Born: 1868, Kirkley, Suffolk.

Died: 14th November 1900; age: 32; Died of Peritonitis, at Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Residence: Holmdale, Cotmer Road, Carlton Colville, Suffolk.

Occupation: Carpenter & Joiner.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3961.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.




1871   1, Wellington Esplanade, Kirkley, Suffolk.


Albert was 3 years old and living with his parents & sister.

Arthur Bedwell, 31, a Builder – employing 4 men & 4 apprentices, born Middleton, Suffolk.

Sarah Bedwell, 29, born Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Rose Florence Bedwell, 1 month, born Kirkley.

1 general domestic servant.


1881   Collegiate School, Ballygate Street, Beccles, Suffolk.


Albert was 13 years old, he was a Scholar and Boarder at the Boy’s School.


1891   39, North Hill, St. Peter’s, Colchester, Essex.


Albert was 23 years old, a Joiner. He was a Lodger at the home of 72 year old, widow, Maria Hazel, and her daughters.


Soldiers’ Effects to Arthur Bedwell – father.


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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