Born: 1875, Stoke, Ipswich.

Died: 15th December 1901; age: 26; Died of Dysentery, at Krugersdorp Hospital, Gauteng, South Africa.

Frederick was ranked a Corporal when he became a PoW at Grassy Hill, Colesberg – he was released on the 5th September 1900, at Nooitgedacht, Western Cape.

Residence: Purplett Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 24th August 1894.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 3917.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, ‘D’ Company.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.




1881   30, Victoria Street, Ipswich.


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

Walter Coleman, 34, a Labourer – Oil Mill, born Ipswich.

Emma Coleman (nee Hatcher), 36, born Ipswich – died 1888, Ipswich.

Alice Sarah Hatcher, 15, a Sheet Worker – Leather Works, born Ipswich.

Walter William Coleman, 10, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Coleman, 9, born Ipswich.

Arthur Coleman, 7, born Ipswich.

Agnes Emma Coleman, 4, born Ipswich.

Susannah Coleman, 2, born Ipswich.

Caroline Coleman, 8 months, born Ipswich.


1891   18, Gower Street, St. Peter’s, Ipswich.


Frederick was 15 years old, a Boot Finisher. He was living with his widowed father & siblings.

Walter, 44, an Oil Mill Labourer.

Walter, 20, a Shoemaker.

Elizabeth, 19, the family Housekeeper.

Arthur, 17, a Boot Finisher.

Agnes, 14, a Boot Finisher.

Susannah, 12.

Caroline, 10.

Harry Coleman, 4, born Ipswich.


Frederick’s mother, Emma Coleman died 1888, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Walter Coleman – 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.

The Boer War.

Suffolk Regiment 

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