“Corporal Jackie,” the baboon mascot of the South African Overseas Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

100 Years Ago Today (22 May 1921) “Corporal Jackie,” the baboon mascot of the South African Overseas Expeditionary Force during the First World War, dies. Jackie was very intelligent: he saluted superior officers; lit cigarettes for his comrades in the trenches; and comforted wounded men.

r/southafrica - 100 Years Ago Today (22 May 1921) "Corporal Jackie," the baboon mascot of the South African Overseas Expeditionary Force during the First World War, dies. Jackie was very intelligent: he saluted superior officers; lit cigarettes for his comrades in the trenches; and comforted …
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Jackie was made the SAOEF’s mascot when his owner, Albert Marr, was drafted into war, and would not leave Jackie at home. Jackie received various injuries during the war such as being shot in the shoulder and having his right leg blown off. Jackie was trained to salute when he saw a superior officer. After the war, Jackie was given the rank of corporal, and the Pretoria Citizens Service Medal, then he died a year later in a home fire.

Jackie was awarded a medal of valour for the event of his injuries, and promoted from private to corporal. After the war was over, Jackie was discharged with papers at the Maitland Dispersal Camp in Cape Town. Jackie was not the only baboon made part of the South African army, but he was the only baboon to achieve the rank of private or higher.

Marr lived until 1973, when he died at age 84.



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