Yesterday the British public acknowledged a two minute silence for those who fought in the First World War.
But often many forget the thousands of animals who also lost their lives during conflict – including one very brave dog, Bamse, who served in the Second World War.
The St Bernard belonged to the captain of the Norwegian fighting ship Thorod, which escaped to the UK after the occupation of Norway in 1940.
He lived on-board the vessel and ‘took his duties seriously standing guard at the forward gun turret even during heated battle’, Twitter user @merryme300 wrote online.
The very very good boy, whose name means ‘teddy bear’ in Norwegian, was even fitted with a special helmet to protect him.Boy, 5, says 'sorry for this' before dying in mum's arms after months of fundraising
Bamse was able to instantly recognise when a sailor was missing from the ship – and even went on to save two members of the crew.
He protected one from an attack by a knifeman, while the other had fallen overboard and Bamse dragged him back to shore.
As a reward, he was inducted onto the Thorod as an official crew member in 1940.
The St Bernard was also known for breaking up fights amongst his crewmates by putting his paws on their shoulders and calming them down.
While he also travelled on buses unaccompanied in order to fetch the crew from their favourite pub and escort them back to the ship in time for curfew.
The dog had a bus pass attached to his collar, and if he couldn’t find the men, would return back to the ship on the bus by himself.Drug dealer fails in bid to beat record for not going to the toilet
Bamse was later made the official mascot of the Royal Norwegian Navy and became a symbol for the country’s freedom.
He sadly passed away on July 22, 1944, after suffering a fatal heart attack while the ship was docked at Montrose.
The much-loved dog was then buried with full military honours and had a funeral that was attended by hundreds of Norwegian sailors, allied servicemen and school children.
Since then, he has been honoured with a life-sized statue in Montrose, which was unveiled on October 17, 2006.
Bamse was posthumously awarded the Norges Hundeorden in 1984 and the PDSA Gold medal, the ‘animals’ George Cross’, for gallantry and devotion to duty.
He was the only Second World War animal to receive the honour.
The Royal Norwegian Navy still hold a commemorative ceremony for Bamse every ten years, which is observed by a navy ship.
Other animals that served in the war include horses, cats, mice, donkeys, pigeons and foxes.