Born: 1861, Coddenham, Suffolk.

Died: 12th June 1900; age 39; Died of Disease at Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.

Residence: Coddenham, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2913.

Regiment: Suffolk regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony & Orange Free State.




1871   High Street, Coddenham, Suffolk.


Alph was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Samuel Brunwin Butcher, 32, a Boot Maker, born Coddenham.

Emily Butcher (nee Offord), 33, born Coddenham.

Emily Butcher, 8, born Coddenham.

Arthur Butcher, 7, born Coddenham.

Ellen Isabel Butcher, 5, born Coddenham.

Annie Butcher, 3, born Coddenham.


1881   Crowfield Road, Coddenham, Suffolk.


Alph was 19 years old, an Assistant for 37 year old, John Neave, a Grocer & Draper.


1891   99, Queen’s Road, Paddington, Middlesex.


Alph was 29 years old, a Coffee Dining Room Manager. He was married and Head of the Household.

Isabelle, 25, a Coffee Dining Room Assistant.

1 general domestic servant.


Alph’s father, Samuel Brunwin Butcher died 1872, Coddenham, Suffolk.


On the 1st August 1887, at St. Mary’s Church, Rotherhithe, Surrey, 26 year old, Alph, a Draper, of Islington, married 22 year old, Isabella Cowie, of 40, Culling Road, Rotherhithe, born 1866, Rotherhithe, Surrey.

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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