Born: 1871, Cwmbran, Monmouthshire, Wales.

Died: 6th January 1900; age 28; Kia at Suffolk Hill, Rensburg, near Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: 8, Forge Side, Blaenavon, Monmouthshire, Wales.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 3369.

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


Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.




19,   Stafford Row, Llanover, Blaenavon, Monmouthshire, Wales.


James was 9 years old and living with his parents, siblings & widowed, maternal grandmother.

Charles Attwell, 36, a Blast Furnace worker – Pig Iron, born Nailsea, Somerset.

Ann Attwell (nee Harrhy), 27, born Newport, Monmouthshire.

Charles William Attwell, 8, born Cwmbran, Monmouthshire.

Ann Attwell, 7, born Cwmbran, Monmouthshire.

Thomas Attwell, 3, born Cwmbran, Monmouthshire.

Sarah Attwell, 1, born Cwmbran, Monmouthshire.

Ann Harrhy Jones, 60, born Newport, Monmouthshire.

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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