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

Harvey, Reginald Norman – Born: Plymouth, Devon on 8.9.1898.[1]  Parents: John Henry Harvey (Clerk) and Agnes Mary [née Fuge].  Family Connections: Brother-in-law of Herbert Ruse [b1914] and son-in-law of Henry Ruse [b1859], both of Long Melford.  Home: 50 Gibbon Street, Plymouth, Devon [1898], 18 Peverell Terrace, Plymouth (1911), Nasib, 4 Ross Road, Plymton St Mary, Devon (1939), 133 Fen Hill Avenue, Parkstone, Dorset [1953].  Occupation: Wine, Spirit, and Beer Dealer (1939), General Dealer [1953].  Married: Edith Lilian Ruse of Long Melford in 1941.  Service Record: Reginald was conscripted in 1917 as an officer trainee PJ14587, being commissioned in July 1917 as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps.  From September 1918 until his discharge in 1919 he served at various air stations in Canada.[2] Died: Plymouth, Devon in 1971.

Selected Notes – [1] Date of birth from RAF Record.  [2] Air Member for Personnel and predecessors: Airman’s Records [AIR 76/214/81], see also Passenger List RMS Arundel Castle 20.2.1953.

Related Biographies

Ruse, Henry – Born: Duxford, Cambridgeshire in 1859.  Parents: Teverson Ruse (Butcher) and Hannah [née Marking].  Family Connections: Father-in-law of Reginald Norman Harvey [b1898].  Home: Butcher’s Shop, Hall Street, Long Melford (1861) to [1916].  Occupation: Butcher (1881) to [1916].[1] Married: Florence Emily Achurch in 1899.  Service Record: Henry was a founding Committee Member of the Long Melford Volunteer Training Corps in 1915.[2] Died: Long Melford, Suffolk on 10.11.1918.[3]

Ruse, Herbert – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk in 1914.  Parents: Henry Ruse (Butcher) and Florence Lilian [née Chapman].  Family Connections: Brother-in-law of Reginald Norman Harvey [b1898].  Home: Hall Street, Long Melford [1914].  Married: Stella D. Tongs in 1970.  Service Record: Herbert enlisted as No.564375 with the Royal Air Force a Warrant Officer Pilot of a Wellington bomber shot down on a raid over Heligoland attacking enemy shipping, in September 1939, thereafter a Prisoner of War in various camps including Stalag Luft VI at Heydekrug in East Prussia [now Ŝilute in Lithuania], where he met up with fellow Melfordian Basil Albon [see his entry elsewhere in these pages], until May 1945.[4] Died: Bournemouth, Dorset on 15.9.1993.

Related Notes – [1] Business recorded in Kelly’s Directory for Suffolk 1916.  [2] For Training Corps article see Bury Free Press 20.2.1915, Suffolk and Essex Free Press 10.3.1915.  [3] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.  [4] Long Melford Welcomes Prisoners of War [Suffolk and Essex Free Press 10.5.1945]

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