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A village with a big story
Little Holland cottages at top of Green no longer there
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Claypits Pond with Horses 1905
Long Melford Coronation fancy dress competition at the British Legion in Cordell road1953
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Betts

BETTS, George William 1888-1961

Born: Balsham, Cambridgeshire on 12.11.1888.  Parents: William Betts (Shepherd) and Alice Ann [née Linsdell].  Home: Wood Hall Cottage, Balsham, Cambridgeshire (1891), Rodbridge Street, Long Melford (1901), Stone Cottage, Sudbury Road, Long Melford (1911), Hall Street, Long Melford (1939).  Occupation: Blacksmith and Wheelwright (1901), Carpenter (1911), Wheelwright for John Palmer of Hall Street [1916], Carpenter and Wheelwright (1939).  Married: Theresa Hilda Warner in 1916.  Service Record: At the Melford Military Service Tribunal in March 1916 George’s employer, John Palmer applied for his exemption.  Palmer said he had lost two men already and was under contract to produce two hundredweight of horseshoes a week for the Army and do repairs for twelve farms in the district.  Perhaps because Betts work had scant bearing on the Army contract his application was refused.  George was conscripted as Pte.M2/167245 with the London Repair Depot, Mechanical Transport Section, Army Service Corps.  In 1939 George served in Long Melford as an Auxiliary Fireman.  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1966.[1]

[1] Date of birth from Admission Register 2.12.1895, St Catherines Infants School, Long Melford.  For the Tribunal’s ruling see Suffolk and Essex Free Press 22.3.1916.  See also his Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363].

Research by David Gevaux MA © 2022

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