LONGE, Roland Bacon

1904 - 1990

Roland Bacon Longe was born at Hereford, Herefordshire on 7 October 1904, son of Suffolk born Arthur Bacon Longe (25 December 1869-19 March 1956), a land agent, and his wife Winifred Agnes née Bridgford (5 February 1874-28 August 1962), who married at the Parish Church, Fownhope, Herefordshire on 9 December 1903. In 1911, Roland was a 6-year-old, living at Pettistree Grange, Woodbridge, Suffolk with his parents, 42-year-old Arthur and 37-year-old Winifred, with three indoor servants. A career soldier in the King's Shropshire Light Infantry, 2nd Lieut. 1924, Lieut. 1926, Captain 1935, Major 1940 retiring with the rank of Lieut. Col. serving on the N.W. Frontier of India 1930-1931. He married at St Bartholomew's Church, Tong, Shifnal, Shropshire on 10 June 1933, Diana Longe née Hastings and they had four children. In 1938, the family moved to Jamaica, where Roly was stationed for four years, during which time his wife Diana worked in Kingston decoding military information for the government. On his retirement he returned to Suffolk, living at Hasketon Grange, near Woodbridge. A member of the Ipswich Art Club from 1971 and exhibited from Hasketon Manor, Woodbridge in 1977, two portraits 'Alice Talbot Brown' and 'Miss Erika Mason' and a further two pictures the following year and was a regular exhibitor including in 1980, 'Barge at Ipswich', 'Edward Martin, Esq.', 'Miss Sophie Pryor' and 'Mrs. Edward Martin, Ph.D.'. Roland Bacon Longe died at Hasketon Manor Lodge on 3 April 1990, leaving four children.