Born: 1875, Dallinghoo, Suffolk.

Died: 11th April 1902; age: 27; Died of Disease at Harrismith, Free State, South Africa.

Residence: Wickham Road, Charsfield, Suffolk.

Occupation: Farm Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 31st August 1895.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 4251.

Regiment: Mounted Infantry, Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Clasps Awarded: Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal + South Africa 1901 medal & South Africa 1902 medal.




1881   Dallinghoo, Suffolk.


William was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Charles Norris, 30, an Agricultural Labourer, born Dallinghoo.

Harriet Norris (nee Knights), 28, born Debach, Suffolk.

Edith Florence Norris, 4, born Dallinghoo.

Frederick John Norris, 2, born Dallinghoo.

Lillie Elizabeth Norris, 5 months, born Dallinghoo.


1891   Wickham Road, Charsfield, Suffolk.


William was 15 years old, a Horseman – Farm. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Charles, 40, a Stockman – Agricultural.

Harriet, 38.

Edith, 14.

John, 12.

Lily, 10.


Soldiers’ Effects to Charles Norman & Harriet Norman – parents.

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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