Born: 1868, Kirkley, Suffolk.
Died: 14th November 1900; age: 32; Died of Disease, at Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Residence: Colmer Road, Carlton Colville, Suffolk.
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.