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1903 - John Wylie died on this day.

....Private John Wylie, Hawick Detachment of the Border Rifles, died on Sunday in the Cottage Hospital. He served in South Africa with the 3rd Volunteer Service Company, K.O.S.B., and was invalided home. The funeral took place on Tuesday from the Hospital to Wilton Cemetery, and was attended with military honours. The coffin was wrapped in the Union Jack. A large muster of volunteers, accompanied by the volunteer band, followed the cortege to the cemetery, the band playing the Dead March from "Saul," en route. Rev. D. Cathels, minister of Hawick Parish, officiated at the grave, where the bugle sounded "Last post," three volleys were fired, and the band played "When our heads are bowed with woe."
The Southern Reporter, Thursday 6th August 1903

He had left Hawick for South Africa at the beginning of March 1902.

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