I'm definitely not a military expert but here's a couple of thoughts. A
hat with one side up was typically, but not exclusively, Australian in
both the Boer and and First World War but there were a lot of Australian
units form the various States. Here is a site giving a lengthy list of
Australian and other units serving in the Boer War.
Sometimes the hats of mounted units would also have lots of emu feathers
in the hat bands.
At the time of the Zulu wars, I believe that some local South African
units also had a form of slouch hat but I think it was black.
If the photo was of persons wearing different outfits then it may have
been members of the Bushveldt Carbineers which was about 40% composed of
members of Australian units. Harry "The Breaker" Morant was a member of
this unit. Here is a couple of other sites on the web:-
On 17/06/2010 18:56, Peter Atkinson wrote:
I know that this request is a very very long shot but someone may be
able to help.
In the 1940s/50s we had a framed photo which was taken in S.Africa. I never found out who
the relation was on the photo, but it consisted of 5 - 6 men dressed in colonial clothing
and some wearing large hats some turned up at the side. Some of the men had rifles, and
they were in different poses on a veranda and the steps of a tin-roofed cabin.
According to family folk-lore the photo was probably taken around the time of the Zulu
Wars (or possibly Boer War), as ''the'' relation supposedly had a number
of medals, and he was an interpreter for the Zulu Chief.
On return to England (presumably Hull) he died of pneumonia and had his medals stolen by
the local priest.
Can anyone help?
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