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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Records for a Barber family living in Long Melford can be found as early as the seventeenth century. The following list contains selected biographies, photographs, and family trees for some of those who arrived after 1860.

BARBER, Clifford Harry 1888-1977

Born: Heybridge, Essex on 29.12.1888.  Parents: Charles Barber of Long Melford (Miller’s Foreman) and Ellen [née Smith].  Family Connections: Cousin of Leonard Charles Barber [b1894].  Home: Mill Lane, Heybridge, Essex (1891), Twyford Mill Cottage, Great Hallingbury, Hertfordshire (1901, 1911).  Occupation: Mason and Carver (1911), Stonemason [1915].  Married: Kathleen Edwards in 1923.  Service Record: Clifford enlisted on 7.12.1915 as Pte.16570 with the Royal Engineers, being posted to the Western Front on 10.11.1916 with No.4 Company, 2nd Reserve Battalion, Royal Engineers, serving as Acting/Cpl.16670 with 237th Field Company, RE in 1919.  He was awarded the Military Medal in 1919 for conspicuous gallantry.  Died: Portslade-by-Sea, East Sussex on 11.11.1977.[1]

[1] London Gazette 23.7.1919, Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363], Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329], Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372] and date of death from the National Probate Calendar.

BARBER, Frederick James 1888-1950

Born: Sudbury, Suffolk on 10.10.1888.  Parent: Alfred Barber (Agricultural Labourer) and Sarah Anne [née Mingay].  Home: 16 Workhouse Row, Sudbury, Suffolk [1888], St Marys Street, Long Melford (1901), emigrated to Canada [1919], 49 Kilany Avenue, York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada [1921].  Occupation:  Machinist [1921].  Married: Winifred May Lingwood in 1915.  Service Record: Frederick was a member of the Suffolk Yeomanry in 1915.  Died: 7.12.1950 and buried in Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[1]

[1] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 25.11.1888, St Gregorys Church, Sudbury, Suffolk.  See details of Canadian Census at www.central.bac-lac.gc.ca and grave reference from Find My Grave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/113396697.  For Training Corps article see Suffolk and Essex Free Press 10.3.1915.

BARBER, Leonard Charles 1894-1942

Born: Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire on 8.2.1894.  Parents: Robert Henry Barber of Long Melford and Harriet Eliza [née Clarke].  Family Connections: Cousin of Clifford Harry Barber [b1888].  Home: Barrells Down Road, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire (1901), 45 Hockerill St, Bishops Stortford (1911), 14 Lisle Road, Colchester, Essex [1915].  Occupation: General Engineer (1911), Motor Driver [1915].  Married: Nellie Rose Hegreen in 1918.  Service Record: Leonard enlisted on 21.10.1915 as Pte.10671 with the Royal Flying Corps, transferring as Pte.308603, a Tank Mechanic 2nd Class, to the Tank Corps and subsequently posted to France from 12.6.1918 to 27.2.1919, receiving his discharge the following month.  Died: Witham, Essex in 1942.[1]

[1] Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363], Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329], and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].

Research by David Gevaux MA © 2022

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