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

Dare, Edward Victor George – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk in 1901.  Parent: Alice Elizabeth Dare.  Family Connections: Stepson of Frederick John Rising [b1880] and nephew of Thomas Dare [b1869].  Home: Chapel Green, Long Melford (1911), St Marys Street, Long Melford (1921).  Occupation: Porter for the Great Eastern Railway at Hythe in Essex (1921), General Labourer [1928].  Service Record: Edward enlisted on 7.2.1926 as Gnr.770895 with the Royal Artillery, receiving his discharge on23.6.1941.[1]

Dare, Thomas ‘Tom’ – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 2.1.1869.[2]  Parents: James Dare (Iron Foundry Labourer) and Mary Ann [née Smith] (Horsehair Weaver).  Family Connections: Brother-in-law to Frederick John Ringer [b1880].  Home: Chapel Green, Long Melford (1871 to 1891), 91 Cemetery Road, Ipswich, Suffolk (1911 to 1921).  Occupation: Cord Spinner (1881) – Baker (1891), Soldier [1895 to 1919], Iron Foundry Labourer for Ransome, Sims & Jeffries, Agricultural Implement Manufactures of Ipswich (1921).  Married: Laura Anna Wade [d1911] in 1903 and Florence Kate Barker in 1912.  Service Record: Tom enlisted in 1895 to as Pte.4137 with ‘D’ Section, 19th [Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own] Hussars, posted to India in 1895, first to Bombay, then Bangalore, and in 1899 he was stationed with his regiment’s ‘C’ Squadron at Secunderbad.  With the outbreak of the Second Anglo-Boer in 1899, he was sent to South Africa, seeing action in the Orange Free State and at Laings Nek and Belmont, receiving his discharge in January 1914.  He re-enlisted on 9.9.1914 [giving a false age of 42 instead of 45] as L/Cpl.P98, being later promoted to Sergeant with the Military Mounted Police and posted to France from 7.10.1914 to 15.6.1917.  He received his discharge in March 1919.[3]  Died: Ipswich, Suffolk in 1927.

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Ringer, Frederick John – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 27.10.1880.[4] Parents: William Ringer of Earls Colne, Essex (Bricklayer’s Labourer) and Adelaide [née Boreham] of Long Melford.  Family Connections: Stepfather of Edward Victor George Dare [b1901] and brother-in-law of Thomas Dare [b1869].  Home: Recorded as John Ringer in Liston Lane, Long Melford (1881 to 1901), Chapel Green, Little St Marys/St Marys Street, Long Melford (1911 to 1921), 2 Bull Lane, Long Melford (1939).  Occupation: Iron Moulder’s Labourer (1901 to 1911), General Labourer for Frederick Branwhite & Sons of Withindale Mill, Long Melford (1921), Labourer (1939). Married: Alice Elizabeth Dare in 1906.  Service Record: Recorded as a Soldier at the baptism of his son in 1915, although his unit is not given.[5]  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk 1956. 

Notes – [1] Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942. [2] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 2.5.1869, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. [3] Soldiers’ Documents and Pension Claims, First World War [WO 364], Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372]. [4] 1939 Register. [5] Baptism Register 5.9.1915, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford [Bury Record Office ref: FL509/4/18].

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