Photographs courtesy of Genny & Hugh

Born: 1880, St. Nicholas, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd March 1915; age 34; KiA – shot in the head by a sniper.

First attested to the regular army: 17th January 1900 – using the newly introduced form AF.B.111. Aged 20 years – had already served as an apprentice for 7 years. Discharged at his own request – served 8 months.

Second Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 26th January 1915 – France.

Winter Operations 1914-15, The First Attack on Bellewaarde, The Actions of Hooge & The Second Attack on Bellewaarde.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 16153

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Queen’s South Africa Medal + 3 Claps – Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal. Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

Suffolk Regiment link: Boer War.


Grave Reference:


Suffolk Cemetery,





Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Hugh & Maria Bothwell, of Ipswich; husband of Georgina Bothwell, of 135, Handford Road, Ipswich.




1881   16, Peel Street, Ipswich.


Hugh was a year old and living with his parents.

Hugh Bothwell, 25, a Salesman, born County Down, Ireland.

Marsh Maria Bothwell (nee Barber), 25, born Witnesham, Suffolk.


1891   2, Soane Street, Ipswich.


Hugh was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Hugh, 36, a Salesman – Mineral Water.

Maria, 36, a Shop Woman – General Shop – own account.

Lilian Alice Bothwell, 9, born Ipswich.

James Bothwell, 8, born Ipswich.

Amos Bothwell, 7, born Ipswich.

Beatrice Annie Bothwell, 5, born Ipswich.

Claude Bothwell, 3, born Ipswich.


1901   14, Silent Street, Ipswich.


Hugh was 21 years old, a Carpenter. He was living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Maria, 44, a Boarding House Keeper.

Lilian, 19, an Assistant Teacher – Elementary School.

James, 18, a Plumber’s Apprentice.

Amos, 17, a Coach Builder’s Apprentice.

Beatrice, 15, a Pupil Teacher.

2 boarders.

May 17th 1901 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.

At the meeting of the Ipswich Town Council on Wednesday, the Deputy-Mayor proposed the following resolution:- “That this Council do, in pursuance of the Honorary Freedom of Borough Act, 1883, confer the honorary freedom of this borough upon these members of the Headquarter Companies of the 1st Volunteer Battalion Suffolk Regiment, who are resident in Ipswich, and who have rendered eminent services to their country and this borough by volunteering for active service in South Africa in time of emergency; and that a copy of this resolution suitably engrossed, be signed by the Mayor, and presented to each of the Volunteers specified, namely:- Marshall Duggan, William Jarrold, Charles Wright, John Thomas Pye, John Percy Rogers, Frederick Percy Godbold, William Lambert, George John Norman, Hugh Amass Bothwell, Ernest Charles Chamberlain, Jeffrey Charles Snelling, Charles Slingsby, Edward Thomas Roper, William Frost.
The Deputy-Mayor, in moving the resolution, said he was quite sure, it was by a pure accident he was not able to carry this proposal into effect at the previous meeting of the Council, owing to there not being a sufficient number of members present. He asked the Council to now carry back their thoughts to the events of the autumn of 1899, which found Kimberley, Mafeking, and Ladysmith all besieged. Then came the black week, which none of them would ever forget, when the news of the disasters of Magersfontein. Stormberg, Coleneo made them realise suddenly that the country was face to face with one of the greatest crisis which had occurred for the last 50 years at least. Calls were made for Volunteers, and men left their peaceful occupations and flocked to enrol themselves under the flag of the Motherland, not from this country alone, but from uttermost parts of the Empire. What about the men which Ipswich sent out? They had fought in several engagements side by side, and shoulder to shoulder, with their regular comrades; they had endured great hardships, hunger, thirst, and sickness, and they had done so uncomplainingly. Three of the local contingent at least could not be welcomed home again, because they lay under the veldt, 6,000 miles from their homes and friends. Lord Roberts, as was a matter of common knowledge, had spoken in a most flattering way of the service of the Volunteers; and General French, under whom the Suffolk men had served, had also spoken very highly of them. Colonel Mackenzie, too, before the men left South Africa, thanked them for their service; those who knew Colonel Mackenzie were aware he was not in the habit of saying what he did not mean. (Hear, hear.) How had these men served their town? Each county which had a battalion in South Africa, he reminded the Council, was asked to supply an active-service company of 110 men; if Ipswich had not sent its fair share of men, it would have been disgraced. These men, therefore, in coming forward and doing their duty so well, had saved their town from humiliation, and conferred an honour upon it. (Hear, hear.) The hon. freedom which it was proposed to present to the Volunteers conferred no privileges whatever upon the recipients, but he did not think it would be appreciated say the less on that account. He would also like to include in this motion a proposal for the placing of a tablet in the Town Hall, bearing the names of these Volunteers; he should feel it a great honour if he was permitted to bear the cost personally. (Hear, hear.)

Mr. W.T. Pretty, in seconding, remarked that the attitude of the public towards Volunteers had changed a great deal during the last twelve months. The Volunteer forces stood between the public and conscription, and he thought for that reason they were deserving of a certain amount of gratitude. (Hear, hear.) Personally, he intended to look after the returned Volunteers in the matter of employment, should any of them be without work.
The motion was carried.
The Mayor said he had anticipated what would be the decision of the Town Council, and he had taken the liberty to draft and have engrossed a suitable address for presentation to each of these men. (Hear, hear.) He thought the valve of the hon. freedom would be enhanced if the presentation were made promptly and accordingly he had invited these 13 gentleman to dine with him at the Town Hall on Thursday night, and he would take that opportunity of presenting them with the freedoms. (Hear, hear.) As to Mr. Churchman’s suggestion for the placing of a tablet in the Town Hall, no notice had been given of such a proposal, and its consideration might very well be postponed for a month.

1901  Following military service in South Africa, taking part in the Boer War. Hugh was awarded “Freedom of the Borough of Ipswich”. Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour given to an individual. Ipswich had given the honour to Lord Kitchener (High Steward of Ipswich). Hugh was honoured along with 13 other Ipswich men for their service to the country.


1911   135, Handford Road, Ipswich.


Hugh was 31 years old, an Assistant Superintendent to the Refuge Assurance Company. He was married and Head of the Household.

Georgina, 29.

Vera, 8.


Hugh’s father Hugh Bothwell, died 1901, Ipswich.


In 1901, Ipswich, Hugh married, Georgina Smith, born 1882, Ipswich.

They had 2 daughters:

Vera Annie Bothwell, born October 1902, Ipswich.

Edna Kathleen Bothwell, born September 1913, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Georgina Bothwell – widow.


A family note:

Family account handed down has it that smoking killed my grandfather. He was standing between two other soldiers and lit up a cigarette – a sniper always aims in the centre of a group and he was in the wrong place that night. The story went on that his mates buried him in a temporary grave but as they moved away, the site received a bomb hit.   Hugh Green.


Hugh is also remembered on the war memorial for the Refuge Assurance Company, at Fulshaw Hall, Wilmslow, Cheshire, and at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich, and on the war memorial for the Presbyterian Church that was formerly on London Road, Ipswich – now kept at Ipswich Museum, and at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.


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