Fonds PR-149 - Muggins (Red Cross Dog) Collection

Muggins, the Red Cross dog, at his first collection stand, corner of Belleville and Government St... Postcard of Muggins at his portable collection stand for the Red Cross Postcard of Muggins, the Red Cross dog, on a stand built for him by the Great War Veterans' Assoc... Postcard of Muggins, the Red Cross dog, with Major General Robert Gilmour Edwards Leckie at the B... Muggins, the Red Cross dog, with General Sir Arthur Currie Postcard of Muggins the Red Cross dog and the Prince of Wales, with young Doris Baker presenting ... Postcard of Muggins the Red Cross dog with members of the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve ... Postcard of Muggins the Red Cross dog with a group of injured soldiers at Esquimalt Military Conv... Postcard of Muggins the Red Cross dog with an injured soldier at Esquimalt Military Convalescent ... Postcard of Muggins the Red Cross dog with two soldiers and a Red Cross ambulance
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Muggins (Red Cross Dog) Collection


  • [191-]-2021 (Creation)

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7 medals
15 photographs
3 news clippings
30 cm textual material

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During the First World War, Beatrice Woodward and her dog Muggins lived at 590 Gorge Road West. Muggins became famous for his Red Cross fund-raising efforts. During his fund-raising years, he was credited with raising thousands of dollars for the Red Cross and other causes. He was photographed with important people of the time, and was honoured with medals for his efforts. Muggins died in 1920.


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The first part of this collection was donated to Saanich Archives in November 2015 by the great-niece of Beatrice Woodward. Additional photographs were donated later. In 2021, author Grant Hayter-Menzies donated research material for his book entitled: Muggins: the life and afterlife of a Canadian canine war hero (pub. 2021).

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Collection consists of records relating to Muggins the dog and his work with the Canadian Red Cross during the First World War and includes medals awarded to Muggins, photographs, and textual materials related to the content and publication of a book about Muggins by Grant Hayter-Menzies.

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No further accruals are expected.

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  • English

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Accession number: 2015-028, 2015-032, 2018-019, 2021-016.

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