A “heroic” canine who comforted captured Scottish troopers throughout World Warfare Two has been posthumously recognised.
Bull Terrier Peggy turned the mascot of the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders after troopers found her as an deserted pet in Malaya.
The troopers had been taken prisoner however stored Peggy, and fed her from rations.
Upon launch, she lived on the battalion’s barracks in Aberdeen till dying in 1947. Peggy is now getting a posthumous PDSA commendation.
The veterinary charity stated it was a “outstanding story”, and warranted the particular ceremony on the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen.
Peggy was described as a “loyal companion” to the troopers as they fought Japanese forces.
Once they had been despatched to Thailand to hold out arduous bodily labour the canine was stated to have performed an integral position in boosting morale for the three-and-a-half years in captivity.
‘Bore the scars’
The troopers refused to journey again to Scotland except Peggy was allowed to affix them on the journey residence.
She was nominated for the PDSA award by Stewart Mitchell, a volunteer historian on the museum.
He stated: “Peggy was a loyal and brave ally to her Gordon Highlander comrades.
“When she noticed a Gordon Highlander being attacked, she would fearlessly attempt to intervene, usually at the price of a blow with a cut up bamboo cane or worse, a stab from a guard’s bayonet.
“She bore the scars of those encounters for her whole life.”
He added: “All through the entire period of their imprisonment, with the lads in a seemingly hopeless scenario, simply struggling to outlive one other day endlessly, Peggy’s presence boosted their morale. I hope this award will carry consideration to the essential position she has performed throughout a darkish interval within the Regiment’s historical past.”
PDSA vet Fiona Gregge stated: “Peggy’s outstanding story has touched all of us right here at PDSA.
“The PDSA Commendation recognises the excellent devotion that animals show and celebrates the superb methods they enrich our lives. It’s clear that members of the Battalion drew a large amount of power from Peggy’s unwavering loyalty and friendship throughout what was a deeply traumatic time of their lives.
“The very fact the Gordon Highlanders the refused to board their ship residence except Peggy may sail with them speaks volumes concerning the bond that was shaped. Peggy was a very distinctive animal and she or he is a worthy recipient of this award.”