Born: 1869, Laxfield, Suffolk.

Died: 20th June 1900; age: 31; Died of Enteric Fever at Green Point Military Hospital, Cape Town, Western Cape, 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 developed a week or two after a person had became infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, lose 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 contains 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 the 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 the voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War. 

Residence: The Street, Tunstall, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2119.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Clasp Awarded: Cape Town.




1871   Laxfield Street, Laxfield, Suffolk.


Henry was a year old and living with his parents & brothers.

William Norman, 38, an Agricultural Labourer, born Laxfield.

Eliza Norman, 34, born Stradbroke, Suffolk.

Nehemiah Norman, 8, born Laxfield.

William Norman, 6, born Laxfield.


1881   Laxfield, Suffolk.


Henry was 11 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

William, 40, an Agricultural Labourer.

Eliza, 42.

William, 16, a Farmer’s Labourer.

Alfred Norman, 8, born Laxfield.

Frederick Norman, 6, born Laxfield.


In 1897, Laxfield, Suffolk, Henry married Matilda Pearce Thompson, born 1878, Badingham, Suffolk – daughter of Samuel Pearce, a yardman and Mary Ann Thompson, a housekeeper, of The Rookery, Laxfield.

They had 2 daughters:

 Mabel Eliza Norman, born 1898, Tunstall.

Ethel Mary Norman, born 1899, Tunstall.


Matilda Norman, died in 1904, her two young daughters lived with their maternal aunt and uncle – Kate Pearce Whitmore (nee Thompson) & George Whitmore, a horseman on a farm, of Red Lodge, Chillesford, Suffolk.


The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 21st July 1900 – DEATH OF A LAXFIELD RESERVISTGreat regret is felt at Laxfield at the death of Henry Norman, aged 31, a reservist of the Suffolk Regiment, at Green Point Military Hospital, Cape Town, from enteric fever. The deceased worked at Tunstall, but he and his widow, who is in weak health, are natives of Laxfield. Two little children have been left fatherless.


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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