Images from East, West and Central Africa
Originally unidentified, I now believe this
officer in Egyptian service to be Captain
John Crum Grahame DSO of the Highland
Light Infantry while attached to the
Egyptian Army/Sudan Civil Administration
c. 1904.
James Thompson Hague
Medical Officer
to the
Sultan of Zanzibar
c. 1880
Sergeant-Major
The King's African Rifles
c.1905
Arab chief: "In this wilderness you will find only Allah's terrible whimsy."
                                                                                                                                             from the 1990 Bob Rafelson film Mountains of the Moon
Lord Edric Frederick Gifford V.C.
2nd Battalion
24th Regiment of Foot
1874
(Autographed)
Henry Morton Stanley
New York Herald
1880
William Hyder Abdel Malek

Uganda Civil Servive

Uganda/British East Africa

c. 1899
Putting all hyperbole aside, William Hyder
Abdel Malek of the Uganda Civil Service was
indeed the son of a sheik - at least according
to his father’s 1870 marriage certificate.  
William was born about 1871 in Syria to
Abdelghani Hyder Abdelmalek a Levantine
subject of the Ottoman Empire and the
former Miss Eliza Agnes Morgan.

W
illiam’s parents had been married in
London on 27 May, 1870 and had
returned to Syria for a short time where
he was born. The family came back to
Caernarvonshire and the elder
Abdelmalek* applied for and was granted
British citizenship on 4 March 1875.
Although the precise social standing
within the Ottoman Empire that
Abdelghani held is uncertain it was
without doubt of the higher echelons since
he is listed variously with the Turkish
honorifics of “
bey” and “effendi” as well
as the afore mentioned “
sheik”.  
Abdelghani served in Egypt during the
1884-85 Nile Campaign and was granted
the right by the Queen to wear the 4th
Class Order of Osmanieh “
in recognition
of his eminent services during the late
operations in Egypt.