Jet of Iada
Jet of Iada a.k.a. Jet (21 July 1942 – 18 October 1949) was a German Shepherd Dog, who assisted in the rescue of 150 people trapped under blitzed buildings. He was a pedigree dog born in Liverpool, and served with the Civil Defence Services of London. He was awarded both the Dickin Medal and the RSPCA's Medallion of Valor for his rescue efforts.
Mrs Babcock Cleaver with Jet of Iada wearing his Dickin Medal
|Born||21 July 1942|
Mossley Hill, Liverpool
|Died||18 October 1949|
|Resting place||Calderstones Park, Liverpool|
|Nation from||United Kingdom|
|Notable role||Dogs in warfare / Search and rescue dog|
|Owner||Mrs Babcock Cleaver|
|Parent(s)||Sire: Jamie of Eggerness|
Dam: Iada Dilah of Lilias
RSPCA Medallion for Valor
Jet was born in Liverpool in the Iada kennel of Mrs Babcock Cleaver in July 1942. He was a black German Shepherd Dog, and in the kennel was initially called Jett, with his full pedigree name being Jet of Iada. He was loaned to be trained at the War Dogs School in Gloucester from the age of nine months, where he was trained in anti-sabotage work. Following eighteen months work on airfields performing anti-sabotage duties he was returned to the school for further training in search and rescue duties where he was partnered with Corporal Wardle.
They were relocated to London where Jet was known for calling out every night until the end of the air attacks. Corporal Wardle and Jet were the first handler and dog to be used in an official capacity in Civil Defence rescue duties.
He was awarded the Dickin Medal on 12 January 1945 for saving the lives of over fifty people trapped in bombed buildings. The dedication read "For being responsible for the rescue of persons trapped under blitzed buildings while serving with the Civil Defence Services of London." Following the war, he was returned to his owner in Liverpool. The Dickin Medal is often referred to as the animal metaphorical equivalent of the Victoria Cross.
On 15 August 1947, an explosion occurred in the William Pit near Whitehaven, Cumbria. Dogs trained in body recovery work were unavailable, so two dogs were sent from the RAF Police Dog School at Staverton, and Jet was collected from his owner on the journey north. After his efforts helped save the rescuers he was awarded the RSPCA's Medallion of Valor.
There is a memorial to Jet in the English flower garden of Calderstones Park, Liverpool near where he is buried. This memorial was cleaned in July 2016 by pupils of Childwall Church of England Primary School and The Reader in celebration of Jet's Birthday. Also in attendance was 93 year old Lilias Ward (née Cleaver) Jet's former owner.
|Int Ch. Cara V. Blasunberg of Welham|
|Hero of Picardy|
|Cillallah of Picardy|
|Heroson of Kings|
|Int Ch. Dovar V. Overstoyler of GD|
|Fanny of Ceara|
|Ch. Welham Susi V. Boll|
|Jamie of Eggerness|
|Allei of Picardy|
|Ch. Janitor of Picardy|
|Beda V. Anderton of Picardy|
|Beauty of Haddon|
|Dominant of Picardy|
|Soceress of Haddon|
|Rola V. Haus Shutting|
|Jet of Iada|
|Ch. Armin Ernalieb|
|Ch. Dolf of Ceara|
|Int Ch. Seffe Von Blasienburg|
|Horst of Dundator|
|Ch. Benigh of Picardy|
|Deirdre of Dundator|
|Abba of Dundator|
|Iada Dilah of Lilias|
|Billo V. Amerbach|
|Ch. Chief of Chorltonville|
|Ali of Chorltonville|
|Jubilee of Stoneycroft|
|Ch. Odin of Penyghent|
|Jetta of Dysbrook|
|Citah of Dysbrook|
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