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Cadge

There have been members of the Cadge family living in Long Melford since the sixteenth century.  The following list contains selected biographies, photographs and associated family trees. 
The family of William and Minerva Cadge

Standing L-R: Charles Ebenezer Cadge 1880-1952, Anna Maria ‘Nance’ Theobald née Cadge 1876-1968, Philip Charles Cadge né Grice 1874-1947, Edith Ruth Cadge 1883-1960, William Cadge Jnr 1878-1963.  Sitting L-R: George Roy Cadge 1887-1974, Louise Eliza Wickens née Cadge 1890-1927, William Cadge Snr1851-1929, Minerva Cadge 1849-1925, Ethel May Scannell née Cadge 1881-1954.  See Genealogical Table part two below.

Selected Biographies

Cadge, Arthur – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 25.3.1880.[1]  Parents: Charles Cadge (Labourer) and Elizabeth [née Gridley] (Horsehair Weaver).  Family Connections: Cousin of William Cadge [b1885], William Cadge [b1878], Charles Ebenezer Cadge [b1880] and George Roy Cadge [b1887].  Home: The Green, Long Melford (1881 and 1891), 4 Elder Road, Lambeth, London (1901), 4 Leslie Road, Custom House, Canning Town, London (1911), 7 Otley Road, Custom House, Canning Town [1919 to 1963].  Occupation: Journeyman Baker (1901), Pawnbroker’s Assistant (1911), Tyre Moulder [1916], Wharf Labourer (1939).  Married: Ethel Caroline Howe in 1910.  Service Record: Attested on 9.12.1916 as Pte.75152 with 21st Labour Company, attached to The King’s [Liverpool] Regiment, being posted to France from 20.3.1917 to 17.3.1919.  Arthur transferred on 9.8.1917 as Pte.51070 to 745th [Employment] Company, Labour Corps, moving to the Army Reserve in April 1919.[2]  Died: West Ham, Essex on 11.2.1963.[3]

[1] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 6.6.1880, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [2] See also his 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].  [3] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.

Cadge, Charles Ebenezer – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 5.2.1880.[1]   Parents: William Cadge (Bricklayer) and Minerva [née Grice].  Family Connections: Brother to William Cadge [b1878] and George Roy Cadge [b1887], half-brother to Philip Charles Grice [b1874]; also, cousin of William Cadge [b1885] and Arthur Cadge [b1880], and brother-in-law of Albert George Boreham [b1892], Henry Dennis Boreham [b1896] and Ernest Frank Wickens [b1893].  Home: Liston Lane, Long Melford (1881), St Marys Street, Long Melford (1891 to 1911), Swan Lane, Long Melford (1939), 2 Allotment View, Swan Lane, Long Melford [1952].  Occupation: Bricklayer (1901 to 1939), Special Constable (1939).  Married: Ellen ‘Nellie’ May Boreham in 1920.  Service Record: Charles is recorded as a member of the Melford Silver Band in 1900 and 1914.[2]   He was conscripted on 29.2.1916 as Private, later L/Cpl.166400 with 438th [Cheshire] Field Company, Royal Engineers, part of 3rd Division.  He was posted to France from April 1918 to January 1919 and would have been involved in the following actions between April and October 1918:  First and Second Battles of the Somme, Battle of the Lys, and the Battles of the Hindenburg Line.  He received his discharge in March 1919.[3]   Died: Long Melford, Suffolk on 13.12.1952.

[1] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 4.4.1880, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [2] My thanks to Tim Seppings of Sudbury for showing Charles’s connection to the Melford Silver Band.  [3] For details of 438th Field Company’s movements see War Diary [WO 95/1403/3].  See also his 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].

