Dorset In The Great War 1914 - 1918

Blandford

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ALEXANDER C B

329632 (8445) Pte Charles Bertie Alexander 1/1 Bn Cambridge Regiment. Charles was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Charles Died of Wounds on the 27th April 1918 aged 24. He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. The CWGC lists "Son of Charles and Ellen Alexander, of 6, Victoria Rd., Blandford, Dorset".

ANDREWS J J

10872 Pte James John Andrews 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. James was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. James was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) at Gallipoli on the 21st August 1915 aged 18. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of William and Louisa Andrews, of 27, Victoria Rd., Blandford, Dorset".

ARNOLD G

3/7592 Pte George Arnold 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. George was born in Blandford. He was a Special Reservist who had enlisted in Blandford too. George was Killed in Action on the 22nd April 1917 aged 39. He is now buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. Mary Ann Arnold, of 11, Orchard St., Blandford, Dorset".

ARSCOTT B J

15085 Pte Bernard John Arscott 8 Bn Somerset Light Infantry, Formerly 13387 Pte Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Bernard was born and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Fulham. Bernard was Killed in Action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916 aged 25. This was one of the worst moments in the history of the British Army with around 68,000 casualties that day alone. He is now buried in Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle. The CWGC lists "Son of Walter and E. Mary Arscott, of 23, Salisbury St., Blandford, Dorset".

AXFORD C

230179 Cpl Charles Axford 1/1 Dorset Yeomanry. Charles was born in Chelmsford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Before this he had been a Tailor. Charles Died of Pneumonia on the 21st October 1918 aged 32. He is now buried in Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of George and Elizabeth Catherine Axford, of 12, East St., Blandford, Dorset. Enlisted in Aug., 1914".

BALL W J

21110 Pte William John Ball 8 Bn Somerset Light Infantry. William was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. William was Killed in Action aged 22 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916 aged 25. This was one of the worst moments in the history of the British Army with around 68,000 casualties that day alone. He is buried in Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt. The CWGC lists "Youngest son of John and Sarah Ball, of 5, Charles St., Blandford, Dorset".

BARNETT C R

29220 Pte Charles Robert Barnett 1 Bn Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, Formerly 16297 Pte Dorset Regiment. Charles was born in Boscombe. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Charles Died of Wounds on the 6th November 1917 aged 20. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Thomas George and Elizabeth Emma Barnett, of 20, Victoria Rd., Blandford, Dorset". Also remembered on Pimperne War Memorial.

BARTLETT C H

3/8508 A/Sgt Charles Henry Bartlett 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Charles was born in Blandford. He was a Special Reservist who had enlisted in August 1914 at Blandford. He had previously served in the National Reserve and the 4th Dorsets (Territorial Force). He had previously been a Coach Builder. Charles married Bessie in Blandford on the 8th June 1908. The following year, they had a son Basil. In April 1915 he was wounded with a gun shot wound to the right shoulder. He was appointed Regimental Pioneer on promotion to A/Sgt in April 1916. Charles was wounded and Died of Wounds the same day on the 27th September 1916 aged 39. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. The CWGC lists "Son of Charles Henry and Georgina Bartlett, of 21, Orchard St., Blandford, Dorset; husband of Bessie Clara Bartlett, of 10, St. John's Rd., St. Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex".

BARTLETT B

BASTABLE E

26604 Pte Edwin Horace Bastable 2 Bn Wiltshire Regiment, Formerly 18200 Pte Dorset Regiment. Edwin was born in Marnhull and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. Edwin was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) on the 21st March 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. He left a widow Gertrude who he had married on Boxing Day 1901 at Blandford.

BATRICK H G

PO/16508 Pte George Herbert Battrick HMS Bulwark Royal Marine Light Infantry. George was born on the 28th September 1894 at Blandford. He was a pre war marine having enlisted in September 1912. George was Killed aged 21 on the 26th November 1914 when HMS Bulwark acidentally exploded at Kethole Reach. His body was not recovered for burial. He is now commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Jane Saint (formerly Battrick), of Higher Farm, St. Mary's, Blandford, Dorset, and the late John Battrick". His mother was listed as next of kin, with her address as East Lane, Blandford.

