Judy

Pet type: Dog

Breed: Pointer

Born: 1937

Died: 17 Feb 1950

Owner: Frank Williams


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Judy was a liver and white Pointer who was the only animal to have been officially registered as a prisoner of war during the Second World War. She boosted the morale of her fellow prisoners - who believed that if she could survive so could they.

After surviving the war, against all the odds, she was awarded the Dickin Medal, the animals' VC, in May 1946.

Her citation read: "For magnificent courage and endurance in Japanese prison camps, which helped to maintain morale among her fellow prisoners and also for saving many lives through her intelligence and watchfulness".

Born in Shanghai in 1937, she was initially given to the Royal Navy to be a ship's mascot, first on HMS Gnat and then on HMS Grasshopper.

In February 1942 her ship was attacked and the surviving crew had to escape to an uninhabited island where Judy dug to reveal a fresh water spring which is credited with saving the lives of the crew.

Later the sailors, with Judy, comandeered a Chinese Junk and managed to sail to Sumatra but close to the end of a 200-mile cross-country trek across the island to reach Padang they unwittingly walked into a Japanese-held village and were captured.

The crew smuggled Judy along with them to the Gloergoer prisoner of war camp in Medan. It was here that she met Leading Aircraftman Frank Williams, who adopted her and shared his meagre daily rice ration with her.

Judy would often growl and bark to let the prisoners know that Japanese guards were approaching and also to warn the prisoners about dangerous snakes or scorpions.

It was Frank Williams who persuaded the camp Commandant to make Judy an official POW.

Judy survived numerous camp moves and diced with death several times in the sea, in the jungle, and at the hands of Japanese guards who pronounced a death sentence on her.

When the war ended and the men were released, Judy had to be smuggled one last time aboard a ship heading to Liverpool.

After six months in quarantine, Judy emerged as a national dog heroine and was awarded the Dickin Medal. She became the only canine member of the Returned British POW Association.

Frank and Judy spent the year after the war visiting and comforting the relatives of PoWs who hadn't survived.

On 10 May 1948, Frank went to work on a Government-funded food scheme in East Africa and Judy went with him but after two years she developed a tumour, and had to be put to sleep at the age of 13.

Her grave can still be seen in Tanzania.

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Pet type: Dog

Breed: Pointer

Born: 1937

Died: 17 Feb 1950

Owner: Frank Williams


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Pet type: Dog

Breed: Pointer

Born: 1937

Died: 17 Feb 1950

Owner: Frank Williams


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Pet type: Dog

Breed: Pointer

Born: 1937

Died: 17 Feb 1950

Owner: Frank Williams


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