Rob – a Collie from the Special Air Service, received the Dickin Medal on 22 January 1945. “Rob took part in landings during the North African Campaign with an Infantry unit and later served with a Special Air Unit in Italy as patrol and guard on small detachments lying-up in enemy territory. His presence with these parties saved many of them from discovery and subsequent capture or destruction”. Rob made over 20 parachute descents.
He is seen here with his Comrades in Arms, proudly displaying the medal attached to his Collar
Picture credit: PDSA
The PDSA Dickin Medal, recognised as the animals’ Victoria Cross, is awarded to animals displaying conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving or associated with any branch of the Armed Forces or Civil Defence Units. The PDSA Dickin Medal is the highest award any animal can receive whilst serving in military conflict.