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Sergeant Gander: A Canadian Hero

Sergeant Gander: A Canadian Hero    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-55488-463-6
Pages 172
Language English only
Price $19.99
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Written by Robyn Walker.
Published by Dundurn Press, 2009.


Sergeant Gander is a fascinating account of the Royal Rifles of Canada's canine mascot, and his devotion to duty demonstrated during the Battle of Hong Kong in the Second World War. Armed only with his formidable size, an intimidating set of teeth, and a protective instinct, Gander fought alongside his fellow Canadian soldiers. As the Royal Rifles' position become more precarious, the men were forced to retreat into the hills of Hong Kong, and it was here that a group of wounded Canadians, threatened by a live grenade, came to fully appreciate the loyalty of Gander.

For his service in battle, Sergeant Gander was awarded the Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent to the Victoria Cross for humans. This honour is dedicated to animals displaying gallantry and devotion to duty while under any control of the armed forces. Sergeant Gander is the nineteenth dog to receive this medal and the first Canadian canine to do so.

With meticulous detail, Sergeant Gander: A Canadian Hero relates the true story of a gallant animal and the struggles and sacrifice of Canadian soldiers during the Battle of Hong Kong.

Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • List of maps
  • Bear on the Runway
  • Sergeant Gander, Royal Rifles of Canada
  • Mascot on the move
  • The calm before the storm
  • The battle rages
  • Gander gets his medal
  • Animals at war
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices:
    • List of PDSA Dickin Medal recipients
    • List of "C" Force Royal Rifles
    • Lis of "C" Force killed or missing in action
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Author Robyn Walker is a school librarian and freelance writer. She does regular book reviews for The School Library Journal. She lives in St. Thomas, Ontario.

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