Born: 1861, Witnesham, Suffolk.

Baptised: Christmas Day, 1861, Witnesham.

Died: 30th June 1900; age: 38; Died of Typhoid Fever at Nooitgedacht, Western Cape, South Africa.

Taken prisoner 6th January 1900 at Suffolk Hill, Colesberg.

Residence: Lower Street, Witnesham, Suffolk.

Occupation: Farm Labourer.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 1121.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony & Transvaal.






1871   Ipswich Road, Witnesham, Suffolk.


William was 9 years old and living with his parents, siblings & widowed, maternal grandfather.

Simon Reynolds, 38, an Agricultural Labourer, born Swilliand, Suffolk.

Hannah Reynolds (nee Pizzey), 39, born Witnesham.

John Robert Reynolds, 16, an Agricutural Labourer, born Witnesham.

Simon Reynolds, 14, an Agricutural Labourer, born Witnesham.

Janet Selah Reynolds, 5, born Witnesham.

Robert Pizzey, 67, an Agricutural Labourer, born Hasketon, Suffolk.


1881   Lower Street, Witnesham, Suffolk.


William was 19 years old, a Farm Labourer. He was living with his parents.

Simon, 48, a Farm Labourer.

Hannah, 49.


William’s mother, Hannah Reynolds died 1889, Witnesham, Suffolk.


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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