Born: 1873, Ipswich.

Died: 29th April 1900; age 27; Died of Enteric Fever, at Modderspruit, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, 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 developed a week or two after a person had became infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, lose 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 contains 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 the 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 the voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War.

Residence: 30, St. Matthew’s Church Lane, Ipswich.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 80089.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, Company Troops Ammunition Column.


Clasps Awarded: Relief of Kimberley & Tugela Heights.




1881   104, St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich.


Walter was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Walter Webber, 36, a Labourer, born Ipswich.

Susan Webber (nee Wiffen), 34, born Melton, Suffolk.

Emily Webber, 16, born Ipswich.

Robert Webber, 14, born Ipswich.

Ellen Webber, 11, born Ipswich.

Thomas Webber, 5, born Ipswich.

William Webber, 1, born Ipswich.


1891   Shorncliffe Camp, Cheriton, Kent.


Walter was 18 years old, a Soldier ranked Gunner for the Royal Artillery.


In 1895, Ipswich, Walter married Emily Jane Turner, born November 1873.

They had 2 children:

Walter George Webber, born February 1897, Ipswich.

Elizabeth Hilda Webber, born 1900, Ipswich.

The Boer War.

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