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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Selected Biographies

Braybrook, Ernest Henry – Born: Sudbury, Suffolk on 20.5.1893.[1]  Parents: William Henry Braybrook (Labourer) and Maria [née Smalls]. Family Connections: Brother to Isaac William Braybrook [b1892].  Home: 8 Prince Street, Sudbury, Suffolk (1901 and 1911), Tring, Hertfordshire [1916], 50 Newman Road, Sudbury (1939).  Occupation: Postman (1911 to 1939).  Married: Alice Maud Cook of Long Melford in 1916.[2]  Service Record:  Although no definitive military record has been found, Ernest may have been attested as Pte. G/34392 with 17th [Service] Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own [Middlesex] Regiment.  If this assumption is correct then he was later transferred to 13th [Service] Battalion, Middlesex.  Both units served with the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front.[3]  Died: Braintree, Essex in 1963.

Braybrook, Isaac ‘William’ – Born: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1892.  Parents: William Henry Braybrook (Labourer) and Maria [née Smalls].  Family Connections: Brother to Ernest Henry Braybrook [b1893].  Home: 8 Prince Street, Sudbury, Suffolk (1901), 12 George Street, Leamington, Warwickshire [1914].  Occupation: Shop Assistant [1914].  Service Record:  Enlisting under the name William Braybrook on 20.9.1914 as Pte.5117 he joined 16th [Service] Battalion [3rd Birmingham], Royal Warwickshire Regiment.  Posted to France on 21.11.1915 by Boxing Day his unit had come under the command of 5th Division’s 15th Brigade, the unit seeing action during the Somme Offensive of 1916 at High Wood in July and the Battle of Guillemont in September.  It was at this latter encounter that Private Braybrook received a shrapnel wound to his scalp, causing him to be repatriated to England on 8.9.1916 for treatment.  Returning to 15th Brigade on the Western Front on 23.10.1916 he was transferred to the Warwick’s 14th Battalion [1st Birmingham] seeing further action at the Battles of Arras in April 1917.  On 29.6.1917 he was retrained as a machine gunner and sent as Pte.73741 to 17th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.[4]  Died: William was killed in action on 21.3.1918 and commemorated on the Arras Memorial [Bay 10], Arras, Pas de Calais, France.[5]

Notes – [1] Date of birth from the 1939 Register for Sudbury, Suffolk. [2] Recorded as a soldier in 1916 see Marriage Register 2.7.1916, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. [3] Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].  [4] Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363], Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 [ref: 11/PP/35784].  [5] Commonwealth War Grave Commission record and British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 [ref: 661319].

Genealogical Table

The Braybrook family in 1905 Back: Ernest [b1893], William [b1862], Florence [b1889] - Front: Edward [b1901], Maria [b1866] & Alice [b1898]

Research by David Gevaux MA © 2024

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