But they always have our gratitude.
Today, me and my buddies, Barnaby and Freddie, we wore our purple poppies and went to the Animals in War Memorial in Mayfair, London.We were not aware that there was going to be an Animals in War Remembrance Gathering Event that morning at 11am. We knew we had to stay and join in the service.
And they came – hoomans, dogs, donkeys, and horsesAs the service began, there were many readings from representations of the various societies that represents the animals that served in the First World War. The animals that were used for transport, communication and companionship. Horses, donkeys, mules and camels carried food, water, ammunition and medical supplies to meant in the front, and dogs and pigeons carried messages. We heard the story of Prince, an Irish Terrier and Collie cross, who made his way from Hammersmith, London to the trenches in the frontline to find his owner Private Brown. This is one of the many stories of animal faithfulness.
We were very honoured to have been able to participate in this very special Remembrance Gathering Centenary EventThank you hoomans for taking the time to remember and to give thanks to the 16 million plus animals who had no choice.
Mum and I have come every year to remember these animals but this year has been extra special to share it with Barnaby and Freddie. Thank you Mum, Belinda and Julie for taking us to this special Remembrance Gathering.
May’s comment: This year’s event was organised and funded by Dogs Trust and Petplan Charitable Trust. The service was sombre and thoughtful – to hear just some of the stories of over 16 millions animals that served in the First World War.
These archive photos bring to live the animals that were in the First World War.