|Images from East, West and Central Africa
Originally unidentified, I now believe this
officer in Egyptian service to be Captain
John Crum Grahame DSO of the Highland
Light Infantry while attached to the
Egyptian Army/Sudan Civil Administration
|James Thompson Hague
Sultan of Zanzibar
The King's African Rifles
|Arab chief: "In this wilderness you will find only Allah's terrible whimsy."
from the 1990 Bob Rafelson film Mountains of the Moon
|Lord Edric Frederick Gifford V.C.
24th Regiment of Foot
|Henry Morton Stanley
New York Herald
|William Hyder Abdel Malek
Uganda Civil Servive
Uganda/British East Africa
Putting all hyperbole aside, William Hyder
Abdel Malek of the Uganda Civil Service was
indeed the son of a sheik - at least according
to his father’s 1870 marriage certificate.
William was born about 1871 in Syria to
Abdelghani Hyder Abdelmalek a Levantine
subject of the Ottoman Empire and the
former Miss Eliza Agnes Morgan.
William’s parents had been married in
London on 27 May, 1870 and had
returned to Syria for a short time where
he was born. The family came back to
Caernarvonshire and the elder
Abdelmalek* applied for and was granted
British citizenship on 4 March 1875.
Although the precise social standing
within the Ottoman Empire that
Abdelghani held is uncertain it was
without doubt of the higher echelons since
he is listed variously with the Turkish
honorifics of “bey” and “effendi” as well
as the afore mentioned “sheik”.
Abdelghani served in Egypt during the
1884-85 Nile Campaign and was granted
the right by the Queen to wear the 4th
Class Order of Osmanieh “in recognition
of his eminent services during the late
operations in Egypt.”