Born: 1862, Martlesham, Suffolk.

Died: 11th April 1900; age 38; of Enteric Fever, at Bloemfontein, Free State, 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: Martlesham, Suffolk.

Occupation: Agricultural Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 1883; age: 21.


Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 67373.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 81st Battery.


Clasps Awarded: Paardeberg, Driefontein & Relief of Kimberley.




1871   Street, Martlesham, Suffolk.


Shadrack was 9 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Lewis Button, 45, an Agricultural Labourer, born Waldringfield, Suffolk.

Mary Button (nee Burgess), 42, born Little Bealings, Suffolk.

Nathan Button, 21, an Agricultural Labourer, Newbourne, Suffolk – died 1880, Suffolk.

Charlotte Button, 19, born Newbourne.

Lewis Button, 17, an Agricultural Labourer, born Newbourne.

David Button, 15, an Agricultural Labourer, born Martlesham.

Jonathan Button, 12, Agricultural Labourer, born Martlesham.

Ezekiel Henry Button, 11,  an Agricultural Labourer, born Martlesham.

Eliza Button, 3, born Martlesham.

Samuel Button, 6 months, born Martlesham.


1881   Martlesham, Suffolk.


Shadrack was an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents, siblings & nieces.

Lewis, 56, an Agricultural Labourer.

Mary, 56, a Laundress.

Charlotte, 28.

Ezekiel, 21, an Agricultural Labourer.

Samuel, 10.

Mary Jane Button, 6, born Suffolk.

Isabella Mary Button, 2, born Suffolk.


Shadrack’s father, Lewis Button died 1892, Martlesham, Suffolk.

The Boer War.

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  • Hi,
    Charlotte Button had two illegitimate daughters, Susan Janet Button, 1875 and Isabel Button 1880? (later Rush).

    Any idea who the father could be?


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