The brave pets who came to the rescue during the war are showcased in a series of colored snapshots.
Tom Marshall, who lives close to the Defense Animal Training Regiment base near Melton Mowbray, transformed the black and white images for PhotograFix.
He decided to recolor the photos to honor the memories of the animals who gave their lives in human wars, and urged people to wear a purple poppy this Remembrance Day Sunday to commemorate animal sacrifices alongside their red ones.
One of the images he has brought to life is one from July 1944, which shows Jasper, a mine-finding dog, whose ear has been bandaged by a sergeant from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps in Bayeaux, France.
Another of the photos is of Simon, the ship’s cat on the Royal Navy’s HMS Amethyst, who is the only cat to be awarded the Dickin Medal as of 2021.
The brave pets who came to help during the war are showcased in a series of colored snaps (pictured, Jasper, a mine-finding dog, has his ear bandaged by a sergeant from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps in Bayeaux, France)
Meanwhile, another photo taken in 1917 shows an unnamed British Royal Artillery soldier sitting for a portrait wearing his uniform next to his little white kitten
These two kittens lived aboard HMS Hawkins, a heavy cruiser built by the Royal Navy during World War I, but not completed until 1919. The kittens are depicted in the barrel of a 7.5-inch gun
Pictured: Venus the bulldog, mascot of the destroyer HMS Vansittart, taken in a photo taken in 1941
Simon was adept at catching and killing rats on the lower decks. He quickly acquired a reputation for brutality, leaving gifts of dead rats in sailors’ beds and sleeping in the captain’s cap.
In 1949, during the Yangtze Incident, he was awarded the PDSA’s Dickin Medal after surviving injuries from a cannon shell that ripped through the captain’s cabin, seriously injuring Simon and killing the captain.
The badly injured cat crawled onto the deck and was rushed to the medical room, where the ship’s surviving medical staff cleaned his burns and removed four pieces of shrapnel. He was not expected to last through the night.
However, he managed to survive and after a period of recovery returned to his former duties of catching rats.
Another of the photos is Aircrew was a young cat adopted by the Royal Australian Air Force Flying Training School, Cressy, Victoria, Australia (left) and Simon, shipping cat for the Royal Navy’s HMS Amethyst, the only cat to have been awarded the Dickin Medal from 2021 (right)
Rip was a mixed breed terrier who was awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery in 1945. He was found lost in Poplar, London in 1940 by an air raid guard, Mr E King, becoming the service’s first search and rescue dog.
Pictured left: Captain of a Royal Canadian Army Veterinary Corps and horse ca.1916. Pictured right: HMS Stork’s mascot, aboard the ship, Liverpool, 18 May 1941
Another cat that Tom brought to life in the photos was Aircrew, a young cat adopted by the Royal Australian Air Force Flying Training School, Cressy, Victoria, Australia.
Meanwhile, another photo from 1917 shows an unnamed British Royal Artillery soldier sitting for a portrait wearing his uniform next to his little white kitten.
Like Simon, the mixed-breed terrier Rip was awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery in 1945.
He was found lost in Poplar, London, in 1940, by an Air Raid Warden, Mr E King, becoming the service’s first search and rescue dog. He is credited with saving the lives of over 100 people.
This postcard was sent by William Field (1890 -1917) to his brother Harry, postmarked December 1909, from Aldershot Barracks in Hampshire. William is third from the left with bridles in his arms. The original postcard is still in the possession of Harry’s daughter Margaret. William served with the 7th Queens Own Hussars at West Cavalry Barracks, Wellington Lines, but died in action with the Kings Own Hussars in WW1. He was laid to rest in Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, Pas de Calais, France
Horses pull makeshift sleighs through the mud of the First World War. Because of their reliability and ability to travel over most terrains, horses were vital to transportation during World War I
Rip was not trained for search and rescue work but did it instinctively and his success was blamed in part for inciting authorities to train search and rescue dogs towards the end of World War II.
Another image shows Venus the bulldog, mascot of the destroyer HMS Vansittart, leaning out of the ship in 1941, while another brings to life the mascot of HMS Stork who was aboard the ship in Liverpool in May 1941.
But it wasn’t all cats and dogs that helped in the war. The photos also show horses pulling makeshift sleds through the mud of the First World War.
A horse and a soldier carry boots over a path that lies inches deep in wet mud. The horse is absolutely loaded with rubber waders
A B-type bus converted into a pigeon loft allowing messages from the front line to be sent back to HQ. More than 100,000 carrier pigeons were used as messengers during World War I and records show they delivered 95 percent of their messages correctly
The trails were inches deep in wet mud, but horses, because of their reliability and ability to travel over most terrain, were crucial for transportation during World War I.
Meanwhile, another photo shows a captain of the Royal Canadian Army Veterinary Corps atop his horse in 1916.
And birds were also involved in the war effort during that period.
A B-type bus converted into a pigeon loft allowing messages from the front line to be sent back to HQ.
More than 100,000 carrier pigeons were used as messengers during World War I and records show that they delivered 95% of their messages correctly.
An unknown British Tommy of the ‘A’ Squadron, the North Irish Horse Regiment (pictured)