Marriage of Charles Ebenezer Cadge and Ellen ‘Nellie’ May Boreham in 1920

Key: 1. Harry Theobald, 2. George Cadge, 3. Ada Cadge, 4. William Cadge, 5. ????, 6. Ernest Wickens, 7. Louisa Wickens, 8. Nellie Boreham, 9. Albert Boreham, 10. Harry Boreham, 11. Edith Cadge, 12. Philip Cadge Jnr, 13. Andy Cadge, 14. William Cadge, 15. Maudie Cadge, 16. Maud Mary née Allen, 17. Philip Cadge Snr, 18. Harry Gridley, 19. Rosie Oakley/Ringer?, 20. Fred East, 21. possibly Maud Boreham, later Mrs Fred East, 22. Anna ‘Nance’ Theobald, 23. Alice Boreham, 24. Alice Woodhouse, 25. Charles Ebenezer Cadge, 26. Ellen May Cadge née Boreham, 27. Phyllis Cook, 28. Mabel Boreham, 29. George Boreham, 30. Stan Cadge, 31. Fred Cadge, 32. Charles Cadge Jnr. (additional information courtesy of Sheila Cadge).

Cadge, George Roy – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 26.5.1887.[1]   Parents: William Cadge (Bricklayer) and Minerva [née Grice].  Family Connections: Brother to William Cadge [b1878] and Charles Ebenezer Cadge [b1880], half-brother to Philip Charles Grice [b1874]; also, cousin of William Cadge [b1885] and Arthur Cadge [b1880], and brother-in-law of Ernest Frank Wickens [b1893].  Home: St Marys Street, Long Melford (1891 to 1911), Liston House, Long Melford (1939).  Occupation: Carpenter (1901 and 1911), Carpenter and Joiner [1916] to (1939).  Married: Ada Palmer Randle in 1925.  Service Record: Between 1909 and 1913 George was a member of the Army Service Corps.  He was attested on 13.11.1916 as Spr.213128 with the Royal Engineers, transferring as Pte.57369 to 14th [Service] Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers [Pioneers], being posted to France from 8.9.1917 to 19.6.1919 and seeing action on the Somme in 1916, and the Arras Offensive and the Third Battles of Ypres in 1917.  On 6.1.1918 he was moved again as Spr.213128 to 209th [Norfolk] Field Company, RE, part of 34th Division, and finally to 465th Field Company, RE.  George was issued with a Silver War Badge and discharged in July 1919 as ‘no longer physically fit for War Service’, due to sickness.[2]   In 1922 he is recorded as a committee member of the Long Melford Ex-Service Men’s Club.  Died: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in 1974 and buried in Long Melford Cemetery.

[1] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 7.8.1887, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [2] See also his Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363], Service Medal and Award Rolls, First World War, Silver War Badge [WO 329] record [ref: B252230], Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].

Cadge, Philip Charles – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk in 1874see under Grice

Cadge, Thomas – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 15.1.1871.[1]   Parents: William Cadge (Agricultural Labourer) and Elizabeth [née Knopp] (Horsehair Weaver).  Family Connections: Brother to William Cadge [b1864].  Home: Back Meadow, Long Melford (1871 and 1881), Cock and Bell Lane, Long Melford (1891 and 1901), Church Walk, Long Melford (1911), Hope Cottage, Westgate Street, Long Melford (1939) to [1960].  Occupation: Coconut Mat Weaver for George Whittle to 1908, Soldier [1908 to 1914], Shopkeeper [1937].  Married: Laura Byford in 1901.  Service Record: Thomas is recorded as a member of the Melford Silver Band in 1900, 1911 and 1914[2] and was also a member of 2nd [Volunteer] Battalion, Suffolk Regiment and as L/Sgt.23 he served in ‘D’ Company, 5th Battalion, Suffolks [Territorial] from 1908 to 1914.  Thomas was re-called to 5th Suffolks on 13.8.1914 but discharged on 28.12.1914 as medically unfit.[3]   Died: Sudbury, Suffolk on 30.4.1960.[4]

[1] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 7.8.1887, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [2] My thanks to Tim Seppings of Sudbury for showing Thomas’s connection to the Melford Silver Band.  [3] See also his Soldiers’ Documents and Pension Claims, First World War [WO 364].  [4] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.

Cadge, William – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk in 1864.  Parents: William Cadge (Agricultural Labourer) and Elizabeth [née Knopp] (Horsehair Weaver).  Family Connections: Brother to Thomas Cadge [b1871].  Home: Back Meadow, Long Melford (1871 and 1881), 16 Thomas Street, Plumstead, Kent [1903].  Occupation: Horsehair Weaver (1881), Groom [1889].  Service Record: Attested in 1887 as Tpr.3228 with 1st King’s Dragoon Guards, transferring in 1889 to 14th Battalion, Eastern Brigade, Royal Artillery and discharged in 1903.[1] It is not known if William saw service during the First World War as no extant record has been found.

