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 I thought this might be of interest. The 2nd Bn Welsh Regt took Taffy IV (The Regimental Goat) to war in 1914. Sadly it died of heart failure in 1915, however it was awarded the 1914 Star. No sign of a first reinforcement.  The only other old goat I have seen on the medal rolls was Lloyd George. 

 

 

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sotonmate

Did Taffy IV get the pair as well ?

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NigelS

It also appears that he should have had a clasp as well, but it's not mentioned; Is a regimental goat's rank such that  his next of kin would have had to have applied for his medal entitlement? Can imagine that it (or they, if he did get the pair as well), if ever issued, might be in a regimental museum somewhere. Presumably Taffy IV would have been  followed by Taffy V at some stage, but, if so, did he enter  a 'Theatre of war'  in time to be entitled to a pair of his own? 

 

NigelS

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RaySearching
1 hour ago, sotonmate said:

Did Taffy IV get the pair as well ?

 

Appears to have been forfeited for some reason :rolleyes:

 

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Cannot see an effects entry for him/her 

Ray

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Gunga Din

Taffy IV BWM and VM struck out....Possibly the only case of a 1914 Star award without the BWM and VM?

 

 

 

 

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Derek Black

It's amazing the paperwork was even processed.....

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RaySearching

I wonder if a dead goats penny was issued 

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DavidOwen
22 minutes ago, Derek Black said:

It's amazing the paperwork was even processed.....

It would appear that being a Mascot meant you were on strength?

At least the second one was an actual person (not sure about the first)

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ss002d6252
1 hour ago, RaySearching said:

 

Appears to have been forfeited for some reason :rolleyes:

 

taffy.JPG.4a0d641014def9ebccfd0700f71a68b6.JPG 

 

Cannot see an effects entry for him/her 

Ray

Perhaps he was degoated for some incident ?

 

Craig

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seaJane
51 minutes ago, ss002d6252 said:

Perhaps he was degoated for some incident ?

 

Craig

Probably ate it.

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voltaire60

 

1 hour ago, seaJane said:

Probably ate it.

Perhaps an In From the Cold Case?    Entitled to CWGC headstone?????    

    Hmm-    Sergeants mess......Goat curry   may be the answer for that one. Just a thought.

 

Hmm- Looks like 15 RWF (London Welsh) also had a goat called Taffy.  Which one was arrested by the provost for personation?? 

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As usual memory fails me but some yrs back I saw a photo of a horse belonging to a cavalry regt I expect. ON the bridal strap over his eyes he had a trio mounted & fixed to his strap. Too far away to see if 1914 or 1914-15 star but certainly the full trio.

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