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1141703.  Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:45 pm Reply with quote


Various UK Regiments have mascots:

Irish Guards / Royal Irish: wolfhound
Army Air Corps: eagle
Mercian Regiment: ram
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders / Parachute Regiment: Shetland pony
Queen's Royal Hussars / Royal Scots Dragoon Guards: drum horses
Royal Welsh: goats
Royal Fusiliers: antelope
Yorkshire Regiment: ferrets

Some historical mascots:

1st Royal Dragoons
Hen: Jemima
During a Boer foraging expedition at the Ladysmith siege, Jemima was shot and suffered a broken leg. Egg-laying potential saved her from the cooking-pot. The break mended but gave her a limp and a comic gait. At the end of the War, the Dragoons sailed back to the UK. As the boat navigated the English Channel, Jemima ‘took her stand’ on the deck. A team of sailors were swabbing the deck and ‘an extra powerful jet of water from a hosepipe caught her and forced her into the sea’ to a tragi-comic death.

17th Lancers
A nameless bear liked bottles of pop. He always drank so quickly though that ‘hiccups invariably followed’.

Scots Guards
Cows: Bella & Bertha
Bella and Bertha were found on a deserted Flanders farm in 1914. They provided fresh milk to the officers daily throughout WWI. In 1919, during the Victory March Past in the presence of King George V, they accompanied the Regiment. A hoof from each cow has been made into a snuff box.

Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Antelope: Bobby III
‘Bobby III’, showed cunning. En route from barracks to church, he developed a bad limp and was swiftly returned to Tidworth Barracks. The limp immediately disappeared. This happened for three Sundays in a row. The Regimental Vet reported him as a malingerer. On the 4th Sunday, as normal, the limp manifested itself but elicited no sympathy. The limp disappeared after a ¼ mile and did not reappear.

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers:
Pig: Muriel
Muriel served with the Regiment in India from October 1919 – January 1924. She joined the Battalion on its weekly cross-country run, completed the whole course and usually finished 4th or 5th. She was decorated with green ribbons for St. Patrick’s Day annually.

South Staffordshire Regiment:
Black & Tan Terrier: Boxer
Acquired in Malta in 1882; he 'followed the drum' to Egypt. The Regiment was moved 200 miles by train from Cairo to Assint. Boxer took a vantage point at an open window. Soon after starting, he fell out of the window and fell in a crumpled heap by the track. He was written off by the Regiment, but Boxer was alive and, undaunted, turned up later in Assint, having walked the entire distance.

Swaledale Ram: Private Derby
He has his own Regimental number and is Crown-funded. The first Ram was acquired in April, 1858, by 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment of Foot at the Siege of Kotah. The Ram marched nearly 3,000 miles with the Regiment through India and was present at six actions; he received the Indian Mutiny Medal at Poona in 1862. Sadly, he accidentally drowned when he jumped into a well in Hyderabad in 1863.

1939, Edwards, T.J. "Regimental mascots and pets"

Last edited by Shandy on Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:31 am; edited 1 time in total

1141704.  Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:50 pm Reply with quote

Those were great - wish we'd had them when we were researching the M series! Now if you could find an N connection...

Eric the Underwriter
1155175.  Sat Oct 24, 2015 3:55 pm Reply with quote

The problem being not all are mascots. To be an official mascot then as now Royal Veterinary Corps(RVC) acceptance is needed.

Any regiment/unit may have a "mascot" but unless RVC approved it is not funded via the public purse.
Mascot = RVC approved with ration from government and veterinary cover.
Pet = the unit covers every penny.

For instance the Welsh regiment(41st) regular regiments had the goats. These in WW1 predate the above reference book. The Territorial force battalions could indeed parade with a goat. However they had to be funded from the battalion funds. I have reference to a newspaper report debating who paid for the said goat to bathed and groomed.

Same regiment but different rules for the battalions.

The ferret mention above for the Yorkshire regiment is a pet.

Now forgive me while a tear apart the "military" episode, I do belive there to be a few errors.


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