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 Biography

Coates, Henry Thomas – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk in 1876.  Parents: Gallant Samuel Coates (Gardener) and Martha Allen [née Whittle] (Horsehair Weaver).  Home: Holland Cottages, The Green, Long Melford (1881), 59 High Street, Long Melford (1911), Westgate Street, Long Melford [1920].  Occupation: Carpenter [1896], Groom and Gardener (1911), Soldier [1896 to 1920].  Married: Florence Maria Lavers in 1907.  Service Record: Henry was a member of 2nd [Volunteer] Battalion, Suffolk Regiment before attesting in 1896 as Dvr.T/12044 with the Army Service Corps, seeing service in the Second Anglo-Boer War from 1901 to 1902.  He was posted to France from 5.10.1914 and as Sgt.12544 serving with 3rd Railway Supply Detachment, ASC from 7.10.1915 to 27.11.1916.  In March 1919 he transferred to 1021st [Horse Transport] Company, ASC as part of the Army of Occupation in Germany, being discharged in May 1920.  Died: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in 1937.[1]

[1] See 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].

Research by David Gevaux MA © 2022
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