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Eady

Selected Biographies

Eady, Harry Walter – Born: Great Waldingfield, Suffolk in 1881.  Parents: Thomas Eady (Coachman) and Ellen Eliza [nee Blunden].  Family Connections: Brother Alfred George Eady [b1874], William Thomas Eady [b1880], Albert Bertie Eady [b1884]; also, brother-in-law of Robert Henry Day [b1876].  Home: Smeetham Hall Road, Bulmer, Essex (1891), Letchmore Heath, Aldenham, Hertfordshire (1901 and 1911).  Occupation: Coachman (1901 and 1911).  Married: Ellen Fowler in 1909.  Service Record: Although no definitive military record has been found, Harry may have served as Sgt.1801 with his brother William in 16th [Service] Battalion, The Duke of Cambridge’s Own [Middlesex] Regiment.  If this assumption is correct, then he was posted to the Somme battlefront from 3.8.1916.  On 24.9.1916 he transferred in the field as Sgt.G/63003 to 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers [City of London] Regiment, as part of 86th Brigade, 29th Division.  This latter battalion saw action at the following battles: the Transloy Ridges in 1916, the Arras Offensive and Third Ypres in 1917, and the Lys and the Final Advance in Flanders in 1918.  He would have returned to England in March 1919.[1]

[1] See his possible Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].

Eady, Herbert Charles – Born: Bulmer, Essex on 8.9.1883.[1]  Parents: George Eady (Pork Butcher) and Ellen [née Hammond], residents of Long Melford.  Home: Sudbury Road, Great Cornard, Suffolk (1891), Hall Street, Long Melford (1901), emigrated briefly to Canada [1911],[2] Cross Keys Inn, Hall Street, Long Melford [1916], 115 The Fairway, Wembley, Middlesex (1939) to [1957].  Occupation: Pork Butcher (1901), Innkeeper and Slaughterer [1916], Butcher Salesman (1939).  Married: Ada Marion Harrowell in 1912.  Service Record: At the Melford Military Service Tribunal in July 1916 Herbert applied for exemption, which was granted for two months only.  In August he took his case to the West Suffolk Appeal Tribunal in Bury St Edmunds arguing that as a Canadian citizen he held a certificate from the High Commissioner of Canada exempting him from service for three months.  The panel were not persuaded and refused his application.[3]  In the event he was conscripted until May 1917 as Pte.7103 [Aircraft Mechanic], engaged as a Cook with the Royal Flying Corps, transferring as No. 81349 to the Royal Air Force on 1.4.1918, receiving his discharge in April 1920.[4]  Died: Willesden, Middlesex in 1957.

[1] Birth and Baptism records are in the name of Charles Herbert Eady all other references are found under Herbert Charles Eady.  Date of birth from the 1939 Register for Wembley Middlesex.  [2] For emigration to Canada see Passenger List for SS Dominion 31.8.1911.  [3] For the Tribunal’s rulings see Suffolk and Essex Free Press 26.7.1916 and 16.8.1916.  [4] See also his Air Member for Personnel and predecessors: Airman’s Records [AIR 79/738].

Eady, Jack – Born: Lavenham, Suffolk on 6.6.1892.[1] Parents: John Eady (Railway Platelayer) and Mary Ann [née Mills].  Home: 1 Pump Square, Lavenham, Suffolk (1901), 22 Prentice Street, Lavenham (1911), The Lodge, Stratton Park, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire [1915], 51 High Street, Long Melford [1919],[2] The Clock House, Brickendonbury, Hertford, Hertfordshire (1939) to [1959].  Occupation: Groom (1911), Groom and Gardener [1915], Head Gardener (1939).  Married: Eliza M. Levitt of Long Melford in 1914.  Service Record: Jack was conscripted on 10.12.1915 as Gnr.124806 with the Royal Garrison Artillery, transferring to 15th Company, RGA on 27.10.1916 and to 322nd Siege Battery, RGA on 15.3.1917, being posted to France from 15.4.1917 to 14.10.1917.  In October 1917 Jack was posted to the Egyptian Expeditionary Force then on to Salonika from 9.5.1918 to 7.1.1919, where he contracted malaria.  He was issued with a Silver War Badge and discharged in May 1919.[3]  By September 1919 he had returned to Long Melford where he was once again diagnosed with malaria.[4] Died: Hertford, Hertfordshire on 19.12.1959.[5]

