Born: 19th November 1876, Eye, Suffolk.

Died: 6th April 1902; age: 26; Died of Enteric Fever in hospital, at Kroonstad, Orange Free State, 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 develop a week or two after a person has become infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, loss 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 contain 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 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 voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War. 

Residence: Mellis, Suffolk.

Occupation: Barman.

Enlistment Date: 19th December 1899.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 6232.

Regiment: The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 2nd Battalion, South Africa Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: Orange Free State & Transvaal + South Africa 1902 medal.




1881   Stowupland Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk.


Horace was 4 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

Joseph Prike, 29, a Butcher, born Westhorpe, Suffolk.

Sophia Prike (nee Mortimer), 30, born Wetheringsett, Suffolk.

Joseph Prike, 5, born Eye, Suffolk.

George Prike, 1, born Eye.

1 butcher’s apprentice.


1891   Small Shop, Yaxley, Suffolk.


Horace was 14 years old, a Merchant’s Clerk. He was living with his widowed mother & brother.

Sophia, 42, a Grocer – own account.

Herbert Prike, 3, born Mellis, Suffolk.


Horace’s father, Joseph Prike died 1888, Suffolk. His mother, Sophia Prike died 1894.


Soldiers’ Effects to brothers – Joseph, George, Alexander, Edward, sister – Mary & Mrs. Emma Mortimer – maternal aunt, for brother Herbert.

The Boer War.

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