Born: 1866, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Died: 8th May 1901; age: 34 years & 3 months; of Enteric Fever, at Kroonstad, South Africa. Served 15 years & 30 days.

ENTERIC FEVER   Enteric Fever (eneterica serotype bacteria) was a rampant bacterial infection during the South Africa Boer War – 1899 – 1902.

This systemic disease, now known as Typhoid Fever, from the bacterium Salmonella typhi, is characterised by fever and abdominal pain. The disease is spread via the lymphatic system and can affect other parts of the body, or even the whole body. The symptoms usually developed a week or two after a person had became infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, lose of appetite, sickness and diarrhoea. After 2 – 3 weeks intestinal bleeding.

Enteric Fever was originally thought to be spread via dust storms and flies.

Human carriers with acute illness can contaminate the surrounding water supply through their faeces, which contains a high concentration of the bacteria. The polluted water supply can, in turn, taint the food supply. Enteric (Typhoid) Fever is then contracted by drinking, or eating the contaminated food or water. This bacteria can survive for weeks in water or dried sewage.

In 1897, an effective vaccine was developed by Almroth Wright and William Leisman, at the Army Medical School, Netley. At the time of the Boer War, the new inoculation had many side effects, and soldiers refused the voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War. 

Occupation: Warehouse man.

Enlistment Location: London; Date: 9th April 1886; Age: 19 years & 2 months; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 3 3/4ins, fresh complexion, dark blue eyes & sandy hair. Scar across right eyebrow.

Joined at Woolwich – 13th April 1886 – Commissariat & Transport Corps.


Served 10 years & 275 days – re-enlisted – 8th January 1897 – 12 years. Next-of-kin: wife – Mrs. M. Urch, of 7, Martineau Road, Drayton Park, London.


Rank: Company Quartermaster Sergeant; Service Number: 6831.

Regiment: Army Service Corps, 15R Company.




1871   15, Withipol Street, Ipswich.


James was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Newman Urch, 30, a Bookseller & Stationer, born St. Cuthbert’s, Wells, Somerset.

Emma Urch (nee Bailey), born Hadleigh, Suffolk.

Alfred Lucas Urch, 3, born Ipswich.

George Edgar Urch, 1, born Ipswich.

Emma Kathleen Urch, 1 month, born Ipswich.

1 general domestic servant.


1881   31, Hamilton Road, Islington, London.


James was 15 years old, a Collector & Bookseller. He was living with his parents & siblings.

James, 40, a Warehouseman – Farrier.

Emma, 33.

Alfred, 13.

George, 11.

Emma, 10.

Emily Holloway Urch, 7, born Ipswich.


1891   South Camp, Aldershot, Hampshire.


James was 24 years old, a Soldier – Army Service Corps.


James’s mother, Emma Urch died 1889, Bromley, Kent.


On the 24th June 1895, at Farnham Register Office, Surrey, 29 year old James, a Corporal for the Army Service Corps married 28 year old Mary Coade – daughter of Phillip Coade, a farmer.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mary Urch – widow.


The Ipswich Journal – 13th December 1873 – WANTON MISCHIEFOn Thursday evening some malicious person broke the tops of two firs standing in the front garden of Mr. Urch, in Withipoll Street; they also tore up some flowers in the garden of Mr. Clayton, in the same street, and left them lying upon the ground. We hope the police will be on the alert.

The Boer War.


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