Born: 1873, Brierfield, Lancashire.

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

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.


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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