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Drury

Selected Biographies

Drury, Charles – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 4.6.1874.[1]  Parents: Amos Drury (Coconut Mat Maker) and Jane [née Grimwood] (Coconut Mat Binder).  Family Connections: Brother to George Drury [b1876] and Robert Drury [b1890]; also, cousin of Frederick Drury [b1884] and Lawrence Drury [b1889], and brother-in-law of Alfred Jackson [b1878] and Bertie Charles Gardiner [b1880].  Home: The Green, Long Melford (1881 to 1901), Bull Lane, Long Melford (1911), Cordell Cottages, High Street, Long Melford (1921 to 1939).  Occupation: Wool Winder at George Whittle’s Coconut Mat Factory (1891), Coconut Mat Maker (1901 to 1939).  Married: Mary Ann ‘Polly’ Brewster in 1901.  Service Record: From 1897 to 1908 Charles was a member of 2nd [Volunteer] Battalion, Suffolk Regiment and from 1908 to 1913 served as Pte.263 in 5th Battalion, Suffolks, [Territorial].  He was mobilised on 5.8.1914 but was discharged after six months as ‘no longer physically fit for war service’.  Charles re-enlisted on 28.6.1915 as Pte.20681 with 1/5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, transferring as Pte.22318 to 1st Garrison Battalion, Essex Regiment before being posted to Anzac Cove in Gallipoli on 19.9.1915.  As Lines of Communications troops, the Battalion’s War Diary shows that the men were employed in a support role as ammunition carriers, bomb makers, telephone, and wireless operators etc.[2]  In December 1915 he was evacuated to Egypt, transferring on 12.5.1916 as Pte.30010 to 2nd [Home Service] Garrison Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.  Private Drury was issued with a Silver War Badge and discharged on 13.10.1916 due to a knee injury.[3]  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1949.

Drury, Charles Cundy – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 20.4.1898.[4]  Parent: Kate Louisa Drury (Domestic Servant).  Family Connections: Nephew of Lawrence Drury [b1889].  Home: Swan Lane, Long Melford [1898], in the care of Sophia Debenham at 17 Rotten Row, Long Melford (1901 and 1911), 3 Martins Rise, Long Melford (1939).  Occupation: Thatcher and Trusser [1917] to (1939).  Married: Ethel M. Long in 1939.  Service Record: Charles was a member of the Long Melford Volunteer Training Corps from 1915.[5]  At the Melford Military Service Tribunal in February 1917 his employer the thatcher Thomas Mansfield applied for exemption on his behalf.  This was granted for six months on condition he joined the Long Melford Volunteer Training Corps, which he already appears to have done.[6]  It is not known if Drury’s certificate of exemption remained valid until the end of hostilities, however no definitive military record has been found to suggest otherwise.  Died: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in 1989.

Drury, Charles Henry – Born: Walthamstow, Essex on 9.4.1918.[7]  Parents: Robert Drury of Long Melford (Carpenter) and Edith Rose [née Griggs].  Home: 148 St Johns Road, Walthamstow, Essex (1921), 140 Hale End Road, Walthamstow (1939).  Occupation: Butcher.  Married: Therasa A. R. Hyams in1939.  Service Record: Charles enlisted as Pte.6019959 with the Essex Regiment.  Landing in Italy with No.2 Commando, he saw action during Operation Avalanche on 9.9.1943 against Dragone Hill, Vietri near Salerno.  Died: Charles died of wounds on the second day of Avalanche on 10.9.1943 and is buried in Salerno War Cemetery [grave ref: III.B.42], Campania, Italy.[8]

Drury, Charles William – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 10.12.1905.[9]  Parents: Charles Drury (Coconut Mat Maker) [see details above] and Mary Ann ‘Polly’ [née Brewster].  Family Connections: Brother-in-law to Frederick George Ridpath [b1918]; also, nephew of Frederick Drury [b1884], George Drury [b1876] and Robert Drury [b1890].  Home: Bull Lane, Long Melford (1911), High Street, Long Melford (1921), Cordell Cottages, High Street, Long Melford (1939).  Occupation: Mill Attendant for George Whittle’s Coconut Matting Factory (1921), Builder’s Labourer (1939).  Service Record: Charles was a member of ‘H’ Company, 10th Battalion, Suffolk Home Guard when it was formed in August 1942.  His name is recorded in the official tribute to the organization entitled The Lion Roared his Defiance, photographed in and around Long Melford in 1944.[10]  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1984.

