Born: 1868, Market Weston, Suffolk.

Died: 7th June 1900; age: 32; Died of Enteric Fever, at Naauwpoort, Mpumalanga, 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 develop a week or two after a person has become infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, loss 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 contain 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 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 voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War. 

Residence: Thelnetham, Suffolk.

Occupation: Farm Labourer.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3406.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony & Orange Free State.




1871   High Street, Thelnetham, Suffolk.


Thomas was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Frederick Pollard, 40, a Farmer’s Son, born Thelnetham.

Mary Ann Pollard, 33, born Barningham, Suffolk.

Jane Pollard, 7, born Barningham.

Edward Pollard, 3, born Thelnetham.

Sarah Pollard, 1, born Thelnetham.


1881   28, Abbeygate Street, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


Thomas was 14 years old and living with his paternal uncle & aunt + cousins.

Alfred Pollard, 55, a Boot Maker – employing 6 hands, born Walsham le Willows, Suffolk.

Jane Pollard (nee Sparrow), 53, born Shropham, Norfolk.

Thomas Benjamin Pollard, 25, a Boot Maker, born Thetford, Norfolk.

Jane Pollard, 24, an Assistant Boot Maker, born Thetford.

Edward Alfred Pollard, 20, an Assistant Boot Maker, born Thetford.

Kate Pollard, 16, born Bury St. Edmunds.

Edith Pollard, 12, born Bury St. Edmunds.


1891   Wattisfield Road, Thelnetham, Suffolk.


Thomas was 24 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his mother & stepfather, siblings & stepbrother.

Walter Cook, 39, an Agricultural Labourer, born Thelnetham.

Mary Ann Cook, 53.

Sarah, 21.

Alfred Pollard, 19, an Agricultural Labourer, born Thelnetham.

Frederick Pollard, 15, an Agricultural Labourer, born Thelnetham.

Walter Cook, 9, born Thelnetham.


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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