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

Goad, Frederick ‘Freddy’ Harry – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 26.10.1885.[1]  Parents: Henry Goad (Licensed Victualler) and Harriet [née Taylor].  Home: St Catherines Road, Long Melford [1888], living with William and Hannah Taylor (Grandparents) in Bull Lane, Long Melford (1891), Military Barracks, Old Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (1901), 5 Sun Street, Woolwich, Kent [1912], 6 Fairthorne Street, Charlton, Kent [1914], 41 Rope Yard Rails, Woolwich [1914], 27 St Marys, Long Melford [1914], 32 Berners Street, Ipswich, Suffolk [1918], 48 Palmerston Road, Plumstead, Kent [1921 to 1927], 58 Ravine Grove, Plumstead [1929], 57 Eltham Green Road, Woolwich [1933 to 1938],[2] 93 Maxey Road, Woolwich (1939), 16 Tilbrook Road, Greenwich, Kent [1952].  Occupation: Soldier (1901) to [1920], General Labourer (1939).  Married: Rose Ayward (deceased), Mary Wade in 1912, Emily ‘Maud’ Kerswell in 1914.[3]   Service Record: Fred enlisted in 1901 as Pte.5384 with 3rd [Militia] Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, transferred as Gnr.22294 to 8th Battery, XIII Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, then to 97th Battery RFA, being discharged in March 1914.  Fred re-enlisted on 12.8.1914 as Gnr.22294 with XXIII Brigade, RFA and was posted to France from 26.8.1914, transferring to 25th Battery on 18.11.1914 and returning to England on 1.4.1915.  He remained on home duty until 18.8.1918 when he was posted with 420th Battery to Murmansk in Russia with the Northern Europe Expeditionary Force until August 1919.  The North Russian Expedition to Murmansk, together with expeditions to the Baltic, the Caucasus, Ukraine, and Vladivostok was an attempt by the Entente powers to support White Russian troops against the Bolshevik Red Army and influence, albeit unsuccessfully, the outcome of the Russian Civil War.  At his discharge in March 1920 Fred Goad held the rank of Acting Bombardier.[4]   Died: Lewisham, London in 1953.

[1] Date of birth is taken from Baptism Register 16.8.1888, St Catherines Mission Church, Long Melford; the 1939 Register for Woolwich, Kent however, suggests a date of 21.10.1885.  [2] Addresses are taken from various Electoral Rolls.  [3] Fred Goad’s Service Record suggests that his marriage to Maud Kerswell was bigamous, with much space given over to conflicting claims for support, from Mary in Long Melford and Maud in Woolwich.  [4] For details of 420th Battery’s movements in Russia see War Diary [WO 95/5426].  See also his Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].

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