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9th Infantry Division — World War II — Alresford and Winchester, England
The grave of the 47th Infantry Regiment's canine mascot, Hambone Jr.
Aside from taking leaves to nearby London and partying in Alresford's many pubs, the soldiers of the 47th Infantry Regiment had someone special to help keep their minds away from the stresses of combat.

A dog named Hambone Jr. scurried alongside the soldiers and kept them company until the troops departed Alresford in May 1944 for disembarkation to Southampton and Portsmouth and eventually to the shores of Utah Beach in Normandy, France.

According to New Alresford resident Glenn Gilbertson, Hambone Jr. is remembered as a "brown and white, scruffy little terrier."

"Apparently his original name was Whisky, but the GIs named him in honor of a cook whose nickname was 'Hambone,' " Gilbertson said.

Unfortunately, Hambone Jr. ran in front of an Army vehicle departing Alresford for Portsmouth and Southampton in May 1944 and was killed when a truck, possibly a deuce-and-a-half, ran over him.

According to a 1994 story titled "Alresford remembers the sacrifice and spirit of D-Day" and printed in the Hampshire Chronicle, Alresford residents and 9th Infantry Division veterans paid tribute to Hambone Jr. and fallen comrades during the 50th anniversary of D-Day.

"Among visitors were veterans and their wives from the 9th U.S. Infantry Division who were staying in Winchester for a few days before going over to Normandy for the D-Day Commemoration there," as stated in the Hampshire Chronicle.

"They arrived in Alresford on Friday afternoon and their first stop was a river bank, where a wreath was laid on a grave, which has a simple headstone with the inscription, 'HERE LIES HAMBONE JR., FAITHFUL FRIEND OF THE 47th INFANTRY REGIMENT, 9th DIVISION, U.S. ARMY, MAY 1944.'

"The wreath was laid by Jo Scardilli and George Brown, both of whom were stationed in Alresford during the war. As far as they remember, they were at Northington, but they were not too certain Hambone Jr. was a dog which had been adopted by the American troops but sadly was run over and killed and was buried on the Dean alongside the River Arle.

"Someone else had been to the grave that day. There were two wooden crosses, one of which said, 'In memory of Whisky, alias Hambone. You should have stayed home that night.' The second, 'In loving memory of Staff Sergeant Noel Bellmore, killed in action all those years ago, but still remembered.' "

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