Born: 1877, Linton, Cambridgeshire.

Died: 19th June 1901; age: 24; Died of Disease at Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Residence: 40, Ainsworth Street, St. Andrew Less, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

Occupation: Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 22nd February 1895.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 1249.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, South Africa Field Force.


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




1881   West Wratting, Cambridgeshire.


Harry was 3 years old and living with his maternal grandparents, uncles, aunt and brother.

William Sanderson, 55, an Agricultural Labourer, born West Wratting.

Susan Sanderson (nee Brown), 54, born Balsham, Cambridgeshire.

William Sanderson, 23, an Agricultural Labourer, born West Wratting.

Eliza Sanderson, 20, born West Wratting.

Charles Sanderson, 15, an Agricultural Labourer, born West Wratting.

George Sanderson, 3 months, born West Wratting – died 1881, West Wratting.


1891   40, Ainsworth Street, St. Andrew Less, Cambridgeshire.


Harry was 13 years old and living with his mother, step father & brother.

John Wilson, 37, a Bricklayer’s Labourer, brn Trumpington, Cambridgeshire.

Sarah Ann Wilson (nee Sanderson), 35, born West Wratting.

John William Sanderson Wilson, 15, a Fishmonger’s Boy, born West Wratting.

1 lodger.


Soldiers’ Effects to Sarah Wilson – mother & John Wilson – step 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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