Tens of thousands of animals went to war with Australian soldiers over the past century; most never returned.
1/19 An American soldier at an advanced allied base, with his pet kangaroo
CREDIT: JOHN EARL MCNEIL
2/19 Captain D Michelson with a turtle named Tim, the mascot of the 2/2nd Battalion. CREDIT: DAMIEN PETER PARER
3/19 A pet ring tailed possum examines department of information movie camera somewhere in north Australia and assumes the operators’ stance.
CREDIT: AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
4/19 The mascot of a cookhouse at the 9th Australian division, a puppy dog, being dried after his bath, in preparation for the visit of general Douglas Macarthur, Commander in Chief, Allied Land Forces, South West Pacific Area. CREDIT:RONALD KEITH MONRO
5/19 Two black Labrador dogs, Justin and Cassius, who had a lot of sniffing to do during Operation Lismore that was completed by 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR). The dog handlers are Private (later Lance Corporal) Thomas Douglas Blackhurst of Swansea, NSW and L Cpl Norman Leslie Cameron of Kingston, SA,. The dogs were responsible for locating Viet Cong fighters and some enemy installations. L Cpl Blackhurst was killed in action on April 17, 1971 while serving with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam. He was a radio operator, calling in helicopter of 9 Squadron RAAF for a medical evacuation. The helicopter crashed, killing L Cpl Blackhurst and L Cpl John Francis Gillespie of 8 Field Ambulance, the medic on board.
6/19 No. 31 (Beaufighter) Squadron RAAF member flight Lieutenant G. A. Greenwood and Sergeant B. Agnew in Coomalie Creek, Northern Territory, holding the squadron mascots, a joey and a dog. CREDIT:AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
7/19 Staff Sergeant Major (SSM) Gabriel Albert Morgan wearing a militia uniform and is accompanied by a dog wearing a forage cap. CREDIT:DARGE PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPANY
8/19 Aboard HMAS Sydney are two ships mascots who don’t agree: Able Seaman J. T. Walker with his pup “Shrapnel” and Able Seaman Gamble with his cat “Salvo”. CREDIT:AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
9/19 Portrait of 3710 Private Francis Edmund Bilton, 5th Battalion. Note the cat curled up asleep in the corner. This is one of a series of photographs taken by the Darge Photographic Company which had the concession to take photographs at the Broadmeadows and Seymour army camps during WWI. In the 1930s, the Australian War Memorial purchased the original glass negatives from Algernon Darge, along with the photographers’ notebooks. The notebooks contain brief details, usually a surname or unit name, for each negative. CREDIT:DARGE PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPANY
10/19 The feline mascot of the light cruise HMAS Encounter, peering from the muzzle of a 6 inch gun during the WWI. CREDIT:AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
11/19 Sergeant (Sgt) Eric Campbell Lawther, of Hurlstone Park, NSW, 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), says goodbye to veteran mine dog, Dean, in Korea. CREDIT:VINCE J SWEENEY
12/19 Informal portrait of 3133 Corporal James Coull, in charge, with dogs of No. 3 Messenger Dog Section, attached to the 4th Divisional Signal Company, in a railway cutting near Villers-Bretonneux while operating with 12th Brigade. Section comprised sixteen men and fifty messenger dogs. These dogs worked with fairly successful results, but were never solely relied on in sending messages. Left to right: War Dog 103 Nell, a Cross Setter; 102 Trick, a Collie; 101 Buller (sometimes referred to as Bullet), an Airedale. All three dogs were very efficient in message carrying and saw service with the 2nd, 4th and 5th Australian Divisions, also with Divisions of the British 8th Corps (Imperial). 102 Trick was particularly efficient and was well known by all Brigades of above named Divisions. He was specially mentioned by Signal Officer of 2nd Division for good work at Rubimont, near Heilly. CREDIT:AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
13/19 ‘Ferdie’, the Pygmy Flying Phalanger, is on active service with a famous RAAF Spitfire squadron. ‘Ferdie’ spent a wild youth, but now is a reformed character. He is pictured with a squirrel. CREDIT:AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
14/19 Members of the 2/48th Battalion, 9th Australian Division, with a pet dog, after evacuation from Tobruk on the ship Kingston. CREDIT:FISHER, THOMAS
15/19 C. 1914. Colonel Granville Ryrie mounted on his horse Plain Bill, in front of a Bristol box kite. Ryrie took this horse overseas when he left Australia with the 2nd Light Horse Brigade 1914. CREDIT:LAKER & CO
16/19 Taken during the First World War. An Australian nurse at No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital about to feed their pet kangaroo Jimony in Harefield, England. CREDIT:AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
17/19 The man with the donkey, 1941 version. Pte. D.W. Jones (NX15179) of Carlton N.S.W. and “C” company the 2/33 battalion. One of the men responsible for running the donkey team supply column to the scattered units. CREDIT:DAMIEN PETER PARER
18/19 Melbourne, Victoria. February 29, 1944. A paper mache cow, used for milking demonstrations at the Werribee experimental farm, being tied on to the luggage carrier of Mrs Mellor’s car for transport to the farm. Mrs Mellor is Field Officer in charge of the Women’s Land Army Mont Park training depot. CREDIT:AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL /HERALD NEWSPAPER
19/19 A corporal holds a koala, a pet or mascot. Photo taken in Cairo, Egypt.CREDIT:AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
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