Born: 1880, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Died: 6th January 1900; age: 19; Died at Jacobsdal, Free State, South Africa.

Residence: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 4684.

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


Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.




1881   27, Church Walks, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


John was 15 months old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Vincent Hackett, 49, a Brewer – Journeyman, born Fornham, Suffolk.

Susan Hackett (nee Spall), 36, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Louisa Spall Hackett, 13, born Bury St. Edmunds.

William Hackett, 11, born Bury St. Edmunds.

Robert Hackett, 9, born Bury St. Edmunds.

Caroline Hackett, 6, born Bury St. Edmunds.

George Hackett, 4, born Bury St. Edmunds.

Elizabeth Hackett, 3, born Bury St. Edmunds.


1891   27, Church Walks, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


Charles was 11 years old and living with his parents, siblings & paternal uncle.

William, 60, a Brewer.

Susan, 47.

Elizabeth, 13, a Day Girl – Domestic.

James Henry Hackett, 10, Bury St. Edmunds.

Edith Ellen Hackett, 3, born Bury St. Edmunds.

John Hackett, 58, a Labourer, born Fornham.


Charles’s father, William Vincent Hackett died 1900, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

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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