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Brands Commando

Postby kiped1 » Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:40 am

This photo has "Execution Squad, Brands Commando,Transvaal, Sud Afrika." written on the back. My grandfather is first on the left, back row (Charles Jeremiah Dacey).
Can anybody enlighten me to who, or what, Brands Commando were?

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RE: Brands Commando

Postby paulberyl » Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:56 am

Brand's Commando were a South African force that fought the Germans in Africa during the First World War. However just to complicate matters some Afrikaners, who were more sympathetic to the German cause than the Allied cause (given that the Boer War had only ended a few years before), rised in rebellion and had to be put down by South African forces.

That completes my knowledge of the First World War in Africa!

However on the website [link=http://www.militarymuseum.co.za/ANCESTORS.html]http://www.militarymuseum.co.za/ANCESTORS.html[/link] is an email address and they may be able to provide more detailed information. I understand that if you can provide a name and regimental number to them they will try to trace the relevant military records and will send a copy to you.

Regards,

Paul
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RE: Brands Commando

Postby kiped1 » Fri May 09, 2008 6:20 am

Hi,
Thanks for this info.
Cheers,
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