Signed as Fred to his mother on the reverse of this real photo postcard, this soldier identified himself as a member of
the Eastern Mounted Rifles.

First raised in 1902 and headquartered at Standerton, the Eastern Mounted Rifles was commanded by Sir Hugh
Archibald Wyndham. The unit lasted until 1907 when it was merged with other Transvaal volunteer units to form the
Southern Mounted Rifles. During the 1906 Bhambatha Rebellion members of the unit were attached to the Zululand
Field Force.

Although a relatively short-lived unit, the EMR was rather splendidly uniformed.

Real Photo Post Card
Unknown Photographer
Transvaal, South Africa
c. 1905
The reverse inscription written by Fred to his mother. In it he mentions Ruby who seems to have been his wife as well
as their children. As no address is present and he wrote on both sections of the card's reverse it is an educated
assumption that this card was either mailed in an envelope or included inside a parcel.