16:12 Tuesday 10 December 2013

Former watchman has died

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

A FORMER regimental mascot of The Staffordshire Regiment has died after a long and storied service.

Colour Sergeant Watchman IV, first appointed mascot of the Staffordshire Regiment in March 1999 and later regimental mascot to the Staffordshire Regiment Association died on December 5 aged 15.

Secretary of the Staffordshire Regiment Association Jim Massey said: “Watchman IV was a very, very patient dog. He would go to functions where he was surrounded by children petting and stroking him and he never rose or got cross with it.

“He was 15 years old when he died, which is old for a dog and even older for a Staffie, who usually live until they are 10 or 12.

Mr Massey said as sad as everyone had been at Watchman’s death, they preferred to celebrate his life than mourn his passing.”

His handler, Colour Sergeant Malcolm Bower died before him and Malcolm’s widow, Coral has looked after him in his final four years, spent in retirement after handing over duties to Watchman V.

His predecessors are all buried outside Burton Town Hall and details of a suitable burial ceremony are currently being arranged.

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