MIL Wartime hero cat Simon remembered

Discussion in 'On Topic' started by Aspinal, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. Aspinal

    Aspinal Guest

    Wartime hero cat Simon remembered

    BBC News

    1 November 2007

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/7072669.stm

    [​IMG]
    Simon the cat was buried with
    full military honours


    Tributes are being paid to a cat credited with helping save the lives of Royal Navy officers during the Chinese civil war in 1949.

    Simon protected food stores from an infestation of rats on board the HMS Amethyst during a siege.

    He was posthumously awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal, the charity's animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

    The ship's Commander Stuart Hett is to lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the Essex cemetery where Simon is buried.

    Simon was awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery, instituted in 1943 by Maria Dickin CBE, the founder of veterinary charity the PDSA, and was given the rank of Able Seaman.

    Hero's welcome

    He suffered severe shrapnel wounds when HMS Amethyst came under fire in a 101-day siege known as the Yangtze Incident in which 17 marines died.

    He received a hero's welcome when the ship returned to dock in Plymouth on 1 November 1949.

    Simon died in quarantine three weeks later and was buried with full military honours at the PDSA Animal Cemetery in Ilford, Essex.

    [​IMG]
    The Royal Navy said Simon
    boosted the morale of sailors


    Cdr Hett was appointed to sort through hundreds of pieces of fan mail that arrived after news of Simon's service spread.

    He said: "Simon's company and expertise as a rat-catcher were invaluable during the months we were held captive.
    "During a terrifying time, he helped boost the morale of many young sailors, some of whom had seen their friends killed."

    The ceremony marks the day the ship's mission ended.

    Simon is the only cat among 62 animals to be awarded the Dickin Medal. Other recipients include messenger pigeons, horses and dogs.

    PDSA director general Marilyn Rydstrom said: "The power of animals to support and sustain morale in times of conflict can never be underestimated."
     
  2. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    12,760
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Panama City, FL
    :rofl: @ guy on left
     
  3. Aspinal

    Aspinal Guest

    [​IMG]


    http://www.pdsa.org.uk/dickinmedal.html

    PDSA Dickin Medal: 'the animals' VC'

    http://www.pdsa.org.uk/dickinmedal_2.html


    [​IMG]

    Dogs - Roll of Honour



    Bob - Mongrel



    6th Royal West Kent Regt.



    Date of Award: 24 March 1944



    “For constant devotion to duty with special mention of Patrol work at Green Hill, North Africa, while serving with the 6th Battalion Queens Own Royal West Kent Regt.”



    Jet - German Shepherd



    MAP Serving with Civil Defence



    Date of Award: 12 January 1945



    “For being responsible for the rescue of persons trapped under blitzed buildings while serving with the Civil Defence Services of London.”



    Irma - German Shepherd



    MAP Serving with Civil Defence



    Date of Award: 12 January 1945



    “For being responsible for the rescue of persons trapped under blitzed buildings while serving with the Civil Defences of London.”



    Beauty - Wire-Haired Terrier



    PDSA Rescue Squad



    Date of Award: 12 January 1945



    “For being the pioneer dog in locating buried air-raid victims while serving with a PDSA Rescue Squad.”



    Rob - Collie



    War Dog No. 471/332 Special Air Service



    Date of Award: 22 January 1945



    “Took part in landings during North African Campaign with an Infantry unit and later served with a Special Air Unit in Italy as patrol and guard on small detachments

    lying-up in enemy territory. His presence with these parties saved many of them from discovery and subsequent capture or destruction. Rob made over 20 parachute

    descents.”



    Thorn - German Shepherd



    MAP Serving with Civil Defence



    Date of Award: 2 March 1945



    “For locating air-raid casualties in spite of thick smoke in a burning building.”



    Rifleman Khan - German Shepherd



    147. 6th Battalion Cameronians (SR)



    Date of Award: 27 March 1945



    “For rescuing L/Cpl. Muldoon from drowning under heavy shell fire at the assault of Walcheren, November 1944, while serving with the 6th Cameronians (SR).”



    Rex - German Shepherd



    MAP Civil Defence Rescue Dog



    Date of Award: April 1945



    “For outstanding good work in the location of casualties in burning buildings. Undaunted by smouldering debris, thick smoke, intense heat and jets of water from

    fire hoses, this dog displayed uncanny intelligence and outstanding determination in his efforts to follow up any scent which led him to a trapped casualty.”



    Sheila - Collie



    Date of Award: 2 July 1945



    “For assisting in the rescue of four American Airmen lost on the Cheviots in a blizzard after an air crash in December, 1944.”



