IN MEMORY OF DICKIE BIRD [A HORSE THAT SERVED THE CRIMEAN WAR]
Dickie Bird, a horse that served in the Crimean War in 1854 with the 5th Dragoon Guards and whose bones were found by archaeologists in Dublin at Clancy Barracks is now on display at the National Museum of Ireland.
“Near this spot lies the remains of Dickie Bird B7, Troop Horse 5th Dragoon Guards. Which was foaled in 1850, joined the regiment in 1853 and served throughout the entire Crimean Campaign from May 1854 to Jun 1856. He was shot on the 21st November 1874 by special authority of the Horse Guards, to save him from being sold at auction”.
NOTE: ‘not a dicky-bird’ means ‘not a word’, i.e. silence, especially in the context where a spoken or written word might have been expected – for example, ‘Jack said he would write, but I haven’t heard a dicky-bird from him for weeks.