WILLIAM JAMES STOCK

 

 

Born: 7th October 1879, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

Died: 6th January 1900; age: 21; at Suffolk Hill, Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: 36, Adam & Eve Street, St. Andrew the Lees, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 4745.

Regiment: Cambridge Territorial Regiment allied to the Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.

 

Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   43, Adam & Eve Street, St. Andrew the Lees, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

 

William was a year old and living with his parents.

Fred Stock, a Groom, born Babraham, Cambridgeshire.

Caroline Stock (nee Mulberry), 24, born Wimpole, Cambridgeshire.

 

36, Adam & Eve Street, St. Andrew the Lees, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

 

William was 11 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Caroline, 34, a Charwoman.

Harry Stock, 9, born Cambridge.

Jane Elizabeth Stock, 7, born Cambridge.

Bertha Ann Stock, 5, born Cambridge.

 

William’s father, Fred Stock died January 1890, Cambridge.

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 

Posted in BOER WAR, Suffolk Regiment

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