|Direct evidence in rather scant but my guess is that these two officers belonged to the Port Elizabeth Volunteer Artillery. Each appears to have single garter star rank pips on their
shoulder straps making then out to be lieutenants. The standing officer has bursting bomb or grenade badges on his collar and while the seated man wears no emblems of unit
affiliation at all he does wear the ribbon for the Cape of Good Hope General Service Medal. Both wear black crepe mourning bands on their left arms commemorating the recent death
of Queen Victoria.
The unit was originally raised in 1859 and served around Kimberly during the Anglo-Boer War. The unit may have become part of Prince Alfred's Own Cape Artillery sometime after
the end of the Anglo-Boer War.
One interesting detail in the photograph is the tiger skin rug at the officer's feet. It brings to mind the famous line in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life: "A Tiger? In Africa?"
Arthur Green - Photographer
Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony, South Africa