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    Captain Alexander Lawrence Falls was born in 1849 and purchased his commission as ensign inthe 21st Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1867.


    During the Zulu War he was left behind with his company at Fort Napier, Pietermaritzburg.


    He led his company in the Sekukuni Campaign of 1879, taking part in the storming of the Fighting Kopje.


    At Potchefstroom he commanded C Company and was killed during the defence of the Landrost’s office on 16 December 1880, the first day of the Siege. 

    According to Commandant Raaff, Captain Falls was in the passage between the office and the courtroom, leaning against the front door and talking to Raaff, when a bullet penetrated the soft wood hitting him in the heart. He blurted out “Oh God” and dropped dead. 
    Source: “A Rain of Lead” by Ian Bennett, Greenhill Books, London 2001. 

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