    Rip - Mongrel



    Stray picked up by Civil Defence Squad at Poplar, London E14



    Date of Award: 1945



    “For locating many air-raid victims during the blitz of 1940.”



    Peter - Collie

    Date of Award: November 1945



    “For locating victims trapped under blitzed buildings while serving with the MAP attached to Civil Defence of London.”



    Judy - Pedigree Pointer



    Date of Award: May 1946



    “For magnificent courage and endurance in Japanese prison camps, which helped to maintain morale among her fellow prisoners and also for

    saving many lives through her intelligence and watchfulness.”



    Punch and Judy - Boxer dog and bitch



    Date of Awards: November 1946



    “These dogs saved the lives of two British Officers in Israel by attacking an armed terrorist who was stealing upon them unawares and thus warning

    them of their danger. Punch sustained 4 bullet wounds and Judy a long graze down her back.”



    Ricky – Welsh Collie



    Date of Award: 29 March 1947



    “This dog was engaged in cleaning the verges of the canal bank at Nederweent, Holland. He found all the mines but during the operation one of them exploded.

    Ricky was wounded in the head but remained calm and kept at work. Had he become excited he would have been a danger to the rest of the section working nearby.”



    Brian - German Shepherd



    Date of Award: 29 March 1947



    “This patrol dog was attached to a Parachute Battalion of the 13th Battalion Airborne Division. He landed in Normandy with them and, having done the requisite

    number of jumps, became a fully-qualified Paratrooper.”



    Antis - German Shepherd



    Date of Award: 28 January 1949



    “Owned by a Czech airman, this dog served with him in the French Air Force and RAF from 1940 to 1945, both in N. Africa and England. Returning to Czechoslovakia

    after the war, he substantially helped his master’s escape across the frontier when after the death of Jan Masaryk, he had to fly from the Communists.”



    Tich - Egyptian Mongrel



    1st Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps



    Date of Award: 1 July 1949



    “For loyalty, courage and devotion to duty under hazardous conditions of war 1941 to 1945, while serving with the 1st King's Rifle Corps in North Africa and Italy.”



    Gander - Newfoundland



    Date of Award: awarded posthumously on 27 October 2000



    “For saving the lives of Canadian infantrymen during the Battle of Lye Mun on Hong Kong Island in December 1941. On three documented occasions Gander, the

    Newfoundland mascot of the Royal Rifles of Canada engaged the enemy as his regiment joined the Winnipeg Grenadiers, members of Battalion Headquarters ‘C’

    Force and other Commonwealth troops in their courageous defence of the Island. Twice Gander’s attacks halted the enemy’s advance and protected groups of

    wounded soldiers. In a final act of bravery the war dog was killed in action gathering a grenade. Without Gander’s intervention many more lives would have been

    lost in the assault.”



    Appollo – German Shepherd



    Date of Award: 5 March 2002



    NYPD dog Appollo received the PDSA Dickin Medal on behalf of all the Search and Rescue dogs at Ground Zero and the Pentagon following the terrorist attack on 11

    September 2001. “For tireless courage in the service of humanity during the search and rescue operations in New York and Washington on and after 11 September 2001

    ." Faithful to words of command and undaunted by the task, the dogs’ work and unstinting devotion to duty stand as a testament to those lost or injured.”



    Salty and Roselle – Labrador Guide dogs



    Date of Award: 5 March 2002



    “For remaining loyally at the side of their blind owners, courageously leading them down more than 70 floors of the World Trade Center and to a place of safety following

    the terrorist attack on New York on 11 September 2001.”



    Sam – German Shepherd



    Royal Army Veterinary Corps



    Date of Award: 14 January 2003



    “For outstanding gallantry in April 1998 while assigned to the Royal Canadian Regiment in Drvar during the conflict in Bosnia-Hertzegovina. On two documented occasions Sam

    displayed great courage and devotion to duty. On 18 April Sam successfully brought down an armed man threatening the lives of civilians and Service personnel. On 24 April,

    while guarding a compound harbouring Serbian refugees, Sam’s determined approach held off rioters until reinforcements arrived. This dog’s true valour saved the lives of many

    servicemen and civilians during this time of human conflict.”



    Buster - Springer Spaniel





    Royal Army Veterinary Corps

    Date of Award: 9 December 2003



    “For outstanding gallantry in March 2003 while assigned to the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in Safwan, Southern Iraq. Arms and explosives search dog Buster located an arsenal

    of weapons and explosives hidden behind a false wall in a property linked with an extremist group. Buster is considered responsible for saving the lives of service personnel and

    civilians. Following the find, all attacks ceased and shortly afterwards and troops replaced their steel helmets with berets.”



