This medal, awarded to animals for conspicuous gallantry while serving with the Armed Forces, belonged to Tich, a black mongrel terrier.
Tich was adopted by 1st Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps during the fighting in the Western Desert in 1941. She accompanied Rifleman Thomas Walker on the front line, and was usually seen on the bonnet of a Bren gun carrier or stretcher jeep.
Rifleman Walker served as a medic in Italy and was awarded the Military Medal for tending to the injured under dangerous conditions. Tich remained with him at all times, being wounded on many occasions.
The medal was awarded to Tich on 1st July 1949 ‘For loyalty, courage and devotion to duty under hazardous conditions of war 1941-1945 while serving with the 1st King’s Royal Rifle Corps in North Africa and Italy.’ Newspaper reports described ‘Tich’ as ‘the brave dog of an outstandingly brave man.’
The PDSA Dickin medal has been awarded to a variety of animals including pigeons, dogs, horses and a cat.
Find out more about Ilford Animal Cemetery where Tich is buried.
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