Joseph Alfred Everett

#3137, b. 16 December 1876, d. 27 April 1900

The lancers at elandslaagte

Individual's Timeline

Birth16 December 1876Joseph Alfred Everett
Christening29 July 1877Joseph Alfred Everett1,2
Death27 April 1900Joseph Alfred Everett

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Mill_Batt: Joseph Alfred Everett took part in the Military action known as Elandslaagte. The first major war the 5th Royal Irish fought as Lancers was the Boer War. By the time they embarked from India for Africa they had acquired a fine reputation; GOC Bengal described them as: "A first rate Regiment in first rate order; I never saw a better." But the Boer War demonstrated that the new century required new tactics. The invention of smokeless gunpowder and rapid firing rifles meant that the role of the cavalry had to change, although the 5th Lancers did make a traditional cavalry charge at Elandslaagte on the 21st October 1899.
    * Subsequently the Regiment had the dubious honour of being besieged in the town of Ladysmith in General Sir George White's garrison; the Boers besieged the garrison for four months before the it was eventually relieved. So short were the rations that one officer wrote: "Emaciated troop horse was issued to the troops in a disguised and more palatable form - as paste, sausage meat and even calves-foot jelly."
    * The inscription on his mother's tombstone says he died in April 1900, so he must have either died of wounds received in the battle in October 1899 or was besieged until Feb 1900 in LadySmith and died later at Bloomfontein in the epidemic of enteric fever.

Census details


Joseph Alfred Everett is also mentioned on the headstone of Selina Skinner in 1915 in St Andrew's Churchyard, Bedingham, Norfolk, England; In Loving memory of Selina Everrett who died September 9th 1915 aged 60. At rest.

Also 3 of her sons.

Charles died November 13th 1882 aged 2 years and 3 months.

Ernest Levi died February 9thy 1897 aged 18 months

Joseph Alfred who died in South Africa April 27th 1900 aged 23.

Also George her son killed in action on HMS Lyon May 31st 19? aged 37.

Military Career

Records show that Joseph Alfred Everett served in the armed forces. He was in the 5th (Royal irish) Lancers, adn was awarded: The Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal Clasps: Elandslaagte, Defence of Ladysmith.5


  • 1899, He was a Lance Corporal in the 5th Lancers, Cavalry (from the Norwich Boer War Memorial).
  • 1900, The Boer War


  1. Norfolk transcripts of baptisms, online, event number 606 29/07/1877 Joseph Alfred EVERETT, father Alfred Ebenezer EVERETT      Labourer, mother Selina DOB 16/12/1876.
  2. Free parish registers, online, County     Norfolk
    Place     Bedingham
    Church     St Andrew
    RegisterNumber     606
    DateOfBirth     16 Dec 1876
    BaptismDate     29 Jul 1877
    Forename     Joseph Alfred
    Sex     -
    FatherForename     Alfred Ebenezer
    MotherForename     Selina
    FatherSurname     EVERETT
    FatherOccupation     Labourer.
  3. Census data as per CD,      Dwelling:     Near Tripple Plea
         Census Place:     Bedingham, Norfolk, England
         Source:     FHL Film 1341473 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 1964 Folio 106 Page 9
         Marr     Age     Sex     Birthplace
    Alfred EVERETT     M     34      M     Topcroft, Norfolk, England
         Rel:     Head
         Occ:     Agricultural Labourer
    Selina EVERETT     M     25      F     Wortwell, Norfolk, England
         Rel:     Wife
         Occ:     Labourers Wife
    Frederick J. SKINNER (EVERETT)           7      M     Wortwell, Norfolk, England
         Rel:     Step Son
         Occ:     Scholar
    Athur W. EVERETT           6      M     Bedingham, Norfolk, England
         Rel:     Son
         Occ:     Scholar
    Joseph A. EVERETT           4      M     Bedingham, Norfolk, England
         Rel:     Son
    George EVERETT           2      M     Bedingham, Norfolk, England
         Rel:     Son.
  4. Census data as per CD, Alfred EVERETT (43) agricultural labourer born Topcroft
    Selina EVERETT (36) wife born Wortwell
    Frederick EVERETT (17) son agricultural labourer born Wortwell (1881 census has him as stepson surname SKINNER)
    Joseph EVERETT (14) son agricultural labourer born Bedingham
    George EVERETT (12) son born Bedingham
    Arthur EVERETT (9) son born Bedingham
    Horace EVERETT (6) son born Bedingham
    Rose EVERETT (4) daughter born Bedingham
    Frank EVERETT (2) son born Bedingham.
  5. Find my past web sites, online or, First name(s)      J A
    Last name      Everett
    Service number(s)      4865
    Rank      Private
    Regiment      5th (Royal Irish) Lancers
    Notes      [Anglo-Boer War Memorials Project] [The National Archives WO100. The QSA and KSA campaign medal rolls.] [Natal Field Force. JB Hayward & Sons] EVERITT.
    The Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal Clasps: Elandslaagte, Defence of Ladysmith
    Memorials      St Patrick's Cathedral. Plaque. 5th Lancers. Dublin, DUBLIN, Eire
    Castle Meadows. County Memorial. Norwich, NORFOLK, England
    Units      Unit: 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers, Rank: Private, Number: 4865
    Casualty units      5th (Royal Irish) Lancers
    Casualty details      Disease on 27 April 1900 at Cape Town (Official casualty roll location: Cape Town)
    Casualty notes      -
    Casualty source      Natal Field Force. JB Hayward & Sons
    Gazzetteer      -
    Country      Great Britain
    Record set      Anglo-Boer War records 1899-1902
    Category      Armed forces & conflict
    Subcategory      Boer Wars
    Collections from      United Kingdom.