Born: 31st July 1881, St. Luke’s, London.
Baptised: 3rd September 1882, at St. Clement Church, City Road, Islington. Parents: Mary Ann & Edwin William Thornhill, a Carman, of Radcliffe Gardens, London. Edwin’s brother, Richard William Thornhill, born 16th August 1882, was baptised during the same ceremony.
Died: 22nd May 1901; age 19; Died of Disease at Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Residence: 63, Britannia Road, Shoreditch, London.
Occupation: an Artificial Flower Maker.
Desertion Date: 13th February 1899, at Dover, Edwin was reported to be 19 years old, when in fact he was 17, service number 4996, Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 4996.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.
1891 20, Turner’s Place, Shoreditch, London.
Edwin was 9 years old and living with his parents & brothers.
Edwin William Thornhill, 30, a Carrier Carman, born St. Luke’s, London.
Mary Ann Thornhill (nee Miller), 28, born Clerkenwell, London.
Richard William Thornhill, 8, born St. Luke’s.
Robert John Thornhill, 6, born St. Luke’s.
Philip Thomas Thornhill, 2, born St. Luke’s.
William Thornhill, 6 months, born Shoreditch.
Edwin’s father, Edwin William Thronhill died 1894, Shoreditch, London.
Soldiers’ Effects to Mary Ann Thornhill – mother, Richard Thornhill & Robert Thornhill – brothers.
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.