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, 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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