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Drummer of the Northumberland Fusiliers 2 weeks 3 days ago #61327

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From the AWM site; image out of copyright and in the public domain. "Bushie" and his "saddle" in the foreground. He was taken over by either 573 A Morey or 568 J.Morey of the 3rd Victorian Bushmen.
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Fantastic photo! Thanks very much, IL.

Since Bushie is wearing his 'saddle,' was the photo taken before the Bushmen sailed for South Africa? I can't see how his saddle could have survived all his adventures, particularly being held by the Boers.

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Since the rifles shown carried by the VB in the photo were Martini Enfield .303" - and the contingent were armed with .303" MLE rifles upon arrival in South Africa - my strong guess is that the photo was taken in Victoria prior to departure. I think "Bushie" would have somehow contrived to rid himself of his "saddle" as soon as he could. No dog IL has ever known would put up with the indignity of the "saddle" for very long at all.
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This thread reminded me of the very rational decision recorded in the Important Decisions Book

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djb wrote: This thread reminded me of the very rational decision recorded in the Important Decisions Book


DOG WITH WAR MEDAL.
"Jock," the regimental dog of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, now at Windsor, wears attached to his collar the South African medal, with a bar for each of the following engagements at which he was present: - Belmont, Modder River, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, and Belfast. "Jock," who is reported always to have barked at a Boer, invariably followed the battalion into action. He joined the regiment in South Africa in November, 1899, and returned with the men to England in 1902.

Nottingham Evening Post, Tuesday 19th May 1903

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