The memorial for the only service dog of the Royal Navy is being violated by scrap killers
Able Seaman Just Hinder is the only dog ever adopted by the Royal Navy, who served from 1939 until his death in 1944
The only dog that has ever officially registered with the Royal Netherlands Navy has had a statue outside of a former British base from World War II, where it served faithfully to desecration by scrap killers.
The notorious Great Dane named Just Nuisance was adopted in 1939 when & # 39; volunteers & # 39; were needed in the fight against Germany and proudly did its duty until its tragic death after being hit by a car in 1944.
He was buried with full military honor, including a firework party above his grave and a bugler played the Last Post.
The news of his death was even passed on to every British ship and naval base in the world.
In honor of the giant dog, who had befriended thousands of seafarers during his service at the then vital British naval base in Simon's Town, South Africa, a large bronze statue of him was cast.
It stands on Anniversary Square outside his former military house, but now the bronze copy of his former hood and collar of the RN, which are on the statue in front of his legs, has been sawn off and probably sold for scrap.
They were not attached to the statue of Just House itself that sits on a granite boulder, because he never liked wearing them.
There are also fears that the scrap thieves will come back to steal the whole image and melt it for scrap.
A bronze statue of the German dog on Jubilee Square in Simon's city has had a replica of his hat and collar cut off by thieves who have stolen it from scrap
Just a nuisance on a train seat on the railway line that caused him problems before he was deployed by sailors to the Royal Netherlands Navy who did not want to see him put down
The theft has brought indignation to the navy town and a reward has been made to capture those responsible.
The news of the theft will bring anger to the locals and the generations of British sailors who know the remarkable story of the Great Dane.
Just Huisance was enrolled in the British Navy after being threatened to be dropped by the local railway company for accompanying sailors on the train to Cape Town to visit local bars.
Dogs were not allowed on the train for free and although the sailors tried to hide the dog, which stood two meters long on its hind legs, this was not always possible and was often thrown out of the train by the ticket inspectors.
Just Nuisance, however, had learned how to operate the railways and would just wait for the next train and jump on it and join other sailors on their way to Cape Town.
A naval officer touches Nose with Just Huisance. The dog became friends with thousands of sailors who would go through the naval base during the war
He would accompany them to Cape Town pubs, clubs and concerts and then drive them around when it was time for the last train to Simon & # 39; s Town before they were safely escorted to their ships.
Annoyed railway chiefs warned the sailors that if they caught the bar of dodger on the train again, he would be knocked down, so to save him the sailors cried out for help from their commander-in-chief.
After long thought, Commander Charles Shakespeare decided to call in Just Overlast with the Royal Dutch Navy as a regular sailor with the trade in & # 39; Bone Crusher & # 39; and the religious name of & # 39; Scrounger & # 39 ;.
Just Nuisance & # 39; s official RN necklace with its name and rank. By becoming a bona fide member of the Royal Navy on 25 August 1939, he received full sailing rights
He underwent and passed full medical treatment and had to sign his recruitment papers with a giant paw print.
And by becoming a bona fide member of the Royal Navy on 25 August 1939, he received full sailing rights.
This meant that he received a pass that gave him the right to free train journeys and that his Royal Navy pass was fastened to his collar and irritated the railway chiefs who could no longer prevent Just Nuisance from traveling with their trains.
The cunning command of the commander to officially engage him in the navy frustrated the South African Railways & Harbors company and meant that he could travel legally and that ticket inspectors could not help it.
In 1940 he received his first official posting at the HMS Afrikander shore base in the base of Simon & # 39; s Town, which oversaw the needs of all visiting ships of the Royal Navy.
Sailors pose with Hinder as, but he refuses the offer of a drink from a bottle
His popularity among sailors in raising morale led him to be quickly promoted to Able Seaman, who gave him the right to complete rations and he got his own bunk bed with fellow sailors at HMS Afrikander.
He had also been assigned a sailor to ensure that he was walked and fed and cared for every day and he was assigned a bed to the Union Jack Club in Cape Town to stay in case he missed the last train home.