BAVERSTOCK G

268824 Pte George Baverstock 2 Bn Royal Warwick Regiment. George was born in Blandford and resided in Southampton. He married Kathleen in April 1915 and they later had a son George in December 1915. George enlisted for the Great War under the Derby scheme December 1915 at Southampton. He was then mobilised in April 1917. He had previously been a Butcher. George was Killed in Action (Missing, Presumed Dead) on the 9th October 1917 aged 28. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing. The CWGC lists "Husband of Kathleen Louise Baverstock, of 28, Victoria Rd., Bournemouth, Hants".

BAVERSTOCK R W

27236 Pte Reginald William Baverstock 8 King's Royal Irish Hussars. Reginald was born and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. Reginald was Killed in Action on the 31st March 1918. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.

BELLOWS H

10732 Pte Harry Bellows 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Harry was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. Harry was Killed in Action on the 5th November 1915 aged 20. He is now buried in Birr Cross Roads Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. R. Bellows, of 8, White Cliff Mill St., Blandford, Dorset". He is buried with 3 other members of the 6th Dorsets who were killed on the same day as the remains could not be identified indivually after the war.

BESANT J J

17122 Sgt John James Besent 7 Bn Wiltshire Regiment, Formerly 11786 Dorset Regiment. John was born in Bryanston and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Manchester. John was Killed in Action on the 24th April 1917 aged 20. He is now commemorated on the Doiran Memorial in Greece. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. Mary Ann Besent, of The Homestead, Winterbourne Kingston, Blandford, Dorset". Also remembered on Winterborne Kingston War Memorial.

BEVAN M W

8034 Pte Morgan William Bevan 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Morgan was born in Chetnole and resided in Sturminster Newton. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted in Blandford. He had previously worked as uniformed staff for London County Council. Morgan Died of Wounds at 3 Casualty Clearing Station on either the 2nd or 4th July 1916 (records show some confusion) aged 25. He is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Harry and Mary Painter, of 4, Dorset St., Blandford".

BLANDFORD F

2474 L/Sgt Frederick Edward Blandford 13 Bn Rifle Brigade. Frederick was born and resided in Blandford. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Winchester in 1907. He had previously been a labourer. Frederick was sentenced to 8 days confined to barracks in May 1909 for making an improper reply to an NCO. He married Ethel in January 1916 at Blandford. They had a daugther together, Winifred who was born in August 1916. At the same time, Frederick was admitted to hospital suffering with Shell Shock. Later in May 1917 he was wounded with a gin shot wound to the leg. Frederick Died of Wounds at 2 Australian General Hospital on the 30th March 1918 aged 29. It would appear that his right leg was amputated, but he did not recover. He is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Husband of Ethel Elizabeth Blandford, of 7, Pimperne, Blandford, Dorset". His personal effects were returned to his widow and consisted of: Belt with badges, watch and chain (watch broken), 4 discs, comb, letters, sharpnel, note book, photos, 2 training books, 4 buttons and a log case.

BLANDFORD G

5005 (20013) Pte George Blandford No. 1 Supy Company 4 Bn Dorset Regiment (National Reserve Prison Guard). George resided at 1 Albert Street Blandford. He had previously served with the 3rd Dorsets. George married Elizabeth Mary Squire in September 1912 at Tarrant Gunville. He enlisted for the Great War in September 1914 at Dorchester. He had previously been a Railway Porter. In January 1915 he was admitted to hospital suffering with Influenza. He was once again admitted to hospital in February the following year with Tuberculosis of the lungs. He was discharged as no longer physically fit in April 1916 due to Tuberculosis. George Died on the 23rd April 1918 aged 44. He left a widow Elizabeth and two children, Annie and Frederick (Annie from his previous marriage, Frederick with Elizabeth).

