Back in 1949, British sailors were on the¬†warship HMS Amethyst, which came under fire from Chinese Communist forces during a 101 day siege. Despite being wounded by shrapnel, a cat named Simon protected the food rations onboard from rats, preserving the sailors’ food supply.

Now 65 years later, Royal Nav officers laid a wreath on the grave of Simon, their most distinguished cat, who received the PDSA Dickin Medal for his role in a naval siege which cost the lives of 17 British sailors.

To read more about the British war hero cat, click here.