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Drummer of the Northumberland Fusiliers 1 year 5 months ago #75071

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"Friends . . . have reminded us of "Nellie," a beautiful black mare owned by the late Mr. W. Ridge, of the Albion Dairy, Joy-street [Barnstaple], which lived to the age of over thirty years. "Nellie" will be remembered as a frequent winner in the "tradesmen's turnout" (distinguished by a milk float and shining canisters) at the local horse shows. As a three-year-old, she went through the South African War as the mount of Dr. John Harper, of Barnstaple, who brought her home to England."
North Devon Journal, 4th February 1932

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Drummer of the Northumberland Fusiliers 1 year 4 days ago #77894

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....Trooper Barrett Stone, of the Gloucester Imperial Yeomanry, says in the course of a letter "The famous fox-terrier dog Khaki, which the old Gloucesters picked up and brought from Bristol, was captured and detained by the Boers at Fouriesburg only a short time ago. This dog has been right through the war, and I have seen this very dog take four horses to water and bring them back safely to their right places. We are hoping yet to get it back again."
Gloucester Journal, Saturday 12th October 1901
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And did the Gloucester get Khaki back in the end I wonder!

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Moranthorse1 wrote: And did the Gloucester get Khaki back in the end I wonder!

Probably not.

FATE OF THE GLOUCESTER'S "KHAKI."
....Corporal J. Hinton Stratton (son of Mr. Richard Stratton, of The Duffryn, near Newport), who served with the 3rd Company (Gloucester) Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa, has recently learnt the fate of his little fox-terrier, "Khaki," which accompanied the Gloucesters to South Africa when they went out in March, 1900, and trekked for eighteen months every inch of the way that the squadron went. Corporal Stratton wrote to Lieut. Gilbert Fox, of Gloucester, to learn "Khaki's" fate, and has received a letter, in which the writer says :ā€”"The fate of poor little 'Khaki' is, indeed, a sad one. He went, as usual, with Lieut. Pā€”ā€” ,of the 2nd Wilts Imperial Yeomanry, to reconnoitre Fouriesburg. and they all got into a very hot corner, and had to clear. The Boers wounded two, and took seven prisoners. They also caught 'Khaki,' and led him away in triumph. We have been all round that district, but have found no trace of him. If he does turn up, you may be sure I will not let him go again. He was very fit at the time of his capture, and fought like a man till over-powered."
Cheltenham Chronicle, Saturday 4th January 1902
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Poor old Khaki.
Definitely worthy of a canine QSA!
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A CURIOUS WAR TROPHY.
....Private Brown, of the Highland Light Infantry, arrived at Dumfries on Thursday on his way home to Kirkcudbright, bringing with him a memento of the war in the shape of a fine grey cat. He picked it up on the Modder River while engaged destroying a Boer homestead, and it stuck to him through thick and thin. It accompanied him to Netley Hospital when he was invalided home ; and six weeks of residence there together only served to cement the feeling of companionship. Puss became such a pet that it would follow its master like a dog ; and it accompanied him in a saunter through the town of Dumfries on Thursday. Returning to the station to catch the Kirkcudbright train, puss was perched on his shoulder on the platform ; but the shriek of a passing train was too much for the nerves of the faithful creature. It sprang to the ground and disappeared in a shrubbery adjoining. A search was made, but puss could not be found, and Brown had to go disconsolate alone, but offering a reward for the recovery of the cat. It was observed on the following day in the neighbouring nursery ground, but it eluded pursuit. Towards evening, however, it was seen and captured in English Street by one of the railwaymen, and forwarded to Kirkcudbright to its owner.
Evening Telegraph [Dundee], Monday 29th October 1900

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