Born: 1871, Worthing, West Sussex.

Baptised: 5th November 1871, at St. George’s Church, Worthing, West Sussex.

Died: 3rd August 1900; age 29; Died of Disease at Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa.

Residence: 109, Lacey Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Solicitor’s Clerk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 6942.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, 2nd Volunteer Company, South Africa Field Force.


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




1871   58, High Street, Broadwater , West Sussex.


Alfred was 2 months old and living with his parents & siblings.

George May, 37, a Painter & Glazier, born Worthing, West Sussex.

Fanny May (nee Brown), 32, born Worthing.

Fanny May, 14, born Worthing.

Thomas William May, 11, born Worthing.

Jane May, 9, born Worthing.

Alice Kate May, 2, born Worthing.

1 lodger.


1881   76, High Street, Broadwater, West Sussex.


Alfred was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George, 45, a House Painter.

Fanny, 42.

Thomas, 21, a House Painter.

Jane, 19, a General Domestic Servant.

Alice, 12.

2 lodgers.


1891   76, High Street, Broadwater, West Sussex.


Alfred was 20 years old, a Solicitor’s Clerk – Law. He was living with his parents, sister & spinster, maternal aunt.

George, 55, a House Painter.

Fanny, 51, a Lodge House Keeper – own account.

Jane, 29, a Lodge House Keeper Assistant.

Frances Brown, 71, Living on own Means, born Storrington, West Sussex.

2 lodgers.


Alfred’s father, George May died 1899, Broadwater, West Sussex.


Probate to Fanny May – mother.

Alfred is also remembered on the Boer War Memorial at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich and at Worthing, West Sussex.

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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