Drury, Daniel – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk in 1859.  Parent: Sarah Drury.  Family Connections: Nephew of Samuel Drury [b1842], cousin of Frederick Drury [b1884] and father-in-law of Albert Charles Twinn [b1877].  Home: living with George and Mary Anne Drury (grandparents) in Bridge Street, Long Melford (1861 to 1881), St Marys Street, Long Melford (1891 to 1901).  Occupation: Errand Boy (1871), Coconut Mat Weaver (1881 to 1901).  Married: Sarah Ann Finch in 1882.  Criminal Record: Daniel was brought before the Melford Petty Sessions in December 1904 for being drunk and disorderly, for assault, and ‘wilfully neglecting his children …. in a manner likely to cause them unnecessary suffering and injury to their health on divers previous dates.’  This was not the first time Drury had been charged with neglect having been convicted on at least two separate occasions in the previous year and spending a total of four months in prison with hard labour. Seeming learning nothing from his earlier experiences, the magistrates at Melford referred the case to a jury trial at the West Suffolk Quarter Sessions in Bry St Edmunds. The evidence put forward by the representative of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, together with the testimony of a close neighbour and relative spoke of starving children kept in conditions of abject filth and squalor.  The children were returned to the workhouse in Sudbury, with Drury being hand six more months inside with hard labour.[11]

Drury, Frank – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 25.9.1895.[12]  Parents: Charles Henry Drury (Carpenter) and Kate [née Boggis].  Family Connections: Brother to Jack Charles Drury [b1899] and cousin of Robert William Drury [b1898].  Home: Church Row, Long Melford [1895], Pye Corner, Castle Hedingham, Essex (1901 to 1911).  Occupation: Carpenter’s Apprentice (1911).  Service Record: Frank enlisted as Pte.1575 with 1/5th Battalion, Essex Regiment and was posted to Suvla Bay, Gallipoli from 9.8.1915 as part of 161st Brigade, 54th [East Anglian] Division.[13]  Died: Private Drury was killed in action on 1.10.1915 near Hill 100 and is buried in 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery [grave ref: I.C.45], Gallipoli, Turkey.[14]

Drury, Frederick – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 10.6.1884.[15]  Parents: Samuel Drury (Coconut Mat Weaver) and Ann [née Albon] (Horsehair Weaver).  Family Connections: Half-brother to George Albon [b1876] and Albert Roger Albon [b1878]; also, cousin of Charles Drury [b1874], George Drury [b1876], Robert Drury [b1890] and Lawrence Drury [b1889].  Home: High Street, Long Melford (1891 and 1901), Church Walk, Long Melford (1911 to 1921).  Occupation: Tailor (1901 and 1921).  Married: Kate Martha Wilby in 1904.  Service Record: Frederick is recorded as a Sailor at the baptism of his daughter Dorothy May in 1919,[16] however no extant military record has been found to expand this basic information.  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1955.

Drury, George – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 4.9.1876.[17]  Parents: Amos Drury (Coconut Mat Maker) and Jane [née Grimwood] (Coconut Mat Binder).  Family Connections: Brother to Charles Drury [b1874] and Robert Drury [b1890]; also, cousin of Frederick Drury [b1884] and Lawrence Drury [b1889], and brother-in-law of Alfred Jackson [b1878] and Bertie Charles Gardiner [b1880].  Home: The Green, Long Melford (1881 and 1891), 33 Mill Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk (1911), 29 School Street, Sudbury [1915], 15 School Street, Sudbury (1939).  Occupation: Errand Boy (1891), Labourer for the Corporation and Council (1911 to 1939).  Married: Annie Frances Barber in 1901.  Service Record: George was conscripted on 12.12.1915 as Pte.62179 with the Bedfordshire Regiment, mobilised on 20.4.1918 with 11th [Service] Battalion, Bedfords and transferring to 1st [Reserve] Garrison Battalion, Suffolk Regiment on 26.11.1918, receiving his discharge in 1919.[18]

