Born: 1873, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire.

Died: 4th April 1900; age: 27; Died of Enteric Fever at Britstown, Northern Cape, South Africa.

ENTERIC FEVER   Enteric Fever (eneterica serotype bacteria) was a rampant bacterial infection during the South Africa Boer War – 1899 – 1902.

This systemic disease, now known as Typhoid Fever, from the bacterium Salmonella typhi, is characterised by fever and abdominal pain. The disease is spread via the lymphatic system and can affect other parts of the body, or even the whole body. The symptoms usually developed a week or two after a person had became infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, lose of appetite, sickness and diarrhoea. After 2 – 3 weeks intestinal bleeding.

Enteric Fever was originally thought to be spread via dust storms and flies.

Human carriers with acute illness can contaminate the surrounding water supply through their faeces, which contains a high concentration of the bacteria. The polluted water supply can, in turn, taint the food supply. Enteric (Typhoid) Fever is then contracted by drinking, or eating the contaminated food or water. This bacteria can survive for weeks in water or dried sewage.

In 1897, an effective vaccine was developed by Almroth Wright and William Leisman, at the Army Medical School, Netley. At the time of the Boer War, the new inoculation had many side effects, and soldiers refused the voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War. 

Residence: Church Street, Trumpington, Cambridge.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3271.

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


Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.




1881   Church Street Trumpington, Cambridgeshire.


David was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John Carless Peters, 33, a General Labourer, born Trumpington.

Mary Ann Peters (nee Lloyd), 33, a Laundress, born Trumpington.

Walter Ernest Peters, 11, born Trumpington.

Maud Peters, 6, born Trumpington.

Arthur Peters, 3, born Trumpington.

Alfred Peters, 2, born Trumpington – died 1887, Trumpington.


1891   Church Street, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire.


David was 18 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his maternal grandparents & uncle.

David Lloyd, 71, an Agricultural Labourer, born Trumpington.

Eliza Lloyd (nee Rayner), 67, a Laundress – own account, born Trumpington.

George Rayner, 61, a General Labourer, born Trumpington.


The Lloyd family were living next door to David’s parents & siblings.

John, 43, an Agricultural Labourer.

Mary, 43, a Laundress – own account.

Arthur, 13, an Agricultural Labourer.

John Peters, 9, born Trumpington.

Kate Peters, 7, born Trumpington.

Eleanor Peters, 6, born Trumpington.

Alice Jessie Peters, 4, born Trumpington.

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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