Image provided by Patricia Stroud. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. WW1 487.
➀ Caesar and the dogs of war
New Zealand bulldog Caesar was one of thousands of brave dogs who helped Red Cross during World War I. Caesar, whose handler was an ambulance driver, was posted to the Western Front in France where his job was to find and help wounded soldiers.
Dogs like Caesar (yes, that's the correct spelling) carried saddlebags of first aid supplies, water, rations and writing materials through dangerous territory. Some also carried messages and acted as scouts. Reports credit Red Cross dogs with saving thousands of lives.
Sadly Caesar was killed in action. He was found next to a soldier he had tried to save, the man’s hand resting on Caesar’s head, says the Auckland War Memorial Museum.