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[106] be carried into battle again. I addressed the ‘boy company’ as follows: ‘You are boys, but you have this day been where men only dare to go! Some of your company have been killed and many have been wounded, but recollect, that it is a soldier's fate to die! Now, every man of you who is willing to return to the field, step two paces to the front!’ The brave boys responded at once, described by another as follows: ‘Weak, almost dazed by the scenes of horror through which we had passed, stern duty calls and we obey. The significant “two paces” is stepped and a volunteer section, led by Lieutenant J. Thompson Brown, return and moves to confront the now exultant enemy.’

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