December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 16, 2013
VISITORS flocked to the Imperial War Museum Duxford to find out about the role that animals have played in war and conflict since the First World War.
Animals in War, held on Sunday, was a fascinating day where visitors had eye-opening experiences finding out about the roles of animals in war and the amazing feats undertaken by our furry and feathered friends.
Visitors got the oportunity to get up close to many of the animals, including horses, mules, pigeons and dogs. There was also a thrilling bird of prey display, animal face painting for children, and horse and carriage rides up and down the museum site.
Living history interpreters regaled visitors with tales of amazing animal adventures in wartime, including the stories of Myrtle the parachuting chicken and Bing the para-dog.
A special portrait was unveiled in the Airborne Assault Museum in memory of a soldier killed in Afghanistan.
Private Conrad Lewis, of the 4th Battalion the Parachute Regiment was killed in action in 2011, had befriended a stray dog called Peg.
When Conrad was killed, his parents, Tony and Sandi Lewis, battled to bring Peg home to live in England. The portrait shows Conrad and his comrades in action and also features Peg – a lasting memorial to the special relationship between the soldier and his dog. Conrad’s parents Tony and Sandi Lewis, together with Peg, unveiled the portrait.