5th Border Regiment mascot "Winkles" (forum archive)

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File alt font awesome.svg Posted by mrdeacon » 18 Feb 2014, 23:02
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Have been to Workington library and found this piece of interesting reading.

September 23 1914. It is all about a Private MacDonald from Cockermouth who trained a fox cub and took it to Barrow with him, and the regiment adopted it as their mascot.

But it states that they were going to take it to the continent does any one know if they did.

Mike.

File alt font awesome.svg Posted by kerchi » 08 Apr 2014, 09:53
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What a great name for a pet fox. I can see it now perched on the handlebars of Pte. MacDonald's bike.

As to whether it went with the men to the continent, I don't know, sorry.

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Hmm....Exact opposite to today importing rabies FROM France eh?!! I believe an officer took a hunting horn to Arnhem in WW2 - perhaps has not an actual fox though!

Cheers Paul

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Found the picture in The Whitehaven News when I went to Whitehaven Archives.

I wonder if this is Winkles.

File alt font awesome.svg Posted by kerchi » 29 Aug 2016, 14:51
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Yes, looks like you found Winkles. Great find Mike!

Is the first newspaper article from the Workington Star?

File alt font awesome.svg Posted by mrdeacon » 31 Aug 2016, 20:43
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Hi Chris it is from the West Cumberland Times.
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Ok, thanks. I'll make a copy and put it in the West Cumberland Times forum.