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.


Cambridgeshire Independent Press – 17th January 1891 – ROBBING A PIE BOYAt the Cambridge Division Petty Sessions on Saturday, 17th January, 13 year old Harry Wilson, of Ainsworth Street, 16 year old Harry Arnold, of Albert Street, 16 year old Harry Langford, of Fitzroy Street, and 16 year old Richard Cornwell, of New Street, were before Prof. Liveing (in the chair), and H. Neville, Esq., charged with stealing six pork pies, valued at 1s., the property of John Tebbs, baker and confectioner, of Chesterton, on the 31st December. John Tebbs stated that on the day in question he sent Frank Coe out with some pies, which he was to sell. He subsequently returned and said that six had been stolen. Their value was 1s. Frank Coe stated that John Tebbs sent him out to sell sokme pies on the 31st December, Coming back the defendants came up to him and “scrambled around the basket,” and took six pies; they then ran away. Harry, Harry, Harry and Richard pleaded Guilty, and elected to be dealt with summarily. Superintendent Whitechurch said Harry Arnold appeared to be worst. He had been twice before the Borough Bench; once, for playing pitch and toss, he was cautioned, and for stealing pigeons he was bound over to come up for judgement within three months. The Chairman (Prof. Liveing), addressing Harry Wilson, Harry Langford and Richard Cornwell, said it was a very serious offence which they had committed, and that they were liable to three months’ imprisonment. The Court was disposed to take a lenient view of the case. The Magistrates hoped the parents would look after the boys and punish them. They would each be fined 2s. 6d. Harry Arnold’s was a worse case, as he had been charged before. He would be fined 10s.

Cambridgeshire Independent Press – 26th May 1893 – OBSCENE LANGUAGEAt the Borough Police Court on Friday, 26th May, 14 year old Harry Wilson, a labourer, of Ainsworth Street, was summonded before Dr. Cooper (in the chair), S. Waraker, J. Hough, and J. Burford, Esqs., for using obscene language on the Station Road, on the 23rd inst. Harry pleaded Guilty, and was fined 2s. 6d. and costs, in all 9s. 6d.

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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