    [​IMG]

    Pigeons - Roll of Honour



    White Vision



    Pigeon - Number - SURP.41.L.3089

    Date of Award: 2 December 1943

    “For delivering a message under exceptionally difficult conditions and so contributing to the rescue of an Air Crew while serving with the RAF in October 1943.”



    Winkie



    Pigeon - Number NEHU.40.NS.1

    Date of Award: 2 December 1943

    “For delivering a message under exceptionally difficult conditions and so contributing to the rescue of an Air Crew while serving with the RAF in February, 1942.”



    Tyke (also known as George)



    Pigeon - Number 1263 MEPS 43



    Date of Award: 2 December 1943



    “For delivering a message under exceptionally difficult conditions and so contributing to the rescue of an Air Crew, while serving with the RAF in the Mediterranean in June, 1943.”



    Beach Comber



    Pigeon - NPS.41.NS.4230



    Date of Award: 6 March 1944



    “For bringing the first news to this country of the landing at Dieppe, under hazardous conditions in September, 1942, while serving with the Canadian Army.”



    Gustav



    Pigeon - NPS.42.31066



    Date of Award: 1 September 1944



    “For delivering the first message from the Normandy Beaches from a ship off the beach-head while serving with the RAF on 6 June 1944.”



    Paddy



    Pigeon - NPS.43.9451



    Date of Award: 1 September 1944



    “For the best recorded time with a message from the Normandy Operations, while serving with the RAF in June, 1944.”



    Kenley Lass



    Pigeon - NURP.36.JH.190



    Date of Award: March 1945



    “For being the first pigeon to be used with success for secret communications from an Agent in enemy-occupied France while serving with the NPS in October 1940.”



    Navy Blue



    Pigeon - NPS.41.NS.2862



    Date of Award: March 1945



    “For delivering an important message from a Raiding Party on the West Coast of France, although injured, while serving with the RAF in June, 1944.



    Flying Dutchman



    Pigeon – NPS.42.NS.44802



    Date of Award: March 1945



    “For successfully delivering messages from Agents in Holland on three occasions. Missing on fourth mission, while serving with the RAF in 1944.”



    Dutch Coast



    Pigeon - NURP.41. A.2164



    Date of Award: March 1945



    “For delivering an SOS from a ditched Air Crew close to the enemy coast 288 miles distance in 7½ hours, under unfavourable conditions, while serving with the RAF in April 1942.”



    Commando



    Pigeon - NURP.38.EGU.242



    Date of Award: March 1945



    “For successfully delivering messages from Agents in Occupied France on three occasions: twice under exceptionally adverse conditions, while serving with the NPS in 1942.”



    Royal Blue



    Pigeon - NURP.40.GVIS.453



    Date of award: March 1945



    “For being the first pigeon in this war to deliver a message from a forced landed aircraft on the Continent while serving with the RAF in October, 1940.”



    Ruhr Express



    Pigeon - NPS.43.29018



    Date of Award: May 1945



    “For carrying an important message from the Ruhr Pocket in excellent time, while serving with the RAF in April, 1945.”



    William of Orange



    Pigeon - NPS.42.NS.15125



    Date of Award: May 1945



    “For delivering a message from the Arnheim Airborne Operation in record time for any single pigeon, while serving with the APS in September 1944.”



    Scotch Lass



    Pigeon - NPS.42.21610



    Date of Award: June 1945



    “For bringing 38 microphotographs across the North Sea in good time although injured, while serving with the RAF in Holland in September 1944.”



    Billy



    Pigeon - NU.41.HQ.4373



    Date of Award: August 1945



    “For delivering a message from a force-landed bomber, while in a state of complete collapse and under exceptionally bad weather conditions, while serving with the RAF in 1942.”



    Broad Arrow



    Pigeon - 41.BA.2793



    Date of Award: October 1945



    “For bringing important messages three times from enemy occupied country,

    viz: May 1943, June 1943 and August 1943, while serving with the Special Service from the Continent.”



    Pigeon - NPS.42.NS.2780



    Date of Award: October 1945



    “For bringing important messages three times from enemy occupied country,



    viz: July 1942, August 1942 and April 1943, while serving with the Special Service from the Continent.”



    Pigeon - NPS.42.NS.7524



    Date of Award: October 1945



    “For bringing important messages three times from enemy-occupied country,



    viz: July 1942, May 1943 and July 1943, while serving with the Special Service from the continent.”



