Born: 1871, Thurston, Suffolk.

Died: 28th May 1902; age: 29; Died of Disease at Vryburg, North West Province, South Africa.

Taken PoW 31st March 1902, at Hart’s River, Boschbult, North West Province – released.

Residence: Tostock, Suffolk.

Enlistment Date: 19th October 1900.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5636.


Regiment: 28th Mounted Infantry, Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal + South Africa 1901 medal & South Africa 1902 medal.




1881   Knights, Thurston, Suffolk.


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

George Dedman, 32, a Bricklayer, born Somersham, Suffolk.

Emily Matilda Dedman (nee Mount), 33, born Baylham, Suffolk.

George Edward Dedman, 7, born Coddenham, Suffolk.

Ellen Eliza dedman, 5, born Livermore, Suffolk.

Albert William Dedman, 3, born Livermore.

Orlando Nathaniel Dedman, 1, born Livermore.


1891   Leys Road, Tostock, Suffolk.


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

George, 42, a Bricklayer.

Emily, 43.

Ellen, 15.

Albert, 13.

Nathaniel, 11.

a boarder – Harry Hurkett, 7 months, born Beyton, Suffolk.


1901   St. Peter’s Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands.


William was 20 years old, a Soldier for the Suffolk Regiment – Infantry.


By the 1901 census, George & Emily had adopted Harry Hurkett.


William’s brother, Orlando Nathaniel Dedman lost his life during the First World War, when he was KiA 8th May 1915. Nathaniel was ranked a Private, service number 17695, for the Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Nathaniel was married to Gertrude (nee Merryweather) with 2 children, they made their home at Ryde, Isle of Wight, Hampshire.

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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