FREDERICK MUSKETT

 

 

Born: 1872, Badwell Ash, Suffolk.

Died: 6th January 1900; age: 27; KiA at Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 3067.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.

 

Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   High Street, Badwell Ash, Suffolk.

 

Frederick was 8 years old and living with his parents & brother.

Samuel Muskett, 53, an Agricultural Labourer, born Badwell Ash.

Mary Ann Thursby Muskett (nee Wright), 36, born Badwell Ash.

William Muskett, 6, born Great Ashfield, Suffolk.

 

1891   146, Cemetery Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

 

Frederick was 18 years old, a General Labourer. He was 1 of 3 Lodgers of 32 year old, Harry Rolfe Proctor, a Baker – own account.

 

Frederick’s father, Samuel Muskett died 1892, Badwell Ash, Suffolk.

 

After the death of his father, Frederick’s widowed mother, Mary Ann, brother William and sister Emily (born 1868, Badwell Ash) moved to Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales.

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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