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Brigadier General Sir Duncan McKenzie's campaign suitcase

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I was very fortunate to have obtained these items approximately ten years ago.

The hallmarks on the items indicate production at the time of the Anglo-Boer War which further suggests that this suitcase was with the General throughout the Boer War, 1906 rebellion and the German South West Africa campaign.

He also attended the Delville Wood memorial inauguration in 1926 and was the representative for the German South West African campaign veterans.

The suitcase contained a number of items from the inauguration which included menus, seating plans and other items.

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As stated by Chris, the quality is of a very high standard.

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Documentation and other items from the suitcase relating the opening of the Delville Wood memorial in 1926.

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I think many of the senior officers present may have had similar items which would have been kept in the rear areas during the offensive.

I am also fortunate to have General Lukin's "batman's" medals who served with him in this capacity in the Anglo-Boer war and also the 1914 rebellion and German South West Africa campaign.

Lukin went so far as to get parliamentary permission for his man to accompany him to the Western Front as a member of the South African Mounted Rifles and he therefore kept his regular status in the Union Defence Force and he did not attest in the 1st South African Infantry Brigade.

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