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I work in a museum in New Zealand and we hold a flag which I am cataloguing into our collection. There is absolutely no information but I am assuming it dates from the Boer War. I have attached a photograph. I have written down some of the names written on the flag, and they include the following:
A.C. Silvester C.E.R.A
S. G. Londt E.A.
Jock Mac Goossard
D. M. Mondiego
E. R. Sills C.O.
A. Hargreaves
A. J. WIllinch
R. Meintjes
R. Templar
C.H.A. Nash E/O
Colin G. Caro

I would appreciate any information about this flag i.e. date, any related Regiments, battle etc. It is out of my area of expertise!
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Rosemary Deane
Rotorua Museum
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Flag 4 years 10 months ago #54936

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Welcome to the site. The flag you illustrate appears to be the RSA flag from period 1978-94. Judging from the post nominal initials "C.E.R.A." I think that means a Naval rank; Chief Engine Room Artificer. "E.A." sounds like Engine Room Artificer. Perhaps the flag is one flown by the South African navy?
Sorry, I cannot see that it relates to the South African campaign 1899-1902.
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Definitely not Boer War Rosemary. The Union of South Africa came about with the amalgamation of the four "colonies" in 1910 - this flag, with a few minor variations, dates from that era.

The flag in the centre to the left of your photo is the old ZAR (Transvaal) flag. The one in the centre is the old Orange Free State flag and the Union Jack to the right represents the 2 "British" colonies in the Cape Colony and Natal.

I would agree with IL on the rest.

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Rosemary, I agree with IL and Rory.
Several years ago I found one in an antiques shop in Houston about the size of a page of paper mounted with a small wood stick. Like school children might be given to wave at a parade or to welcome an important person.
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Thank you everyone! You can see my post was based on complete ignorance! So, just to clarify, what date range would you say the flag could be from? You said post 1978, so not World War II era even? It looks like it has some age to it. The names on it are not New Zealanders and I am guessing by the number of Dutch and German names, maybe South African names? Thanks again and sorry for all the questions.

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The flag you have was used between 1928 and 1994, when it was replaced by the flag currently in use.
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