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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Otley / Ottley

Selected Biographies

Otley, Elijah – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk in 1824. Parents: William Otley [transported to Van Dieman’s Land in 1825] and Maria [née Bird].  Home: The Green, Long Melford (1841).  Occupation: Agricultural Labourer (1841).  Partner: Matilda Palmer née Mitchell c1865.  Service Record: Elijah enlisted in 1842 as Pte.3248 with 94th Regiment of Foot, being posted to India, transferring to 43rd (Monmouthshire) Regiment of Foot, a light infantry unit in 1854, and taking part in the suppression of the Indian Mutiny of 1857/1858.  He was discharged in 1862 due to a medical disability and returned to England.[1]  Died: Long Melford on 6.7.1867.[2]

Ottley, Herbert – Born: Lavenham, Suffolk in 1875. Parents: Charles Otley of Long Melford (Horsehair Curler) and Sarah Ann [née Ambrose].  Home: Water Street, Lavenham, Suffolk (1881), 41 Glanville Road, Canning Town, London (1891), Military Barracks, Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (1911), 1 Birtley Road, Bramley, Surrey (1921).  Occupation: Mat Dresser (1891), Soldier (1911), Foundry Labourer (1921).  Married: Annie May Brummell in 1915.  Service Record: Prior to 1893 Herbert was serving in the Suffolk Militia when he enlisted as Pte.3574 with 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, being posted to India from 1895 to 1907, spending five years stationed at Quetta on the North-West Frontier.  He was re-engaged in 1905 joining 2nd Battalion, receiving his discharge in 1913.  On 16.10.1914 he re-enlisted as Pte.3/10280, based at the Suffolk regimental depot in Bury St Edmunds and rising to the rank of Sergeant before his discharge in 1920.[3]  Died: Bramley, Surrey in 1929.

Notes – [1] Royal Hospital, Chelsea: Regimental Registers of Pensioners, 1713-1882 [WO 97/1523].  [2] National Probate Calendar.  [3] Soldiers’ Documents and Pension Claims, First World War [WO 364].

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