Born: 1880, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Died: 22nd January 1902; age 21; Died of Disease at Elandsfontein, South Africa.
Residence: Bury St. Edmunds.
Enlistment Date: 23rd April 1900.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5543.
Regiment: 28th Mounted Infantry, Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion. South Africa Field Force.
Clasps Awarded: Orange Free State & Transvaal.
1881 4, Durrant’s Cottages, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
John was a year old and living with his parents & brother.
Walter Dewell, 26, a Platelayer, born Bury St. Edmunds.
(Jenny) Jane Dewell (nee Gooch), 25, a Tailoress, born Bury St. Edmunds.
Willie Dewell, 4, born Bury St. Edmunds.
1891 12, Chapel Lane, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
John was 11 years old and living with his parents & brothers.
Walter, 38, a Platelayer.
Herbert Walter Dewell, 9, born Bury St. Edmunds.
Walter Albert Dewell, 6, born Bury St. Edmunds.
Ernest Dewell, 4, born Bury St. Edmunds.
Robert Dewell, 2, born Bury St. Edmunds.
1901 Fort George, St. Peter’s Port, Guernsey.
John was 20 years old, a Soldier ranked a Private for the Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion.
Soldiers’ Effects to Walter Dewell – father.
John’s brother, Frederick George Dewell, born 1892, Bury St. Edmunds, lost his life during the First World War when he was KiA 31st May 1917, age 25. He was ranked a Private, service number 205169, for the Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment), 16th Battalion. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
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.