CECIL ARBUTHNOT WHITE

 

 

Born: 17th August 1874, 10, Devonshire Place, Marylebone, London.

Baptised: 17th September 1874, at Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone Road, London. Parents: Robert Holmes White & Elizabeth Sarah White, of 10, Devonshire Place, Portland Street, Middlesex.

Died: 6th January 1900; age: 25; KiA at Suffolk Hill, Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: Boulge Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk, and 10, Devonshire Place, Portland Street, Middlesex.

 

Cecil joined the Suffolk Regiment from the Derbyshire Regiment, 3rd Battalion in May 1897.

Promoted to Lieutenant – March 1899.

 

Rank: Lieutenant.

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

 

Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   10, Devonshire Place, Portland Street, Middlesex.

 

Cecil was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Robert Holmes White, 47, a Solicitor, born Blackheath, Kent.

Elizabeth Sarah White (nee Frith), 49, born Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

Margaret White, 17, born Marylebone.

Caroline Henrietta White, 15, born Marylebone.

Agnes Mary White, 10, born Marylebone.

Ralph Layard White, 9, born Marylebone.

1 governess.

1 nurse.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

1 under housemaid.

1 ladysmaid.

1 under nurse.

1 kitchenmaid.

1 footman.

 

Cecil was educated at Eton College, Windsor – Durnford House.

 

Cecil was a Lieutenant when he became a Freemason, and a member of the St. John & St. Paul Lodge, Malta – Lodge Number 349 – Initiation Date 4th October 1897.

 

Probate to Robert Holmes White, Esq. – father.

 

Cecil is also remembered on the Boer War memorial at Lupton Chapel, Eton College, Berkshire, and on a stained glass window at St. Michael’s Church, Scott’s Lane, Boulge, Suffolk. The window dedicated on the 25th October 1901 to his, and his fellow comrades memory is situated in the north wall, shows the Suffolk Regiment badge, and St. Michael and Gabriel, and two angels holding scrolls inside trompe-l’oeil aedicules.

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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