|Direct evidence is rather scant but these two officers may have belonged to the Port Elizabeth Volunteer Artillery. Each appears to have single garter star rank pips on their shoulder
straps making then out to be lieutenants. The standing officer has bursting bomb or grenade badges on his collar. While the seated man wears no badges of unit affiliation, he does
wear the ribbon for the Cape of Good Hope General Service Medal (1900). Both wear black crepe mourning bands on their left arms, possibly commemorating the death of Queen
The Port Elizabeth Volunteer Artillery was originally raised in 1859 and served around Kimberly during the Anglo-Boer War. The unit may have become part of Prince Alfred's Own
Cape Artillery sometime after the end of the Anglo-Boer War.
One interesting detail in the photograph is the tiger skin rug at the officer's feet. It brings to mind the famous line in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life: "A Tiger? In Africa?"
Arthur Green - Photographer
Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony, South Africa