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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Connell, Evelyn Mary – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 8.7.1893.  Parents: Frederick Connell (Estate Carpenter at Kentwell Hall) and Clara [née Leach].  Family Connections: Sister of Frederick Stanley Connell [b1890].  Home: Kentwell Cottage, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford (1901), a Servant at The Rectory, Stanningfield, Suffolk (1911), Kentwell Cottage, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford [1918].  Occupation: Domestic Under Nurse (1911).  Service Record: Evelyn was a with the British Red Cross Society from May 1918 engaged as a Nurse with the Voluntary Aid Detachment at No. 1 Eastern General Military Hospital in Cambridge.  She continued her nursing career beyond June 1919.[1]

Connell, Frederick Stanley – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 20.8.1890.  Parents: Frederick James Connell (Estate Carpenter for Kentwell Hall, Long Melford) and Clara [née Leach].  Family Connections: Brother to Evelyn Mary Connell [b1893].  Home: High Street, Long Melford (1891), Kentwell Hall Cottage, Long Melford (1901 and 1911), 4 Recreation Road, Sible Hedingham, Essex (1939).  Occupation: Joiner (1911), Carpenter and Joiner (1939).  Married: Mary Elsie Dodd in 1920.  Service Record: A member of the Long Melford Volunteer Training Corps in 1915.  Frederick attested on 19.10.1916 as Pte.P/207322 with 425th Agricultural Company, Labour Corps, transferring as an Aircraft Mechanic to No. 89 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps on 29.8.1917.  On 1.4.1918 he moved to the Royal Air Force as Pte.99111, being posted to Vendôme in France from 6.9.1918 to 9.9.1919, receiving his discharge in April 1920.  Died: Colchester, Essex in 1973.[2]

Connell, John Edward – Born: Walsoken, Norfolk on 1.11.1890.  Parents: Richard Charles Connell (General Labourer) and Sarah Ann.  Family Connections: Brother-in-law to Thomas Pryke [b1889].  Home: 10 Witham Street, Walsoken, Norfolk (1891), 59 Peter Street, Dover, Kent (1901), 3 York Terrace, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire (1911), 21 New Street, Bentley, Doncaster, Yorkshire [1915], Hall Street, Long Melford [1918], 7 Grosvenor Crescent, Arksey, Yorkshire (1939).  Occupation: Machinist in a Sawmill (1911), Sawyer [1915] to (1939).  Married: Ellen Pryke of Long Melford in 1918.  Service Record: John attested on 15.1.1915 as Pte.17006 with 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment and posted to France from 29.4.1915 to 16.11.1916 as part of 24th Brigade, 8th Division.  He transferred on 24.1.1916 as Pte.19683 to 24th Brigade, Machine Gun Corps, receiving a gunshot wound to his chest on 29.10.1916, near Gueudecourt in the Somme valley.  On 30.6.1917 he was transferred as Pte.318564 to 600th [Home Service Employment] Company, Labour Corps, then on 25.12.1917 as Gunner, later Bdr.196453 to 47th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery.  John was issued with a Silver War Badge and discharged in December 1918.  Died: Doncaster, Yorkshire in 1969.[3]

Notes – [1] Date of birth from Death Index.  See her British Red Cross Record Card.  [2] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 5.10.1890, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  For Training Corps articles see Suffolk and Essex Free Press 10.3.1915 and 29.12.1915.  See also his Air Member for Personnel and predecessors: Airman’s Records [AIR 79/896] and RAF Muster Roll 1918, p.484.  [3] Date of birth from the 1939 Register for Arksey in Yorkshire and the Death Index.  For details of Connell’s time in 24th Brigade see War Diaries [WO 95/1716/1-2 and WO 95/1717/1-3].  See also his Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363], Soldiers’ Documents and Pension Claims, First World War [WO 364], Service Medal and Award Rolls, First World War, Silver War Badge [WO 329] record [ref: B121031], 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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