BENJAMIN ROBERT HOLLAND

 

 

Born: 1876, Great Blakenham, Suffolk.

Died: 1st April 1900; age: 24; Died of Disease, at Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

Taken PoW 6th January 1900, at Colesberg.

Residence: Great Blakenham, Suffolk.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 3404.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.

 

Clasps Awarded: Orange Free State & Transvaal.

 

Brother to ERNEST GEORGE HOLLAND.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   Baylham, Suffolk.

 

Benjamin was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John Holland, 33, a Game Keeper, born Great Blakenham.

Sarah Ann Holland (nee Abbott), 32, born Mickfield, Suffolk.

Charles William Holland, 12, born Great Blakenham.

Frederick John Holland, 11, born Great Blakenham.

Alice Kate Holland, 8, born Great Blakenham.

Ernest George Holland, 7, born Great Blakenham.

Annie Jane Holland, 2, born Great Blakenham.

Emily Jane Holland, 10 months, born Great Blakenham.

 

1891   College Farm, Great Blakenham, Suffolk.

 

Benjamin was 15, a Farm Labourer. He was living with his widowed father & siblings.

John, 43, a Game Keeper.

William, 22, a Farm Labourer.

Kate, 18, the family Housekeeper.

George, 17, a Farm Labourer.

Annie, 12.

Emily, 10.

Walter Holland, 8, born Great Blakenham.

Lizzie Holland, 5, born Great Blakenham.

Ernest Holland, 2, born Great Blakenham.

 

Benjamin’s mother, Sarah Ann Holland died 1890, Great Blakenham, Suffolk.

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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