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About John Thackwray
Excerpt "They came from a far land" by May Bell. "John stopped to visit his old friend, George Wood on his way to an elephant hunt in the nearby Ecca Forest in February 1828. George was out but Susan gave John a meal and chatted to him till his Hottentot after-rider came to tell him that he had located a herd of elephants in the forest. He said goodbye to the young Susan, left a cheerful message for George and rode away. A few hours later his broken body was brought back to the Woods' house to wait for transport to Grahamstown. He had been killed by an elephant. It seems he had shot the elephant which had fallen, but when John and a Hottentot went up to it, it suddenly sprang up and caught him with its trunk and began to run away with John firmly caught up in the trunk. He was found soon after, quite dead."