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

Ginger, Ernest George – Born: Hornsey, Middlesex on 5.12.1894.[1]   Parents: David Ginger (Contractor’s Carman) and Charlotte [née Potton].  Family Connections: Father-in-law of Cyril Charles Gardiner [b1920], and brother-in-law of Alfred Andrews [b1889].  Home: Denmark Road, Hornsey (1901), 137 Mount View Road, Muswell Hill, Middlesex [1915], Liston Lane, Long Melford [1917], Webbs Court, The Green, Long Melford [1919], Westgate Street, Long Melford (1939).  Occupation: Greengrocer [1914], Roadman and Air Raid Warden (1939).  Married: Annie Andrews of Long Melford in 1916.  Annie wrote a rather poignant letter to the Army in July 1915 regarding her relationship with Ernest, it reads:  Gunner Ginger is my sweetheart, and I am expecting to be a mother he said he would marry me, so please will you look into the matter, so myself and child will be provided for, as I was given to understand you could.  PS. My parents are poor and cannot afford to keep me and the child, we have been together for 2 years last March.[2]  Their daughter was born in April, the couple marrying when Bombardier Ginger was given leave in August 1916.  There is however a sad coda to the story when in November 1917 a Death Certificate was issued for Annie May Andrews who died of meningitis aged only 19 months.  Service Record: Ernest enlisted on 6.9.1914 as Gunner, later promoted to L/Bdr.22446 with ‘B’ sub-section ‘D’ Battery, LVI [Howitzer] Brigade, Royal Field Artillery and posted as part of 10th [Irish] Division to Gallipoli from 19.7.1915 to January 1916.  He was later posted to France to 11th Divisional Ammunition Column, RFA, serving on the Western Front from 12.8.1916 to 28.2.1918, where he was twice wounded; first by a gunshot to his right leg on 22.8.1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres, and later by a gunshot to the buttock on 18.4.1918.  He was discharged in March 1919.[3]  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1961.

[1] Date of birth from the 1939 Register for Long Melford.  [2] Annie’s letter and Annie May’s Death Certificate are both to be found in Ernie’s Service Record.   [3] For details of 16th Brigade’s deployment in Gallipoli and 11th DAC’s movements on the Western Front see War Diaries [WO 95/4295] and [WO 95/1802/5].  See also his Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372]. 

Related Biography

Gardiner, Cyril Charles – Born: Glemsford, Suffolk on 20.10.1920.[1]  Parents: Charles Alfred Gardiner (Builder’s Labourer) [see Gardiner file for details] and Elizabeth J. [née Williams].  Family Connections: Nephew of Ernest Arthur Gardiner [b1876] and Bertie Charles Gardiner [b1879]; also, son-in-law of Ernest George Ginger [b1894].  Home: 51 Brook Street, Glemsford, Suffolk [1920] to (1939).  Occupation: Builder’s Labourer (1939).  Married: Dorothy Maud Ginger in 1946.  Service Record: Cyril was conscripted during the Second World War as Gnr.1769167 with the Royal Regiment of Artillery.[2]  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk on 28.11.2008.[3]

[1] Date of birth taken from the 1939 Register.  [2] Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942.  [3] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.

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Research by David Gevaux MA © 2022
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