Born: 1872, Crowfield, Suffolk.

Baptised: 14th February 1872, at Crowfield. Parents: Sarah Ann & Francis Jordan.

Died: 14th February 1901; age: 29; Died of Enteric Fever at Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

ENTERIC FEVER   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. 

Occupation: a Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 6th June 1888.


Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 67501.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 84th Battery, South Africa Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: Dreifontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast & Cape Colony.


Next of Kin of The Street, Chelmondiston, Suffolk.




1881   Shotley, Suffolk.


Frederick was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Francis Jordan, 44, a Farm Labourer, born Henley, Suffolk.

Sarah Ann Jordan (nee Ellis), 37, born Barham, Suffolk.

Horace George Jordan, 5, born Shotley.

Bessie Emily Jordan, 2, born Shotley.

Albert Edward Jordan, 3 months, born Shotley.


Fred was a member of Court “Flower of Suffolk” Foresters.


Soldiers’ Effects to Francis Jordan – father.

Fred is also remembered on a memorial plaque at St. Andrew’s Church, Chelmondiston, Suffolk.

East Anglian Daily Times – 5th March 1901

 On Sunday afternoon, a memorial service was held in Chelmondiston Church for Gunner Fred Jordan, who died at Pretoria on February 14th of eneteric fever. The deceased was a member of Court “Flower of Suffolk,” and a good number of Foresters attended the service. Special hymns were sung, and a very impressive address was given by the Rector (Rev. A. Wodehouse), who said a brass tablet would be placed in the church. Miss Lubbock played the “Dead March.”


The Boer War.

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