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

Cross, Elijah ‘Robert’ – Born: Felsham, Suffolk on 5.5.1893.  Parents: Elijah Christmas Cross (Agricultural Labourer) and Emma [née Tarling].  Home: Rougham Road, Bradfield St George, Suffolk (1901), Pinfold End, Hawstead, Suffolk (1911), St Catherines Road, Long Melford [1919] to (1939).  Occupation: Agricultural Labourer (1911), Gardener [1919], Lorry Driver (1939).  Married: Maud Mary Poulter of Long Melford in 1919. Service Record: Robert enlisted as Tpr.L/3420 with ‘C’ later to ‘B’ Squadron, 9th [Queen’s Royal] Lancers, posted to France from 15.8.1914 as part of 2nd Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.  He was captured at Mons in Belgium on 24.8.1914 and sent to a Prisoner of War camp at Münster in Westphalia, transferring in 1915 to Hameln, then in 1916 to Soltau; the latter camps being situated in Hanover, Lower Saxony.  He was repatriated on 25.12.1918, re-enlisting in March 1919 as Pte.313016 of the Royal Tank Corps, receiving his discharge in July 1922.  Died: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in 1967.[1]

Note – [1] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 9.4.1894, St Peters Church, Felsham, Suffolk.  For 2nd Cavalry Brigade’s War Diary see [WO 95/1110/1].  For his PoW registers see International Committee of the Red Cross [file refs: PA1395, 4907 and 8179] all in the name of Robert Cross.  See also his Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].  Occupation taken from Marriage Register 17.9.1919 of Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  For post-war enlistment see Royal Tank Corps Record 17.9.1919 in the name of Robert Cross.

Research by David Gevaux MA © 2022

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