WILLIAM THOMAS HEAUME

 

 

Born: 1871, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands.

Died: 8th February 1902; age: 31; Accidentally drowned at Schoonspruit, Kerksdorp, North West Province, South Africa.

Residence: Southampton, Hampshire. Parents residence: 1, Vauvert Yard, St. Peter Port, Guernsey.

Occupation: a Baker.

Enlistment Date: 7th March 1901.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 5745.

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

 

Clasps Awarded: Transvaal + South Africa 1902 medal – issued 24th August 1903.

 

CENSUS

 

1871   Le Mont Durant, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands.

 

William was a month old and living with his parents & sister.

Thomas Heaume, 31, a Ship’s Carpenter, born St. Peter Port.

Elizabeth Heaume (nee Baker), 28, born Little Sark, Sark, Channel Islands.

Elizabeth Alice Heaume, 4, born St. Peter’s Port.

 

1881   4, Contree Mansell, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands.

 

William was 10 years old and living with his parents & sister.

Thomas, 40, a Ship’s Carpenter.

Elizabeth, 38.

Alice, 14.

4 lodgers.

 

1, Vauvert Yard, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands.

 

William was 20 years old, a Store’s Labourer. He was living with his mother.

Elizabeth, 50, a Cook – Domestic.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Alice Clarke – sister.

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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