Drury, George – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk in 1887.  Parents: Daniel William Drury of Long Melford (Carpenter and Joiner) and Hannah Maria [née Moulton].  Family Connections: Brother to William James Drury [b1879].  Home: 53 Melford Road, Sudbury (1891), Station Road, Sible Hedingham, Essex (1901).  Occupation: Machinist [1903].  Service Record: George enlisted in 1903 as Pte.7726 with 3rd [Militia] Battalion, Essex Regiment, transferring to the Northamptonshire Regiment.[19]  It is not known if he continued his service into the First World War as no definitive record has been found.

Drury, Jack Charles – Born: Castle Hedingham, Essex on 4.12.1899.[20]  Parents: Charles Henry Drury of Long Melford (Carpenter) and Kate [née Boggis].  Family Connections: Brother to Frank Drury of Long Melford [b1895] and cousin of Robert William Drury [b1898].  Home: Pye Corner, Castle Hedingham, Essex (1901) to [1933].  Occupation: Joiner [1918].  Service Record: Jack was conscripted on 7.3.1918 as Aircraftsman No. F51867 in the Royal Naval Air Service, transferring to the Royal Air Force as No. 251710 on 1.4.1918.[21]  Died: Castle Hedingham, Essex on 18.7.1933.[22]

Drury, Lawrence – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 21.8.1889.[23]  Parents: Reuben Drury (Coconut Mat Maker) and Lucy Louisa [née Cundy].  Family Connections: Uncle of Charles Cundy Drury [b1898]; also, cousin of Frederick Drury [b1884], Charles Drury [b1874], George Drury [b1876] and Robert Drury [b1890].  Home: Smaley Lane, Long Melford (1891), Swan Lane, St Marys Street, Long Melford (1901 and 1911), 35 Martin Road, Barking, Essex (1939).  Occupation: Agricultural Labourer (1911), Groundsman and Gardener (1939).  Married: Mary Anne Elizabeth Sheils in 1916.  Service Record: Lawrence enlisted in 1907 as Pte.7631 with 3rd [Militia] Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, being discharged in 1908.[24]  It is not known if he saw service during the First World War as no extant record has been found.  Died: Romford, Essex in 1964.

Drury, Reginald Ernest – Born: Sudbury, Suffolk on 9.10.1908.[25]  Parents: George H. Drury of Long Melford (Labourer) [see above for details] and Annie Frances [née Barber].  Family Connections: Nephew of Charles Drury [b1874] and Robert Drury [b1890]; also, cousin of Charles William Drury [b1905].  Home: 33 Mill Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk (1911), 29 School Street, Sudbury (1921), Melrose, Bures Road, Great Cornard, Suffolk [1942].  Occupation: Butcher’s Slaughterman (1939).  Married: Florence May Warner in 1932.  Service Record:  Reginald was a member of the Cornard Platoon of 10th Battalion, Suffolk Home Guard.  Died: He died from injuries received from a stray anti-aircraft shell, while at work at Gordon Drake’s Slaughterhouse in Bures St Mary on 19.10.1942,[26] and is commemorated on the War Memorial in St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Church Square, Bures, Suffolk.

Drury, Robert – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 8.5.1890.[27]  Parents: Amos Drury (Coconut Mat Maker) and Jane [née Grimwood] (Coconut Mat Binder).   Family Connections: Brother to Charles Drury [b1874] and George Drury [b1876]; also, cousin of Frederick Drury [b1884] and Lawrence Drury [b1889], and brother-in-law of Alfred Jackson [b1878] and Bertie Charles Gardiner [b1880].  Home: The Green, Long Melford (1891 and 1901), 5 Cheapside, Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, London (1911), 7 Westgate Street, Long Melford [1938]. Occupation: Gardener (1911).  Married: Ellen Eady in 1917.  Service Record: Before 1907 Robert served in 2nd [Volunteer] Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.  In 1907 he enlisted as Pte.7520 with 3rd [Militia] Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, being discharged in 1913.[28]  It is not known if Robert continued his service into the First World War as no definitive record has been found.  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1938.

