The Gordons

Lieutenant Alexander Dunlop Best

Lieutenant Dunlop Best was killed in action on a train 4 miles north of Naboom Spruiton 4th july 1901. 'The train was traveling from Pretoria to Pietersburg when it was ambushed and wrecked. Dunlop Best was in command of the escort and he refused to surrender. 'They were all killed or wounded. 'Alexander Archibald Dunlop Best was born in May 1879 the only son of A V Dunlop Best. 'He was educated at Haileybury and Eton after which he entered the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders in April 1899. 'Promotion to Lieutenant quickly followed in October by which time the battalion had arrived at Natal from India.

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