Yes that's right and no need to apologise. So that means that he must have fought with the Northamptonshire Regiment in the Boer War and then with the Royal Garrison Regiment afterwards. I was wondering where the "Railway Staff Officer" came into it though?
I am certain that my man did indeed serve along this period of time, let me show you his medals! I was keen to find his service records but they do not appear available online? Only 2 brief pages from the Boer War but nothing from the Great War.
I managed to find Pepy's entry starred to denote POW. I have purchased FRONTIER PATROLS A History of the British South Africa Police & Other Rhodesian Forces. as a start to learn more about these units. I must confess that I know virtually nothing about this part of African colonial history.
I have managed to come by pieces of information here and there as to Pepy's movements throughout the years following the Boer War, but am still puzzled as to where and who he served with during the Boer War? Was he a railway officer or an infantryman?
Reading about the
they spent most of their time after October 1900 protecting the railway line for communication and supplies. On other rolls we see officers being given the role of Railway Staff Officer and I have always thought this was because of the additional administrative and organisational work that came from protecting this vital resource.