I hear you Paul, thank you, but somehow I was under the impression he was deployed with the British troops to South Africa. Sure enough it was before the Great war. He was back and forth from here to the UK. and visa versa. his wife was in the UK. initially while he was here. He was a boxing champion among the British soldiers and played soccer for Tottenam Hotspur. He was responsible for Shipping mules to the British forces fighting in the South African war. All points to a British soldier. His first born son came into being in the UK. Thereafter he brought his wife and son to live here in Africa. this is what prompted my question, were the British active in the South African war (the Boer war) at the time and then it just ran from there into the Great war?
It would be about the right time.