[1] See his Chelsea Hospital British Army Service Record [WO 97] up to 1903.

Cadge, William – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 20.2.1878.[1] Parents: William Cadge (Bricklayer) and Minerva [née Grice].  Family Connections: Brother to Charles Ebenezer Cadge [b1880] and George Roy Cadge [b1887], half-brother to Philip Charles Grice [b1874]; also, cousin of William Cadge [b1885] and Arthur Cadge [b1880], and brother-in-law to Ernest Frank Wickens [b1893].  Home: Liston Lane, Long Melford (1881), St Marys Street/Little St Marys, Long Melford (1891) to [1963].  Occupation: Telegram Messenger (1891), Bricklayer (1901 and 1911), Retired Bricklayer (1939).  Service Record: At the Melford Military Service Tribunal in March 1916 his half-brother Philip, who was also his employer, requested exemption for William on the grounds that his business has been seriously affected since four of his six workers have already gone off to the War.  The Tribunal adjourned without making a decision.  In May William’s case was reviewed when he was granted conditional exemption for one month.  Notwithstanding his brother’s pleas at earlier sessions, by the time of his next hearing in August 1917 William had relocated to Wivenhoe, some twenty miles away, where his new employer Barrell Brothers made a third request for exemption, which was refused.  His move to Wivenhoe may only have been temporary for in March 1918 his half-brother was again applying for his exemption before the Melford Tribunal, where a certificate for absolute exemption was finally granted.[2] Died: Sudbury, Suffolk on 21.1.1963.[3]

[1] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 7.4.1878, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [2] For the Tribunal’s rulings see Suffolk and Essex Free Press 15.3.1916, 10.5.1916, 1.8.1917 and 27.3.1918.  [3] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.

Long Melford Football Club 1902 – William Cadge {back row, eighth from left)

Cadge, William Thomas Ÿ Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 2.10.1885.[1]  Parents: John Cadge (Bricklayer) and Maria [née Howard] (Shopkeeper).  Family Connections: Cousin of William Cadge [b1878], Charles Ebenezer Cadge [b1880] and George Roy Cadge [b1887] and Arthur Cadge [b1880].  Home: 35 Sepulchre Street, Sudbury (1891), 31 New Street, Sudbury (1901), 8 Brooklyn Road, Dovercourt, Essex [1915], 140 Scorer Street, Lincoln, Lincolnshire (1939) to [1950].  Occupation: Bricklayer (1901 and 1911), Master Builder (1939).  Married: Kate Smith in 1921.  Service Record: Attested on 18.11.1915 as Spr.107532 with 5th Field Company, Royal Engineers, transferring to 80th Field Company, RE and posted to France from 25.5.1916 as part of 18th [Eastern] Division.  His unit saw action during the Somme Offensive of 1916 and the Battles of Arras in April 1917.  On 27.7.1917 William received gunshot wounds to his neck, chest and left arm, returning to England for treatment.  On 2.4.1918 he was re-posted to the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front and latterly sent to Germany as part of the Army of the Rhine before his discharge in March 1919.[2]  Died: Lincoln, Lincolnshire on 13.6.1950.[3]

[1] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 6.12.1885, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [2] For details of 80th Field Company’s movements see War Diary [WO 95/2027/2].  See also his 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].  [3] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.

Grice, Philip Charles – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 4.7.1874.[1] Parent: Minerva Grice (Horsehair Weaver) [married William Cadge (Bricklayer) in 1875].  Family Connections: Half-brother to William Cadge [b1878], Charles Ebenezer Cadge [b1880] and George Roy Cadge [b1887]; also, brother-in-law of Ernest Frank Wickens [b1893].  Home: Liston Lane, Long Melford (1881), St Marys Street/Little St Marys, Long Melford (1891) to [1947].  Occupation: Bricklayer (1901) Owner of a building company [1916], Builder’s Jobmaster (1939).  Married: Maud Mary Allen in 1903.  Service Record: Philip was a member of the Long Melford Volunteer Training Corps in 1915.  At the Melford Military Service Tribunal in March 1916 he requested exemption from conscription for his half-brother William who he employed as a bricklayer.  The application was made on the grounds that his business had been seriously affected since four of his six workers have already gone off to the War.[2]  See also the entry for William Cadge [b1878].  Died: Long Melford, Suffolk on 14.8.1947.[3]

