Born: 1875, Balham, Surrey.

Died: 6th January 1900; age 24; KiA at Suffolk Hill, Rensburg, near Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.


Rank: Lance Sergeant; Service Number: 3952.

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


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony.




1881   Clifton Terrace, Nightingale Lane, Balham, Surrey.


Henry was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George William Thomas Arrowsmith, 37, a Chemist & Dentist – own account, born Finchley,Middlesex.

Anne Julia Arrowsmith (nee Micklem), 32, born Hurley, Berkshire.

George Micklem Arrowsmith, 9, born Reading, Berkshire.

Alice Winifred Arrowsmith, 7, born Balham.

William Bernard Arrowsmith, 3, born Balham.

1 chemist apprentice.

1 general domestic servant.


1891   High Street, Seasalter, Kent.


Henry was 16 years old, a Mineral Water Assistant. He was living with his parents & siblings.

George, 46, a Dental Surgeon & Chemist – own account.

Annie, 41.

Alice, 17.

William, 13.


Soldiers’ Effects to G.W.T. Arrowsmith – 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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