BLANDFORD J W

3/6096 Pte William John Blandford B Coy 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born in Hinton Martell and resided in Blandford. He was a Special Reservist who had enlisted in Poole. William was Killed in Action on the 5th October 1915 aged 22. He is buried in Point 110 Old Military Cemetery, Fricourt. The CWGC lists "Husband of Lucy Amelia Blandford, of 51A, Dorset St., Blandford, Dorset". Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

BOND W J

966657 Gnr William John Bond 8 London Brigade Royal Field Artillery. William was born at Sturminster Newton and resided at East Street, Blandford. No further details are known at present.

BOZIE E

632791 Pte Ernest William Montague Bozie 2/20 Bn London Regiment, Formerly 80361 Pte Royal Army Medical Corps. Ernest was born in Portsmouth and resided in Bournemouth. He had previously resided at 40 Salisbury Street, Blandford and had been an assistant in a book shop in town. He enlisted for the Great War in Bournemouth too. Ernest was Killed in Action on the 30th April 1918 aged 23. He is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. M. Bozie, of 5A, Salisbury St., Blandford, Dorset; husband of C. G. Bozie".

BROWN F

40360 Dvr Frederick Brown 108 Battery Royal Field Artillery. Frederick was born in Thrapstone, Northants. He enlisted for the Great War in Wellingborough. Frederick was Killed in Action on the 22nd August 1916 aged 29. He is now buried in Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt. The CWGC lists "Husband of Lilian Mary White (formerly Brown), of Weston Villa, Alexandra St., Blandford, Dorset".

BROWN S H

8742 A/Cpl Stephen Harold Brown H Coy 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Stephen was born in Blandford. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Blandford in 1909. He had previous been a Grocers Porter. He qualified as a first class machine gunner in 1911. In January 1914 he married Ida Howe at Stinsford, Dorchester. Stephen was present at Hill 60 on the 1st May 1915 when the 1st Dorsets were gassed in one of the first of such attacks of this new form of warfare. Stephen died from gas poisoning at 14 Field Ambulance on the 2nd May 1915 aged 24. He is buried in Divisional Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Husband of I. E. Atkins (formerly Brown), of 16, Morgan Rd., Milton, Portsmouth".

BUTLER W C F

14908 Pte William Charles Frederick Butler 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. William Died of Appendicitis on the 24th January 1916. He is buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery.

BUTT J

CAINES W E E

11379 Rfn William Edwin Ernest Caines C Coy 2 Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps. William was born in Blandford. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Dorchester in January 1914. He had previously been a Gardiner. William was posted as missing and accepted to have been killed on the 14th September 1914. He now has no known grave and is commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial. His family lived in Albert Street, Blandford.

CARTER C

236423 L-Sig Charles Carter (Distinguished Service Medal) HM Submarine K4. Charles was born in Manchester on the 18th January 1890. He was a pre war sailor in the Royal Navy having joined as a Boy in May 1906. He had previously been a Plumber's Mate. Charles was Killed aged 28 on the 31st January 1918 when Submarine K4 sunk attempted to avoid a collision. His body was not recovered for burial. He is now commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Edith Carter, of The Cabin, Kings Rd., Blandford, Dorset, and the late Thomas Carter". His father also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see next entry.

CARTER T

8723 L/Cpl Thomas Carter 267 Coy Royal Defence Corps. Thomas Died on the 2nd December 1918 aged 58. He is buried in Blandford Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Husband of Edith Carter, of 3, Patrick St., Petone, Wellington, New Zealand". His son also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see the above entry.

CHERRY A D

A/Capt Alfred Douglas Cherry 1 Bn Dorset Regiment Attached 6 Bn Somerset Light Infantry, Formerly 1734 Pte 15 Bn London Regiment. Alfred resided at Milldown House, Blandford. When he was young, he worked for the British Postal Service as a Boy Clerk in the Savings Bank Department. Alfred was Killed in Action on the 4th April 1917 aged 28. He is now buried in Wancourt British Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Alfred and Florence Cherry, of Blandford; Dorset". His brother also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see next entry.

