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4th January 1914

4 JAN 15 newspapers of the Great War
The press recount the bravery of the  Brixham trawler Provident BM291, Skippered by William Pillar, with First Hand William Carter, Second Hand John Clarke and Apprentice Daniel Taylor (né Ferguson), who picked up  men from one of HMS Formidable's pinnace (Ships boat.) before it sank, saving 71 members of the crew. Another story picked up by the press was that of a Half collie, Lassie who was owned by the landlord of the Pilot Boat, a pub in the port of Lyme Regis who’s cellar was being used as a temporary mortuary. The dog found her way down amongst the bodies, and she began to lick the face of one of the victims, Able Seaman John Cowan. She stayed beside him for more than half an hour, nuzzling him and keeping him warm with her fur. To everyone’s astonishment, Cowan eventually stirred. He was taken to hospital and went on to make a fullrecovery. The story was retold so many times that it eventually inspired the film makers of Hollywood and the legend of Lassie was born.


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