FREDERICK WEBB THOMPSON

FREDDIE

 

Born: 1869, Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.

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

Residence: 14, Cottage, Shingay, Cambridgeshire.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 2102.

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

 

Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.

 

CENSUS

 

1871   Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.

 

Freddie was a year old and living with his widowed maternal grandmother, aunts & uncles, cousins, mother & sister.

Kezia Webb, a Laundress, born Abington Pigotts, Cambridgeshire.

James Webb, 26, a Fossil Digger, born Steeple Morden.

William Webb, 24, a Fossil Digger, born Steeple Morden.

George Webb, 23, a Fossil Digger, born Steeple Morden.

Mary Ann Webb, 21, born Steeple Morden.

Walter Webb, 18, born Steeple Morden.

Charles Webb, 8, born Steeple Morden.

David Webb, 6, born Steeple Morden.

Martha Jane Webb, 2 months, born Steeple Morden.

Catherine Webb, 30, a Laundress, born Steeple Morden.

Hannah Webb, 4, born Steeple Morden.

 

1881   Shingay, Cambridgeshire.

 

Freddie was 11 years old and living with his widowed mother & sister. The family surname was Thompson.

Kate, 40, a Laundress.

Hannah, 13.

 

On the 1891 and 1901 census Frederick’s mother, Catherine was living with William Thompson, an Agricultural Labourer, born 1842, Shingay, Cambridgeshire.

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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