Leckie’s military decorations included the Queen’s South Africa Medal with the claps “ Transvaal” and “South Africa 1902”. Although I have been unable
to find him listed on the appropriate medal roll he should have been entitled to the Africa General Service Medal with the “Somaliland 1902-04” clasp.
While no World War One Medal Index Card has been found at this time it can be assume that Leckie was entitled to the 1914-15 Star and the British War
and Victory Medals. During World War One Leckie would, receive at least two Mention in Despatches with the first being on 22 June, 1915 a second on 15
June, 1916 when he was also created a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George for his military services. Leckie was also wounded during the
war, apparently in 1916.

Leckie seems to have left South Africa soon after the end of the Anglo-Boer War for service in Somaliland during the 1902-04 campaign against Sayyīd
Muhammad Abd Allāh al-Hasan who was also known as the “Mad Mullah”. Invalided to Britain in 1904 Leckie was quoted in the 13 January, 1904 edition of
the
New York Times with his opinion of the ultimate outcome of the war. He stated that the recent defeat of the Mad Mullah was the beginning of the end of
his power and that al-Hasan’s forces were now scattered. He also stated that it was his view that Somaliland would have to be occupied. In the end
al-Hasan would defy the British until 1920 when he died from influenza. It should be noted that in Leckie’s World War One attestation papers he lists his
service with the Canadian Forces at home and in South Africa but does not list his service in Somaliland.

Robert G. E. Leckie married Miss Eileen Sunderland on 12 December, 1919 at Victoria, British Columbia. No children are known.

Robert Gilmour Edwards Leckie died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 22 June, 1922.
Above: A rather sad looking Private Hartley B. French of the 2nd Canadian Mounted Riflemen in
a photograph probably taken just prior to his departure for South Africa in 1902 during the waning
days of the Anglo-Boer War. He is wearing the Stetson hat that came to typify Canadian forces
that served in South Africa and is outfitted for mounted duties. He also wears a rose pinned to his
tunic which may have been a token from a family member or other loved one.

Mounted Photograph
5 1/2 Inches by 7 1/2 Inches
(14 cm x 19.5 cm)
Unidentified Photographer
St John, New Brunswick, Canada
c. 1902
Mounted Photograph
9 Inches by 6 1/2 Inches
(19cm x 14cm)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Gauvin & Gentzel - Photographer
c. 1900
Mounted Photograph
7 1/2 Inches by 4 7/8 Inches - Trimmed Mount
(19cm x 12.5cm)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Gauvin & Gentzel - Photographer
c. 1900