WARRIOR, the heroic horse who became a legend of the First World War, has received the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross on behalf of all animals that died in the conflict.
The honorary PDSA Dickin medal was presented at a special ceremony at the Imperial War Museum today (Tuesday), to pay tribute to the millions of animals that died in the First World War.
Warrior’s exploits with his owner Gen Jack Seely during the First World War have become well known, thanks in part to writer and broadcaster Brough Scott, the grandson of Gen Seely.
Mr Scott, whose grandfather wrote the book Warrior — the amazing story of a real warhorse, was presented with the medal at today’s ceremony.
Warrior was dubbed the horse the Germans could not kill, serving on the frontline throughout First World War, including at Passchendale and the Somme.
"He was an inspiration to the soldiers as they faced their greatest fears in the battle against bayonets, bullets, gas and tanks. Warrior was a true survivor and his story epitomises the vital roles played by millions of animals," said a PDSA spokesman.
Celebrities including Steven Spielberg, director of the Oscar-nominated film War Horse — based on the fictional work of teh same name, by Michael Morpurgo — have shown their support for this honorary award.
He said: "Warrior is an extraordinary example of the resilience, strength, and profound contribution that horses made to the Great War.
"Recognising him with an Honorary PDSA Dickin Medal is a fitting and poignant tribute not only to this remarkable animal, but to all animals that served."