Born: 28th March 1880, born Halesworth, Suffolk.

Baptised: 25th April 1880, at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Halesworth, Suffolk.

Died: 28th February 1902; age: 21; Died of Enteric Fever at Wynberg, Western 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: Bank House, 35, Thoroughfare, Halesworth, Suffolk & and of the War Office, London.

Occupation: Civil Servant.

Enlistment: Location: Halesworth; date: 6th March 1901.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 31949.

Regiment: Imperial Yeomanry, Base Depot – Pay Staff.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony + South Africa 1901 medal & South Africa 1902 medal.


Grave Reference:

St. John’s Parish Cemetery,

Cape Town,

Western Cape,

South Africa.


Ernest’s headstone was erected as a token of esteem by his fellow N.C.O.’s.




1881   Bungay Road, Halesworth, Suffolk.


Ernest was a year old and living with his parents & brothers.

Alfred Baldry, 29, a Banker’s Clerk, born Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Alice Baldry (nee Cock), 25, born Fressingfield, Suffolk.

John Baldry, 3, born Halesworth.

Frank Baldry, 2, born Halesworth.

1 general domestic servant.


1891   Bridge Street, Halesworth, Suffolk.


Ernest was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Alfred, 39, a Banker’s Clerk.

Alice, 35.

John, 13.

Frank, 12.

Mabel Alice Baldry, 9, born Halesworth.

Percy Baldry, 6, born Halesworth.

1 general domestic servant.


Soldiers’ Effects to Alfred Baldry – father.


The Halesworth Times – 4th March 1902 – DEATH OF SERGT. E. BALDRYIt is with very deep regret that we have this week to record the death of Sergeant Ernest Baldry, third son of Mr. Alfred Baldry, of th Bank House, Halesworth. It will be remembered that he obtained a clerkship in the Civil Service some four or five years since, passing his examination with considerable distinction. early last year he offered himself for active service and was accepted as a clerk on the pay office staff of the Imperial Yeomanry. He then proceeded to South Africa, and was stationed at Green Point Camp, near Cape Town, where he was promoted from the rank of Corporal to Sergeant. A few weeks since he was ordered to proceed up country for work in connection with the Yeomanry accounts. A letter was received from him as recently as last Saturday 1st March (written in early February), at which time he was in excellent spirits enjoying his usual good health. The intimation of his death, at the early age of 21 from enteric fever at Wynburg, received from the War Office this Tuesday morning therefore came with awful suddenness, and the greatest sympathy must everywhere be felt for Mr. and Mrs. Baldry and family in their sad and unexpected bereavement.


The Boer War.

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