Born: 1867, Bacton, Suffolk.

Died: 13th February 1902; age: 33; Died of Enteric Fever, at Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.


Enteric Fever (eneterica serotype bacteria) was a rampant bacterial infection during the South Africa Boer War – 1899 – 1902.

This systemic disease, now known as Typhoid Fever, from the bacterium Salmonella typhi, is characterised by fever and abdominal pain. The disease is spread via the lymphatic system and can affect other parts of the body, or even the whole body. The symptoms usually developed a week or two after a person had became infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, lose of appetite, sickness and diarrhoea. After 2 – 3 weeks intestinal bleeding.

Enteric Fever was originally thought to be spread via dust storms and flies.

Human carriers with acute illness can contaminate the surrounding water supply through their faeces, which contains a high concentration of the bacteria. The polluted water supply can, in turn, taint the food supply. Enteric (Typhoid) Fever is then contracted by drinking, or eating the contaminated food or water. This bacteria can survive for weeks in water or dried sewage.

In 1897, an effective vaccine was developed by Almroth Wright and William Leisman, at the Army Medical School, Netley. At the time of the Boer War, the new inoculation had many side effects, and soldiers refused the voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War. 

Residence: Bacton, Suffolk.

Occupation: an Agricultural Labourer.


He volunteered for active service in South Africa.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3039.

Regiment: 19th Hussars (Princess of Wales’s Own), Natal Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: Transvaal & South Africa 1901 & South Africa 1902 medal.




1871   Bacton, Suffolk.


Frederick was 3 years old and living with his parents, siblings & twin brother.

William Clover, 29, an Agricultural Horseman, born Bacton.

Eleanor Clover (nee Abbott), 29, born Stoke Ash, Suffolk.

William Clover, 7, born Bacton.

Herbert Clover, 5, born Bacton.

Harry Clover, 3, born Bacton.


1881   Cherry Trees, Bacton Suffolk.


Frederick was 13 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his father, twin brother & maternal aunt & cousin.

William, 40, an Agricultural Labourer.

Harry, 13, an Agricultural Labourer – died 1887, Bacton.

Maria Leggett (nee Abbott), 48, born Stoke Ash.

Emily Leggett, 11, born Gislingham, Suffolk.


1891   Cavalry Barracks, Aldershot, Hampshire.


Frederick was 22 years old a Soldier ranked Private for the 19th Hussars.


Frederick was a member of the Bacton Choir.


Frederick’s mother, Eleanor Clover died 1880, Bacton.

The Boer War.

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