Born: 1875, Rattlesden, Suffolk.

Died: 20th November 1900; age: 25; Died of Wounds at Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

Residence: Stow Road, Rattlesden, Suffolk.

Occupation: Agricultural Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 22nd December 1894.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 4123.

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


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.




1881   Stow Road, Rattlesden, Suffolk.


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

John Steggles, 40, an Agricultural Labourer, born Rattlesden.

Sophia Steggles (nee Cobbold), 44, born Rattlesden.

Anna Steggles, 14, born Rattlesden.

George William Steggles, 11, born Rattlesden.

Kate Elizabeth Steggles, 9, born Rattlesden.


1891   Stow Road, Rattlesden, Suffolk.


Herman was 15 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents, siblings & nephew.

John, 50, an Agricultural Labourer.

Sophia, 54.

George, 22, an Agricultural Labourer.

Kate, 19.

James W. Steggles, 3, born Thorpe Morieux, Suffolk.


Herman’s mother, Sophia Steggles died 1900, Rattlesden, Suffolk.


Soldiers’ Effects to John Steggles – father.


Herman is commemorated on a memorial plaque at St. Nicholas Church, Rattlesden, Suffolk.


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. A storm of bullets met the Suffolks. 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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