Born: 13th February 1878, Hintlesham, Suffolk.

Died: 6th February 1902; age: 23; Died of Enteric Fever at Kroonstad, 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 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: Duke Street, Hintlesham, Suffolk.

Occupation: Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 11th December 1896.


Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: 4689.

Regiment: The Rifle Brigade, Prince Consort’s Own, 4th Battalion, South Africa Field Force.


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




1881   Hintlesham, Suffolk.


Horace was 3 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

George Green, 29, an Agricultural Labourer, born Hintlesham.

Sarah Ann Green (nee Crosby), 29, born Butley, Suffolk.

William Partridge Green, 9, born Hintlesham.

Edmund George Green, 7, born Hintlesham.

Charles Lesley Green, 1, born Hintlesham.


1891   Hintlesham, Suffolk.


Horace was 14 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his widowed father & siblings.

George, 39, an Agricultural Labourer.

Edmund, 17, an Agricultural Labourer.

Charles, 11, an Agricultural Labourer.

Albert James Green, 7, born Hintlesham.

Amy Green, 4, born Hintlesham.


Horace’s mother, Sarah Ann Green died 1889, Hintlesham, Suffolk.


Soldiers’ Effects to George Green – father.


Horace’s brother, Charles Lesley Green lost his life during the First World War, when on the 26th August 1914, he was KiA, at the Battle of Cateau. Charles was ranked a Private, service number: 4555, for the 2nd Battalion, of the Suffolk Regiment. He is remembered on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, France.

The Boer War.

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