Pete Belli
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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.
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Thanks, Pete! That was fascinating. Had no idea. Showed it to my son here and he was pretty interested as well.
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Amazing story. Tragic, that after surviving the Afghan campaign, he dies in a traffic accident.
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DocStryder wrote:
Tragic, that after surviving the Afghan campaign, he dies in a traffic accident.

What makes it even more tragic is that this was years before automobiles were being produced; this was An Infamous Traffic accident, meaning Bobbie died of an opium overdose.
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A moving tribute to a brave soldier. I only hope that someday, we can show our respect to our fallen human heroes by also stuffing and mounting them.
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dysjunct wrote:
A moving tribute to a brave soldier. I only hope that someday, we can show our respect to our fallen human heroes by also stuffing and mounting them.

Can we start with Kuhrusty?
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JohnnyOffice wrote:
dysjunct wrote:
A moving tribute to a brave soldier. I only hope that someday, we can show our respect to our fallen human heroes by also stuffing and mounting them.

Can we start with Kuhrusty?


I've tried mounting him any number of times. So far no luck.
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dysjunct wrote:
A moving tribute to a brave soldier. I only hope that someday, we can show our respect to our fallen human heroes by also stuffing and mounting them.


You can go and see mummies in the Cairo museum, maybe for pointers?
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