Born: 1881, Semer, Suffolk.

Died: 8th April 1902; age: 20; Died of Enteric Fever, at Elandsfontein, Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa.

Residence: Stone Street, Boxford, Suffolk.

Occupation: Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 19th November 1900.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5673.

Regiment: 28th Mounted Infantry, Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: Orange Free State & Transvaal + South Africa 1901 medal & South Africa 1902 medal.




1891   Stone Street, Boxford, Suffolk.


Arthur was 9 years old and living with his maternal grandparents & uncle.

William Griggs, 66, an Agricultural Labourer, born Boxford.

Susan Griggs (nee Elmer), 64, born Newton, Suffolk.

William Griggs, 26, a Coal Carter, born Boxford – died 1893, Boxford.


Arthur’s mother was Jane Griggs, born 1859, Boxford, Suffolk, a General Domestic Servant, at Hampstead, London in 1881. In 1884, Jane married William Dade, born 1859, Nedging Tye, Suffolk. They had 6 children, and made their home at Nedging Tye.


Soldiers’ Effects to William Griggs – grandfather.


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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