If & # 39; sailor & # 39; Just Hinderance had a & # 39; marriage & # 39; with another German dog, named Adinda.
The front page of the official Huisance registration documents. In 1940 he received his first official message at the HMS Afrikander bank in the base of Simon & # 39; s Town
The couple had a nest, two of their puppies, Victor and Wilhelmina, were auctioned by the mayor of Cape Town to raise money for war money.
But Just Hinderance was not an angel and his & # 39; Conduct Sheet & # 39; shows various offenses, including sleeping on a bed in the pet room dormitory, AWOL, and refusing to leave public houses at closing time.
In a more serious crime, he appeared to have killed the mascot dogs of HMS Shropshire and HMS Redoubt and to have spent seven days hiding bones as punishment and warned not to fight other dogs again.
Although Just Hinder did not go to the sea, he was taken to the airport in Wingfield where he was admitted – although completely illegal – by the Fleet Air Arm to conduct anti-submarine patrols.
He was named Just Huisance because he would sleep on top of the gangways leading to the ships, where sailors would scold him and say: & # 39; You are just a nuisance, why do you have to lie here of all places & # 39 ;.
Just Hinderance lived the rest of his career with HMS Afrikander before being fired on January 1, 1944, after being hit by a car that caused a thrombosis that slowly paralyzed him.
On April 1, 1944, his seventh birthday, the marine at Simon's Town Naval Hospital put him to sleep and sailors were registered as openly seen in tears when the base stopped at his loss.
The next day at 11.30 am his body was wrapped in a canvas bag covered with a Royal Naval Ensign flag and he was laid to rest with full military honor at Klaver Camp overlooking his old base.
A shooting from the Royal Marines fired shots at his grave and a lone bugler played Last Post and a granite tombstone was laid to mark the last resting place of the only dog ever officially served in the British Navy.
Simply nuisance by a nurse after being knocked down by a car at the sea clinic in Simon & # 39; s Town. He later died of his injuries
His body was wrapped in a canvas bag covered with a Royal Naval Ensign flag and he was laid to rest with full military honor at Klaver Camp overlooking his old base
The news of his early death was passed on to all British ships and naval bases in the world, because many of the ships with active duty were reported to have entered Simon's Town and their sailors were all on Just Hinder.
His death caused real sadness during the Royal Navy when he became a war legend.
A special section in the Simon's Town Museum contains a collection of all his official papers, as well as his collar and RN-cap, along with hundreds of photos of him with sailors.
A grave is marked with & # 39; Great Dane Just Huisance. Able Seaman R.N. – HMS Afrikander. 1940-1944. died on April 1, 1994, age 7 years
The brave seal had left its paw prints on history, but the news about the bronze statue, made by sculptor Jean Doyle and founded in 1985, was defused for scrap and aroused enormous anger for the local community.
Cathy Salter-Jansen, curator of the Simon & # 39; s Town Museum said: & # 39; It is a total disgrace and all the more nauseous to know what was stolen, will be sold for drug money and the scrap will be sent to China .
& # 39; I'm very concerned that the person who did it will come back and try to steal the whole picture.
& # 39; Simon & # 39; s Town was a vital British naval base in World War II and so many ships stopped here for supplies and repairs, so Just Hinderance would be known to thousands of British sailors.
Simon & # 39; s Town is 40 km from Cape Town and first became a British port in the 1790s, and thus remained until 1957 when it was transferred to South Africa. It is now the joint home of their naval fleet
& # 39; His heroic deeds on the train to Cape Town, when they went beers with beers, were legendary and he always made sure they came back safely before he put himself in bed in his own bed.
& # 39; There was real sorrow and tears from sailors and officers throughout the base when he was put to sleep.
& # 39; It's pretty remarkable to think that in the middle of the war a message was sent to all British naval vessels and shore-based settlements wherever it was to break the news of the death of Just Huisance & # 39 ;, she said.
A South African police spokesman confirmed that a case of theft was being investigated.
Simon & # 39; s Town is 40 km from Cape Town and first became a British port in the 1790s, and thus remained until 1957 when it was transferred to South Africa.
It is now the joint home of their naval fleet.
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