[1] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 6.9.1874, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  Recorded on the UK Census as Phil(l)ip Cadge in 1881, 1891 and 1901, and as Philip Charles Cadge Grice in 1911.  Recorded as Philip Cadge in the Training Corps article see Suffolk and Essex Free Press 10.3.1915.  [2] For the Tribunal’s ruling see SEFP 15.3.1916.  [3] Recorded as Philip Charles Cadge on the Death Index and in the National Probate Calendar, which also records his date of death.

Perkins, Bertie John – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 23.10.1882.  Parents: Henry Perkins (Fitter of Steam Looms) and Mary [née Hebditch].  Family Connections: Brother to Maurice Stanley Perkins [b1889].  Home: Hall Street, Long Melford (1891 to 1911), 10 Bull Lane, Long Melford (1939).  Occupation: Carpenter (1901 and 1911), Carpenter and Joiner (1939).  Married: Rose Hannah Cadge in 1906.  Service Record: Bertie served in South Africa seeing action during the Second Anglo-Boer War.  Up to 1908 he was a member of ‘D’ Company, 2nd [Volunteer] Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.  On 5.5.1914 he attested as Pte.2013 with 5th Battalion, Suffolks being engaged on home service.  He was promoted and transferred on 12.12.1914 as Cpl.40945 to ‘B’ Company, 7th [Service] Battalion, Suffolks and posted to France from 26.12.1916 to 29.11.1917 as part of 35th Brigade, 12th [Eastern] Division.  On 1.4.1917 Private Perkins was wounded in the throat and chin by a grenade during a training exercise.  He was later promoted to Sgt.40945 in the Battalion’s ‘A’ Company and returned to the front line.  On 30.11.1917 he was captured at ‘Cheshire’ quarry during a German counterattack, being sent first to Münster II Prisoner of War camp in Westphalia, then to the camp at Parchim in Mecklenburg.  Following his repatriation to England at the end of the War, he was discharged in February 1919.[1] Died: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1951.

[1] For details of the action see 7th Suffolk’s War Diary [WO 95/1852/3] and Murphy, Lieutenant-Colonel C. C. R. The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914-1927 [London: Hutchinson and Co, 1928], pp.236-37.  See also his PoW record see International Committee of the Red Cross [file refs: PA19691 and PA19467], 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].

Wickens, Ernest Frank – Born: Hastings, Sussex in 1893.[1] Parents: Frederick Ashton Wickens (Paper Hanger) and Emma [née Hoad].  Family Connections: Brother-in-law of Philip Charles Grice [b1874], William Cadge [b1878], Charles Ebenezer Cadge [b1880] and George Roy Cadge [b1887].  Home: 84 Manor Road, Hastings, Sussex (1901), 42 Old London Road, Hastings (1911), 2 Rodbridge Hill, Long Melford [1936].  Occupation: Butcher [1909], Tram Conductor (1911), Painter’s Labourer [1912].  Married: Louisa Cadge of Long Melford in 1923.  Service Record: Ernest enlisted in April 1909 as Gnr.226 with 2nd Home Counties Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.  He re-enlisted in November 1912 as Gnr.14364 with 4th Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery, being posted to France from 22.8.1914.  This division fought in numerous battles on the Western Front, including: the Marne, the Aisne and Armentières in 1914, Second Ypres in 1915, the Somme in 1916, Arras and Third Ypres in 1917, and the Lys and the Hindenburg Line in 1918.  Ernest was discharged in May 1919 with the rank of Acting Sergeant.[2] Died: Long Melford, Suffolk on 17.2.1936.[3]

[1] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 3.12.1882, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [2] For details of 4th DAC’s movements see War Diary [WO 95/1468/1].  See also his 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].  [3] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.

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Research by David Gevaux MA © 2022

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