Born: 1872, Debenham, Suffolk.

Died: 3rd April 1901; age: 28; Died of Enteric Fever and Intestinal Hamorrhage – Syncope – 19 days, at No. 8 Stationary Hospital, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 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: Church Street, Eye, Suffolk.

Enlistment Date: 23rd March 1890.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 3173.

Regiment: 11th Hussars, No. 2 Remount Depot/6 Dragoon Guards, South Africa Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: India Medal 1895 & Punjab Frontier Clasp 1879 – 1898. Belfast, Cape Colony & Orange Free State.




1881   Back Lane, Eye, Suffolk.


Robert was 8 years old and living with his parents & niece.

Charles Leggett, 58, a Tailor, born Wickham Skeith, Suffolk.

Harriet Ethelinda Leggett (nee Gibbs), 55, born Wetheringsett cum Brockford, Suffolk.

Florence Harriet Crowe, 7, born Lowestoft, Suffolk.


Robert’s mother, Harriet Ethelinda Leggett died November 1900, Lowestoft, Suffolk.


Soldiers’ Effects to Charles Leggett – father.


Robert is remembered on his parent’s headstone at Lowestoft Cemetery, Suffolk.

The Boer War.

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