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Guy Farrish

Obviously in another theatre – the Highlanders suffered for their dress at Magersfontein when pinned down in front of Boer positions all day in the sun, the rear of their legs, particularly the backs of the knees, being badly sunburned. Which doesn’t sound much compared to a Mauser bullet but meant that the survivors were not combat effective for some time after.

They had an extra layer of material to carry there as well, wearing khaki aprons in front of the kilts to camouflage the tartans – but not very effective if they went to ground!