Simon the ship’s cat aboard HMS Amethyst. The Hong Kong-born cat received the PDSA Dickin Medal. Photo: courtesy of the PDSA

How a stray cat from Hong Kong became a hero of Sino-British military clash known as the Yangtze incident

When the HMS Amethyst came under fire from communist Chinese forces on the Yangtze River in 1949, fearless feline Simon kept the spirits of the crew up and the rat population down, his gallant efforts earning him a military medal

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Simon the ship’s cat aboard HMS Amethyst. The Hong Kong-born cat received the PDSA Dickin Medal. Photo: courtesy of the PDSA
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