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Bugler Dunne
Bugler Dunne 
 

Western Mail, Thursday 16 November 1933, page 2

Bugler Dunne.

Interest has been revived recently in the exploit of Bugler John Francis Dunne at the battle of Colenso in the South African War. Dunne was impersonated on several occasions, and the publicity given to the death of the latest masquerader nearly lost the real Dunne his job as steward on the SS Montero. His associates, who knew his story, thought that he must be "putting one over" them, and for his own protection Dunne produced the documentary and photographic evidence necessary to prove his identity.

Bugler Dunne was the 14-year-old soldier who heard the Boers sound the "retreat" on a bugle, as ruse to demoralise the British. He knew that the orders were that the "retreat" must never be sounded, and so countered it by blowing the "advance." For his initiative and courage Queen Victoria presented him with a silver bugle.