Bugler vs. the Boers, the Boer War, 1889
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Musicians in battle: pictures of the brave and the bold
7. Bugler vs. the Boers, the Boer War, 1889
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.