Drury, Robert William – Born: West Ham, Essex on 22.9.1897.[29]  Parents: Maurice Drury of Long Melford and Alice [née Brown].  Family Connections: Cousin of Frank Drury [b1895] and Jack Charles Drury [b1899].  Home: 21 Plaistow Road, West Ham, Essex (1901 to 1911), 8 Newbury Terrace, St Osyth Road, Great Clacton, Essex (1921), 126 Park Road, Ilford, Essex (1939) to [1941].  Occupation: Shorthand Typist and Bookkeeper for Vince & Company [1911 to 1916], Costing Clerk for the Enamelled Metal Products Corporation (1921), Company Secretary and Accountant (1939).  Married: Elizabeth Helen Wilkins in 1920.  Service Record: Robert was conscripted on 15.5.1916 as Pte.32010 with 3rd [Reserve] Battalion, Essex Regiment, transferring to 1st Battalion and joining them in France as part of 88th Brigade in 29th Division.  On 9.4.1917 the Allies launched its Arras Offensive, Robert falling into hands of the German Sixth Army five days later during the First Battle of the Scarpe.  The action had been costly for the battalion, losing over 650 men killed, wounded, or missing.  Private Drury would spend the rest of the conflict as a Prisoner of War.  Upon repatriation at the end of 1918 he was transferred to the regiment’s 3rd Battalion, receiving his discharge in February 1919.[30]   Died: Ilford, Essex in 1941.

Drury, Samuel – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk in 1842.  Parents: George Drury and Mary Anne [née Ponder].  Family Connections: Father to Frederick Drury [b1884] and stepfather of George Albon [b1876] and Albert Roger Albon [b18789]; also, uncle of Daniel Drury [b1859].  Home: Bridge Street, Long Melford (1851 to 1881), High Street, Long Melford (1891 to 1901).  Occupation: Army Pensioner (1881), Coconut Mat Maker (1891).  Married: Ann Albon in 1883.  Service Record: Samuel enlisted in 1859 as Pte.2727 with 51st Regiment of Foot, serving nine years overseas and seeing action at the Battle of Ali Masjid in November 1878, during the Second Anglo-Afghan War.  He was awarded the India General Service Medal, receiving his discharge in 1881 after twenty-two years with the Colours.[31]  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1915.

Drury, William James – Born: Sudbury, Suffolk on 20.10.1879.[32]  Parents: Daniel William Drury of Long Melford (Carpenter and Joiner) and Hannah Maria [née Moulton].  Family Connections: Brother to George Drury [b1887].  Home: 22 Church Street, Sudbury, Suffolk (1881), 53 Melford Road, Sudbury (1891), Clarence Villas, Sudbury (1901), Coronation Villas, Queens Road, Sudbury (1911) to [1920], White Horse Inn, Church Street, Sible Hedingham, Essex [1933 to 1941].  Occupation: Foreman at the Sudbury Aerated Water Company (1901) to [1917], Innkeeper [1933 to 1941].  Married: Edith Emily Cook in 1899.  Service Record: From 1901 to 1908 William was a member of 2nd [Volunteer] Battalion, Suffolk Regiment and from 1908 to 1913 a volunteer with its successor 5th Battalion, Suffolks [Territorial].  He was attested on 20.11.1915, however he was not mobilised until 12.3.1917 as Pte. M/300638 with 14th [Mechanical Transport] Company, Army Service Corps.  He was engaged as a driver of heavy vehicles on Home Service only, receiving his discharge in February 1919 as ‘no longer physically fit for war service’.  On 15.8.1920 he re-enlisted as Pte.58190804 of 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment [Territorial], receiving his discharge in 1921.[33]  Died: Sible Hedingham, Essex on 29.8.1941.[34]

Long Melford Football Club in 1902, William James Drury [back row extreme right]

