Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Remembering Sergeant Bill...!

Just who was Sergeant Bill you may ask? Well, that's an interesting story that I think you will find educational.

Sergeant Bill, a Tough Old Goat!

Sergeant Bill in uniform with soldier friend.
(Photo: Broadview Museum)

A goat named Bill was pulling a cart in a small town in Saskatchewan when a train, carrying soldiers on their way to fight in the First World War, stopped. The girl who owned Bill let the soldiers take him along as a good luck charm. Mascots were not supposed to go to the front lines, but the soldiers had become very attached to the goat so they hid him in a big crate and took him with them.

Sergeant Bill, as the goat was called, was a big help. He saw action beside his human friends in many battles, including one where he pushed three soldiers into a trench just seconds before a shell exploded where they had been standing.

Despite being wounded several times, Sergeant Bill survived the war. Once the fighting was over, he was even part of a big parade in Germany, proudly wearing a fancy blue coat with his sergeant stripes. He then returned to his hometown where he was reunited with his owner.

Isn't it refreshing to hear a story like this coming from suck a terrible time in our history? I thought so.

Coffee out on the patio again this morning. Fresh cookies to share!


Momlady said...

I'd heard of dogs in battle but never goats. Thanks! Have a great day.

linda m said...

This is a great story. We need to hear more good ones like this. Thanks for sharing. Love the photo.

HermitJim said...

Hey Momlady...
Guess there is a first time for everything. He did good, though.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Linda...
I'm glad that you liked it, and I'll search for more of this kind.
Thanks for coming over today!

JO said...

Pretty neat old goat I'd say and he got to go home and be reunited with his owner. Now that is nice ending

We finally had rain! I'll sit out for coffee with you

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

Reminds me of US Marines Sgt. Reckless a story that Hubby just finished. True story of a small horse used during the Korean War, she moved a heavy gun around and supplied ammo to troops. Maybe you could research her and write about her story ...
Big hugs ~