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.
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.