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

Levitt, Arthur R. – Born: Foxearth, Essex on 26.8.1883.[1]  Parents: Robert Levitt (Agricultural Labourer) and Mary Ann [née Skelton].  Family Connections: Brother to Charles Bertie Levitt [b1899].  Home: Forest End, Foxearth, Essex (1891), Bridge Farm Cottages, Long Melford (1901 to 1911), 26 London Road, Brandon, Suffolk (1921), 17 Coronation Place, Brandon (1939).  Occupation: Coal Carter (1901), Agricultural Labourer (1911), Agricultural Labourer for Stafford Allen and Sons, Distillers of Herbal Oils [1916].  Service Record: At the Melford Military Service Tribunal in May 1916 Stafford Allen and Sons, Arthur Levitt’s employer applied for his exemption.[2]  The Tribunal refused the application on the grounds that as a labourer on its herb farm, he was not in a certified occupation.  He should have been immediately conscripted, however the name of his unit is not known, as no definitive military record has been found.

Levitt, Charles Bertie – Born: Glemsford, Suffolk on 29.4.1899.[3]  Parents: Robert Levitt (Agricultural Labourer) and Mary Ann [née Skelton].  Family Connections: Brother to Arthur Levitt [b1884].  Home: Bridge Farm Cottages, Long Melford (1901 to 1911), Military Barracks, Winnock Road, Colchester, Essex (1921), 10 Kingston Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk (1939).  Occupation: Soldier [1915] to (1921), Foreman Platelayer on a Narrow Gauge Railway (1939).  Married: Bessie Goodchild in 1920.  Service Record: Charles enlisted as Pte.9587 with 7th [Service] Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.  This battalion was posted to France in June 1915 as part of 35th Brigade, 12th [Eastern] Division and saw action at the following battles: Loos in 1915, Albert, Pozières and Le Transloy during the Somme Offensive of 1916, at Arras and Cambrai in 1917, and in 1918 during the German Spring Offensive.[4]  By May 1918 7th Suffolks was being reduced to cadre strength with most of its men moving to other units.  It may have been at this time that Charles transferred to 2nd Suffolks as he is recorded as serving with this in 1921.[5]  Died: Blyth, Suffolk in 1963.

Notes – [1] 1939 Register. [2] For the Tribunal’s ruling see Suffolk and Essex Free Press 3.5.1916. [3] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 2.6.1899, St Marys Church, Glemsford, Suffolk.  The 1939 Register for Woodbridge in Suffolk records the date of birth as 29.4.1897. [4] For details of 7th Suffolk’s movements on the Western Front see War Diary [WO 95/1852/1-4] and Murphy, Lieutenant-Colonel C. C. R. The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914-1927 [London: Hutchinson and Co, 1928], pp.88-91,129-33, 177-81, 232-38 and 272-77. [5] See also his Marriage Register 21.8.1920, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford and the UK Census of 1921.

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