Born: 1872, Thorpe Morieux, Suffolk.
Died: 6th January 1900; age: 28; KiA at Suffolk Hill, Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Residence: 16, King Edward Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Occupation: a Gardener.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 2626.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.
Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.
1881 Bury Road, Thorpe Morieux, Suffolk.
Stephen was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
James Pryke, 45, a Shoemaker, born Cockfield, Suffolk.
Eliza Pryke (nee Cracknell), 44, born Bradfield St. Clare, Suffolk.
William Pryke, 22, an Agricultural Labourer, born Cockfield.
James Pryke, 20, an Agricultural Labourer, born Thorpe Morieux.
Walter Pryke, 17, an Agricultural Labourer, born Thorpe Morieux.
Frederick Pryke, 15, an Agricultural Labourer, born Thorpe Morieux.
Anna Pryke, 10, born Thorpe Morieux.
Edgar Pryke, 5, born Thorpe Morieux.
Agnes Pryke, 2, born Thorpe Morieux.
1891 Barracks, Newmarket Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Stephen was 19 years old, a Soldier ranked a Private for the Suffolk Regiment – Infantry.
Stephen’s father, James Pryke died 1899, Ipswich.
On the 5th July 1896, at All Saint’s Church, North Peckham, London, 24 year old, Stephen, a Gardener, of 20, Pennack Road, Peckham, married 30 year old, Julia Elizabeth Johnson, of 19, Pennack Road, Peckham, born 1866, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
They had 1 daughter:
Gladys Florence Elizabeth Pryke, born April 1899, Waltham Cross, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.
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.