CHARLES ABRAM COBBIN KIDD

 

 

Born: 1872, Mildenhall, Suffolk.

Died: 6th January 1900; age 27; KiA at Suffolk Hill, Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 3088.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, ‘A’ Company, South Africa Field Force.

 

Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony.

 

Next of Kin: Mr. & Mrs. G. Kidd, of Plantation Farm, Burnt Fen, Cambridgeshire.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   The Street, Barton Mills, Suffolk.

 

Charles was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Kidd, 36, an Agricultural Labourer, born Mildenhall.

Emma Kidd (nee Cobbin), 30, born Mildenhall.

David Henry Kidd, 5, born Mildenhall.

Isabella Rose Kidd, 3, born Mildenhall.

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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