JOHN ROBERT SKEET

 

 

Born: 1873, Claydon, Suffolk.

Died: 10th January 1900: age: 27; Died from Wounds received at Suffolk Hill, Colesberg, on the 6th January 1900.

Residence: Claydon, Suffolk.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 2948.

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

 

Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.

 

1881   The Street, Claydon, Suffolk.

 

John was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

 

Charles Skeet, 41, an Agricultural Labourer, born Barham, Suffolk.

Mary Skeet (nee Topple), 33, born Little Soham, Suffolk.

Eliza Skeet, 9, born Claydon.

Lucy Jane Skeet, 5 , born Claydon.

Violet Mary Skeet, 4, born Claydon.

Amy Skeet, born Claydon.

Bertie Herbert Skeet, 1, born Claydon.

 

1891   Barracks, Newmarket Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

 

John was 19 years old, a Soldier ranked Private for the Depot – Suffolk Regiment.

 

UK, Apprentices Indentured in Merchant Navy.

 

John was 15 years old, when his Apprentice Indenture began on the 23rd May 1887, at Lowestoft, Suffolk. Part of Term for which Bound – 6 years – expires 1893 – J. White. John’s Apprentice Indenture was cancelled on the 30th January 1888.

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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