CHARLES ABRAM COBBIN KIDD

 

 

Born: 1872, Mildenhall, Suffolk.

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

Residence: Plantation Farm, Burnt Fen, Cambridgeshire.

 

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.

 

Cambridge Independent Press – Friday, 2nd February 1900 – A LITTLEPORT MAN AT NAAUWPOORT – The following letter has been received by Mr. and Mrs. G. Kidd, of Plantation Farm, Burnt Fen. It was posted at Naauwpoort on Christmas Day, and twelve days later the writer was killed at Rensburg, on the 6th January, the letter reaching his parents twelve days after his death, viz, on the 18th January. The writer was Private Charles Kidd, aged 27 years. No. 3088, A Company, 1st Suffolk Regiment :-

“I wish I was with you to spend Christmas. Instead of that I must make myself contented where I am, but I hope it will soon be over, as I am fed up with this. We are out all night for three nights a week, and we have not had our clothes off since we came off the ship, but I will make up for this some day, as I don’t expect it will last forever. I hope you will one and all have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year and many of them, and I hope I shall have the pleasure of having the next one with you, but my luck seems out. Still, I don’t think this job will last long after they make a fair start.”

 

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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