Post by grannygussie on Apr 8, 2012 17:50:13 GMT 12
Mrs Rommel, a cat, was caught during the 1941 Libyan campaign and cared for by C Company. After the battalion returned to Baggush, she produced 2 kittens. She chose the bed of Lt Charlie Upham, (later VC and Bar). When he came into his tent and saw what had taken place, Charlie with true courtesy, slept that night on the sand. That and 2 VCs. That's a real man. The kittens were named Tankie and Tiger. Tankie went with Tom O'Connor but was lost in June 1942, when the battalion went through a minefield, after leaving Mersa Matruh. Tiger became mascot of a transport platoon and particularly, of truck driver, Corporal Hamilton. Hammy was left behind in North Africa, and, bored, he bluffed his way to Italy. Sadly, Tiger was run over in an Italian street and disillusioned, Hammy then bluffed himself back to North Africa, but without his chum.
Great story GrannyGussie, I had the honor of being in the catafalque party in Rangiora for V.I.P Charles Upham in 88 or 89 A.N.Z.A.C day such a humble man. I fear his type may not pass this way again R.I.P
Uniformed servicemen/women whose personnel provide a catafalque guard of honour around the memorial — standing motionless, heads bowed over reversed arms seen at ANZAC day parades, and more commonly at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Wellington.