Born: 1864, Boxford, Suffolk.

Died: 14th November 1901; age: 37; Died of Disease at Krugersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa.

Occupation: Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 6th August 1883.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 647.

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


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal + South Africa 1901 medal.




1871   Tinker Street, Ramsey, Essex.


Arthur was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Watson, 30, a Carpenter, born Boxford.

Isabella Watson (nee Josling), 34, born Boxford.

James Watson, 10, born Boxford.

Ann Maria Watson, 2 months, born Boxford.


1881   5 Back – 82, Albion Street, Ipswich.


Arthur was 17 years old, a Bricklayer’s Labourer. He was living with his parents & sister.

James, 40, an Engine Fitter.

Isabella, 45.

Ann, 9.


On the 11th March 1888, at the Register Office, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, 21 year old, Arthur, a Private for the 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, of the Barracks, Risbygate, Bury St. Edmunds, married 19 year old, Alice Pollard, born January 1869, Walsham le Willows, Suffolk – daughter of William Pollard, an agricultural labourer and Rosena Pollard (nee Farrow), of 3, Mustow Street, Bury St. Edmunds.

They had 1 daughter:

Ivy Isabella Alice Watson, born September 1896, Madras, India – baptised: 7th October 1897, Wellington, Madras, India.


Soldiers’ Effects to Alice Watson – widow.


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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