CHERRY K

3799 Pte Kenneth Charles Cherry 1/15 Bn London Regiment. Kenneth resided at Wandsworth. When he was young, he worked for the British Postal Service as a Boy Clerk in the Savings Bank Department.He enlisted for the Great War in London. Kenneth was Killed in Action on the 21st December 1915 aged 22. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Loos Memorial to the missing. He has only been on the Western Front less than 2 months before he was killed. The CWGC lists "Son of Alfred and Florence Cherry, of Milldown House, Blandford, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see the above entry.

CLARK W

8741 Pte Walter Clark 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Walter was born in Blandford. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Blandford. Walter was Killed in Action on the 24th August 1914. He is now commemorated on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial.

CLARK Wm

15061 Pte William Clark 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. William was Killed in Action on the 27th August 1918. He is buried in Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers.

COX W H

46039 Sgt William Henry Cox Royal Air Force. William was born in 1886 in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in February 1916, and had served with the Royal Flying Corps before the formation of the RAF. Before the war he had been a Painter. William was Accidentally Killed on the 5th November 1918 aged 32. He is buried in Blandford Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Joseph and Emma Cox, of Blandford. Gen.". His parents resided at 58 Orchard Street, Blandford.

CURTIS W A

PO/18520 William Aleck Curtis 2 Bn Royal Marine Light Infantry. William was born on the 22nd February 1897 at Ulwell. He enlisted for the Great War at Southampton in March 1915. He had previously been a Hotel Porter. He joined the 2nd Battalion at Gallipoli towards the end of November 1915. William was Killed in Action just over a month later on the 27th December 1915. He is buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles. His parents were John and Ann, who resided at 1 Ansty Terrace, Victoria Road, Blandford.

DANIELL H E

T/Lt Col Edward Henry Edwin Daniell (Distinguished Service Order) 2 Bn Royal Irish Regiment. Edward was born on the 5th June 1868 and resided in Blandford. He was gazetted into the Royal Irish Regiment in April 1892. He had served on campaign in the North West Frontier of India and during the Boer War in South Africa. It was during the Boer War that he was mentioned in Despatches and awarded the DSO. He married Winifred Wynne Currey in China in December 1904. Edward was Killed in Action on the 20th October 1914 aged 46 when the Battalion became surrounded at Le Pilly. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. His father resided at Dale House, Blandford.

DANIELL F E L

Lt Col Francis Edward Lloyd Daniell (Distinguished Service Order) Seaforth Highlanders Attached 21 Division General Staff. Francis was born in Blandford. He Died of Wounds received from enemy artillery on the 4th March 1916 aged 41. He is buried in Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres. The CWGC lists "Son of Maj. Gen. F. F. Daniell (late Gordon Highlanders) and Mrs. Daniell; husband of the late Maud Esmie Daniell". For more information on Lt Col Daniell, see the fantasic site dedicated to the 21st Division here.

DANIELS F

7646 A/Sgt Frederick Daniels 2 Bn Lincolnshire Regiment. Frederick was born in Blandford and resided in Cosham. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted in Hounslow. Frederick was Killed in Action on the 14th August 1917. He is now buried in Poelcapelle British Cemetery. His body was recovered after the war and was identified by his damaged ID disc, sergeant chevrons and a boot stamped with his regimental number 7646. He left behind a widow Lilian.

DOMONEY F

3/8058 Pte Frederick Henry Domoney 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born in Blandford. He was a Special Reservist who had enlisted in Blandford too. Frederick was Killed in Action aged 30 between the 9th and 14th November 1914. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing in Ypres. The CWGC lists "Son of Henry and Emma Domoney, of 53, Pimperne, Blandford, Dorset".

