he was entitled to the Queen’s South Africa Medal with the clasps “Transvaal” and “South Africa 1902”. While in South Africa he suffered from
an attack of enteric fever.

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. 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. It is possible that his presence in Somaliland was in an unofficial capacity, hence
the lack of mention in the appropriate medal roll.  In 1903 while serving is Somaliland he was attacked and mauled on the face and left arm by a
leopard. At least two entries in
The Canadian Who’s Who state that one of Leckie’s favorite past times was big game hunting and one might
assume that it was while in pursuit of this hobby that his encounter with the leopard occurred.

During World War One he was Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding, 16th Canadian Battalion (The Canadian Scottish) Canadian Expeditionary
Force - 1914-1915. He was promoted Brigadier-General in August 1915 and Major-General in June 1917. 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 Mentions 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 severely wounded during the war on 17 February 1916 by a gunshot that went through his left thigh and penetrated
and passed through his right leg.

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