Biddy's dog collar, 1895 (c)
This collar belonged to 'Biddy', a dog owned by Lieutenant Stanley Edwardes of the 2nd (Prince of Wales's Own) Bombay Infantry. 'Biddy' accompanied his master with the Chitral Field Force in 1895. This campaign on the North West Frontier of India was prompted by a siege of the Chitral garrison by local tribesmen. After six weeks a relief column rescued the 350 Indian troops at Chitral. Edwardes was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his services during the campaign, including the defence of the post of Reshan. 'Biddy' had to be content with the India Medal 1895-1902, with the clasp, 'Relief of Chitral 1895'.
Terriers and other hunting dogs were very popular with Indian Army officers. The National Army Museum holds many photographs depicting officers shooting, fishing and hunting in their spare time. An English gentleman was expected to indulge in such pastimes. A brief look at the photographic record shows that their faithful hounds always accompanied them on these trips.
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