DURDLE R

Lieut Reginald William Durdle 4 Bn East Kent Regiment, Formerly Dorset Regiment. Reginald was born in Bournemouth and resided at 4 Bourne Road, Southampton. He had previously resided in Blandford with his parents and siblings. He had attended Blandford Secondary School and completed his degree in Geology at London University. He then went on to become Geology Professor at University College, Galway and was a Science examiner for the University of Ireland. In 1911 he was living at Downs Cottage, King's Road. Pimperne and was listed as a Pupil Teacher at the Elementary School. Reginald was Killed in Action on the 18th September 1918 aged 25. He is buried in Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy. The CWGC lists "Son of William Robert and Alice Sarah Durdle; husband of Margery Edith Durdle, of 4, Bourne Rd., Southampton".

EATON W

26603 Pte William John Eaton 2 Bn Wiltshire Regiment, Formerly 18199 Pte Dorset Regiment. William was born in Brighton and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. William Died of Wounds on the 18th October 1916. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. He left behind a widow Lilian.

FORD C T

10054 L/Cpl Cecil Tom Ford 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Cecil was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford in August 1914, having previously been a Clerk. Cecil was Killed in Action (Missing, Presumed Dead) on the 21st August 1915 at Gallipoli. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. His next of kin was his father Sidney Ford, who resided at Tudor House, Oakfield Street, Blandford.

FORD S H

201046 Pte Sidney Herbert Ford 2/4 Bn Dorset Regiment. Sidney was born and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. He had previously been a Stationer Shop Assistant. Sidney Died on the 28th January 1917 aged 22 in Mesopotamia. He is buried in the Amara War Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Sidney and Kate Ford, of Branksome View, High St., Wallisdown, Kinson, Dorset".

FRICKER H

10084 Pte Henry Fricker 1 Bn Scots Guards. Henry was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Cardiff. Henry was Killed in Action (Died at 22 Field Ambulance) on the 12th March 1915. He is buried in Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension. The CWGC lists "Husband of S. Sweet (formerly Fricker), of 69, Cwmdare St., Cathays, Cardiff". He left behind a widow, Caroline.

GEORGE J W

333 Cpl Justus Watts George 1/1 Dorset Yeomanry. Justus was born in Blandford. He was a pre war territorial soldier who had enlisted in Blandford too. He resided at Efford House Farm, Lymington. Justus was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) on the 21st August 1915 at Gallipoli aged 25. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Thomas and Louisa Anna Maria George, of Park Rd., Blandford, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see next entry.

GEORGE S

H/50092 Pte Stanley George Imperial Camel Corps, Formerly 230326 (862) Pte Dorset Yeomanry. Stanley was born and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Sherborne. Stanley was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) on the 1st May 1918 aged 29. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Thomas and Louie George, of Park Rd., Blandford, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see the above entry.

GILBERT M

M/279706 Pte Maurice Bennett Gilbert Base MT Depot Army Service Corps Attached A Special Coy Royal Engineers, Formerly 16757 Pte Dorset Regiment. Maurice was born in Wimborne in 1889. He resided at 29 Damory Street, Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War under the Derby Scheme in December 1915 at Blandford. He was then mobilised in February 1916. He had previously been a Motor Driver. Maurice married Lilian Amy Easter in Weymouth on the 24th January 1916. They had a son together, Maurice Alfred George Gilbert who was born in June 1916. Maurice Died at 32 Casualty Clearing Station from accidental wounds to the scalp on the 10th December 1918. He is buried in Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery. The following account of his death was given by 471385 Rfn E Hussey 1/12 Bn London Regiment. "On the 24th November 1918 I was proceeding from Valenoiennes to Fayt-Le-Franc and I met deceased on the Saultain-Curgies Road - just on the outskirts of Saultain - (on the right hand side of the road) - at about 2.30pm. Deceased was carrying a kit-bag and informed me that he was trying to pick up a lorry to Curgies. We had been standing there about three minutes when I heard a click as if a spent bullet was hitting something. Deceased fell backwards. Some artillerymen were standing on the opposite side of the road and about 6 or 8 of them ran across the road. I got a field dressing from one of the artllerymen and bound deceased's head, having found a wound in the back of the head. The missle passed through the back of the deceased 's cap - I did not see any bullet. I then stopped a passing ambulance and accompanied deceased to a Canadian Casualty Clearing Station in Valenciennes, and made a statement in the orderly room of the C.C.C.S.. When deceased was admitted to the C.C.C.S. he was still alive. I am of the opinion that the missle was fired from a considerable range as I did not hear the report of any weapon and at the moment the road was perfectly quiet. The hole in the cap and head of deceased was quite clean and did not show any signs of singeing."

