Born: 1870, Otley, Suffolk.

Died: 29th December 1900; age: 30; Died of Disease at Pretoria, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: Otley, Suffolk.

Occupation: Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 22nd March 1900.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2733.

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


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Ornage Free State & Transvaal.




1871   Otley, Suffolk.


Samuel was a year old and living with his parents & step brother.

Samuel Forsdike, 67, an Agricultural Labourer, born Otley.

Mary Forsdike (nee Durrant), 47, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.

Robert Forsdike, 22, an Agricultural Labourer, born Otley – died 1883, Otley.


1881   Otley, Suffolk.


Samuel was 11 years old and living with his widowed father.

Samuel, 78, a Farm Labourer.


Samuel’s mother, Mary Forsdike died 1879, Otley, his father, Samuel Forsdike died 1887, Otley.


Soldiers’ Effects to John & William Forsdike – step brothers.

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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