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Heroic WW1 horse 'the Germans couldn't kill' set for animal Victoria Cross

An heroic First World War horse dubbed the animal 'the Germans could not kill' will be awarded the animals' Victoria Cross today.

Warrior will posthumously receive a PDSA Dickin Medal in recognition of the gallantry of millions of animals that served during the conflict.

Queen Mary with General Jack Seely and Warrior. Credit: PDSA

The award is being presented in the centenary year of the Great War and is the first honoury medal in the charity's 97-year history that recognises the gallantry of all the animals that served on the front line during a conflict.

Author and broadcaster Brough Scott MBE, who is the grandson of Warrior's owner and rider General Jack Seely, will accept the medal at a special ceremony at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) London this evening,

Gnrl Seely and Warrior arrived on the Western Front on August 11 1914 and stayed there throughout the war, surviving machine gun attacks and falling shells at the Battle of the Somme.

General Jack Seely and Warrior by Sir Alfred Munnings. Credit: PDSA

He was twice trapped under the burning beams of his stable, dug out of the mud of Passchendaele and survived many charges at the enemy.

Warrior suffered several injuries but survived the Great War and returned home to the Isle of Wight in 1918, where he lived with the Seely family until his death aged 33.

Warrior by Sir Alfred Munnings. Credit: PDSA

Mr Scott said he accepted the medal with "great pride and gratitude" on behalf of Warrior and all the "remarkable" animals in the First World War.

Warrior's story - which I grew up hearing at my mothers' knee - was lost in time to the wider world. But now he rides again 100 years later, thanks to PDSA.

My family and I are more than honoured that Warrior has been given this award on behalf of all animals that also served; we are truly humbled.

I only wish Jack Seely were here today to witness Warrior receiving the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

– Brough Scott

Warrior's award as the first ever Great War recipient of a medal has been recognised by celebrity supporters including Steven Spielberg, director of the Oscar-nominated film War Horse.

Brough Scott with the statue of Warrior and General Jack Seely. Credit: PDSA

The PDSA Dickin Medal, instituted by the charity's founder Maria Dickin in 1943, is recognised as the highest award an animal can achieve while serving in military conflict.