A village with a big story
Little Holland cottages at top of Green no longer there
Claypits Pond with Horses 1905
Long Melford Coronation fancy dress competition at the British Legion in Cordell road1953
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There are members of the Bailey family recorded as living in Long Melford from as far back as the eighteenth century. The particular family mentioned below however, first appeared in the village at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Selected Biography

Bailey, Walter Arthur Francis – Born: Streatham, London on 26.9.1898.[1]  Parents: Walter Bailey ma (School Master) and Elizabeth Marian [née Linton].  Home: Hall Mill, Hall Street, Long Melford (1901), 42 Bellevue Gardens, Brighton, Sussex [1918].  Service Record: Walter attended Shrewsbury School until 1916 when he entered Sandhurst and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant with the East Lancashire Regiment.  He transferred to 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and was posted to the Western Front in November 1917 as part of 5th Brigade, 2nd Division.[2]  Died: Walter was recorded as missing presumed killed in action during a forced withdrawal near Bertincourt on 24.3.1918, in the opening phase of the German Spring Offensive.  He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Fauberg d’Amiens British Cemetery, Arras, Pas-du-Calais, France [Bay 6 and 7] and remembered on the Roll of Honour in St Stephens Church, Bournemouth, Dorset.[3]

Notes – [1] www.shrewsbury.org.uk.  [2] For details of the 2nd Ox and Bucks movements during March 1918 see War Diary [WO 95/1348/6] and his Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].  [3] Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Research by David Gevaux MA © 2024

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