Born: 1876, Honington, Suffolk.

Died: 24th June 1902; age: 24; Died of Enteric Fever, at Ventersdorp, North West Province, South Africa.

Residence: Mill Lane, Honington, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2799.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion – attached to 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.

Ann, 52.

George, 24, an Agricultural Labourer.

William, 17, an Agricultural Labourer.

Walter, 12.

John Goddard, 84, born Fakenham – died 1893, Honington.


Soldiers’ Effects to George Goddard – father.


The Bury and Norwich Post and Suffolk Standard – 31st December 1895 – EXCISE PROSECUTIONErnest Goddard, a labourer, of Honington, was summoned before Mr. W.N. King, Mr. S. Field, and Major-General Percival, at the instance of Mr. William J. Barrett, inland revenue officer, of Thetford, for carrying without having a licence on the 17th November, at Honington. Ernest pleaded guilty, and on behalf of the Excise Authorities it was stated that the defendant was seen carrying a gun on the highway at Honington on the date named. He was not seen to shoot anything. As Ernest had not since taken out a licence, the Excise asked the Bench to inflict a fine sufficient to cover the licence. In reply to the Bench, Ernest said he took out the gun to shoot a blackbird. Mr. King said he was very foolish, Because he knew he had no right to carry a gun without having a licence. The costs amounted to 5s. 6d., and the Bench imposed a penalty of 14s. 6., making a total of £1, or in the alternative of payment, a weeks’s imprisonment. A fortnight was allowed for payment.


East Anglian Daily Times – Tuesday, 25th February 1896 – IXWORTH PETTY SESSIONS – on Monday, 24th February 1896, Ernest Goddard, Alfred Balaam, and Thomas Calver, of Honington, were before Mr. G.E. Payne, Esq. (chairman), and Sidney Field, Esq., charged with being suspected of coming from land, and having in their possession nets for the purpose of taking game at Honington. P.-c. Philip Folger, of Honington, proved the cases. Alfred Balaam was fined 17s. 2d., and costs 2s. 10d.; Ernest Goddard and Thomas Calver were each fined 7s. 2d. and costs 2s. 10d. A fortnight allowed for payment.


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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