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Drummer of the Northumberland Fusiliers 4 months 6 days ago #59966

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SWB wrote: Great thread all.

Super picture Elmarie - note that Drummer has a Queen's Sudan medal too.


I take it that his medals will still be with the Northumberland Fusiliers.

Edit - I've emailed the Fusiliers museum and asked if they know.

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"Accompanying the Welshpool mounted section [ of the Montgomeryshire Company of the Imperial Yeomanry ] was a well-bred fox-terrier, the regimental pet. "Tammy," as he is called, after his owner Trooper Tamworth*, walked all the way from Welshpool to Oswestry in his red, white and blue collar, and many questions were asked about the dog en route. The men are so attached to the dog that they have presented it with four silver medals, one from each of the four sections of B Company, and it is proposed that it shall wear these when the regiment goes into action, the men being determined that Tammy shall share the sweets - what they are - and privations of military life. Singularly enough the Newtown company also had a pet - a sheep dog which had followed the company all the way and seemed quite happy. On arrival at Powis Hall a red, white and blue collar was procured and placed around its neck."

The Montgomery County Times, Saturday 17th February 1900

* 'The relinquishing of his Commission by Lieut. L. Tamworth is dated July 25 1901, and not as stated in the Gazette of August 27th 1901.'
Towyn-on-Sea and Merioneth County Times, Thursday 9th January 1902


'The undermentioned Officers, on having relinquished their Commissions, are granted honorary rank in the Army as follows, with permission to wear the uniform of the Corps: -
9th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry (Montgomery, Denbigh and Pembroke). - To be Honorary Lieutenants: - ...L. Tamworth.....
Towyn-on-Sea and Merioneth County Times, Thursday 26th September 1901


"Captain (temp. Major) Louis Tamworth, Montgomeryshire Yeomanry, until recently residing at Wilmot Croft, Oswestry, having relinquished his temporary rank of major, has been seconded for duty with the Labour Corps."
The Llangollen Advertiser, Friday 22nd June 1917
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Drummer of the Northumberland Fusiliers 4 months 5 days ago #59989

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BereniceUK wrote: I take it that his medals will still be with the Northumberland Fusiliers.

Edit - I've emailed the Fusiliers museum and asked if they know.


I've had a reply from the Fusiliers museum - "No, sorry, we do not have the miniature medals that were awarded to Drummer."

Buried with him?

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DOG'S WAR RECORD.

Dressed in a Coat and Wearing Medals.

Unusual interest centred in a case heard in the Dublin Police-court yesterday, in which the leading figure was a bulldog that formerly belonged to General Philip Botha, and went through a good portion of the South African War. Ernest Warmingham, canteen manager for the contractors, was summoned for cruelty to the animal, which has been stationed for some time past with the Royal Irish Rifles at Richmond Barracks.

The bulldog, which now belongs to Colour-sergeant Edwards, Royal Irish Rifles, was accommodated with a seat in the witness-box. He was dressed in a coat with green facings, and wore several South African medals with clasps. The animal's record is an eventful one. During the Boer War he was captured by the 2nd Royal Irish Rifles Mounted Infantry from Commandant Philip Botha's farm in the Doornberg, in September, 1900. From that time until the end of the war he trekked with the Rifles' mounted force from Griqualand in the west to Basutoland in the east, and he still bears the scar of a wound received in action. Later he was with General French's column in Cape Colony. For his service the bulldog now wears the Queen's South African medal with three clasps, and the King's South African medal with two clasps. Mr. Drury remarked, when the case was called, that this was the most distinguished dog in this country, as he had medals.

Colour-sergeant Edwards gave evidence that on the 2nd inst. he missed the dog from barracks, and after making a search found the animal in a very bad state, bleeding from wounds in his legs and also in the head. There was other evidence that defendant was seen thrashing the dog with a stick outside the canteen.

Defendant declared that the bulldog attacked a small Irish terrier in the canteen, and in order to separate them he had to use his stick, but he denied having kicked the animal.

The Bench considered that gross and unnecessary violence had been used, and fined the defendant £1, with costs.

Evening Express, Wednesday 16th December 1903
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The body of the late Lieutenant Jenkins, of Dowlais, who was killed at the Battle of Colenso, was discovered by Surgeon-lieutenant Briscoe. The lieutenant's little dog was lying alongside the body of its dead master.
The Western Mail, Saturday 10th March 1900
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"THE BUSHMEN'S DOG."

COLLIE'S EXCITING ADVENTURES IN THE WAR.
(FROM "DAILY MAIL" CORRESPONDENT.)
SYDNEY, July 16
The men of the Bushmen's Corps who returned to Melbourne from South Africa on Thursday, brought back with them the Bushmen's dog, "Bushie," a beautiful collie, who carries a sort of saddle on his back, on which inscribed on a silver plate are these words: "I am the Bushmen's dog - whose dog are you?"

On the voyage out, Bushie was severely stabbed by a black sailor. Recovering, it landed with the regiment at Beira, where it was predicted that it could never survive the journey through Rhodesia - the tse-tse flies and the ticks would kill it - but the dog accompanied the men to Marandellas and thence to Mafeking.

On the way the ticks infested it, with the result that both hind legs became paralysed, and for the last three weeks of the journey the dog had to be carried in one of the baggage waggons.

Two months later, during a severe engagement, he was lost, but turned up subsequently in the ranks of a Scottish regiment, in which, after sharing the fortunes of the field, he fell into the hands of the Boers.

On the release of the Scotchmen the Boers decided to retain "Bushie," but the dog managed to escape, and following the tracks of his comrades, rejoined the Scottish ranks after a long and lonely pursuit of over 150 miles.

The faithful animal was again made a prisoner of war, and again managed to escape, for the Wiltshires, in passing through Elandsfontein to join the Bushmen at Naauwpoort in pursuit of De Wet, found him suffering from a bullet wound in the chest at the former town, and so were able to restore him to his astonished masters, hale and sound, when their forces joined.

"Bushie," whose sire and dam are both high pedigreed dogs and winners of numerous prizes, is now in the possession of the original owner.

Hull Daily Mail, Wednesday 17th July 1901

I wonder if a picture or a photo of Bushie appeared in a Melbourne newspaper.
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