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In the olden days, if you played a drum, fife, bagpipes or bugle, the likelihood was you'd find yourself in the line of fire. Mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with our gallery of some of the most heroic musicians ever.
Buglers as young as 12 became valued members of the British army, sounding the calls that moved men about the battlefield and the camp. Two days into the war, during the second Battle of Elandslaagte on 21 October 1889, bugle boy John Shurlock joined the chase against the fleeing Boers, shooting three of them. He became a hero of the British campaign.
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