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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For biographies and tables relating to The Parkers of Melford Hall – see under Hyde Parker.

Selected Biographies

Parker, Alec George – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 5.2.1921.[1]  Parents: George Parker (Maltster’s Labourer) and Maud [née Bird].  Home: Park View, The Green, Long Melford, Suffolk (1921), 37 Massey Street, Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire (1939), 61 Moor Crescent, Durham, County Durham [2003 to 2010 ER]].[2]  Occupation: Merchant Seaman (1939).  Married: Ethel Hilda Snaith in 1944.  Service Record: Alec joined the Mercantile Marine serving throughout the Second World War.  Died: Durham, County Durham on 11.10.2010.

Parker, Ernest Edward – Born: Belstead, Suffolk in 1879.  Parents: Joseph Parker (Horseman on Farm) and Sarah [née Elliston].  Home: Near the Chapel, Belstead, Suffolk (1881), Belstead Road, Belstead (1901), High Street, Long Melford (1911) to [1919], Low Green Road, Little Welnetham, Suffolk [1919], Walk Barn Cottage, Farnham, Suffolk (1921).  Occupation: Horseman on Farm (1901), Gamekeeper (1911 to 1921).  Married: Lilly Emma Foster in 1901.  Service Record: Ernest enlisted on 25.1.1915 as Gnr.1136 with the Royal Field Artillery, attached to the Ammunition Column of 1/3rd East Anglian Brigade and posted to France from 17.11.1915.  On 8.2.1916 he was posted directly to Egypt, transferring to CCLXX Brigade Ammunition Column on 21.12.1916, renumbering as Dvr.885377 on 1.1.1917.  This artillery Brigade formed part of 54th [East Anglian] Division, taking part in the Palestine Campaign of 1917 and seeing action at the First, Second and Third Battles of Gaza, and the Battle of Jaffa, and in 1918 at the Battle of Sharon.  Driver Parker remained in the Near East until January 1919, being transferred to 14th Reserve Brigade, issued with a Silver War Badge before his discharge due to sickness, six months later.[3]  Died: Peasenhall, Suffolk on 31.1.1934.[4]

Notes – [1] 1939 Register.  [2] Some addresses taken from the Electoral Register.  [3] For details of 170th Brigade, RFA’s deployments in Palestine see War Diary [WO 95/4642].  See also his Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363], Service Medal and Award Rolls, First World War, Silver War Badge [WO 329] record [ref: 486225], Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].  [4] Date of death taken from the gravestone in Peasenhall Cemetery.

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