Born: 1867, Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire.

Died: 17th August 1900; age: 32; Died of Dysentery, at Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.


Occupation: Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 21st November 1885.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2452.

Regiment: 8th Mounted Infantry, Suffolk Regiment, South Africa Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: Johannesburg, Cape Colony & Orange Free State.




1871   North End, Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.


Charles was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Charles Hemmings, 34, a Labourer, born Bassingbourn.

Emma Hemmings (nee Fortune), 33, born Bassingbourn.

Frederick Charles Hemmings, 14, a Labourer, born Bassingbourn.

William Hemmings, 10, born Bassingbourn.

Elizabeth A. Hemmings, 8, born Bassingbourn.

Alfred Hemmings, 5, born Bassingbourn.

James Hemmings, 1, born Bassingbourn.


1881   North End, Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.


Charles was 14 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Charles, 45, an Agricultural Labourer.

Emma, 44.

William, 19, an Agricultural Labourer.

Alfred, 15, an Agricultural Labourer.

James, 11.

Eliza Hemmings, 9, born Bassingbourn.

Charlotte Hemmings, 6, born Bassingbourn.

David Hemmings, 4, born Bassingbourn.

Arthur Hemmings, 2, born Bassingbourn.


In 1899, Edmonton, London, Charles married Florence Ann Bunce, a packer at a cartridge factory, born February 1875, 83, Grove Street, Wantage, Berkshire – daughter of Elijah Bunce, a gardener and Mary Bunce (nee Wetheral), of 7, Wakefield Street, Edmonton.


Soldiers’ Effects to Florence Hemmings – widow.


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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