Hello there, brand new to this fascinating and excellent site. My interest has been fired up of recent whilst delving into my ancestors history. On talking to my Aunt she relayed some fascinating stories about my Great Grandfather. Thomas Banbury Palmer. Some almost mythical, a womaniser, maverick, entrepreneur, gambler and drinker! Someone who would rather have a fight than a hot meal! Her words!. My type of person! I remember from my Grandmas house a framed box containing, a number of live shells, lead bullets, an african pipe, a tin of chocolates a ribbon along the top stating "The Relief of Ladysmith". Above this as far as I can remember was a document citing the freedom of Canterbury awarded to Trooper T.B. Palmer. Of which my Aunt has the possession. So my research started and have found thus far that he was a member of The Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles and volunteered to serve in South Africa in 1899. He was amongst the group known as Lord Harris's first Eleven. A picture exists of this band with one obvious candidate whom I believe is my Great Grandfather - Spitting image of my Father. I am planning a visit to the Museum at Hever Castle in March and was wondering if anyone has any relevant information either towards Trooper T.B. Palmer or his regiments in Africa. It all gets a bit confusing on arrival in Africa they joined The South African Light Horse amongst other volunteer forces and then begins to get a bit blurry for me. As I am new to all this research and history any help would be hugely appreciated.