Who was Lassie ?

Who was Lassie ?

You've all heard about the famous movie " Lassie come home ", and now there are some stories claiming that this is not just a simple story, but an inspiration.

It all begun during the World War l, where there was a dog named Lassie, who brought back to life one sailor, by licking his face.
It's been one hundred years since then, and a lot of people are thinking that this story precisely was an inspiration for the famous Eric's Knight novel " Lassie come home ".

Seven sailors who were believed to be dead - were left in the basement of a pub in the harbor in Dorset, after the Germans had torpedoed British military ship in the New Year's Eve, in 1914.
The owner of the pub had a dog Lassie who entered the pub and sat next to the sailor, who seemed like he was lifeless.
Kind dog started licking his face, and after a while he was moving. Some people had seen that, and they came to his rescue.
After that, the sailor was fully recovered.

Like we mentioned this story was obviously a big inspiration for the writer, Eric Knight, and that's probably why " Lassie come home " was written.
Interesting fact is that 547 people were killed when a military ship "HMS Formidable" attacked an enemy submarine during exercises in the Gulf of Lime.

About 200 people, including this sailor had survived the explosion.
Was this Lassie the one from the movie and book, we can't know for sure, but what we can definitely say that she was a true inspiration, even today.

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