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77 years ago: Faith the Church cat who survived the Blitz

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"From the P.D.S.A. to Faith of St. Augustine's, Watling Street, E.C.

For steadfast courage in the Battle of London, September 9th, 1940."


Among all the horrors going on, I thought a brighter story might help. This year marks the anniversary of a small church cat's incredible survival. Faith, the church cat at St Augustine's and St Faith's Church in London, had been a stray adopted by the church who lay at the vicar's feet while he preached.


In September 1940 she survived three nights of fire-bombing which destroyed the church she lived in. Hidden in the cellar with her kitten, she was rescued from the still-burning building by the vicar shortly before it collapsed. She and her kitten were amazingly unharmed, and she returned to the church daily during the rebuilding which helped inspire the congregation to continue. She was presented with a silver Dickin Medal for Courage in 1945, at a ceremony attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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