Born: 1871, Earl Soham, Suffolk.

Died: 28th December 1900; age: 27 years & 6 months; Died of Enteric Fever at Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

ENTERIC FEVER   Enteric Fever (eneterica serotype bacteria) was a rampant bacterial infection during the South Africa Boer War – 1899 – 1902.

This systemic disease, now known as Typhoid Fever, from the bacterium Salmonella typhi, is characterised by fever and abdominal pain. The disease is spread via the lymphatic system and can affect other parts of the body, or even the whole body. The symptoms usually develop a week or two after a person has become infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, loss of appetite, sickness and diarrhoea. After 2 – 3 weeks intestinal bleeding.

Enteric Fever was originally thought to be spread via dust storms and flies.

Human carriers with acute illness can contaminate the surrounding water supply through their faeces, which contain a high concentration of the bacteria. The polluted water supply can, in turn, taint the food supply. Enteric (Typhoid) Fever is then contracted by drinking or eating contaminated food or water. This bacteria can survive for weeks in water or dried sewage.

In 1897, an effective vaccine was developed by Almroth Wright and William Leisman, at the Army Medical School, Netley. At the time of the Boer War, the new inoculation had many side effects, and soldiers refused voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War.

Residence: Occold, Suffolk.

Occupation: Carpenter’s Assistant.

Enlistment Location: Woolwich; Date: 9th August 1894; Age: 21 years & 2 months; Religion: Wesleyan. Next of Kin: parents – John & Emily Peck, of Occold, Suffolk. Height: 5ft 3ins, fresh complexion, grey eyes & brown hair.

Date of Entry Therein: 30th September 1899 – South Africa.


Rank: Driver/Wheeler; Service Number: 11847.

Regiment: Army Service Corps, 22nd Company.




1881   Occold, Suffolk.


Albert was 9 years old and living with his maternal grandparents.

William Ship, 69, an Agricultural Labourer, born Occold, Suffolk.

Mary Ship, 65, born Debenham, Suffolk.


1891   “The Atlas” 23, Ladfield Road, Stoke Newington, London.


Albert was 19 years old, a Licensed Victualler’s Assistant. He was living with his paternal uncle and aunt & cousins.

William Walter Ship, 50, a Licensed Victualler, born Occold, Suffolk.

Elizabeth Ship (nee Greenfield) , 43, born Battersea, Surrey.

Edith Maud Lucking, 18, a Licensed Victualler’s Assistant, born Wandsworth, Surrey.

Rosalia Lucking, 14, a Licensed Victualler’s Assistant, born Wandsworth.


Albert’s father: John Peck, born 1949, Thorndon, Suffolk, a Maltster.

Albert’s mother: Emily Peck (nee Ship), born 1849, Occold.


Soldier’s Effects to John Peck – father.

The Boer War.

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