Born: 1882, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

Died: 7th May 1902; age: 20; Killed when he was run over by a Cape Government Railway train at Mynfontein, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: 4, River Lane, St. Andrew the Lees, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5569.

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


Clasps Awarded: Transvaal & South Africa 1902 + Clasp.




1891   85, Newmarket Road, St. Andrew the Lees, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.


James was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Stephen Plumb, 49, a Labourer – at Gas Works, born Cambridge.

Elizabeth Plumb (nee Hayhow), 48, born Cambridge.

Emma Plumb, 23, born Cambridge.

Charles Plumb, 14, born Cambridge.

Alice Plumb, 12, born Cambridge.

Sarah Elizabeth Plumb, 10, born Cambridge.

Martha Elizabeth Plumb, 5, born Cambridge.

Mary Ann J. Plumb, 3, born Cambridge.


1901  Fort George, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands.


James was 19 years old, a Soldier ranked Private for the Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion.


Soldiers’ Effects to Stephen Plumb – father.


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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