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TURN OF THE TIDE

Duncan McFee of the 78th Fraser Highlanders proved a stickler for military discipline when he was posted as a sentry on a Cape Breton beach in what is now Canada following the 1758 capture of the French stronghold of Louisbourg. He refused to leave his post when the tide came in. By the time McFee’s relief on guard duty arrived he found the former cattle thief up to his shoulders in water. McFee explained that the penalty for a guard who left his exact post was death.
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