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Royal Navy - Boer War

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I have a photo of my grandfather in the uniform of a Royal Navy rating at around the time of the Boer War when we believe he worked on vessels supplying horses and equipment to the British Army in South Africa. The cap is dark, not white, and on the head band you can see two letters on either side of a central crest of some sort. The first letter is hard to distinguish - probably an A or an R; the second in clearly an N. Then to the right of the crest is an A and a V.

Does anyone know what these letters stand for and where I might find relevant records.

I would post the photo but that doesn't seem possible - or is it?

Phil
 

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