Related Biographies

Albon, Albert ‘Roger’ – Born:  Long Melford, Suffolk on 12.4.1878.[35]  Parents: Ann Albon (Horsehair Weaver), later marrying Samuel Drury (Coconut Mat Weaver) in 1883.  Family Connections: Brother to George Albon [b1876]: also, half-brother of Frederick Drury [b1884] and uncle of Basil Raymond Albon [b1919].  Home: High Street, Long Melford (1891 and 1901).  Occupation: Agricultural Labourer (1901).  Married: Maud Woodgate in 1907.  Service Record: Roger enlisted in 1902 as Gnr.9906 with the Royal Garrison Artillery, purchasing his discharge 1903.  He saw service during the First World War as Gnr.10242 of the RGA, later being recorded as Gnr.285242.[36]

Albon, George – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 21.9.1876.[37]  Parents: Ann Albon (Horsehair Weaver) [married Samuel Drury (Coconut Mat Weaver) in 1883].  Family Connections: Brother to Albert Roger Albon [b1878] and half-brother to Frederick Drury [b1884].  Home: Living with James Albon (Uncle) at High Street, Long Melford (1881), living with Mother and Samuel Drury (adopted Father) at High Street, Long Melford (1891), living with Harry Steed (Brother-in-Law) at 10 Bridgemen Road, Acton, Middlesex (1901), Westgate Hill, Long Melford (1911), Bull Lane, Long Melford (1939).  Occupation: Furniture Carman’s Assistant (1901), Gardener (1911).  Married: Ada Hardy in 1903.  Service Record:  Although no definitive military record has been found, George may have attested on 3.4.1915 as Pte.3253 with 1/5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.  If this assumption is correct then he was posted to Gallipoli 15.11.1915, then to Egypt, being renumbered in 1917 as Pte.240938, and may have gone on to see action during the campaign in Palestine in 1917/18.  He may also have been issued with a Silver War Badge and discharged due to poly-articular rheumatism in March 1919.[38]  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1950.

Jackson, Alfred – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 12.8.1878.[39]  Parents: William Jackson (Agricultural Labourer) and Charlotte [née Boreham] (Horsehair Weaver).  Family Connections: Brother to William Charles Jackson [b1874] and Dennis Jackson [b1883]; also, uncle of Alfred Hugh Jackson [b1908] and brother-in-law of Charles Drury [b1874], George Drury [b1876] and Robert Drury [b1890].  Home: Liston Lane, Long Melford (1881), Park Terrace, St Marys Street, Long Melford (1891 and 1901), Hall Street, Long Melford [1914], Barrow Hill, Acton, Suffolk (1939).  Occupation: Agricultural Labourer (1901 to 1939).  Married: Jane Drury in 1907.  Service Record: Before 1908 Alfred served for three years with 2nd [Volunteer] Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.  He attested on 23.11.1914 as Pte.2771 and was promoted and renumbered after 1916 as L/Cpl.240742 with 2/5th Battalion, Suffolks.  On 14.5.1918 he was transferred as Pte.586735 to 665th Agricultural Company, Labour Corps, and issued with a Silver War Badge and discharged in May 1919 due to sickness.  His record suggests that he was engaged on Home Service duties only.[40] Died: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in 1950.

Ridpath, Frederick George – Born: Stratford-le-Bow, Essex on 28.2.1918.[41]  Parents: George Edward Ridpath (Hammerman) and Ada [née Sansum] of Long Melford.  Family Connections: Brother-in-law of Charles William Drury [b1905].  Home: 45 Trevelyan Road, Stratford-le-Bow, Essex (1921), 12 Martins Rise, Long Melford (1939).  Occupation: Sailor.  Married: Tressie Alice Drury of Long Melford in 1939.  Service Record: Frederick enlisted as C/JX 140124, joining HMS Harvest taking part in Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of British, French, and Belgian troops off the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940.  By 1943 he had risen to the rank of Petty Officer.  On 3.3.1943 Ridpath’s ship was defending Convoy HX 228 when it forced U-444 to the surface, ramming the submarine and sinking it.  However, her luck ran out the following day when she was hit by a torpedo fired from U-432 inflicting fatal damage.[42]  Died: Aboard the destroyer HMS Harvester when she was sunk off the west coast of Ireland by enemy action 11.3.1943.  Petty Officer Ridpath is commemorated, together with his shipmates, on the Chatham Naval Memorial in Kent.[43]

