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A hero's farewell for Stormer the special dog of war

Discussion in 'SBT History' started by Vicki, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    A hero's farewell for Stormer the special dog of war

    A STAFFORDSHIRE bull terrier which served as a regimental *mascot for 10 years has been *buried with military honours.
    By: Geoff Maynard Published: Fri, December 20, 2013

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    Stormer the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has been buried with military honours [CASCADE NEWS]

    At a special ceremony, soldiers paid tribute to Stormer who was given the rank Colour Sergeant Watchman IV by the Staffordshire Regiment.

    Soldiers carried the coffin, covered by a Union Flag, from Burton town hall to his final resting place, alongside his predecessors, on Wednesday.

    His handler, Colour Sergeant Malcolm Bower, died in 2009. His widow Coral looked after Watchman IV in his retirement until he died aged 15 on December 5.

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    Stormer and his late handler of 10 years Colour Sergeant Malcolm Bower who died in 2009 [CASCADE NEWS]

    Malcolm’s daughter, Charlotte Bower, told the congregation: “Stormer was a wonderful and loyal dog. When his coat was put on he knew exactly what was expected of him.â€

    Retired Major Jim Massey, secretary of The Staffordshire Regiment Association, said: “He was an ambassador for his breed.â€

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    Soldiers carry Stormer's Union Jack covered coffin to Burton town hall [CASCADE NEWS]

    The tradition of mascots dates back to 1882 when the regiment’s Staffordshire bull terrier Boxer got lost in the desert and walked 200 miles to rejoin soldiers ordered to help besieged General Gordon in Khartoum.

    Watchman I was presented to the regiment in 1949 and was the first to be interred in the town hall lawns in 1959.

    Stormer was a wonderful and loyal dog. When his coat was put on he knew exactly what was expected of him. ~Charlotte Bower

    A hero’s farewell for Stormer the special dog of war | UK | News | Daily Express
     
  2. Cobalt

    Cobalt Little Dog

    Respect! R.I.P. Stormer.
     
  3. PocketPal

    PocketPal Big Dog

    Colour Sergeant Malcolm Bower
    Colour Sergeant Watchman IV
    For God and Country
     

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