Born: 1879, Stratton St. Michael, Norfolk.
Died: 9th March 1901; age: 21; Died of Disease at Elandsfontein, Gauteng, South Africa.
Residence: Church Street, Catton, Norfolk.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 4679.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.
1881 Stratton St. Michael, Norfolk.
Robert was a year old and living with his parents & siblings.
Charles Tooke, 30, an Agricultural Labourer, born Fritton, Norfolk.
Jane Tooke (nee Saveroy), 29, bornAslacton, Norfolk.
Sarah Jane Tooke, 6, born Stratton St. Michael.
Charles Herbert Tooke, 3, born Stratton St. Michael.
1891 The Moore, Melton Magna, Norfolk.
Robert was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Charles, 40, an Agricultural Labourer.
Charles, 13, an Agricultural Labourer.
Ernest Henry Tooke, 8, born Melton Magna.
Ellen Mary Tooke, 6, born Melton Magna.
William Arthur Tooke, 4, Melton Magna.
Jessie Maud Tooke, 1, born Melton Magna.
Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal + South Africa 1901 medal.
Soldiers’ Effects to Charles Tooke – father.
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.