"If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."
Came across this anecdote while reading Queen Victoria's Little Wars by Byron Farwell, a fine military history book I could strongly recommend...
Bobbie was a small mixed-breed dog that became the mascot of the 66th Regiment of Foot and accompanied the unit to Afghanistan during the Age of Imperialism. Bobbie was on the battlefield when the regiment was cut to pieces during the disaster at Maiwand in 1880. The dog was wounded during the struggle. Separated from the surviving soldiers and alone, Bobbie made a journey of 50 miles to rejoin the army at Kandahar.
Queen Victoria personally presented Bobbie with the Afghan campaign medal when dog's owner Sergeant Kelly and other veterans of the battle were decorated after they returned to Britain.
Bobbie was killed in a traffic accident but the dog was stuffed and mounted as a permanent memorial. Bobbie is on display at a military museum in Britain, proudly wearing a campaign medal.