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.