Born: 1875, Hundon, Suffolk.
Died: 4th January 1900; age: 24; KiA at Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Residence: The Street, Hundon, Suffolk.
Occupation: Farm Labourer.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3496.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.
Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony.
1881 Mount Pleasant Farm House, Hundon, Suffolk.
Fred was 5 years old and living with his parents & brothers.
John Forge, 53, a Farmer and Army Pensioner, born Hundon.
Amy Forge (nee Fitch (1st marriage Cadby)), 40, born Hundon.
John Forge, 7, born Hundon.
Robert Forge, 4, born Hundon.
Sidney Forge, 1, born Hundon.
1891 The Street, Hundon, Suffolk.
Fred was 15 years old, a Farm Labourer. He was living with his parents, brothers & widowed, maternal grandmother.
John, 62, an Army Pensioner.
Arthur Forge, 8, born Hundon.
Harriett Fitch, 83, born Hundon.
Fred’s father, John Forge died 1892, Hundon, Suffolk.
Soldiers’ Effects to Amy Forge – mother, John, Robert, Sidney & Arthur – brothers & Frances Gowers (nee Cadby) – sister.
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.