100 years ago in COUNTRY LIFE
November 4, 1916
IENCLOSE the photograph and history of a cat, Smuts, whose career has been remarkable. Its story runs as follows: ‘June, 1915, picked up as a kitten at St Albans; July 24th, embarked on foreign service to Dardanelles; August 11th, landed Suvla Bay; August 28th, taken to Lala Baba; August 31st, to Australian Gully, Anzac. (During more than a month it lived on bully beef and biscuit.) December 4th to Mudos; December 17th to Alexandria; December 28th to Senussi frontier, Egypt. Still going strong.’ One would imagine that the cat has used more than one of its nine lives in this adventurous existence. Let us hope it has enough left to bring it home at last.—b.