Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: C.N. Dallison

Memorial

Stuffed Dog 1914-18 T.A. Centre, Hencotes

Reference

H51.32

Place

HEXHAM

Map ref

NY 931639

Original Location

T.A. Centre, Hencotes

Present Location

Royal Northumberland Fusiliers Regimental Museum in Alnwick in 1996

Which war

1914-18

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Formally handed over March 1919 by L.Cpl. Unwin, whose dog he was to start with.

Memorial Description

Dog, 34cm high x 61cm long. In glass case 47.5cm high x 67.5cm wide by x 30cm deep. Plaque has the heading written in Gothic lower case script, the rest printed in Roman lower case.

Materials used

Preserved by taxidermy.

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

Names

See above

Who commissioned

4th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

How money was raised

4th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

Present condition

Reconditioned August 1991

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

P. Spicer and Sons, Fine Art Taxidermists, Leamington.

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.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Modern photographs (C.N. Dallison)

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

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

Research acknowledgements

C.N. Dallison; Dorothy Hall

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Stuffed Dog 1914-18 T.A. Centre, Hencotes (H51.32)

 
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