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DATE OF DM ACTION: 19/04/1941 and 20/07/1944 Muswell Hill, London.
Regal was a bay gelding with a small white star on his forehead and socks on his hind legs. Regal’s handler during the war was P.C. Hector Poole. Regal served in the north London suburb of Muswell Hill. On 19 April 1941 during the closing months of the Blitz, incendiary bombs dropped near the Muswell Hill police stables caused a fire to erupt in the forage room, soon spreading to the area around Regal’s stall. Not panicking, Regal was led out of the burning stable without injury. Three years later on 20 July 1944, the stable was again damaged when an explosion from a nearby V-1 flying bomb impact caused the station roof to partially collapse and injure Regal with flying debris.
Regal along with fellow equine Dickin Medal recipients Olga and Upstart was awarded the medal on 11th April 1947.
Was twice in burning stables caused by explosive incendiaries at Muswell Hill. Although receiving minor injuries, being covered by debris and close to the flames, this horse showed no signs of panic.
BURIAL LOCATION: METROPOLITAN POLICE MOUNTED TRAINING EST, THAMES DITTON.
LOCATION MEDAL: METROPOLITAN POLICE MOUNTED TRAINING EST, THAMES DITTON.