Major Major, mascot of 19 Battalion, dies of sickness

17 December 1944

Major Major's grave in Italy
Major Major's grave in Italy (NZETC)

Major Major, No. 1 Dog, 2NZEF, a member/mascot of 19 Battalion since 1939, died of sickness in Italy. He was buried with full military honours at Rimini.

Major was a white bull terrier who served with distinction in North Africa and Italy. He attained the rank of major in September 1942, two months after receiving a shrapnel wound at El Alamein.