Born: 29th May 1873, Cowlinge, Suffolk.

Baptised: 19th June 1873, at Newmarket Circuit Wesleyan Methodist, Wickhambrook, Suffolk. Parents: Thomas & Emma Martin.

Died: 29th April 1902; age: 28; Died of Enteric Fever at Tafelkop West, Limpopo, South Africa.

Residence: Factory Corner, Cowlinge, Suffolk.

Occupation: Agricultural Labourer.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 4101.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Clasps Awarded: Transvaal & South Africa 1901.




1881   Pound Green, Cowlinge, Suffolk.


Alfred was 7 years old and living with his parents & brother.

Thomas Martin, 41, an Agricultural Labourer, born Cowlinge.

Emma Martin (nee Bailey), 39, born Hornchurch, Essex.

Harry Martin, 6, born Cowlinge.


1891   Queen Street, Cowlinge, Suffolk.


Alfred was 17, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents & brothers.

Thomas, 50, an Agricultural Labourer.

Emma, 49.

Harry, 16, an Agricultural Labourer.

Thomas Martin, 7, born Cowlinge.


Soldiers’ Effects to Thomas Martin – 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 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: Content is protected !!
Scroll to Top