Born: 30th June 1871, No 2 South City, Dublin, Ireland.

Baptised: 1871, at No 2 South City, Dublin, Ireland. Parents: Edward Daw & Cecilia Mary Daw (Beecham).

Died: 30th December 1900; age: 28; Died of Disease at Springfontein, Free State, South Africa.

Residence: 172, Chobham Road, West Ham, Essex.

Occupation: a Carpenter.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3300.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


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




1881   No. 2 Staff Sergeant’s House, Walpole Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire.


Alfred was 9 years old and living with his parents, siblings & step siblings.

Edward Daw, 49, a Staff Sergeant, Cambridge Militia, born Stalbridge, Sturminster, Dorsetshire.

Cecilia Mary Daw (nee Beecham (1st marriage Burns)), born Walmer, Kent.

William John Burns, 18, born Colchester, Essex.

Thomas Patrick Burns, 17, born Colchester.

Elizabeth Mary Daw, 13, born Shorncliffe, Kent.

Edward Albert Daw, Aldershot, Hampshire.

Cecilia Fanny Daw, 7, born Ely.


1891   West End, Ely, Cambridgeshire.


Alfred was 19 years old, a Carpenter’s Apprentice. He was living with his widowed mother, sisters, step brother & nephew.

Cecilia, 57.

Thomas, 27, a School Master.

Elizabeth, 23, a Clerk – Post Office.

Cecilia, 17, a Dressmaker.

Arthur William W. Burns, 7, born Wardy Hill, Cambridgeshire.


Alfred’s father, Edward Daw died 1885, Ely, Cambridgeshire.


Soldiers’ Effects to Cecilia Daw – mother.

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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