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Military Mascots Muster: The Ultimate Animal Gathering

The highlight of the 10-day event was a parade featuring all of the assembled regimental mascots.

The Commander of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment checked the passed muster and each animal received a blessing from a military Padre after taking part in a line-up for inspection. 

The mascots are now expected to return to their units for an intense Autumn of public duties.

Origins Of Army Mascots

Military mascots are different to working animals, which serve in combat or transport roles.

The practice of the military having animals as mascots dates back to the 18th century when the Royal Welsh began adopting goats.

The tradition is believed to have started after a wild goat strayed on to the battlefield during the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, leading the Royal Welsh Fusiliers’ colour party from the field.

Mascots continued into the 19th century, since when Staffordshire regiments have been associated with the county’s bull terrier.

During the Egyptian War in 1882, the South Staffordshire Regiment lost their bull terrier at the start of a 200-mile train journey leaving Cairo.

When the train reached its destination, they found the dog had actually followed its regiment after jumping off the train.

However, the Staffordshire regiments did not adopt a regimental mascot until 1949.

In the 21st century, the Royal Welsh continues to have goats as its mascot.

One of its most famous (or infamous) of recent years was Lance Corporal William ‘Billy’ Windsor.

In 2006, the animal was demoted, after an incident where he attempted to head-butt personnel from 1st Battalion.

Source: https://www.forces.net/news/military-mascots-muster-ultimate-animal-gathering

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