Blurry image of a young man in a high collared, light colored uniform with large brass buttons.

Wondering if anyone can help me identify which army uniform this is? My GG Grandfather (b. 1878) signed up for the Second Boer War in the British army as an Irishman and possibly WW1 in the American army after emigrating in 1902 so I don’t know which era it’s from.

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated!

  • He appears as a young man, so the Boer War. Commented Nov 13, 2018 at 13:04
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    Don’t think it’s Magaliesberg but thanks nonetheless for helping. Must be Boer War so! Thanks to you both. Commented Nov 13, 2018 at 14:56

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The word at the bottom right of the photo is almost certainly the town of Middelburg. Apart from the original one in the Netherlands, there are two in South Africa, one was in the Cape (now the Eastern Cape Province) and the other in the Transvaal (now Mpumalanga Province)


The only thing I could add here would be that, besides the coat buttons appearing unusually large in comparison to those then in use on U.S. military uniforms, his uniform coat also has no "collar brass" (which would have been blackened brass in this era) that would have been required uniform wear for an enlisted man in the U.S. Army during World War I. The one on his right collar would have indicated the U.S. military, and the one of the left collar the military specialty in which he served (infantry, artillery, engineers, etc.).

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