Born: 1882, Mildenhall, Suffolk.

Died: 29th December 1900; age: 18; Died of Disease at Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.

Residence: West Row, Mildenhall, Suffolk.

Occupation: Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 19th November 1898.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5243.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Free State.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.




1891   3, Stanton Square, Lewisham, Kent.


Leopold was 9 years old and living with his widowed mother & cousin.

Elizabeth Soames (nee Baker (1st marriage Palmer)), 33, a Laundress, born Mildenhall.

John Hood, born Suffolk.


Leopold’s father was Charles Soames, born 1816, Tostock, Suffolk – died 1886, Mildenhall, Suffolk. A Wheelwright, and Licensed Victualler – Half Moon Inn, Mildenhall, Suffolk.


Soldiers’ Effects to Elizabeth Hood – mother, Harry Edward Soames, Herbert Arthur Soames – step brothers, & Sabina Ann Halls (nee Soames) – step sister.

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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