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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William Ovens was one of the first of a score or so vulnerable children sent by the Dr Barnardo’s Charity in London to be fostered by Melford residents from the late 1880s.

Selected Biography

Ovens, William – Born: London on 6.9.1888.[1]  Parents: A Barnardo’s Boy in the care of Hannah Moss [née Strutt] of Long Melford.  His parentage is not known.  Home: Station Road, Long Melford (1891), Rotten Row, Long Melford (1901). Little St Marys, Long Melford (1911).  Occupation: Cowman on Farm (1911).  Service Record: Although no definitive military record has been found, William may have enlisted in April 1915 as Pte.3260 with 1/5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.  If this assumption is correct then he would have been posted to Gallipoli on 2.12.1915 as part of 163rd Brigade, 54th [East Anglian] Division, only to be evacuated with the whole Allied force to Egypt a matter of days later.  In 1917 he would have been issued with a new service number and as Pte.240941 and taken part in the Palestine Campaign of 1917.[2]

Notes – [1] Date of birth from the Admission Register of 10.12.1895 for St Catherines Infants School, Long Melford. [2] Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].

Research by David Gevaux MA © 2023
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