Born: 1867, Ipswich.

Baptised: 11th August 1867, at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich. Parents: Sarah & John Lambert.

Died: 25th June 1900; age: 32; Died of Enteric Fever at Germiston, Gauteng, 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, 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 vaccination 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: 15, Waterworks Street, Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number 1165.

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


Clasps and Medal Awarded: India 1888 – 1890 medal + clasps – Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.




1871   15, Alfred Street, Ipswich.


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

John Lambert, 36, a Labourer – Gas Works, born Flowton, Suffolk.

Sarah Lambert (nee Seeley), 34, born Rendlesham, Suffolk.

Julia Ann Lambert, 10, born Ipswich.

Alberta Rosa Lambert, 9, born Ipswich.

Gertrude Lambert, 2, born Ipswich.


1881   14, Salem Street, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.


John was 14 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his parents, siblings & nephew.

John, 44, a Labourer – Sanitary Authority.

Sarah, 43.

Julia, 20.

Alberta, 18, a Stay Maker.

Gertrude, 12.

Kerry Edward Lambert, 8, born Ipswich.

Cecil Holly Lambert, 2, born Ipswich.


In 1896, Ipswich, John married Rosa Florence Horsup, born 1873, Ipswich – died 1897, Ipswich.

They had 1 son:

Herbert John Lambert, born 1896, Ipswich – after the death of both parents, Herbert lived with his maternal grandparents, William Thomas Horsup, a brazier & Mary Ann Horsup (nee Dennant), of 23, Chalon Street, 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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