Sergeant Gander: A Canadian Hero
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.
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