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Published On: Thu, Jan 4th, 2018

The Staffordshire Regiment – 1st Battalion Bull Terrier, Sgt Watchman V

STAFFORDSHIRE, England – The Staffordshire Regiment – 1st Battalion bull terrier, Sgt Watchman V, has been promoted to the rank of Colour Sergeant.

The Regiment
Men born in Staffordshire were soldiers long before a regiment was raised there in the reign of Queen Anne. The Staffordshire Regiment traces its roots to the formation of a Regiment of Foot at Lichfield in 1705 and is unique amongst all of Britain’s infantry regiments in its continuous identity with a single County. A direct link with Staffordshire was established in 1782, when the 38th Foot received the additional title of 1st Staffordshire Regiment and the 64th Foot of 2nd Staffordshire Regiment.

Watchman
The mascot tradition in the Regiments of Staffordshire stretches back to the 19th Century. In 1882 The South Staffordshire Regiment was ordered to march with Lord Wolseley to the relief of General Gordon who was besieged in Khartoum. They entrained at Cairo with their Staffordshire Bull Terrier “Boxer”. Unfortunately, Boxer leapt from the moving train and was seen lying unconscious or dead at the side of the track.

A few days later when the Regiment encamped at Assiut awaiting orders for the final phase of their march, a very thin and bedraggled dog staggered into their camp and collapsed. Boxer had walked for over 200 miles along the scorching desert railway track to rejoin his regiment, a true soldier.

From then on the tradition of having a Bull Terrier as a mascot continued with the battalions until after the Second World War.

Source: MidlandsBBC

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