Born: 1866, Bulmer, Essex.

Baptised: 15th April 1866, at Bulmer, Essex. Parents: Elizabeth & George Radley.

Died: 6th January 1900; age: 34; Died of Wounds at Suffolk Hill, Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: Bulmer, Essex.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2542.

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


Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.




1871   24, Street, Bulmer, Essex.


Walter was 5 years old and living with his parents, siblings & paternal uncle.

George Radley, 43, an Agricultural Labourer, Bulmer.

Elizabeth Radley (nee Scrivener), 34, a Staw Plaiter, born Belchamp Walter, Essex.

Sarah Radley, 7, born Bulmer.

William Radley, 2, born Bulmer.

John Radley, 39, an Agricultural Labourer, born Bulmer.


1881   2, School Meadow, Bulmer, Essex.


Walter was 15 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents, siblings & paternal uncle.

George, 53, an Agricultural Labourer.

Elizabeth, 45.

Sarah, 17.

William, 12.

Arthur Radley, 9, born Bulmer.

John, 48, an Agricultural Labourer.


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. A storm of bullets met the Suffolks. 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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