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Old 19-03-20, 06:54 AM
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I came across a stack of photos when I bought a lot of British, South African and Canadian militaria. All the photos seem to be of the same group of servicemen, followed over time. Can someone please identify this regiment?
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Old 19-03-20, 08:09 AM
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The first photo is definitely South African (Union Defence Forces). The officer in the peaked cap is Brig Gen (or possibly Maj Gen) George Brink, the officer on the extreme left looks like Matie du Toit. As far as unit goes, I'd say SA Staff Corps -- possibly the 1st SA Division HQ staff. Earliest possible date would be September 1939 (when Brink was promoted to brig gen).

These are not the same group who appear in either of the other two photos. In neither of those photos do the uniforms look South African.
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Old 19-03-20, 08:21 AM
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Thanks, Arthur!
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Old 19-03-20, 11:44 AM
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The other two photos have the hallmarks of South African forces too, especially the second photo with a large group gathered around a memorial, where the distinctive, small sun helmet can clearly be identified. Unfortunately no regimental insignia is discernible.
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Old 19-03-20, 03:40 PM
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The other two photos have the hallmarks of South African forces too, especially the second photo with a large group gathered around a memorial, where the distinctive, small sun helmet can clearly be identified. Unfortunately no regimental insignia is discernible.
After another look at the photo of the troops around the memorial, I agree. The chap in the centre is wearing the polo helmet, tunic and shorts uniform. I wonder if this was one of the Italian monuments in Somaliland, Ethiopia or Libya?
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Old 19-03-20, 08:57 PM
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After another look at the photo of the troops around the memorial, I agree. The chap in the centre is wearing the polo helmet, tunic and shorts uniform. I wonder if this was one of the Italian monuments in Somaliland, Ethiopia or Libya?
I thought it might be Jan Smuts or some other memorial relating to leading lights in the Boer Republics.
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