Born: 23rd April 1863, 161, Westbourne Terrace, Paddington, Middlesex.

Baptised: 24th May 1863, at Holy Trinity, Paddington, Middlesex. Parents: Sarah & Frederic Peel, a Gentleman, of Westbourne Terrace, Paddington.

Died: 16th April 1900; age: 37; Died of Enteric Fever at Bloemfontein, Free State, 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: ‘Highlands’ East Bergholt, Suffolk.


Promoted to Lieutenant – 5th May 1885.

Promoted to Captain – November 1893.


Rank: Captain.

Regiment: 2nd Life Guards, Household Cavalry.

Formerly of the Royal Irish Rifles, 5th Battalion.




1871   ‘Highlands’ East Bergholt, Suffolk.


Reginald was 7 years old and living with his widowed mother & brothers.

Sarah Peel (nee Rhodes), 40, born Beech Grove, Leeds, Yorkshire.

Frederic William Haworth Peel, 10, born Paddington, Middlesex – died December 1878, at Colne Park, Halstead, Essex, of ‘Highlands’ East Bergholt.

Herbert Haworth Peel, 5 born East Bergholt.

1 visitor.

1 nurse.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

1 nursemaid.

1 coachman.

1 footman.


1891   Hyde Park Barracks, Knightsbridge, London.


Reginald was 28 years old, an Army Officer ranked a Lieutenant.


Reginald’s father: Frederic Peel, born 1818, Willingham-by Stow, Lincolnshire – died 1867, East Bergholt, Suffolk. A Fundholder and Gentleman.


Probate to Herbert Haworth Peel Esq. – brother.

The Boer War.

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