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So revered was the brave bird by the loftsmen of the Western Front they had him stuffed.

The account of the brave actions of the VC Pigeon was written by Captain James Lloyd, a propagandist for the Mi7b, a little-known British intelligence service.

Capt Loyd's hand-written account of the demise of VC Pigeon reads: 'Pigeon No 2709. Died of wounds received in action 4th October 1917.'In the action which was fought in the region of the Menin Road, this bird was despatched with a message from the frontline to Divisional Headquarters at 1.30pm.'This bird was hit by a bullet which broke one of its legs.'In spite of wounds and being out in the wet all night the bird struggled home to its loft.'When the man came to see what it had brought, they found the pigeon lying on the floor of the loft bleeding to death, with its legs shot away and the message holder embedded in its body.'It died shortly afterwards.'That bird's courage and devotion earned for it the name of the 'V. Adam Forty, of the Royal Signals Museum, said: 'Almost 100 years later documents from the secretive propaganda branch of Mi7b came to light after being discovered in a Welsh attic by Jeremy Arter.'These papers had thought to have been destroyed but Mr Arter's great uncle, Captain James Loyd, had kept copies of many poignant documents.'Among these papers was the story of "Britain's winged soldiers".'In this particular story Pigeon 2709 is mentioned having earned the respect and admiration of the loftsmen at the frontline who gave him the honoury title 'VC Pigeon'.'We have been aware of the bravery of this pigeon for many years but have relied on anecdotal evidence.'Now we have solid documental evidence.'They also show the dead bird then became known as The VC Pigeon, in a nod to the Victoria Cross which is the highest award for valour.'Up until now we have always known it as Pigeon 2709.'The VC Pigeon is proudly on display at the Royal Signals Museum.

The schoolchildren love him.' The Battle of Passchendaele took place between July 31 and November 10 1917.

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'We began this as an interesting solution to the problem we encountered with the distance from the bottom of La Poudre to our base 30 miles away back in Fort Collins,' says David Costlow, the head pigeon keeper at Rocky Mountain Adventures.

The bird had been given an important message to take nine miles back to Divisional Headquarters from the frontline at the Battle of Passchendaele in October 1917.

It is a flight that should have taken no more than 25 minutes but the carrier, identified then as 'Pigeon 2709', took 21 hours to complete the mission.

After the war he took about 150 classified documents home to Wales.