|Leitrim Boy was the second regimental pet. He was whelped on November 12th,
1907, bred by Mr. O'Malley, by Galtee Boy out of Carlow Norah. He was
registered with the Kennel Club by his owner, Mr. T.J. Kilbride, with the
incorrect information that his sire was Galtee and unregistered. In June, 1911
he was transferred from Mr. T.J. Kilbride to Mr. T. Kilbride and then in
December, 1911 he was transferred from Mr. T. Kilbride to Lord Powerscourt.
This may seem a little odd since he was presented to the Irish Guards by Lord
Powerscourt in 1910, following his gaining of a second place in the Graduate
Class and a third in the Limit Class at the Dublin Show in May that year.
|Doran was the next official Regimental Pet. He was bred by Mr. F.H.
Purchase, by Ch. Felixstowe Gelert out of Chalfont Wolverene, born May 15th,
1913. He was owned by his breeder in partnership with Mrs. I.P. Crisp
(Hindhead). He was shown during 1914 to 1917 and was then presented to the
Irish Guards. John Baily, the judge at Crufts in 1916, said of him:
"......another very fine hound, good in size, coat and length of body; he
did not make the most of himself in the ring. From his appearance, substance
and soundness, and particularly his pedigree, he should be a most useful dog at
stud, and breeders would be wise to make the most of him."
|| This picture appeared in a newspaper in March, 1922 with the caption:
"Doreen", the mascot of the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards.
The battalion is under orders to sail for Turkey next month, and there will be
much regret if the animal cannot be allowed to accompany it."
"Doreen" is presumably a mis-spelling of "Doran".
It is noticeable that newspaper reports always referred to the hounds as
"mascots", even though they were known in the regiment itself as
"regimental pets" until 1961.
However, there is a photograph in the book "Irish Guards: The First
Hundred Years" which shows the same hound and young handler in the
St. Patrick's Day Parade of 1919. The men in the picture are wearing white
lanyards on their left shoulder and this is said to show that this was the 2nd
Battalion and that the hound must therefore be Frank, the "pet" of
the 2nd Battalion. The 2nd Battalion ceased to exist in October, 1919. Yet,
although it's not very clear, the soldier in this newspaper picture also
appears to be wearing a white lanyard on his left shoulder despite the fact
that the newspaper appeared two and a half years after the 2nd Battalion's
final march. And the hound is undoubtedly the same in both pictures.
|The photograph above is the same as the one in the book
"Irish Guards: The First Hundred Years" (mentioned above) and was
published in the 1919 publication "The Great War". The caption read:
"Mascot dog of the Irish Guards on parade at Warley Barracks on
St.Patrick's Day, 1918. [a year earlier than in the book] They "
made history," said Lord Cavan - in command of the Guards Brigade - of the
Irish Guards' services at the first battle of Ypres."
"Irish Guards: The First Hundred Years" also shows a
picture of two hounds taken in the Barracks and said to be Doran and Frank, and
a picture of Frank leading the 2nd Battalion on its Final March. The picture of
the two hounds is not at all clear but they do look very like those in the
photograph mentioned below, of St. Patrick's Day, 1908, but the wolfhound in
that photograph is quite obviously Brian Boru, of whom many pictures are still
The book "Wolfhounds on Parade" makes no mention of
Frank but it does include a photograph taken by a Mrs. Albert Broom of Brian
Boru (the first Regimental Pet) with another dog believed to be a Gt. Dane
named Dennis (although "Dennis" has neat Greyhound ears). These two
also appear in the photograph of St. Patrick's Day,
1908 on the previous page. It was apparently quite common for officers to
have their own dogs in the barracks, as can be seen from Seán's Story.
In his book "The Micks: The story of the Irish Guards" Peter
Verney mentions the homecoming of the Guards Division following the Great War
of 1914-18, which occurred on March 22nd, 1919. "It was a great occasion
for all who took part and for the schoolboys from the Officers' Training Corps
who lined the streets. The whole of London seemed to have turned out for the
homecoming of their Guards. The Scots Guards brought along the two cows - Bella
and Bertha - which they had acquired at Neuve Chapelle, and for the first time
two Irish wolfhounds belonging to the two battalions of the Irish Guards were
on parade together. One of them caused a roar of laughter when, pressed by the
call of nature, he towed his diminutive drummerboy keeper to the nearest
In the Editorial of the Irish Guards Association Journal of February 1969,
written by Col. Harvey-Kelly, he does say that "No complete record exists
on the Wolfhounds". For the article on The Irish Wolfhound and the Irish
Guards written by Col. Harvey-Kelly for that issue of the Journal,
| The official portrait of Doran
by Heywood Hardy
| A book plate showing Doran leading the
St. Patrick's Day march,
wearing a collar of the Shamrock