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 Biography

Pollard, Alfred ‘Walter’ [mm] – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 19.7.1896.[1]  Parents: William Thomas Pollard (Publican, later Greengrocer) and Alice Jane [née Blythe] of Long Melford.  Home: Hall Street, Long Melford [1896], The Clarendon, Harwich Road, Colchester, Essex (1901), 30 West Stockwell Street, Colchester (1911).  Occupation: Greengrocer’s Errand Boy (1911).  Service Record: Walter enlisted in 1915 as Pte.12830 with 9th [Service] Battalion, Essex Regiment and was posted to France from 8.9.1915 as part of 35th Brigade, 12th [Eastern] Division.  The Battalion saw action during the Battles of the Somme in 1916 and the Arras Offensive in April and May 1917.[2]  He was promoted to Corporal and later to Lance Sergeant, being awarded the Military Medal in 1917.[3]  Died: Walter Pollard died of wounds on 7.5.1917 at No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station at Agnez-lès-Duisans.  It is possible that these wounds were sustained during a dawn raid on the enemy held ‘Rifle Trench’ at the end of April.  This was the last major action by 9th Essex to take place before Walter’s death and resulted in the loss of 139 men either killed, wounded, or missing.  Lance Sergeant Pollard is buried in Duisans British Cemetery [grave ref: III.K.25], Étrun, Pas-de-Calais, France and commemorated on the Borough of Colchester Roll of Honour in the foyer of the Town Hall, Colchester in Essex.[4]

Notes – [1] Baptism Register of 6.9.1896 for Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  [2] For an account of the Walter’s time with 9th Essex see War Diary [WO 95/1851/1-3]. [3] For notification of his Military Medal see the Supplement to the London Gazette 17.7.1917, p.7283.  See also his Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].  [4] Commonwealth War Graves Commission record and British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 file [ref: 516295].

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