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Bromley war hero pooch remembered in new book

PUBLISHED: 17:30 05 September 2012

The story of an heroic Welsh sheepdog bought and raised in Bromley who earned the animal Victoria Cross during the Second World War has been revealed.

Ricky, who was bought for seven shillings and six pence by a Mrs Lichfield, lived in Bromley before he was volunteered to detect mines.

Assigned to a canal in Nederweent, Holland, in December 1944, he was injured by an explosion that killed his section commander.

Despite wounds to the head and ears, Ricky earned the Dickin Medal by continuing with his duties and displaying composure.

One soldier commented: “I am confident he was as steady as the rock of Gibraltar and I think it was his coolness that brought us out of a sticky patch safely.”

The story of Ricky and that of 62 other animals are included in The Animal Victoria Cross, a new book by Peter Hawthorne.

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