By Patricia Stroud
A outstanding real tale concerning the braveness and loyalty of a puppy and his handler in wartime. whilst the recent Zealand Rifle Brigade marched down Queen road to board their delivery send to the Western Front, they have been led by way of their mascot, a bulldog named Caesar. a kind of waving him farewell used to be four-year-old Ida, whose favorite ribbon were tied to Caesar′s collar via his handler, her Uncle Tom. expert as a pink go dog, Caesar rescued wounded infantrymen from the hell of no-man′s-land. Uncle Tom wrote domestic approximately their adventures to Ida, who finally handed the tales directly to her teenagers and grandchildren. Patricia Stroud, Ida′s daughter, tells the poignant tale of an unsung Kiwi hero, and a little-known point of the 1st international warfare. First released for more youthful readers, Caesar′s tale has been elevated to incorporate Gallipoli and the Western wasteland. With own anecdotes and accounts,...
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The officers, of course, went first class, and the sergeants second. m. when we started and once clear of the town the train moved along at a good pace. We made very few stops. m. we drew up at Palais de Koubbeh, where we untracked the horses. The distance from there to Alexandria was 80 kilometres. There was no trouble in getting the horses off and after walking about a mile we pulled up alongside a fence, where we were told to camp for the rest of the night. This spot was on the edge of the desert and as soon as the horses felt the sand, nothing could prevent them from rolling.
Instead of being on flat land they were put ashore under the cliffs, which meant it was very difficult for them to get ashore and get to safety. They were struck down by the deadly Turkish machine-gun fire from above. By the end of the first day the beaches were covered with the dead and dying, and the water was red from the high-tide mark out to some 50 metres offshore. One stretcher-bearer later described that morning, and how they climbed up off the beaches. The country was very rough, with steep hills, ravines and gullies, and the stretcher-bearers walked up a ridge following the infantry, who were getting the blazes knocked out of them as they climbed.
One day Tom came to see us and said he would be leaving in a few days’ time. There was going to be a big parade in Queen Street to farewell the Battalion—would Mum and Dad and my brothers and I like to come and see him off? We were so excited but I was also sad, because Caesar would be going on the ship with Tom and Albert and I didn’t want him to go. Then I remembered how exciting it had been when we had gone to Queen Street to see Uncle Frank and Uncle Albert go away to the war, just a few months before.