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War Medal Quiz

Postby CardZeus » Wed, 14 Dec 2005 4:33 pm

Can anyone name this war medal? How many were awarded between 1943 and 1949 and to whom?

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Postby Baron Greenback » Wed, 14 Dec 2005 4:40 pm

I read the BBC news website as well. :)

The medal was recently sold at auction but was awarded to a dog during the second world war for helping rescue pilots.

But the BBC site seems to be down at the moment so I can't answer your questions :(
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Postby CardZeus » Wed, 14 Dec 2005 4:44 pm

Gold Star to A crank beer bong

The medal is the PDSA Dickin Medal awarded for bravery.

Between 1943 and 1949 it was awarded to 32 pigeons, 18 dogs, three horses and a cat called Simon.
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Postby Baron Greenback » Wed, 14 Dec 2005 4:50 pm

what on earth did a cat do to earn a medal?!?!

My cats just sleep, eat, throw up hair balls & lick themsleves in front of guests - no medals for my cats
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Postby CardZeus » Wed, 14 Dec 2005 5:11 pm

It seems Simon (excuse me, Able Sea Cat Simon) was a ship's cat. Simon was a rat-catcher on the HMS Amethyst. The ship came under attack on the Yangtze River in China, it was holed and the captain killed. The ship was then trapped on the river by the Chinese for 100 days before they managed to make it to freedom. In times of terrible uncertainty, Simon's recovery from his own injuries and presence on the ship gave the remaining crew companionship and a reason to keep going.
- you can get the full story at http://www.purr-n-fur.org.uk/famous/simon.html

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HMS Amethyst:

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RIP Simon

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Postby Vaucluse » Wed, 14 Dec 2005 5:12 pm

Baron Greenback wrote:what on earth did a cat do to earn a medal?!?!

My cats just sleep, eat, throw up hair balls & lick themsleves in front of guests - no medals for my cats



I thinkbeing able to lick oneself is worthy of something.
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Postby Baron Greenback » Wed, 14 Dec 2005 5:14 pm

I thinkbeing able to lick oneself is worthy of something.


bad taste?
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