Born: 20th June 1881, Luton, Bedfordshire.

Baptised: 1881, at Christ Church, Luton, Bedfordshire. Parents: Charles William & Elizabeth Ellingham.

Died: 15th June 1900; age: 18; Died of Disease at Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.

Residence: 37, Verulam Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 4660.

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


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




1891   5, Regent Street, Luton, Bedfordshire.


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

Charles William Ellingham, 28, a Straw Hat Blocker, born Luton.

Elizabeth Ellingham (nee Welch), 31, a Straw Hat Maker – at home, born Cowley, Middlesex.

Stanley Walter Ellingham, 8, born Luton.

Cyril Glover Ellingham, 6, born Luton.

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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