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Thread #121321   Message #2647799
Posted By: The Vulgar Boatman
03-Jun-09 - 07:49 PM
Thread Name: One day no-one will march by at all..
Subject: RE: One day no-one will march by at all..
Ed, there was a Boer war General - Sir George White.
At the age of sixteen, I knew an old soldier who had not only fought in the WW1 and Boer War, but was in the battle of Omdurman with the Lancers. If you Google Sgt. John Freeman, you'll find a biography of the old boy from his days as a railway policeman. At the age of 96 he still stood bolt upright and retained his cavalry moustache. We would drink South African sherry and discuss the contents of the Daily Telegraph. I still have the magnifying glass that he used to read it. And he sang folk songs and popular songs from those days..."Gaily the Troubadour" was particularly vulgar as I recall.
He outlived the other survivor from Omdurman - one Winston Spencer Churchill - by a couple of years.