I have often wondered about the origin of the mascot used for the British Army’s Counter-terrorism Bomb Disposal, so I thought I would look into where it came from.
These are my findings gathered from my interesting quest: Felix was originally adopted by 321 EOD company, Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) in the British Army. It was early in the 1970’s when the unit was formed in Northern Ireland.
It seems at that time the story goes that a signaller was sent to the Officer Commanding to ask which radio call-sign the unit wished to use. The OC having lost two operators that morning decided on ‘Phoenix’, to signify rising from the ashes to conquer terrorism in Ireland.
However, the young signaller from the British Army misheard the instructions and used the call-sign ‘Felix’ by mistake. SSgt Brian Shepherd who was a bomb disposal expert serving in Northern Ireland at the time then drew what has since become the charity’s unofficial mascot.
This name Felix has now been adopted by bomb squads all over the world, symbolising a cat’s nine lives – a quality bomb disposal experts are said to covert, but hope they never need!
At Kirintec we have been proud to support the Felix Fund for many years.
This charity was set up to support any military or police personnel who conducted or assisted with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) duties, and their families. They have raised money for funding therapeutic normalisation breaks, rehabilitation facilities and give much needed support to families of those injured and bereaved.
The Felix mascot appears on many different items. These include badges and various sports wear, which can be purchased from the Felix Fund’s online shop. If you are looking for festive gift inspiration, a unique gift or simply looking to help donate towards their excellent work.