These are the stories of four amazing cats who served in the British navy during WWI and WWII. Their bravery will never be forgotten 🌺💗
Tiddles, a born and raised ship cat, served a few Royal Navy aircraft carriers, but served with the HMS Victorious in the early 1940s as the official Captain’s Cat.
It can be assumed that he performed his duties ably, since he traveled over 30,000 miles during his naval service.
He may also be one of the reasons for why the black cat is considered lucky in Great Britain.
Blackie was HMS Prince of Wales’s ship’s cat. During the Second World War, he achieved worldwide fame after Prince of Wales carried Prime Minister Winston Churchill across the Atlantic to NS Argentia, Newfoundland, in August 1941.
As Churchill prepared to step off Prince of Wales, Blackie approached. Churchill stooped to bid farewell to Blackie, and the moment was photographed and reported in the world media. In honour of the success of the visit, Blackie was renamed Churchill.
Blackie survived the sinking of Prince of Wales by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service later that year, and was taken to Singapore with the survivors. Sadly, he could not be found when Singapore was evacuated the following year and his fate is unknown.
In 1949, naval hero cat Simon kept at his post, killing off rats, after being wounded when vessel was bombarded. He was posthumously awarded a medal.
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Felix was the ship’s cat aboard Mayflower II when she set sail from Devon, England, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1957 to symbolize the solidarity between the UK and the US following World War II.
He was given his own life jacket and once suffered a broken paw after a mishap. The paw was set by the ship’s doctor. Photos and stories about Felix appeared in National Geographic, Life, and Yankee magazine after his arrival in the US.
Felix and the rest of the crew marched in a New York ticker tape parade and toured the East Coast that summer.
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