Born: 1866, Layham, Suffolk.

Baptised: 3rd February 1867, Layham, Suffolk. Parents: James Goldsmith & Sarah Ann Newson.

Died: 6th January 1900; age: 33; KiA at Rensberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: Angel Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 1272.

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


Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.




1871   Angel Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk.


Robert was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Goldsmith Newson, 30, Threshing Machine Driver, born Ipswich.

Sarah Ann Newson (nee Rolfe), 33, born Lavenham, Suffolk.

Gertrude Mary Newson, 12, a Domestic Servant, born Lavenham.

Hannah Newson, 9, born Lavenham.

Samuel Newson, 8, born Lavenham.

Jane Elizabeth Newson, 7, born Lavenham.

George Newson, 5, born Layham.

Joanna Newson, 2, born Hadleigh.

Elizabeth Newson, 4 months, born Hadleigh – died 1871, Hadleigh.


1881   Angel Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk.


Robert was 14 years old and living with his widowed father & siblings.

James, 40, a Locomotive Engine Driver.

Hannah, 20.

Samuel, 18, a Bricklayer.

George, 15, a General Labourer.

Joanna, 12.

Lily Newson, 8, born Hadleigh – died 1899, Ipswich.

James William Newson, 5, born Hadleigh.


Robert’s mother, Sarah Ann Newson died September 1877, Hadleigh, 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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