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Corporal Horace B Belsham


26973, 2nd Garrison Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. 


Horace Belsham was born in Long Melford around 1887 and was the second son of Charles and Selina (née Farrow) Belsham.  His father was employed as an agricultural labourer and his mother as a horse hair weaver.  The family lived at one time in Rotten Row, Long Melford before moving to Station Road.  Horace had 2 known brothers Charles and Harry and a younger sister Alice.  At the age of 14 Horace was employed as a labourer at a matting factory.


He enlisted in Bury St. Edmunds formerly as 3/6560 with the Suffolk Regiment before transferring to the Northumberland Fusiliers.


On the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website his father is recorded as living at Wells Hall, Great Cornard.  It is not known when the family moved there but Horace’s name is on the original Roll of Honour that hangs in St. Andrew’s Church today and was hand decorated by the church organist Mr. G. Marsh in September 1917 to honour all the men who had left the village to enlist.


Horace died aged 31 on 8th July 1915 and lies buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.  He is remembered on the Long Melford War Memorial.


©Shirley Smith - Sudbury & District Royal British Legion - November 2008