Born: 1876, Honington, Suffolk.
Died: 24th June 1902; age: 24; at Ventersdorp, North West Province, South Africa.
Residence: Mill Lane, Honington, Suffolk.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 2799.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.
Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal + South Africa 1901 & South Africa 1902.
1881 Honington, Suffolk.
Ernest was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
George Goddard, 46, an Agricultural Labourer, born Great Fakenham, Suffolk.
Ann Goddard (nee Worledge), 44, born Kenninghall, Norfolk.
Charles Edward Goddard, 18, an Agricultural Labourer, born Fakenham.
George Henry Goddard, 14, an Agricultural Labourer, Honington.
Emily Goddard, 9, born Honington.
William John Goddard, 8, born Honington.
Walter Charles Goddard, 2, born Honington.
1891 Mill Lane, Honington, Suffolk.
Ernest was 15 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents, brothers & widowed, paternal grandfather.
George, 56, an Agricultural Labourer.
George, 24, an Agricultural Labourer.
William, 17, an Agricultural Labourer.
John Goddard, 84, born Fakenham – died 1893, Honington.
Soldiers’ Effects to George Goddard – father.
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.