Born: 1876, Ipswich.

Died: 6th January 1900; age: 23; KiA at at Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: 14, Black Horse Lane, Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3887.

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


Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.




1881   Heads Court, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.


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

Alexander Fulcher, 27, a Boiler Maker, born Ipswich.

‘Minnie’ Eliza Fulcher (nee Webster), 28, a Stay Maker, born Stow Bedon, Norfolk.

Eliza Jane Fulcher, 6, crippled from birth, born Ipswich.

Joseph Fulcher, 1, born Ipswich.


1891   Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.


John was 15 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Eliza, 37, a Tailoress.

Eliza, 17, a Tailoress.

Joseph, 12.

Charles Henry Fulcher, 8, born Ipswich.


John’s father, Alexander Fulcher died 1884, Ipswich.

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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