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Sammy - 4th Northumberland Fusiliers Pet

WM reference
34179
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Presented : March 1919
Current location

Northumberland Fusiliers Museum
Abbot's Tower
Alnwick Castle
Alnwick
Alnwick
Northumberland
NE66 1NG
England
OS Grid Ref.: NU 18625 13538
Denomination: Undefined

Previous location

Hexham TA Centre (by 2016 Army Reserve Centre)
Dare Wilson Barracks
Hencotes
Hexham
Tynedale
Northumberland
England
OS Grid Ref.: NY 931 639
Denomination: Undefined

Description

STUFFED DOG IN PURPOSE BUILT CASE WITH PLAQUE. Plaque has the heading written in Gothic lower case script, the rest printed in Roman lower case.

Inscription

"SAMMY"/ REGIMENTAL PET OF THE 4TH BATTALION NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS/ LANDED IN FRANCE WITH THE BATTALION ON APRIL 20TH 1915./ TOOK PART IN THE ATTACK ON ST JULIEN DURING THE 2ND BATTLE/ OF YPRES, APRIL 26TH 1915, AND WAS WOUNDED AND GASSED IN/ THE SUBSEQUENT FIGHTING; WAS WITH THE BATTALION CONTINUOUSLY/ UNTIL ACCIDENTALLY KILLED DURING FIELD FIRING PRACTICE AT/ WARFUSEE IN THE AUTUMN OF 1916

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

Sammy
See details

Subject/Period

Animal Memorials
Total names on memorial: 1
Served and returned: 0
Died: 1
Exact count: yes
Information shown: additional
Order of information: Undefined

Component

Case
Condition: Good
Measurements: depth 300MM, height 475MM, width 675MM
Materials: Glass, Wood
Listed?: No

Component

Trophy / Relic
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 340mm, width 610mm
Materials: Undefined
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Presented
Date: March 1919
Attended by: Lance Corporal Unwin

History

Reconditioned August 1991

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Unknown or N/A
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Notes

1. Sammy had been adopted by the soldiers at their Drill Hall in Hexham. When they boarded the train to go to war, Sammy jumped onto the train with them. 2. After Sammy was killed, the troops thought they would have to leave Sammy behind. But the C.O., Col. Ridley Robb, insisted that the body be brought back to Hexham. 3. Formally handed over March 1919 by L.Cpl. Unwin, whose dog he was to start with

Reference

WMSH51.32

Reference

http://www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=7622

Reference

Hexham Courant 15/03/2002 features the story with photograph

Reference

Hexham Weekly News 28/3/1919 reports formal handing over of Sammy to the Comrades of 4th N.F

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