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 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. 

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 – daughter of Samuel James Rattle, an agricultural labourer and Ann Maria Rattle (nee Leathers), of Little Blakenham, 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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  • 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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