Born: 15th October 1869, Queen’s Road, Brentwood, Essex.
Died: 6th January 1900; age: 30; KiA at Suffolk Hill, Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3573.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.
Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.
1871 Bishop Hill, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.
William was a year old and living with his paternal grandparents, aunt & uncles.
Henry Stollery, 48, an Engine Driver, born Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.
Eliza Stollery (nee Young), 49, born London.
Frederick Young Stollery, 20, an Engine Driver, born London.
Mary Stollery, 13, born Ipswich.
Henry Stollery, 9, born Ipswich – died 1877, Ipswich.
1881 5, White Elm Gardens, Ipswich.
William was 11 years old and living with his paternal grandfather and his new wife.
Henry Stollery, 58, an Engine Driver.
Sarah Ann Stollery (nee Brown), 54, born Coddenham, Suffolk.
1891 Joy House, Station Road, Nacton, Suffolk.
William was 22 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was a Lodger at the home of 68 year old, John Keeble, a Grocer – own account – employer.
William’s mother was Emma Stollery (nee Taylor), born November 1840, Islington, Middlesex – died October 1869, Queen’s Road, Brentwood, Essex.
William’s father was William Stollery, born 1848, Ipswich, a Turner Engineer – died 1875, Ipswich.
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.