Peterborough remembers bravery of Jimmy the Donkey

Tributes were paid to Jimmy, the donkey who helped Allied troops in the trenches during the First World War.

Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 1:28 pm
Wreath laying at the grave of Jimmy the Donkey at Central Park. A small gathering included Paul Bristow MP for Peterborough and youngsters Alexander (6) and Jessica (8) Dickinson EMN-201205-085144009

Jimmy, who was born on the battlefield during the Great War and became the mascot of the 1st Scottish Rifles, helped supply ammunition to British soldiers in the Somme and carried away the wounded. He survived being shot three times and was retired by the RSPCA to Peterborough. He died in 1943, and was posthumously awarded the Dickin medal for bravery - the highest honour an animal which has served in the military can receive

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The donkey was buried in Central Park, and on Monday a small service was held to remember him to mark the anniversary of his death in 1943.

A small gathering included Paul Bristow MP for Peterborough and youngsters Alexander (6) and Jessica (8) Dickinson, who laid flowers at the graveside.

Wreath laying at the grave of Jimmy the Donkey at Central Park. A small gathering included Paul Bristow MP for Peterborough and youngsters Alexander (6) and Jessica (8) Dickinson EMN-201205-085133009