Fusilier Museum portrays Animals in the Armed Forces at Bethnal Green Library

By Laurence Townsend | 07 May 2013

Exhibition preview: Animals in the Armed Forces, Bethnal Green Library, Tower Hamlets, London, May 1-31 2013

A photo of an ancient newspaper front page
© Courtey Royal Fusilier Museum
From Sergeant Sidney Gill’s sketches of the peaceful lives of horses away from the front to stories of dogs and pigeons saving the lives of men, the Royal Fusiliers have had a close connection to animals.

In this new exhibition, these relationships are explored along with the incredible stories of animal heroism.

They include Satan, a messenger dog who "saved" the city of Verdun, to Mary of Exeter – the pigeon who survived attacks from both hawks and bombs.

The exhibition is being organised by The Fusilier Museum.

  • Open 10am-6pm (8pm Thursday, 9am-5pm Saturday, closed Sunday). Admission free. Follow the Fusilier Museum on Twitter @FusilierMuseum.

More pictures:

A black and white photo of an army officer on horseback
© Courtey Royal Fusilier Museum
A black and white photo of various naval officers looking at a small dog
© Courtey Royal Fusilier Museum
A black and white photo of two army officers holding some sort of ram
© Courtey Royal Fusilier Museum
An image of a pastoral coloured drawing of a horse grazing in a farmyard
© Courtey Royal Fusilier Museum
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