Just Nuisance was the only dog ever to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy!This Great Dane from Cape Town served mainly as a morale booster for the troops between 1939 and 1944.
He was enlisted on August 25th, 1939 under the surname of “Nuisance” and forename of “Just”. He never went to sea but he accompanied sailors on train journeys and escorted them back to the base when the pubs closed.
Later in 1944, Nuisance was involved in a car accident which caused him a thrombosis, which gradually paralyzed him. He then was discharged from the navy. He was put to sleep at Simon’s Town Naval Hospital and was buried with full naval honors, which included a gun salute.
His grave is currently located on top of the hill at Klawer, at the former SA Navy Signal School, and a statue of him can be found in Jubilee Square at Simon’s Town which commemorates his life.