'All this intelligence work brought me in touch with the District Commissioner, Major Vallentin, then with the Command of the fighting troops. Vallentin, who belonged to the Somerset Regiment, was a man of amazing energy and resource. Not conciliatory by nature, but always cheerful when least accommodating, he loved a fight of any kind and was always ready for adventure. He had been one of the so-called "twelve apostles" who had been sent out by the War Office before the war to report on the state of affairs. He had very advanced views, not only on modern methods of fighting but also on the reorganisation of society. He was, in fact, a Crusader. Strangely impersonal in his aims, and therefore bound either to make his mark in troubled times, or to be removed as a nuisance by careerists in peace time, he was eager to take advantage of any opportunity for distinction. In his effort to find it he was finally shot in an obscure scuffle on the high veldt when serving with the Australian contingent. I mourned him sincerely, for I admired him much. I think he would have come into his own in the World War, and it is sad to think that we lost so good a soldier in such a useless way.'
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