Born: 1878, Rattlesden, Suffolk.

Died: 7th March 1902; age: 23; Died of Nephritis, at Elandsfontein, Gauteng, South Africa.

Residence: Half Moon Street, Rattlesden, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5615.

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




1881   Bird’s Green, Rattlesden, Suffolk.


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

Henry Broom Cobbold, 40, an Agricultural Labourer, born Rattlesden.

Eliza Ann Price Cobbold (nee Crick), 37, born Kirtling, Cambridgeshire.

Edward Cobbold, 14, an Agricultural Labourer, born Rattlesden.

Amos Cobbold, 9, born Rattlesden.

William Cobbold, 6, born Rattlesden.

Ellen Julia Cobbold, 1, born Rattlesden.


1891   Half Moon Street, Rattlesden, Suffolk.


Henry was 13 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Henry, 50, an Agricultural Labourer.

Eliza, 48.

William, 16, an Agricultural Labourer.

Ellen, 11.

John George Cobbold, 7, born Rattlesden.


Soldiers’ Effects to Henry Cobbold – 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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