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Sergeant Gander: A Canadian Hero (Other)

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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 rought 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.

About the 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781770705333
ISBN-10: 1770705333
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication Date: September 14th, 2009
Pages: 176
Language: English

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