horace walter CUTHBERT


Born: 1877, Hintlesham, Suffolk.

Died: 6th January 1900; KiA at Suffolk Hill, Rensburg, near Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: Northlands Cottages, Hintlesham, Suffolk.

Occupation: Agricultural Labourer.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 4232.

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


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony.




1881   Hintlesham, Suffolk.

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

John Cuthbert, 35, an Agricultural Labourer, born Hintlesham.

Harriet Emma Cuthbert (nee Stiff), 28, born Raydon, Suffolk.

George William Cuthbert, 8, born Hintlesham.

Ann Maria Cuthbert, 6, born Hintlesham.

James Arthur Cuthbert, 1, born Hintlesham.


1891   Priory Road, Hintlesham, Suffolk.

Horace was 14 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

John, 45, an Agricultural Labourer.

Harriet, 39.

James, 11.

Mildred Alice Cuthbert, 9, born Hintlesham.

John William Cuthbert, 7, born Hintlesham.

Arthur Charles Cuthbert, 5, born Hintlesham.

Frederick Cuthbert, 2, born Hintlesham.

Ellen May Cuthbert, 4 months, born Hintlesham.


Horace’s sister Harriet Ellen Cuthbert died January 1878, Hintlesham, she was 7 years old. In 1892, Horace’s infant sister Edith Rose Cuthbert died, she was just a few weeks old.


Horace’s bother, Frederick Cuthbert lost his life during the First World War. Frederick was killed in action on the 30th October 1918, aged 30. He was ranked a Sargeant, service number 24380, for the Royal Garrison Artillery, 276th Siege Battery, and was awarded the Military Medal. Originally buried at Escarmain Communal Cemetery Extension. In June 1920, the body was exhumed, identified by a Regimental Service Cross on grave, and Field Service Dress. Re-interred at Poix-Du-Nord Communal Cemetery Extension, France. His parents John & Harriet were living at 15, Camden Row, Pinner Green, Middlesex.


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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