Born: 1870, Otley, Suffolk.
Died: 29th December 1900; age: 30; Died of Disease at Pretoria, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Residence: Otley, Suffolk.
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.