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I recently purchased what I believe to be a genuine Africa General Service Medal - Kenya Bar but am unable to interpret the inscription relating to the recipient:

A.S. 374 A/I .(R) Abdul Raoof Khan

Can anyone assist?  Thank-you.

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I would suggest this is to an Asian member of the Kenya Police Reserve.

    ........... 374 Assistant Inspector (Reserve) Abdul Raoof Khan.

The " A.S.' may refer to ' Asian Section ' but I am unsure on this.

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Sometimes referred to as the 'Kenyan Home Guard', the KPR was formed in 1948 as an important of the British efforts to combat the Mau Mau during 'the troubles'.  Apparently Europeans were autmatically awarded the rank of Inspector, so Assistant Inspector for an 'Asian' would make sense.    There was also an African Section of the KPR, made up of untrained black kenyans and commanded by Europeans, or Asians perhaps, so that is an alternative explanation for the 'A.S.' prefix to the serial number.

 

Edited by peter monahan

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