Born: 1882, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd May 1900; age: 18; died of Enteric Fever at Bloemfontein, Free State, 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 develop a week or two after a person has become infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, loss 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 contain 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 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 voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War. 

Residence: 5, Cottage Place, Gymnasium Street, Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 12684.

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, 14 Brigade Field Hospital, South Africa Field Force.


1891   5, Cottage Place, Gymnasium Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 8 years old and living with his widowed father, siblings & paternal cousin.

Isaac Trenter, 51, a Butcher, born Ipswich.

Margaret Trenter, 20, the family’s Housekeeper, born Ipswich.

Arthur William Trenter, 13, an Errand Boy, born Ipswich.

Lily Trenter, 11, born Ipswich.

Lizzie Trenter, 20, a General Domestic Servant, born Ipswich.

2 boarders.


Charles’s mother was Emma Trenter (nee Brundish), born 1840, Mendlesham, Suffolk – died 1884, Ipswich.

The Boer War.

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