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Unit? 5 months 2 weeks ago #80120

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Trying to ID this soldiers unit for the family, Pat. Fegan/Fagan or Feighan, seems to have Fusilier grenade collars, a mixed uniform, would the studio have provided the Mauser as a prop?
A comment has been made ref non regulation puttee wear and bandoleer type/lemon squeezer hat etc
Some talk in family of fighting on Boer side? Seems doubtful, ANY help/comment appreciated.
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Unit? 5 months 2 weeks ago #80121

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Your Photo.......



Looks like the uniform in the middle, South African Constabulary.....



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Unit? 5 months 2 weeks ago #80122

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The rifle is certainly a Boer Mauser, and the bandolier is a Boer one too.
In general, the Boers used captured British kit, esp. during the guerilla phase, but I don't know of an instance where the British used captured Boer equipment... except, just possibly, during the siege of Mafeking when they were at their most inventive.
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Thanks for both reply's, certainly does look like SAC...

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Although your man is of short stature, it looks to me as if his uniform fits him well, so I don't think this is a costume photograph.
If he's not on the QSA medal roll for the SAC, perhaps he could have served after June 1902. The SAC was disbanded in 1908.
It would perhaps be less unusual for a Boer Mauser to be carried after 1902. At that stage the military may no longer been been flush with rifles, and captured Mausers were abundant.
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Unit? 5 months 2 weeks ago #80125

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Have you tried looking for service papers?

There is a Pte 4593 Patrick Fegan of the Royal Irish Fusiliers born 1875 Monaghan - papers on Ancestry or FindmyPast.
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