Born: 1872, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

Died: 12th December 1900; age: 28; Died of Thrombosis, at Springfontein, Free State, South Africa.

Residence: 12, Church Street, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 4964.

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


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.




1881   Asfordly Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.


William was 8 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

William Manchester, 32, a Furniture Dealer – own account, born Melton Mowbray.

Esther Manchester (nee Houghton), 29, born Asfordly, Leicestershire.

Thomas Frederick Manchester, 7, born Melton Mowbray.

Albert Ernest Manchester, 4, born Melton Mowbray.

Arthur Henry Manchester, 2, born Melton Mowbray – died 1884, Melton Mowbray.


1891   24, Colsterworth Terrace, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.


William was 18 years old, a Draper’s Assistant. He was a Lodger at the home of 48 year old, widow, Elizabeth Hampson – living on her own means.


William’s mother, Esther Manchester died 1882, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

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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