Born: 1868, Ipswich.

Died: 8th June 1900; age: 32; of Enteric Fever – duration 28 days and Hemorrhage, at De Aar, Northern Cape, 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 developed a week or two after a person had became infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, lose 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 contains 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 the 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 the voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War. 

Residence: 28, Myrtle Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Tinsman.

Enlistment Date: 31st May 1886; age: 18.


Rank: Staff Sergeant; Service Number: 2315.

Regiment: Army Ordnance Corps, 2nd Company.


Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.




1871   ‘Blooming Myrtle Inn’ Fore Hamlet, Ipswich.


John was 3 years old and living with his parents & brothers. The Kettle family were Lodgers of 57 year old, William Turner, Inn Keeper of the ‘Blooming Myrtle Inn.’

William Grifton Kettle, 38, a Carpenter, born Halesworth, Suffolk.

Eliza Kettle (nee Jennings), 37, born Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk.

William Grifton Kettle, 8, born Ipswich.

Walter William Kettle, 5, born Ipswich.


1881   8, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.


John was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William, 48, a Pattern Maker.

Eliza, 48.

William, 18, an Engine Turner.

Walter, 15, an Engine Turner.

Eliza Kettle, 9, born Ipswich.

Rosa Kettle, 6, born Ipswich.


In 1899, Ipswich, John married Emma Tucker, born 1863, St. Teath, Delabole, Cornwall – daughter of James Tucker, a slate quarryman and Elizabeth Tucker, of Pengelly.


Probate to Emma Kettle – widow.


Soldiers’ Effects to Emma Kettle – widow.

The Boer War.

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