Born: 1881, Semer, Suffolk.
Died: 8th April 1902; age: 20; Died of Disease at Elandsfontein, Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa.
Residence: Stone Street, Boxford, Suffolk.
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.