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?
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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.
It looks like he was in the Northamptonshire Regiment and not the Essex regiment, but you make an interesting point. It seems as though the Northamptonshire Regiment was also drawn away from the battle of Modder River (as an example) to guard the railway tracks. This would make sense in the context of Pepy's service.
Thank you for your knowledge and everyone else who has contributed so far. Now to find a photograph!