Photographs courtesy of Elaine.

Born: 12th October 1869, West Dean, Gloucestershire.

Died: 6th January 1900; age: 30; Died of Wounds at Suffolk Hill, Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Originally reported Missing in Action.

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.

Residence: Hill Cottage, Welsh Newton, Herefordshire.

Occupation: Rural Postman – Post Office.

Enlistment Date: 24th July 1888.


Discharged Private, service number 2276, Suffolk Regiment – Location: Gosport, Hampshire; Date: 9th February 1896; Age: 26 years & 7 months; Occupation: Labourer. Height: 5ft, fair complexion, dark grey eyes & brown hair. Character: Very Good.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2276.

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


Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.




1871   Berry Hill, West Dean, Gloucestershire.


Thomas was a year old and living with his parents.

Charles Webb, 24, a Nail Maker, born Newland, Gloucestershire.

Sarah Ann Webb (nee Frowen), 23, born English Bicknor, Gloucestershire.


1881   Common Grove, English Bicknor, Gloucestershire.


Thomas was 11 years old and living with his maternal grandparents, aunt & cousin.

Thomas Frowen, 71, an Agricultural Labourer, born English Bicknor.

Sarah Frowen (nee Baynham), 60, born Westbury, Gloucestershire.

Rosanna Frowen, 15, born English Bicknor.

Elizabeth L. Frowen, 8, born English Bicknor.

On the 3rd July 1897, at St. Dyfrigs Church, Cardiff, Glamorganshire, 27 year old, Thomas, a Labourer, of 22, Harper Street, married 24 year old, Eliza Harris, of 60, Word Street, born January 1873, at Jennings Pleck, Llanrothal, Monmouthshire, Wales.

They had 2 sons:

William Charles Webb, born April 1898, 5, Station Terrace, Abercynon, Monmouthshire, Wales.

Thomas George Webb, born March 1900, Rose Cottage, Welsh Newton, Herefordshire.

Soldiers’ Effects to Eliza Webb- widow.


Thomas is also remembered on the Boer War memorial at Hereford Cathedral.





The Boer War.

Suffolk Regiment 

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