    Maquis



    Pigeon - NPSNS.42.36392



    Date of Award: October 1945



    “For bringing important messages three times from enemy occupied country,



    viz: May 1943 (Amiens) February, 1944 (Combined Operations) and June, 1944 (French Maquis) while serving with the Special Service from the Continent.”



    Mary



    Pigeon - NURP.40.WCE.249



    Date of Award: November 1945



    “For outstanding endurance on War Service in spite of wounds.”



    Tommy



    Pigeon - NURP.41.DHZ56



    Date of Award: February 1946



    “For delivering a valuable message from Holland to Lancashire under difficult conditions, while serving with NPS in July 1942.”



    All Alone



    Pigeon - NURP.39.SDS.39



    Date of Award: February 1946



    “For delivering an important message in one day over a distance of 400 miles, while serving with the NPS in August, 1943.”



    Princess



    Pigeon - 42WD593



    Date of Award: May 1946



    “Sent on special mission to Crete, this pigeon returned to her loft (RAF Alexandria) having travelled about 500 miles mostly over sea, with most

    valuable information. One of the finest performances in the war record of the Pigeon Service.”



    Mercury



    Pigeon - NURP.37.CEN.335



    Date of Award: August 1946



    “For carrying out a special task involving a flight of 480 miles from Northern Denmark while serving with the Special Section Army Pigeon Service in July 1942.”



    Pigeon - NURP.38.BPC.6.



    Date of Award: August 1946



    “For three outstanding flights from France while serving with the Special Section, Army Pigeon Service, 11 July 1941, 9 September 1941, and 29 November 1941.”



    GI Joe



    Pigeon - USA43SC6390



    Date of Award: August 1946



    “This bird is credited with making the most outstanding flight by a USA Army Pigeon in World War II. Making the 20 mile flight from British 10th Army HQ, in the

    same number of minutes, it brought a message which arrived just in time to save the lives of at least 100 Allied soldiers from being bombed by their own planes.”



    Duke of Normandy



    Pigeon - NURP.41.SBC.219



    Date of Award: 8 January 1947



    “For being the first bird to arrive with a message from Paratroops of 21st Army Group behind enemy lines on D Day 6 June, 1944, while serving with APS.”



    Pigeon - NURP.43.CC.1418



    Date of Award: 8 January 1947



    “For the fastest flight with message from 6th Airborne Div. Normandy, 7 June, 1944, while serving with APS.”



    Pigeon - DD.43.T.139 (Australian Army Signal Corps)



    Date of award: February 1947



    “During a heavy tropical storm this bird was released from Army Boat 1402 which had foundered on Wadou Beach in the Huon Gulf. Homing 40 miles to Madang

    it brought a message which enabled a rescue ship to be sent in time to salvage the craft and its valuable cargo of stores and ammunition.”



    Pigeon - DD.43.Q.879 (Australian Army Signal Corps)



    Date of award: February 1947



    “During an attack by Japanese on a US Marine patrol on Manus Island, pigeons were released to warn headquarters of an impending enemy counter-attack.

    Two were shot down but DD43 despite heavy fire directed at it reached HQ with the result that enemy concentrations were bombed and the patrol extricated.”



    Cologne



    Pigeon - NURP39.NPS.144




    Date of Award: unknown



    “For homing from a crashed aircraft over Cologne although seriously wounded, while serving with the RAF in 1943.”




    [​IMG]


    Horses - Roll of Honour



    Olga - Police Horse



    Date of Award: 11 April 1947



    “On duty when a flying bomb demolished four houses in Tooting and a plate-glass window crashed immediately in front of her. Olga, after bolting for 100 yards,

    returned to the scene of the incident and remained on duty with her rider, controlling traffic and assisting rescue organisations.”



    Upstart - Police Horse



    Date of Award: 11 April 1947



    “While on patrol duty in Bethnal Green a flying bomb exploded within 75 yards, showering both horse and rider with broken glass and debris.

    Upstart was completely unperturbed and remained quietly on duty with his rider controlling traffic, etc., until the incident had been dealt with.”



    Regal - Police Horse



    Date of Award: 11 April 1947



    “Was twice in burning stables caused by explosive incendiaries at Muswell Hill. Although receiving minor injuries, being covered by debris and close to

    the flames, this horse showed no signs of panic.”


    [​IMG]


    Cat - Roll of Honour



    Simon - Cat



    Date of Award: awarded posthumously 1949



    “Served on HMS Amethyst during the Yangtze Incident, disposing of many rats though wounded by shell blast. Throughout the incident his behaviour was

    of the highest order, although the blast was capable of making a hole over a foot in diameter in a steel plate.”
     

Share This Page