LinneyI wrote: Berenice
From the AWM site; image out of copyright and in the public domain. "Bushie" and his "saddle" in the foreground. He was taken over by either 573 A Morey or 568 J.Morey of the 3rd Victorian Bushmen.
...."The dog Bushie"—He is the pet of the contingent; came from N.S.W.; wears an elaborate collar presented by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and bears the following inscription:
N.S.W. BUSHMEN'S CONTINGENT.
Presented by the Society for Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals,
February 11, 1900.
He roams all over the ship without let or hindrance, is absolutely indifferent to all regulations, and petted by all—he is under no one's care, but everyone cares for him. The man share their food with him; he seems to take a deep interest in all that interests the men, from a lecture on signalling to the slaying of a bullock or the throwing of a dead horse overboard. You will find him in the after hatch with the men on fatigue duty, and you will find him on the fo'castle asleep among the men with an arm or leg for a pillow. The men are very fond of him. By the way, a dog resembling "Bushie" came aboard at Hobart—a black and tan collie—he also is very much at home. If his owner is in Hobart, and desires to have him, he should apply to Sergeant-Major Gouchor, South Africa. [by the Rev. P. N. Hunter] The Mercury [Hobart] , Friday 18th May 1900
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...."Lieutenant Murphy, of the 4th Cameronians, which garrisoned Boshof, while commanding a party of mounted infantry, was surprised by 250 Boers, and fought his way through. He had a marvellously narrow escape, a bullet killing a tame Meer cat which he carried in his left tunic pocket, and inflicting flesh wounds on himself. A second bullet struck some coins in his left breeches pocket." Portsmouth Evening News, Thursday 31st May 1901
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A Blackburn Times reporter travelled to Southampton to meet the returning Active Service Company of the 1st V.B. East Lancashire Regiment. He was allowed on board the Avondale Castle, and "I scrambled over rope coils and baggage towards the stern of the ship, and was about to ask for the East Lancashires when I heard a voice exclaim, "Well, what are we beawn to do?" These were the East Lancashires—one with a monkey dressed in khaki." Saturday 15th June 1901
I came across this article recently, written by Rev. James Green about his experiences with Regimental Pets, who was the chaplain that accompanied the New South Wales Bushmen's Contingent to South Africa -
(Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, NSW, Friday 22 June, 1900)
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Trev wrote: I came across this article recently, written by Rev. James Green about his experiences with Regimental Pets, who was the chaplain that accompanied the New South Wales Bushmen's Contingent to South Africa -
Wonderful! Thanks for that terrific article, Trev. It seems to me that there were several dogs (and a dingo) that were named "Bushie."