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If you will have a pet, you understand how essential animals are in our lives. They hold us firm, give us their love and belief, and hold us sane even throughout essentially the most troublesome intervals. Tom Marshall of PhotograFix acknowledges the significance of animals and their position in human lives. So, he has colorized photographs of animals that accompanied or helped the troopers within the First and the Second World War. The photographs not solely give these lesser-known heroes a brand new life, but additionally remind us of the significance of animals within the hardest of occasions.

Tom is a photograph colorizer and restorer. He has labored with a few of the world’s main museums, photograph archives, and publishers. However, he nonetheless enjoys taking personal commissions and private tasks. Animals of War – In Color is Tom’s private mission that he made to pay a tribute to the furry and feathery battle heroes.

“I have always been fascinated by the stories of animals in wartime, both those in service and those used as mascots and companions,” Tom writes on his web site. “The photos I’ve colourised show a mixture of the two.” Tom notes that a few of these animals are undoubtedly “heroes for the part they played.” However, we mustn’t overlook that also they are victims of human battle.

“I live very close to the base of the Defence Animal Training Regiment near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England which still to this day trains military working dogs and horses. Each year for Remembrance Sunday the Royal Army Veterinary Association will take part in a parade through the town, making sure the animal sacrifices of wars past and present are not forgotten.”

The photographs Tom colorized for this collection are from each the First and the Second World War, as I already talked about. And which means a few of them are over 100 years previous! There are totally different sorts of animals within the photographs, all of which had totally different roles. Tom notes that a few of them had been later formally acknowledged and awarded by Dickin Medal.

Take a take a look at extra photographs under, together with the tales concerning the animal heroes in them. And be certain to take a look at extra of Tom’s unbelievable work on his web site, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

An unnamed British Royal Artillery soldier together with his kitten, c1917. Animals had been usually introduced into the trenches, generally as a mascot for the regiment, or on this case the kitten might probably be from a neighborhood farm or destroyed village.

“This picture postcard was sent by William Field (1890-1917) to his brother Harry, postmark dated December 1909, from Aldershot barracks in Hampshire. William is stood third from the left with bridals in his arms.
The original post card is still owned by Harry’s daughter Margaret, who is 90 years old, and I was commissioned to colourise the photo by descendants of the family, Liz and her husband Andy. Thank you to Andy for permission to include the photo here.
William served with the 7th Queens Own Hussars at West Cavalry Barracks, Wellington Lines, but he died in action serving for the Kings Own Hussar’s in WW1. He laid to rest at Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, Pas de Calais, France.”

“The ship’s cat has been common feature on many trading, exploration and naval ships dating to ancient times. They were used to attack and kill rodents which would cause damage to ropes, woodwork, food, and stores, and would spread disease.
These two kittens lived aboard HMS Hawkins, a heavy cruiser built by the Royal Navy during the First World War, though not completed until 1919. The kittens are pictured inside the barrel of a 7.5 inch gun.
The Royal Navy banned cats and other pet animals from all ships on the ocean in 1975 on hygiene grounds, however cats are still common on many private ships.”

A B-type bus transformed right into a pigeon loft enabling messages to be despatched from the entrance line again to headquarters. Over 100,000 provider pigeons had been used as messengers all through WW1 and data present they delivered 95% of their messages appropriately.

“An unknown British Tommy from the ‘A’ Squadron, the North Irish Horse Regiment. The most incredible play I’ve ever seen was ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo and Nick Stafford. It highlights the brutal torture horses went through in the First World War. It is estimated that eight million horses, mules and donkeys died during the war.”

“A horse and soldier transporting boots. The path is inches deep in wet mud discernible by the deep imprint round the soldiers boot and the fact that the horses hooves are no longer visible. Rather than cloth puttees though he is wearing long lace-up boots.
The horse is absolutely laden with rubber trench waders. Horses, due to their reliability and ability to travel over most terrains were crucial to transportation during World War I.”

“A Royal Canadian Army Veterinary Corps Captain and horse c.1916”

“Horses pull makeshift sleds through the mud of the First World War.”

“Aircrew was a young cat adopted by the Royal Australian Air Force Flying Training School, Cressy, Victoria, Australia.”

“HMS Stork’s mascot, on board ship, Liverpool, 18th May 1941.”

“Venus the bulldog mascot of the destroyer HMS Vansittart, 1941.”

“Rip was a mixed breed terrier awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery in 1945. He was found as a stray in Poplar, London, in 1940 by an Air Raid Warden Mr. E King, and became the service’s first search and rescue dog. He is credited with saving the lives of over 100 people.
Rip was not trained for search and rescue work, but took to it instinctively and his success has been held partially responsible for prompting the authorities to train search and rescue dogs towards the end of World War II.”

“A sergeant of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps bandages the wounded ear of ‘Jasper’, a mine-detecting dog at Bayeux in Normandy, 5th July 1944.”

“Simon was a ship’s cat who served on the Royal Navy sloop-of-war HMS Amethyst. He was adept at catching and killing rats on the lower decks. Simon rapidly gained a reputation for cheekiness, leaving presents of dead rats in sailors’ beds, and sleeping in the captain’s cap.
In 1949, during the Yangtze Incident, he received the PDSA’s Dickin Medal after surviving injuries from a cannon shell which tore through the captain’s cabin seriously wounding Simon and killing the captain.
The badly wounded cat crawled onto deck, and was rushed to the medical bay, where the ship’s surviving medical staff cleaned his burns, and removed four pieces of shrapnel, but he was not expected to last the night.
He managed to survive, however, and after a period of recovery, returned to his former duties catching rats. He is still the only cat to have been awarded the Dickin Medal as of 2021.”

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