Born: 26th December 1873, Garden Place, Ballingdon, Essex.

Died: 23rd April 1900; age: 27; Died of Dysentery – 13 days, at No. 3 Stationary Hospital, De Aar, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: 71, Ballingdon Street, Ballingdon cum Brundon, Essex.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3004.

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


Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.


Grave Reference:

Grave 126.

De Aar,

Northern Cape,

South Africa.




1881   Ballingdon Street, Ballingdon cum Brundon, Essex.

Harry was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Henry Risby, 26, a Brick Maker, born Ballingdon.

Sarah Ann Risby (nee Spring), 31, a Stay Maker, born Great Cornard, Suffolk.

Walter Risby, 4, born Ballingdon.

Maria Emma Risby, 2, born Ballingdon – died 1887, Ballingdon.


1891   Barracks, Newmarket Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Harry was 18 years old, a Soldier ranked a Private for the Suffolk Regiment.


Harry was registered at birth with the surname Risby. Both parents are recorded on Harry’s birth certificate, they later married in 1877.

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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