Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sergeant GANDER - gallant Newfoundland hero
The heartwrenching story of a Newfoundland's courage is that of SGT. GANDER, the mascot of the Royal Rifles of Cananda.
Originally the pet of one of the soldiers the Newfoundland regularly visited the barracks to such an extent that they requested he become their mascot.
When they were posted to Hong Kong Island, GANDER accompanied them and during the fighting there were several instances where the Newfoundland's bravery was recorded.
Sadly his final act was his last.
When a grenade was hurled at the battalion, GANDER retrieved it and carried away in his mouth.
In doing so the granade exploded killing him instantly.
In 2000 fourty-nine years after this event, this courageous Newfoundland was honoured with the Dickin Medal awarded by the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals
Pic: Sgt. Gander