Born: 29th January 1876, Poole’s Park, Finsbury Park, Middlesex.

Baptised: 23rd April 1876, at St. Anne’s, Poole’s Park, Finsbury Park, Middlesex. Parents: Sarah & William Benjamin Dames, a Schoolmaster.

Died: 23rd May 1901; age: 25; Died of Disease, at Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Residence: 46, Gladstone Avenue, Wood Green, Middlesex.

Occupation: Clerk.

Enlistment Date: 21st February 1898.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 5052.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


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




1881   55, Marriott Road, St. Mary’s, Islington, Middlesex.


Ernest was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Benjamin Dames, 46, a Certificated Schoolmaster, born Northampton, Northamptonshire.

Sarah Dames (nee Pendred), 47, born Northampton, Northamptonshire.

William Thomas Dames, 19, a Commercial Clerk, born Harpole, Northamptonshire.

Frank Pendred Dames, 18, an Apprentice to a Book Binder, born Caversham, Oxfordshire.

Annie Edith Dames, 17, born Caversham, Oxfordshire.

Arthur Russell Dames, 16, born Caversham.

Herbert Walter Dames, 14, a Commercial Clerk, born Caversham.

Harry Leonard Dames, 13, born Lower Beeding, West Sussex.

Mary Jane Dames, 9, born Lower Beeding.

Florence Gertrude Dames, 6, born Poole’s Park, Finsbury Park.

Eleanor Alice Dames, 2, born Poole’s Park, Finsbury Park.


1891   46, Gladstone Avenue, Wood Green, Middlesex.


Ernest was 15 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Sarah, 57.

William, 29, a Merchant’s Clerk – died 1894, Romford, Essex.

Arthur, 26, a Schoolmaster.

Herbert, 24, a Clerk.

Mary, 19, a Dressmaker.

Florence, 16.

Eleanor, 12.


Ernest’s father, William Benjamin Dames died 1884, Islington, Middlesex.


Soldiers’ Effects to mother – Sarah Dames, brothers – Frank, Arthur, Herbert & Harry, sisters – Annie, Mary, Florence & Eleanor, and sister-in-law – Sarah Ann Dames.

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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