Twinn, Albert Charles – Born: Glemsford, Suffolk in 1877.  Parents: John Harry Twinn (Coconut Mat Maker) and Ellen [née Oakley].  Family Connections: Step son-in-law of Daniel Drury of Long Melford [b1859].  Home: Egrement Street, Glemsford, Suffolk (1881 to 1911).  Occupation: Coconut Mat Weaver (1901 to 1911).  Married: Ada Olive Finch of Long Melford in 1905.  Service Record: Albert was conscripted as Pte.18174 with the Suffolk Regiment, transferring as Pte.29871 to 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Edinburgh’s [Wiltshire Regiment], part of 21st Brigade, 30th Division.[44]  Died: Private Drury was listed as missing presumed killed in action on 9.4.1917 at the First Battle of the Scarpe, the opening salvo of the Arras Offensive and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial [bay 7], Fauboug-d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France and the War Memorial in Glemsford.[45]

Notes – [1] Baptism Register 7.2.1875, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  The 1939 Register for Long Melford records his birth date as 28.5.1874.   [2] For details of 1st Garrison Battalion’s movements see War Diary [WO 95/4356].  [3] Service and 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: 147711], Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].  Charles Drury is recorded as a Soldier at the christening of his son see Baptism Register 7.11.1915 of Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [4] Baptism Register 20.10.1898, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford and 1939 Register.  [5] For Training Corps article see Suffolk and Essex Free Press 10.3.1915.  [6] For the Tribunal’s ruling see Suffolk and Essex Free Press 28.2.1917.  [7] Baptism Register of 2.5.1918 for St Gabriels Church, Walthamstow, Essex.  [8] Commonwealth War Grave Commission record.  [9] 1939 Register.  [10] Published by Marten & Son, Ltd., of Market Hill, Sudbury, Suffolk in 1946.  [11] Suffolk and Essex Free Press 28.1.1903, 16.5.1903 and 16.1.1904A Calendar of Prisoners Tried at the January Adjourned General Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the Year 1904 [HO 140].  [12] Baptism Register 3.11.1895, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. [13] For details of the action see 1/5th Essex’s War Diary [WO 95/4325].  See also his Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329], and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].  [14] Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.  [15] Baptism Register 5.10.1884, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [16] For a record of his daughter’s christening see Baptism Register 6.7.1919, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [17] Baptism Register 4.6.1876, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [18] Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363].  [19] Chelsea Hospital British Army Service Record [WO 97] up to 1903.  [20] Date of birth from his Royal Navy Record.  [21] Royal Navy Registers of Seaman’s Services [ADM 188/643].  See also the RAF Muster Roll 1918.  [22] National Probate Calendar.  [23] Baptism Register 30.1.1890, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. [24] Chelsea Hospital British Army Service Record [WO 97] up to 1908.  [25] 1939 Register.  [26] I am extremely grateful to Shirly Smith of Sudbury and District Royal British Legion for her research.  [27] Baptism Register 6.7.1890, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [28] Chelsea Hospital British Army Service Record [WO 97] up to 1913.  [29] 1939 Register.  [30] For details of 1st Battalion’s movements see War Diary [WO 95/2309/1] together with 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].  [31] Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Admission and Discharge Records [WO 117/34 and WO 121].  [32] Date of birth from the 1939 Register for Halstead Rural District, Essex.  [33] Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].  [34] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.  [35] Date of birth from Baptism Register 18.10.1882, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [36] Recorded as Roger Albon on Census Returns, and his military Service Record, Medal Roll, and Medal Index Card.  [37] Date of birth from Baptism Register 3.6.1877, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [38] For details of 1/5th Suffolk’s time in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine see War Diaries [WO 95/4325 and WO 95/4658] and Fair and Wolton, pp.13-107.  See also his [WO 329 – Silver War Badge ref: B149987], Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329], and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].  [39] Baptism Register 6.10.1878, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. [40] Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363], Service Medal and Award Rolls, First World War, Silver War Badge [WO 329] record [ref: B212636] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].  [41] Date of birth from his RN Record.  [42] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Harvester_(H19).  [43] British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1730-1960 and Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.  [44] Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923.  [45] Commonwealth War Grave Commission record and British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 [ref: 494615].

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