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Location: Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal
"Alpheus was born in 1854. He was the son of Thomas Garland and Henrietta Stranack. Baptism Date: 20 November 1854 Event Place: Durban, Natal, South Africa.
He enlisted as a trooper in the Victoria Mounted Rifles in 1877 and served in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, receiving a Mention in Despatches for actions around the mission station at Eshowe. After the war he continued with the Natal volunteers serving for some 18 years total and eventually rising to the rank of Quarter-Master (30th October, 1885).
He was active in several other organizations including the Kearsney Rifle Association and the Zulu Border Rifle Association.
He made his living in civilian life as a draper and auctioneer.
On 5th July, 1881 at the age of 26 he married Elizabeth Stanley (originally from Chatham, Kent, England) at the house of Mr Stanley in Verulam, Natal, South Africa. His occupation was recorded as Draper.
The couple had four children:
Alvin Stanley Ruth Henrietta Leslie Caskell (who died at the age of two in 1899) Merle Elizabeth
He became something of a celebrity in Stanger in his later years being referred to as "Old Alph" by the locals.
He lived to the ripe old age of 85 years, dying on 16 October, 1939 and was buried at the cemetery at Stanger."