Born: 1879, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Died: 7th July 1900; age: 20; Died of Disease at Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa.
Occupation: Farm Labourer.
Enlistment Date: 24th October 1895.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 4281.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.
Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.
1881 Barracks – Out Risbygate, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Charles was a year old and living with his parents.
John Wilson, 39, a Sergeant – Chelsea Pensioner, born St. Luke’s, Chelsea, London.
Mary Ann Wilson (nee Smith), 25, born Risby, Suffolk.
1891 15, South Street, Risby, Suffolk.
Charles was 12 years old, a Farm Labourer. He was living with his widowed, maternal grandmother.
Elizabeth Smith (nee Freeman), 66, born Palgrave, Suffolk.
Charles’s father, John Wilson died 1881, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. His mother, Mary Ann Wilson died 1883, Risby, Suffolk.
Soldiers’ Effects to Elizabeth Smith – maternal grandmother.
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.