What a great dog! I'd seen a photo of his museum exhibit on Pinterest. A blog on British military miniatures features a couple of photos from Bobby's life, as well as Bobby and his soldiers in miniature.I do indeed. The picture shows the stand of "The Last Eleven" of the 66th Regiment of Foot at Maiwand in Afghanistan 27 July 1880. The battle was not a complete wipe out of Brits, we lost about a thousand from a force of 3000, mixed British and Indian infantry, artillery and engineers. A large contingent of men of the 66th (later named the Berkshire Regiment) did not manage to withdraw, and made their stand before the Colours until running out of ammunition, whereupon they fixed bayonets and charged into the surrounding hordes, all dying except the dog. The Colours were lost, the second time in 18 months that this had happened to a British regiment facing "savages".
The dog was called Bobby, and had been taken to Afghanistan by the regiment. He was injured, but escaped and and tried to follow the retreating survivors. He was spotted and rescued, and reunited with his wounded owner, Sergeant Peter Kelly. He was taken back to England and was presented to HM Queen Victoria at Osborne House (on the Isle of Wight) in 1881 and awarded the campaign medal for the Second Afghan War. Unfortunately he met his end under the wheels of a Hansom cab whilst accompanying soldiers of the regiment on a route march in 1882. It's said that the cabbie narrowly escaped a severe beating.
Bobby's body was preserved and may still be seen in a small museum in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The museum is called The Wardrobe, and is in the Close of Salisbury Cathedral if anybody is visiting in that vicinity.
Doctor John Watson, the fictional amanuensis of Sherlock Holmes in Conan Doyle's stories, was said to have received his wounds at Maiwand.
Gosh ! That attachment is pretty thorough.What a great dog! I'd seen a photo of his museum exhibit on Pinterest. A blog on British military miniatures features a couple of photos from Bobby's life, as well as Bobby and his soldiers in miniature.