Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1902. Major Robert Bruce Blunt, 2nd Battalion, the Lancashire Fusiliers, died from wounds received the previous day at Langelegan during the Second Boer War.
Educated at Rugby School, he attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst before being commissioned into the Lancashire Fusiliers in November of 1892. Major Blunt served at first in India and the Sudan; he was Adjutant of his battalion during the Nile Expedition and at the Battle of Omdurman. After service in Crete and Malta, he returned to England for a while before his battalion was sent to South Africa in December of 1899.
Major Blunt served with General Buller’s Ladysmith Relief Force, and saw action at the battle of Spion Kop. In January of 1900 he was severely wounded in the leg at Ventner’s Spruit and invalided home to England. Impatient to return to his battalion, he spent some time after the recuperative period as Deputy Assistant Adjutant General at Dundee, being mentioned in despatches and earning a reputation as a first-rate staff officer.
By February of 1902 he was Acting Staff Officer to the colonel of the Natal Volunteers. On the 19th of that month he led a party to rout out the enemy at a farm at Langelegan. His men were left at some distance from the property while Major Blunt and the colonel moved to demand the surrender of the Boers hiding out at the farm. The Boers began firing, killing the colonel and mortally wounding Major Blunt. He lies buried at Dundee, which is situated in a valley of the Biggarsberg mountains in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Robert, from Leicester, was 28 years old.