Captain Robert Douglas Herron

Robert Herron was killed in action at Leeuwkop, April 1st 1902. He was born August 1867, entered the 2nd Dragoons March 1888, being promoted Lieutenant March 1895, and Captain July 1897. He had served in the Boer War from the end of 1901. Prior to embarkation for South Africa Capt Herron had commanded A Squadron which was detached for duty in North Wales. Their kit was thoroughly wet as they had only just returned from an exercise on rain-soaked Salisbury Plain. Within 90 minutes of receipt of the order they paraded in full marching order and were ready to take the train to Bangor. They were instructed to act as an aid to the civil power in the matter of a strike by quarrymen at Bethesda. The local people only spoke Welsh and were ill-disposed towards soldiers. But the behaviour of Capt Herron's Squadron impressed them enough to soften their attitude and by the end of their 3-month tour the people of Bangor had been completely won over.

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