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The Dickin Medal, created by Maria Dickin of the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals in London, was awarded to animals displaying conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty associated with the armed forces during WWII. The medal was awarded to 18 dogs, 3 horses, 31 pigeons, and 1 cat. That one cat was Simon, ship's cat of the British frigate, Amethyst.
In 1940, another special silver medal, also from Maria Dickin's organization, was awarded to Faith, a church cat, who demonstrated her courage in protecting her kitten during the Blitz.
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A charming tale of two British feline war heroes, and of the many people whose lives they touched. Young's (Cat, Thy Name is Edith, not reviewed) first story concerns a homeless cat who was taken in by an animal-loving priest at St. Augustine and St. Faith Church in mid1930s London. From her first day of residence, the grateful little gray-and-white waif, named Faith, attended services regularly, sitting at the feet of Father Henry Ross, a firm believer that cats, too, ``can have religion.'' Over the years Faith endeared herself to the church's many parishioners. In 1940, shortly after Faith gave birth, the church was bombed and badly damaged. Father Ross found Faith in the church's rubble-filled basement, huddled protectively over a kitten. For her bravery, Faith was awarded a special civilian version of the Dickin Medal, an honor usually bestowed on animals showing unusual bravery while serving England's armed forces. Also awarded such a medal was Simon, a cat who lived with the captain of the British warship Amethyst. When the ship was attacked in 1949 while sailing the Yangtze River in China, the captain was killed and Simon was badly injured. The ship was grounded for months, but the still-limping Simon helped save the much-needed food supplies by returning to his mousing duties with a vengeance--this despite the almost unbearable heat below deck. He also kept up the morale of the soldiers and regularly visited the wounded in sick bay. Months later, when the ship returned to safe harbor, Simon's heroism was widely acknowledged, but, sadly, he died before the Dickin medal could be bestowed. Two perfectly lovely stories, padded a bit to fill up a slim, but nonetheless sweet, volume. (photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.Review:
A charming tale of two British feline war heroes, and of the many people whose lives they touched... Two perfectly lovely stories. -- Kirkus Review
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Book Description J N Townsend Pub, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111880158167
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