Later made his way to South Afrcia and found work as a General Manager of the Bechuanaland Exploration Company and soon
became involved i nthe First Matabele War of 1893 as a scout with the Salisbury Column. He raised and commanded Gifford's
Horse during the Matabele Rebellion of 1896 and during this campaign lost his right arm to a Matabele bullet.

In 1897 he returned to England as Commandant of the Rhodesian contingent during Queen Victoria's Jubilee procession.

During the Anglo-Boer War he served with the Kimberley Horse at the relief of Mafeking.

On 21 September 1897 Gifford married Marguerite Thorold, the daughter of Capt Thorold. According to an article in the
22 September, 1897 edition of the
New York Times titled " Capt. Maurice Gifford Weds" among the presents Gifford
gave to his wife at the wedding, was the bullet that cost him his arm. The bullet was set it in Matabele gold and arranged
it so that the yellow metal formed a double-headed serpent.

In addition to being General Manager of the Bechuanaland Exploration Company, Gifford was a director of the British
Columbia Electric Company, British Empire Trust, and the Rhodesian Copper Co.

Maurice Gifford died on 1 July, 1910.

The above photograph depicts Gifford prior to the loss of his arm in Second Matabele war of 1896.


Originally unidentified and posted as "The Man in Question", I would like to extend a special thanks to
Colonel P. Michael Phillips, U.S. Army for attaching a name to this photograph.


Cabinet Photograph
John Edwards - Photographer
1 Park Side, Hyde Park Corner, S.W., London, England
c. 1893