Remembering Army Dogs

Pet type: Dog

Owner: The Army


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Many dogs and their handlers bravely served The Army Dog Unit Northern Ireland, Royal Army Veterinary Corps (ADU NI RAVC) which was formed on May 1, 1973.

This memorial remembers them all.

All the dog handlers were volunteers and were recruited from within all regiments and corps of the army meaning that 22 different Regimental cap badges were represented.

The unique role and composition of the unit was recognised in 1974 when the Commander Land Forces Major General PJH Leng MC MBE granted ADU NI RAVC personnel the right to wear an enamel red paw on their berets to the left of their regimental cap badge.

The red paw badge represents the bloody paws of the dogs that were required to carry out their duties, quite often whilst walking on broken glass.

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Pet type: Dog

Owner: The Army


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Pet type: Dog

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