[1] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 3.7.1892, Church of St Peter and St Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk and the 1939 Register for Hertford Rural District.  His Service Record however records his birth date as 10.6.1892.  [2] Address taken from the Electoral Roll.   [3] Service Medal and Award Rolls, First World War, Silver War Badge [WO 329] record [ref: B214004], Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].   [4] See the Infectious Diseases Register of Medical Certificates Received for 5.9.1919 [Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Record Office ref: EF501/4/20].  This document also lists other men who appear in this Nominal Roll and were diagnosed with malaria shortly after returning home, namely: William Charles Boar [b1877], George William Cook [b1897], Ernest George Deeks [b1883], Ernest Hume [b1882], Arthur James Mills [b1879] and James Nice [b1878].  [5] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.

Eady, Walter Ernest – Born: Wood Green, Middlesex in 1862.  Parents: Frank Eady of Long Melford (Railway Porter) and Sophia [née Cousins].  Family Connections: Nephew of Alfred Eady of Long Melford [b1862].  Home: 94 Moselle Avenue, Tottenham, Middlesex (1891, 1901), 29 Morley Avenue, Wood Green, Middlesex (1911), 134 Maryland Road, Wood Green [1915].  Occupation: Railway Clerk (1911), Clerk [1914], Insurance Clerk [1915].  Married: Thirza Amelia Bonnett in 1914.  Service Record: Walter was conscripted on enlisted 11.12.1915 as Spr.210043 of Railway Troops Depot, Royal Engineers, posted as Spr.WR/261485 to the Western Front on 10.12.1916 and discharged in February 1919.[1]  Died: Edmonton, Middlesex in 1949.

[1] Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363], Medal Roll [WO 329] and Medal Index Card [WO 372].

Eady, William Thomas – Born: Great Waldingfield, Suffolk in 1880.  Parents: Thomas Eady (Coachman) and Ellen Eliza [née Blunden].  Family Connections: Brother to Alfred George Eady [b1874], Harry Walter Eady [b1881], Albert Bertie Eady [b1884]; also, brother-in-law of Robert Henry Day [b1876].  Home: Rectory Cottage, Great Waldingfield (1881), Smeetham Hall Road, Bulmer, Essex (1891), Chestnut Terrace, Hall Street, Long Melford (1911).  Occupation: Maltster’s Carman (1911).  Service Record: William attested as Pte.PW/G5954 with 17th [Service] Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own [Middlesex] Regiment, transferring to 16th [Service] Battalion, Middlesex and posted to France as part of 86th Brigade, 29th Division.[1]  Died: Private Eady was killed in action, probably by enemy shell fire on 17.4.1917, while digging new defences at Monchy-le-Preux, near Arras during the First Battle of the Scarpe.  He is buried in Monchy British Cemetery [grave ref: I.F.22], Monchy-le-Preux, Pas-de-Calais, France and commemorated on the Long Melford War Memorial.[2]

[1] For details 16th Middlesex’s movements see War Diary [WO 95/2302/2].  Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].  [2] See also his Commonwealth War Graves Commission record and British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 file [ref: 506620].

Related Biography

Day, Robert Henry – Born: Lavenham, Suffolk on 2.10.1876.[1]  Parents: William Day (Agricultural Labourer) and Anna [née Parker].  Family Connections: Brother-in-law of Alfred George Eady [b1874], William Thomas Eady [b1880], Harry Walter Eady [b1881] and Albert Bertie Eady [b1884].  Home: Pound Lane, Lavenham, Suffolk (1881 and 1891), lodging with Thomas Eady (Father-in-Law) at Chestnut Terrace, Hall Street, Long Melford (1911), Bradfield Combust, Suffolk [1916], 4 Hall Road, Lavenham (1939) to [1951].  Occupation: Coachman (1911) Chauffeur [1916], Gardener (1939).  Married: Agnes Rose Eady of Long Melford in 1905.  Service Record: Robert attested on 30.11.1915 but not mobilised until 22.6.1916 as Pte.6831, later Pte.290410 with 5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.  Robert transferred on 1.1.1917 to 11th Battalion, Norfolks, then as Pte.429114 to 667th Agricultural Company, Labour Corps on 27.10.1917, receiving his discharge in April 1919.[2]  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk on 31.10.1951.[3]

[1] Date of birth from the 1939 Register for Cosford Rural District, Suffolk.  [2] See also his Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363].  [3] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.

Research by David Gevaux MA © 2022

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