Paddy, a World War I hero

The Wellington Infantry Battalion sailed off to war in October 2014 with their mascot, Paddy, on board.

There was an order prohibiting pets but it was successfully argued that Paddy, an Irish Terrier, was a pre-war official mascot and therefore should be allowed to travel with the regiment.  Paddy belonged to Sergeant-Major Beaumont Woodhead, a professional soldier who was Company Sergeant Major of ‘A’ Company.

Photo courtesy of  National Army Museum

Photo courtesy of National Army Museum

Paddy served on the battlefields of Egypt, Gallipoli, France, Belgium and Germany, eventually being promoted to the rank of Scout Sergeant- Major.

Paddy's name plate reading 'Paddy 7th Regiment Wanganui' is on display at the National Army Museum

Paddy’s name plate reading ‘Paddy 7th Regiment Wanganui’ is on display at the National Army Museum in Waiouru, New Zealand

Source:  National Army Museum

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2 responses to “Paddy, a World War I hero

  1. Run A Muck Ranch

    I never knew about Paddy. Sgt. Stubby was the only war hero I was aware of. Thanks for sharing!

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