Born: 1867, Bramford, Suffolk.

Baptised: August 1867, St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford, Suffolk. Parents: John & Sarah Jane Garrod.

Died: Christmas Eve, 1900; age: 34; Died of Disease at Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

Residence: Little Blakenham, Suffolk.

Occupation: Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 1884.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 1374.

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


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




1871   Ship Lane, Bramford, Suffolk.


George was 5 years old, he and his brother were staying with their maternal grandparents & uncle.

Abbott Loyd, 55, a Labourer, born Bramford.

Maria Loyd, 55, born Bramford.

James Loyd, 33, born Bramford.

James Arthur Garrod, 8, born Bramford.


1881   Cottage, the Common, Little Blakenham, Suffolk.


George was 14 years old, a Farm Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

John Garrod, 41, a Factory Labourer, born Bramford.

Sarah Ann Garrod (nee Loyd), 39, born Bramford.

Arthur, 18, a Farm Labourer.

Robert William Garrod, 16, a Farm Labourer.

Alice Garrod, 12, born Bramford.

John Edgar Garrod, 9, born Bramford.

Mary Ann Garrod, 6, born Little Blakenham.

Sarah Garrod, 3, born Little Blakenham.


In 1897, Little Blakenham, Suffolk, George married Kate Rattle, born 1869, Bramford, Suffolk.

They had 3 children:

Alfred George Garrod, born 1897, Little Blakenham.

John Arthur Garrod, born 1899, Little Blakenham.

Kate Alice Garrod, born 1900, Little Blakenham.


George & Kate’s son, John Arthur Garrod died during the First World War, on the 19th June 1918. He was ranked a Private, service number: 41347, for the Bedfordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion. John was laid to rest at Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany.


Soldiers’ Effects to Kate Garrod – widow.

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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  1. Kelvin Dakin - Bramford Local History Group says:

    We knew very little about George except that he was a Bramford lad. Thank you for all the information you have discovered.

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