Born: 1869, Mildenhall, Suffolk.

Died: 6th July 1900; age: 31; Died of Disease at Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa.

Residence: Holywell Row, Aspal Lane, Mildenhall, Suffolk.

Occupation: an Agricultural Labourer.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2506.

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


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




1871   54, Holywell Row, Aspal Lane, Mildenhall, Suffolk.


William was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Gillman Cobbin, 38, an Agricultural Labourer, born Mildenhall.

Mary Ann Rutterford, 33, born Mildenhall.

John Rutterford, 13, born Mildenhall.

Charles Rutterford, 11, born Mildenhall.

James Rutterford, 7, born Mildenhall.

Thomas Rutterford, 5, born Mildenhall.

Victoria Rutterford, 4, born Mildenhall – died 1880, Mildenhall.

Ann Rutterford, 8 months, born Mildenhall – died 1876, Mildenhall.


1881   54, Holywell Row, Aspal Lane, Mildenhall, Suffolk.


William and his brothers are now known by the surname COBBIN.

William was 12 years old and living with his widowed father & brothers.

James, 44, an Agricultural Labourer.

James, 17, an Agricultural Labourer.

Robert Cobbin, 4, born Mildenhall.

Arthur Cobbin, 3, born Mildenhall.

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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