Born: 1871, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Died: 26th December 1900; age: 29; Died of Disease at Aliwal North, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.

Residence: 20, Risbygate Street, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Enlistment Date: 9th September 1889.


Rank: Drummer; Service Number: 2622.

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


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




1881   38, St. Andrew’s Street, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


James was 10 years old and living with his widowed mother & brothers.

Elizabeth Walden (nee Bray), 35, a Charwoman, born Trosten, Suffolk.

William Bray Walden, 13, born Bury St. Edmunds.

George Bray Walden, 12, born Bury St. Edmunds.

1 lodger.


1891   Military Camp, St. Botolph’s, Colchester, Essex.


James was 19 years old, a Soldier ranked a Private for the Suffolk Regiment.


James’s father was William Walden, born 1848, London – died 1872, Bury St. Edmunds. A Labourer.


Soldiers’ Effects to Elizabeth Nunn – mother, and George Bray Walden – brother.

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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