Born: 1877, Cockfield, Suffolk.

Died: 5th February 1901; age: 23; Died of Disease at Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Residence: Old Hall Green, Cockfield, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5143.

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


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal + South Africa 1901 medal.




1881   Old Hall Green, Cockfield, Suffolk.


George was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Jacob Olley, 33, a Farmer’s Labourer, born Bradfield, Suffolk.

Dinah Olley (nee Farrant), born Cockfield.

Emma Olley, 9, born Cockfield.

John Olley, 7, born Cockfield.


1891   Old Hall Green, Cockfield, Suffolk.


George was 13 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William, 42, an Agricultural Labourer.

Dinah, 40.

Emma, 19.

John, 17, an Agricultural Labourer.

Ellen Olley, 9, born Cockfield.

James Olley, 5, born Cockfield.

Annie Louisa Olley, 1, born Cockfield.


Soldiers’ Effects to William J. Olley – father.

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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