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Don’t Call Him the Goat

May 31, 2009

In this our fourth installment of our (quite) occasional series on famous real-life critters, we turn the spotlight on William Windsor, a Kashmir goat, who retired this week from the British Army at the ripe old age of 9.

wwindsor.jpgWilliam Windsor, aka Billy (must be contractual), served as a lance corporal in 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh (including a two-and-a-half year post in Cyprus) and performed his ceremonial duties as regimental goat by marching in front of the battalion. The tradition of the regimental goat dates back to America’s Revolutionary War and the Crimean War many decades later.

Billy the Goat will spend his golden years at Whipsnade Zoo, outside Dunstable in Central England.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. woo permalink
    June 2, 2009 8:24 pm

    That’s the Welsh for you. Odd.

  2. June 2, 2009 11:19 pm

    Doubly odd. There is, to our knowledge, at least one other regimental goat: Shenkin, he of the 3rd Battalion the Royal Welsh.

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