Born: 1873, Combs, Suffolk.

Died: 6th January 1900; age: 26; KiA at Suffolk Hill, Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: Combs, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3090.

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


Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.




1881   Mill, Brad Street, Combs, Suffolk.


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

Joseph Robinson, 43, a Miller – Corn, born Combs.

Mary Ann Robinson (nee Quinton), 41, born Hitcham, Suffolk.

Alfred Charles Robinson, 19, a Tanner’s Labourer, born Combs.

Margaret Jane Robinson, 16, born Combs.

Walter Elijah Robinson, 14, born Combs.

Mary Ann Robinson, 12, born Combs.

Frances Rosetta Robinson, 10, born Combs.

Ruth Elsie Robinson, 4, born Combs.


1891   Hadleigh Road, Combs, Suffolk.


Joseph was 18 years old, a Soldier. He was living with his widowed father & siblings, nephew & niece at the home of his widowed paternal grandmother.

Harriet Robinson, 72, a Laundress, born Battisford, Suffolk.

Joseph, 50, a General Dealer – shop.

Margaret, 25.

Ruth, 15.

George Robinson, 5, born Combs.

Martha Robinson, 3, born Combs.

2 visitors.


Joseph’s mother, Mary Ann Robinson died 1885, Combs, Suffolk.


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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