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Captain Mackie - Pembroke, ON

Below, historian John Goldi stands outside the house at Faber's Put where Capt. Mackie was sleeping when the Boers attacked in May, 1900. (The bullets that awoke him have left their mark behind John Goldi's head, and below).

Clad only in his underwear and socked feet, Mackie stood on the steps below and blazed away at the Boers trying to stampede the Canadian horses in a stone krall to the far left.

Left, a newspaper clipping found held together with a rusty pin in the folds of a dusty Boer War book sums up Canadian community feeling.

Gunner William Latimer - Granby, PQ

The Canadian artillery suffered its first battlefield casualty, Gnr. William Latimer, during the same attack at Faber's Put (the farmhouse from which Mackie emerged, guns blazing is in the background). Left, Latimer's statue set up by a grateful people in Granby, PQ, and left below his grave in Kimberley, South Africa.

Above, is the place he died, the remote farm at Faber's Put and the stone kraal alongside which the Canadian guns were parked and in which the Canadian artillery horses were coralled during the night. The gunfire whistled over this site as the Canadians trained their guns on the Boers who attacked from the far left, trying to stampede the horses during the early dawn hours.

Heartfelt Thanks to:

Normand Roberge, Hull, PQ

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