Born: 1872, Coddenham, Suffolk.
Baptised: 24th August 1872, Coddenham, Suffolk.
Died: 27th January 1901; age: 28; Died of Disease at Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa.
Rank: Private: Service Number: 2912.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.
Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State + South Africa 1901 medal.
Uncle to ALFRED WILLIAM BENJAMIN HEARN.
1881 Lime Kiln, Coddenham, Suffolk.
William was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Benjamin Hearn, 35, a Lime Burner, born Coddenham.
Sarah Ann Hearn (nee Osborn), 36, born Foxhall, Suffolk.
Henry Hearn, 12, born Coddenham.
Benjamin Brunning Hearn, 11, born Coddenham.
Sarah Emma Hearn, 7, born Coddenham.
Henerietta Eliza Hearn, 4, born Coddenham.
1891 Barracks, Depot Suffolk Regiment, Newmarket Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
William was 19 years old, a Soldier ranked a Private for the Suffolk Regiment – Infantry.
In 1899, Needham Market, Suffolk, William married Kate Elizabeth Wilden, born 1880, Needham Market.
They had 1 daughter:
Maud Ellen L. Hearn, born 1900, Bethnal Green, London.
Soldiers’ Effects to Kate Hearn – widow.
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.