Born: 1871, Semer, Suffolk.

Baptised: 30th April 1871, at Semer. Parents: Elizabeth & James Ranson.

Died: 6th January 1900; age: 29; KiA at Suffolk Hill, Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: Roper’s Green, Semer, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2691.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.




1871   Ash Street, Semer, Suffolk.


Thomas was a month old and living with his parents & brother.

James Ranson, 38, an Agricultural Labourer, born Kersey, Suffolk.

Elizabeth Ranson (nee Ramsey), 32, born Semer.

Stephen Ernest Ranson, 1, born Semer.


1881   Battisford Road, Hitcham, Suffolk.


Thomas was 10 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

James, 48, an Agricultural Labourer.

Elizabeth, 42.

Ernest, 12, an Agricultural Labourer.

Eliza Ranson, 7, born Hitcham.


1891   St. Botolph’s Military Camp, Colchester, Essex.


Thomas was 19 years old, a Soldier ranked Private for the Suffolk Regiment.


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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