Born: 1871, Witchford, Cambridgeshire.

Died: 6th January 1900; age 28; KiA at Suffolk  Hill, Colesburg, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: Haddenham, Cambridgeshire.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2196.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony.


Brother to JOHN BARNES.




1871   Witchford, Cambridgeshire.


Samuel was 2 months old and living with his parents & siblings.

Samuel Prescott Barnes, 38, an Agricultural Labourer, born Witchford.

Sarah Barnes (nee Saberton), born Witchford.

Harriet Ann Barnes, 10, born Witchford.

Richard Barnes, 8, born Witchford.

George Barnes, 5, born Witchford.

William Barnes, 2, born Witchford.


1881   ‘Mingay House’ Wilburton, Cambridgeshire.

Samuel was 10 years old and living with his parents, siblings, brother-in-law & nephew.

Samuel, 47, an Agricultural Labourer.

Sarah, 41.

George, 15, an Agricultural Labourer.

William Barnes, 7, born Witchford.

Charles Barnes, 2, born Witchford.

James Powley, 22, an Agricultural Labourer, born Narborough, Norfolk.

Harriet Powley (nee Barnes), 20.

Robert Richard Powley, 7 months, born Markham, Norfolk.


Samuel’s mother, Sarah Barnes died 1883, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire.


Cambridge Independent Press – Friday, 12th January 1900 – WILBURTON MAN KILLED – Private Samuel Barnes, of the 1st Suffolk regiment who was killed at Rensburg, on the 6th January was a Wilburton man. Much sympathy is felt for his father, who is a labouring man on Mengay’s Farm, and in the employ of Mr. Albert Julian Pell.


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. A storm of bullets met the Suffolks. 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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