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

Loverseed, John Frederick – Born: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire on 22.12.1881.[1]  Parents: Henry Loverseed (Building Contractor) and Clara Smith (Dressmaker).  Family Connections: Father to John Eric Loverseed [b1910].  Home: 7 Rosemary Lane, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire (1881), 110 Blue Bell Hill, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (1891), Birkholme House, Corby Glen, Grantham, Lincolnshire (1901 and 1911), The Chalet, Downham Market, Norfolk [1913], 28 Queens Road, Sudbury, Suffolk (1921), Newlands, Sudbury [1925], Stoneleigh, Cobbold Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk [1928].[2]  Occupation: Farm Pupil (1901), Political Agent for Southwest Norfolk (1911), Organising Secretary of the South Suffolk Liberal Association, Political and Election Agent (1921), Mayor of Sudbury [1921 to 1923], Liberal Member of Parliament for Sudbury Division [1923 to 1924], Member of Parliament for Sudbury [1924],[3] Justice of the Peace and Magistrate at the Melford Petty Sessions [1924 to 1925].  Married: Catherine Anne Thurman in 1909.[4]  Service Record: Loverseed held a Captain’s commission with 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment and sat as a military representative on several Military Service Tribunals; namely for the Melford Rural District, and the Joint Tribunal for Clare and Bumpstead.  In 1917 he also acted as secretary to the South Suffolk National Service Committee.  Died: Felixstowe, Suffolk on 14.8.1928.[5]

Loverseed, John Eric – Born: Downham Market, Norfolk on 4.12.1910.[6] Parents: John Frederick Loverseed [see above for details] and Catherine Annie [née Thurman].  Home: Birkholme House, Corby Glen, Grantham, Lincolnshire (1911), 28 Queens Road, Sudbury, Suffolk (1921), 66 Park Hill, Clapham, London {1938], 27 Chalrey Road, Slough, Buckinghamshire (1939), 63 Wilberforce Road, Stoke Newington, London [1956 to 1958].[7] Occupation: Pilot (1939), Member of Parliament for Chester [1943].[8] Married: Ethel Maud Hill in 1929 [div], Gladys Male in 1938 and Georgina J. M. Matthews in 1954. Service Record: John enlisted in 1928 as Gnr.778447 with the Royal Artillery.[9] In 1934 he enlisted as Flying Officer No.307434 with the Royal Air Force, transferring to Reserve Class C in 1936.[10] Loverseed saw service during the Second World War as Warrant Officer No.907964, receiving the Air Force Cross in 1943.[11] Died: Letchworth, Hertfordshire on 24.11.1962.[12]

Notes – [1] Date of birth from the Admissions Register 27.8.1894 for Hague Street Primary School, Newton Heath, Manchester, Lancashire. [2] For address see Electoral Roll for Downham Market. [3] The London Gazette 11.1.1924. [4] For occupations see Kelly’s Directory for Suffolk 1916 and 1925. [5] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar. [6] 1939 Register. [7] Selected addresses from the Electoral Rolls. [8] The London Gazette 13.4.1943. [9] Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942. [10] British Royal Air Force, Officers’ Service Records 1912-1920. [11] Supplement to the London Gazette 1.12.1943. [12] National Probate Register.

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