Born: 1880, Haverhill, Suffolk.

Died: 6th February 1901; age: 20; Died of Wounds at Lake Chrissie, Transvaal, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Residence: 12, Waveney Terrace, Haverhill, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5029.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal + South Africa 1901.




1881   Croft Row, Haverhill, Suffolk.


Albert was 1 month old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Mead, 48, an Agricultural Labourer, born Haverhill.

Frances Mead (nee Pledger), 41, born Haverhill.

Mary Ann Mead, 20, a Shirt Maker, born Haverhill.

Emily Eliza Mead, 17, born Haverhill.

Emma Mead, 15, a Shirt Maker, born Haverhill.

Jane Mead, 12, born Haverhill.

Ellen Mead, 10, born Haverhill.

William Mead, 8, born Haverhill.

Alice Mead, 6, born Haverhill.

Kate Elizabeth Mead, 4, born Haverhill.


1891   12, Waveney Terrace, Haverhill, Suffolk.


Albert was 10 years old and living with his widowed mother, siblings & nephew.

Frances, 52, a Shirt Finisher – Factory.

Mary Ann, 30, a Machinist.

Emma, 25, a Machinist.

Ellen, 20, a Machinist.

William, 18, a Mat Clipper.

Alice, 16, a Machinist.

Kate, 14, a Nurse Maid.

Harry Arthur Mead, 8, born Haverhill.

Charles Cyril Mead, 5, born Haverhill.

Violet Selena Mead, 3, born Haverhill.


Albert’s father, George Mead died 1899, Haverhill, Suffolk.


Soldiers’ Effects to Frances Mead – mother, brothers – William, Harry & Charles & sisters – Ellen, Kate, Mary, Emma, Janet & Alice.

One of the notable Battles with a large loss of Suffolk life was the “Battle of Suffolk hill” at Colesberg, Northern Cape 5th- 6th January 1900. The hill was originally called Red or Grassy Hill. The Suffolk regiment was ordered to make a night attack on a Boer position on the heights, four companies, 354 of all ranks, set out at midnight under the command of Col. Watson. The Suffolks were met by a storm of bullets. The Colonel was amongst the first to fall, and the party later retired with 11 officers and 150+ men killed, wounded or captured.

The Boer War.

Suffolk Regiment 

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