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title Islanders and the Boer War
creator MacKinnon, Darin,
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description Alfred Riggs joined the Charlottetown Engineers, a local militia unit, in 1898. A store clerk by occupation, he had decided to join the ministry when the South African War broke out. The combined pull of patriotism and adventure was irresistible. Riggs put off his studies, offered for, and considered himself lucky to serve in, South Africa. His first battle was Paardeberg. There, on 18 February 1900, he watched his friend Roland Taylor die. "Shot through the heart," "didn't last a minute," "died very peacefully," Riggs and others were quick to assure Taylor's parents. Eight days later it was his turn. In the chill of the early morning hours, he took part in Paardeberg's final stage, a night assault on an entrenched position. Alfred Riggs's adventure ended with three bullets to the head. He was just short of his 22nd birthday.
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1989
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-342
source 26
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.

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title Islanders and the Boer War
creator MacKinnon, Darin,
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description Alfred Riggs joined the Charlottetown Engineers, a local militia unit, in 1898. A store clerk by occupation, he had decided to join the ministry when the South African War broke out. The combined pull of patriotism and adventure was irresistible. Riggs put off his studies, offered for, and considered himself lucky to serve in, South Africa. His first battle was Paardeberg. There, on 18 February 1900, he watched his friend Roland Taylor die. "Shot through the heart," "didn't last a minute," "died very peacefully," Riggs and others were quick to assure Taylor's parents. Eight days later it was his turn. In the chill of the early morning hours, he took part in Paardeberg's final stage, a night assault on an entrenched position. Alfred Riggs's adventure ended with three bullets to the head. He was just short of his 22nd birthday.
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1989
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-342
source 26
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.