|A fine study of a NCO of what I beleive to be the King's African Rifles taken in East Africa sometime around 1905.
This man probably served with the 2nd Battalion, Central African Rifles prior to this unit’s amalgamation in 1902 into the King's
African Rifles in 1902. He wears four campaign medals the first of which is the Central Africa Medal w/ bar "Central Africa 1894-98"
earned as a member of the Central African Rifles, the 1887-1900 East & West Africa Medal which was only issued without a bar for
the M'wele campaign of 1895-96, the Ashanti Medal 1900 with bar Kumassi. (Both battalions of the CAR were represented at the
capture of Kumassi) and the Africa General Service Medal 1902-56 w/ unknown bar.
A special thanks to Mr. Mark Reid, formerly of the Canadian Military Museum for his help in sorting out my temporary case of
"Medal Confusion" in regards to this photograph.
Even at this late date he is armed with an early mark Martini Henry rifle.
4 1/2 inches by 6 inches (11 cm x 15 cm)
|Below: Another image from the same album showing a company sized unit of the King's African Rifles. The above pictured sergeant
can be seen to the right of the white officer in the second row.
|Below: In this roughly platoon sized unit our much decorated sergeant can be seen seated on the ground center between the two the white officers.