Born: 1871, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk.

Died: 11th April 1902; age: 31; KiA at the Battle of Rooiwal, Gauteng, South Africa.

Enlistment Date: 17th October 1889.

Occupation: Agricultural Labourer.


Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 75325.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 78th Battery, South Africa Field Force.


Clasps & Medals Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal + South Africa 1901 medal & South Africa 1902 medal.





1871   Stonham Aspal, Suffolk.


Charles was 3 months old and living with his parents & brother.

Samuel Last, 37, an Agricultural  Labourer, born Earl Stonham.

Caroline Last nee Vinyard, 25, born Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Daniel William Pyke, 3, Stowmarket, Suffolk.


1881   Cottage, Earl Stonham, Suffolk.


Charles was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Samuel, 46, an Agricultural  Labourer.

Caroline, 35.

Daniel, 14.

Sarah Last, 8, born Earl Stonham.

James Last, 7, born Earl Soham.

Francis John Last, 3, born Earl Stonham.

Edward Samuel Last, 1 month, born Earl Soham.


1891   Royal Artillery Barracks Sheerness, Minster on Sheppey, Kent.


Charles was 19 years old, a Soldier ranked a Gunner for the Royal Artillery.


Soldiers’ Effects to Samuel Last – father.

Charles & James’s brother, Edward Samuel Last was KiA, on the 23rd August 1917. Edward was ranked a Private, service number 27296, for the Somerset Light Infantry, 6th Battalion. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Edward was 37 years old, married with 3 children.


Photograph courtsey of Lou Rust



The Boer War.

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