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Divisional Commander with the divisional pet 'Rip'

The Divisional Commander is attending a sports day organised by the Black Watch. The events area has been cordoned off, and the Commander is sitting on the sidelines with the other spectators. Next to the Commander a large dog, the divisional pet known as 'Rip', is offering his paw.

 

During the war, many regiments and units adopted an animal as their pet or mascot. The chosen animal would often travel around with them.

 

[Original reads: 'BRITISH OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE WESTERN FRONT. Black Watch hold sports whilst resting. The Divisional Commander with the Divisional pet "Rip".']

 

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Taken circa 1918