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 Biographies

Fisher, Ethel Travers – Born: Liston, Essex on 7.10.1856.[1]  Parents: Reverend Thomas Ruggles Fisher (Clerk in Holy Orders) and Jane Louisa [née Travers].  Home: The Rectory, Liston, Essex (1861 to 1901), Highfield House, Liston (1911), Ty-Gwyn, Hall Street, Long Melford [1915 to 1940].  Service Record: Ethel was a volunteer with the British Red Cross Society from November 1915 to July 1918 engaged as a Needleworker.[2]  Died: Long Melford, Suffolk on 14.3.1940.[3]

Fisher, Lionel Edward Ruggles [MC, MiD] – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 29.1.1897.[4]  Parents: Lionel George Fisher (Solicitor and Estate Agent) and Florence Jane [née Meakin].  Home: Falkland House, The Green, Long Melford (1901), living with Edward Carlisle (Stepfather) at Hankham Place, Westham, Sussex (1911), 19 Oakley Street, Chelsea, London [1919], 19 Glebe Place, Chelsea [1928].  Service Record: Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant with 1/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment and posted to Mesopotamia from 28.5.1916.  On 24.2.1917 his unit attacked and captured Turkish positions at the Shumrand Bend on the Tigris River.  Lionel Fisher was wounded in this action and awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry and was also mentioned in despatches.  On 15.3.1918 he was transferred as a Lieutenant to 3rd [King’s Own] Hussars, resigning his commission on 10.7.1919.  After the war he became a Pilot Officer with the Royal Air Force and was posted to Iraq with No. 6 [Army Co-operation] Squadron.[5] Died: While delivering mail from Baghdad to Mosul on 9.1.1928, Lieutenant Fisher crashed his Bristol fighter, killing himself and seriously injuring another officer.  He is commemorated on the Lancing College War Memorial.[6]

Notes – [1] Date of birth from the 1939 Register for Long Melford.  [2] British Red Cross Record Card.   [3] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.  [4] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 14.4.1897, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [5] See the following notifications from the Supplement to the London Gazette: for Military Medal LG 25.8.1917, p.8855; Mentioned in Despatches see LG 15.8.1917, p.8333; commission in the Hussars LG 14.3.1918, p.3265 and for resigning his commission see LG 9.7.1919, p.8724.  See also his Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329].  [6] For information on the Lancing College Memorial see https://hambo.org/lancing/; for death notice see Flight magazine 9.2.1928; also, an article entitled ‘British Officer Killed – Flying Accident in Mosul’ in the Western Daily Press 10.1.1928.

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