Born: 1877, Hoo, Suffolk.

Died: 27th May 1900; age: 23; Died of Enteric Fever at Kroonstad, Free State, South Africa.

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 develop a week or two after a person has become infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, loss 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 contain 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 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 voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War. 

Residence: Hoo, Suffolk.

Occupation: a Groom.

Enlistment Date: 31st October 1896; age: 19.


Rank: Driver; Service Number: 16973.

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery, ‘P’ Battery, South Africa Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: Paardeberg, Dreifontein & Relief of Kimberley.






1881   Charsfield Road, Hoo, Suffolk.

John was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Henry Podd, 48, an Agricultural Labourer, born Tuddenham, Suffolk.

Betsy Podd (nee Read), 33, born Charsfield, Suffolk.

James Podd, 14, an Agricultural Labourer, born Charsfield.

Jeremiah Podd, 12, born Hoo.

Sarah Podd, 10, born Hoo.

Henry Podd, 8, born Hoo.

William Podd, 5, born Hoo.

Ada Bessie Podd, 1, born Hoo.


1891   Hoo, Suffolk.

John was 14 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Henry, 48, an Agricultural Labourer.

Betsy, 44.

James, 24, an Agricultural Labourer.

Harry, 17, an Agricultural Labourer.

Ada, 12.

Phoebe Jane Podd, 10, born Hoo.

Lucy Mabel Podd, 8, born Hoo.

Peter Podd, 6, born Hoo.

Emily May Podd, 4, born Hoo.

Katie Ellen Podd, 1, born Hoo.


Soldiers’ Effects to Henry Podd – father.


John is remembered at St. Peter’s Church burial ground, Charsfield, Suffolk, on the headstone of his sister, Lucy Mabel Podd who died 1904.


The Boer War.

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