thankfully, animal charity the Blue Cross, stepped in and helped these brave pups find their forever homes.

Moving snaps

The pictures of pups and their soldiers can’t fail to move you.

It’s thought that more than 16 million animals served during the Great War, including dogs, horses, cats and even canaries!

So, when thinking of the brave men who lost their lives this Remembrance Day, spare a moment to think of the service animals who served alongside them.

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