Birth: 1870, Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire.

Baptised: 14th August 1870, Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire.

Died: 1st November 1902; age: 32; Died at Sea.

Residence: High Street, Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire.

Occupation: Farm Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 11th July 1888.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2242.

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


Clasp Awarded: Transvaal + 1902 South Africa medal.




1871   North Road, Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire.


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

John Rosendale, 39, a Coprolite Digger, born Kneesworth.

Hannah Rosendale (nee Willmott), 37, born Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.

Elizabeth Rosendale, 14, born Kneesworth.

Frederick Charles Rosendale, 10, born Kneesworth.

John James Rosendale, 7, born Kneesworth.

Arthur Rosendale, 2, born Kneesworth.


1881   Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire.


James was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John, 49, an Agricultural Labourer.

Hannah, 47.

Frederick, 20, an Agricultural Labourer.

Arthur, 13.

Fanny Rosendale, 9, born Kneesworth.

William Alfred Rosendale, 4, born Kneesworth.


James’s father, John Rosendale died January 1888, of Pneumonia, at High Street, Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire.


Soldiers’ Effects to Hannah Rosendale – mother, Frederick, John, Arthur and William – brothers, Eliza Elizabeth Law, Elizabeth Jacklin, Emily Mary Tassell, Fanny Newman and Ellen Sarah Newman – sisters.

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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