Born: 17th April 1872, Norton, Suffolk.
Baptised: 14th July 1872, at Norton, Suffolk.
Died: 5th June 1900; age: 28; at Waterval, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Rank: Private; Service Number:3298.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony & Transvaal.
1881 Heath Road, Ixworth, Suffolk.
William was 9 years old and living with his parents, step sister & siblings.
William Cawley, 38, an invalid – no occupation, born Ixworth.
Susannah Cawley (nee James), 28, a Nurse, born Norton.
Ruth James, 13, born Norton.
Eliza Cawley, 8, born Ixworth.
James Cawley, 6, born Ixworth.
Malvina Cawley, 4, born Ixworth.
1891 Stow Lane, Ixworth, Suffolk.
William was 18 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.
William, 48, an Agricultural Labourer.
Harry Cawley, 7, born Ixworth.
Annie Cawley, 5, born Ixworth.
George Henry Cawley, 3, born Ixworth.
Alice Emma Cawley, 5 months, born Ixworth.
Family note from Teresa:-
He had a brother James Cawley (b.1875 Ixworth-d.1930) who also fought in Boer War Lance Corporal 3287 1st Battalion Suffolk Regiment. James survived, married and went on to become a police sergeant in the Metropolitan Police.
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.