Born: 1873, Brierfield, Lancashire.

Died: 31st January 1901; age: 27; Died of Enteric Fever, at Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

ENTERIC FEVER   Enteric Fever (eneterica serotype bacteria) was a rampant bacterial infection during the South Africa Boer War – 1899 – 1902.

This systemic disease, now known as Typhoid Fever, from the bacterium Salmonella typhi, is characterised by fever and abdominal pain. The disease is spread via the lymphatic system and can affect other parts of the body, or even the whole body. The symptoms usually developed a week or two after a person had became infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, lose of appetite, sickness and diarrhoea. After 2 – 3 weeks intestinal bleeding.

Enteric Fever was originally thought to be spread via dust storms and flies.

Human carriers with acute illness can contaminate the surrounding water supply through their faeces, which contains a high concentration of the bacteria. The polluted water supply can, in turn, taint the food supply. Enteric (Typhoid) Fever is then contracted by drinking, or eating the contaminated food or water. This bacteria can survive for weeks in water or dried sewage.

In 1897, an effective vaccine was developed by Almroth Wright and William Leisman, at the Army Medical School, Netley. At the time of the Boer War, the new inoculation had many side effects, and soldiers refused the voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War. 

Occupation: Cotton Weaver.

Enlistment Date: 30th January 1893.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3448.

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


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




1881   Quaker Bridge, Reedley Hallows, Lancashire.


Arthur was 8 years old and living with his parents, siblings & maternal uncle.

Robert Howe, 40, a Labourer, born Stanton, Suffolk.

Sarah Elizabeth Howe (nee Kerridge), 28, born Stanton.

Mary Ann Howe, 6, born Brierfield.

James Thomas Howe, 4, born Reedley Hallows.

Emma Jane Howe, 1, born Reedley Hallows.

William Kerridge, 19, a Pattern Spinner, born Stanton.


1891   6, Ann Street, Great and Little Marsden, Lancashire.


Arthur was 18 years old, a Cotton Weaver. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Robert, 47, a Mill Labourer.

Sarah, 38.

Mary Ann, 16, a Creeler – Cotton – died 1891, Nelson, Lancashire.

James, 14, a Cotton Weaver.

Emma, 11, a Cotton Weaver.

Annie Howe, 9, born Brierfield.

Harry Howe, 6, born Brierfield.

Isabella Howe, 4, born Brierfield.


On the 22nd August 1891, at Wheatley Chapel, Wheatley Lane, Burnley, Lancashire, 19 year old Arthur, a Cotton Weaver married 19 year old Mary Washington, a Cotton Weaver according to the rites and ceremonies of the Inghamites. Both of 6, Ann Street, Brierfield. Mary’s father – Henry Washington, a farm labourer.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mary Howe – 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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