Horses in the Great War are as much a symbol of that conflict as the mud of Passchedaele or the gas mask. Veterans I interviewed in the 1980s had harrowing, often terribly sad memories of animals they had cared for at the front, and in my Great War photo archive I have literally hundreds of images showing a beloved horse, special to a particular soldier who brought them home.
A military dog who lost a leg when sniffing out a roadside bomb has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross after serving in more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lucca, a 12-year-old German shepherd, served in the US Marine Corps for six years, protecting the lives of troops by sniffing out munitions.
Second World War rescue dog Rip, pictured here with his handler, is currently (Aug 2014) being celebrated as part of a project to remember little-known heroic figures throughout history. Rip, searched for people buried in the rubble after bombing raids during the London Blitz. He was originally found in Poplar, London, in 1940 by an air raid warden, and was awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery in 1945.