Born: 1873, Ipswich.

Died: 7th July 1900, age 27; Died from an Abscess on the brain, at Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa.

Residence: 42, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 6493.

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


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.




1881   Warrington Road, Ipswich.


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

William Garrard, 44, a Boot & Show Manufacturer – own account, born Ipswich.

Jane Garrard (nee Garrard), 41, born Ipswich.

Jane Garrard, 19, born London.

Edith Jane Garrard, 18, a Pupil Teacher, born London.

William Jabez Garrard, 17, Assisting in the Business, born Ipswich.

Herbert William Garrard, 15, born Lavenham, Suffolk.

Frank Ernest Edward Garrard, 11, born Ipswich.

Marguerite Ethel Garrard, 6, born Ipswich.

1 assistant in the business.

1 general domestic servant.


1891   42, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.


Ernest was 18 years old, a Printer’s Apprentice. He was living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Jane, 59.

Jane, 29.

Herbert, 25, an Insurance Agent.

Frank, 21, a Registration Clerk.

Marguerite, 16, an Assistant Tailoress.

1 boarder.


Ernest’s father, William Garrard died February 1884, Ipswich.


Ernest is also remembered on a private memorial at St. Michael’s Church, Ipswich.


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 




Headquarters. Ipswich, 12th July, 1900:- It is with sincerest regret that the Commanding Officer finds himself obliged to communicate to the Battalion the death at Germiston, South Africa, of Sergeant E.C. Garrard. This promising young N.C. Officer was selected from among many who offered themselves for the honour of going on active service in command of the section from the Battalion. By his untimely death the Battalion loses the pick of its non-commisioned ranks, and the Volunteer force, one who might have risen to fill the most responsible position with credit and distinction. The Commanding Officer feels sure that Sergeant Garrard’s family and connections have the deepest sympathy in their affliction of all ranks of the Battalion.



The Boer War.

March 1901 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper

A very interesting and attractive service was held at St. Michael’s Church, Ipswich, on Sunday afternoon, the occasion being the unveiling of a memorial tablet to the late Sergt. Garrard, who died whilst serving with the Volunteer Companies in South Africa. Parade formed up at the Drill Hall at three o’clock, there being five Companies of the 1st V.B.S.R., including the cyclists, and the Boys’ Brigade connected with St. Michael’s and other churches of the town. The officers present included Major F.G. Bond (in command), Major W.A. Churchman, Captain and Adjutant F. Murray, Captain F.W. Turner, Captain W. Tertius Pretty, Lieut. W. Catchpole, Lieut. M.F. Mason, and Lieut. G.B. Steward. There were altogether about 230 on parade, including officers, but the muster would have undoubtedly been larger had the recruits, numbering about one hundred, received their equipment’s and clothing. Leaving the Drill Hall at 3.15, the Volunteers, headed by the band , under Band-Master Dunt, followed by the Cyclists Company, looking very smart and trim, under Capt. Pretty, the rear being brought up by the Boys’ Brigade. Arrived at St. Michael’s Church, the Volunteers occupied the seats reserved for them. A hymn having been sung, the Vicar, the Rev. W.J. Garrould, announced that the tablet on the south wall of the transept would be unveiled, and thereupon Capt. Turner and Segt.-Major Sparkes, and Colr.-Sergt. W. Fenner and Colr.-Sergt. A. Mills formed up and marched to the south transept. The Colr.-Sergeants unveiled the tablet and the Sergt.-Major, at the request of the Vicar, read the inscription aloud, as follows:-
“This Tablet is erected by the non-commissioned Officers of the Ipswich Companies 1st V.B.S.R. as a token of fraternal regard to the memory of Sergeant E.C. Garrard, who died while serving with the Volunteer Company at Germiston, South Africa, July 7th 1900, aged 27 years.”
The service was then resumed, the Vicar delivered an admirable discourse, choosing for his subject “A Good Soldier,” in the course of which he referred to the late Sergt. Garrard, as essentially coming within the category of a good soldier, and said it must be gratifying alike to his friends and comrades to see how highly he was respected, and how greatly his services as Captain of the Boys’ Brigade, and in other capacities as an ardent and efficient Volunteer were appreciated. The offertory was in aid of the Widows and Orphans of the soldiers who had fallen in South Africa.
After church, the Volunteers marched back to the Drill Hall, where the Companies formed up in the outer rink in quarter column, and the Volunteer long-service and good conduct medal was presented to Bandsman C. Butcher by Major F.G. Bond, who, in a brief address, pointed out that the medal was one much coveted amongst Volunteers, and one which they highly prized when it fell to their lot to receive it, as a member had to do twenty years’ service, while his conduct had to be satisfactory to entitle him to be recommended for such an honour. He (Major Bond) might say that he believed that that was the first medal of the kind presented under the new reign. He hoped that the presentation that day would act as an incentive to the recruits present to try and deserve a like acknowledgement of their services.

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