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He lived in South Africa and went through the South-West Campaign with Botha's Horse. He took up Ostrich farming in the Cape Province and ultimately stock farming in Umvoti County before joining the war. He was a Lance Corporal in the South African Infantry and was about to join the 1st/8th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters as a Second Lieutenant, but was killed aged 28 on the 15th July 1916 during the battle of the Somme with the attack on Delville Wood..
His Sergeant-Major wrote: "I regret to learn of your son's death. He was one of my best bayonet instructors while in Bernafay wood. I picked him out to go to the rear and bring up our relief. To do this he had to make his way through the wood under terrific shell fire and guide the relieving troops back to us in the dark. He carried out his duty without a hitch and as you will readily understand the slightest mistake on his part might have meant disaster for those under his care. We had a dreadful time there and poor old A company suffered heavily."
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