|Place made||British Mandate of Palestine: Palestine|
Palestine. 1942-02. Horrie, the "Wog Dog", the four legged mascot and campaigner of the 2/1st Machine Gun Battalion, pictured in his travelling pack shortly before the unit returned to Australia. Horrie was adopted by Private Jim Moody, 2/1st Machine Gun Battalion, and travelled everywhere with the unit. Horrie's travelling pack was lined with wood, and slits were cut in the back for ventilation. This pack was used to smuggle Horrie back to Australia in 1942. (Same image in black and white held at 076878) (Donor J. Moody)
Horrie the Wog Dog was a white Egyptian terrier cross puppy found in the Ikingi Mariut area of the Western Desert by VX13091 Private James 'Jim' Bell Moody, a despatch rider attached to 2/1 Machine Gun Battalion. Jim took him back to his signals platoon but Horrie was soon adopted by the entire battalion. He went on route marches and accompanied the commanding officer on parade. He was promoted to honorary corporal and assigned the service number 'EX1' (No 1 Egyptian soldier). Horrie travelled in Moody's kitbag when the battalion moved to Greece. His acute hearing meant that he could give the men early warning of approaching German aircraft. Evacuated to Crete on the 'Costa Rica', Horrie survived the sinking of the ship and narrowly escaped being crushed between two life boats. On Crete he acted as a messenger dog. Outlying patrols tied a handkerchief containing a message around his neck and he returned to Moody in the olive groves below.