NO7157 : Bamse

taken 11 years ago, near to Montrose, Angus, Great Britain

Bamse
Bamse
Bamse is Montrose's very own war hero and is buried in the town. A St Bernard dog from Honningsvaag, Norway. He stole the hearts of all who knew him - especially children. When he died in July 1944, Montrose schools were closed and 800 children lined the route to his graveside funeral. Bamse (meaning bear or teddybear) arrived in Montrose on the minesweeper Thorodd during World War ll with Captain Erling Hafto, his owner, who registered him as a crew member. He became the symbol of freedom against Nazism for Norwegian troops all over the world.

When the Thorodd was in battle, Bamse would don a personalised Norwegian sailor's steel helmet and stand at the gun tower of the boat throughout hostilities acting as an inspiration to all on the minesweeper.

The Bamse Project under Montrose Heritage Trust raised 50,000 to erect a larger than life-size bronze statue of Bamse at Montrose Harbour. Half the donations came from Norway.Created by internationally known sculptor Alan Herriot, and was unveiled in October 2006 in front of hundreds of spectators.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 3 January, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 13 January, 2007
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 710 573 [100m precision]
WGS84: 56:42.3898N 2:28.5157W
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