GODDARD H G

31711 L/Cpl Herbert George Goddard 1 Bn Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, Formerly 16296 Dorset Regiment. Herbert was born in Blandford and resided in Pimperne. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Herbert was Killed in Action on the 4th September 1916 aged 20. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. The CWGC lists "Son of Walter Goddard, of 71, Cowards Farm, Salisbury Rd., Blandford, Dorset".

GOULD G L

2994 A/Cpl George Lewis Gould 2/4 Bn Dorset Regiment. George was born in Bournemouth and resided at Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. George Died at Sea on the 16th September 1916. He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial.

GUY W G

117129 Gnr William George Guy 285 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. William was born in South Kensington. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. William Died of Wounds at 2 Casualty Clearing Station on the 27th June 1917 aged 37. He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord. The CWGC lists "Husband of Mrs. E. Guy, of 31, Orchard St., Blandford, Dorset".

HALL A J

HALL H J

HAIM A

G/21780 Pte Albert Edwin Haim 7 Bn Royal West Surrey Regiment, Formerly 18204 Pte Dorset Regiment. Albert was born and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. He had previously resided at North Street, Stourpaine, and been a Journeyman Butcher. Albert was Killed in Action on the 18th November 1916. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme.

HANNAM W

HARDING H J

HIBBS A

Z/1431 AB Alfred James Hibbs Hawke Bn Royal Naval Division. Alfred was born on the 15th April 1884. He resided at Newton Villa, Sparkford Road, Wincanton. He enlisted for the Great War in November 1915. He had previously been an Engine Driver. Alfred originally joined the Nelson Battalion and was invalid back to the UK with Trench Foot in January 1917. He again rejoined his Battalion, but was again invalid to the UK with an injury to the right arm in March 1918. On proceeding back to the Western Front in July 1918, he this time joined the Hawke Battalion. Alfred was Killed in Action between the 27th August 1918 and 3rd September 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial. His next of kin was first listed as his father Robert Hibbs, who resided at Victoria Road, Blandford. This was later changed to his daughter Miss Agnes Hibbs, who resided at 1 Herbert Road, Poole.

HIBBS E

8089 Pte Ernest Hibbs 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Ernest was born and resided in Blandford. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Poole. Ernest Died of Wounds on the 28th September 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial.

HISCOCK A

2475 Rfn Albert Hiscock 4 Bn Rifle Brigade. Albert was born and resided in Blandford. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Winchester in November 1907. He had previously been a Labourer. Albert was Killed in Action on the 4th May 1915. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing in Ypres. His next of kin was his father George Hiscock, who resided at 22 East Street, Blandford.

HOLE H

3/6707 Pte Herbert Hole 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Herbert was born in Beaminster and resided in Blandford. He was a Special Reservist who had enlisted in Blandford too. He had previously been a Farm Labourer. Herbert Died in hospital on the 8th January 1918 aged 26. He is buried in Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Albert and Clara Lavinia Hole, of 8, St. Leonard's Terrace, Blandford".

HOLLOWAY T S

10658 Pte Tom Sidney Holloway 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Tom was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War at Blandford in September 1914. He had previously been a Labourer and had also served in the 3rd Dorsets but been discharged as inefficient. In November 1914 whilst the Battalion were at Grantham, Tom was sentenced to 10 days Field Punishment No.2. This was for creating a disturbance in the company bungalow, and refusing to obey an order. He had first come to the attention of the Regimental Police the previous month (October 1914), When he was drunk in camp and caught using obscene language towards an NCO. For this he was given 10 days Field Punishment No.2. In January 1915, he was again sentenced to Field Punishment No.2, this time for 14 days. This time it was for quitting barracks whilst attending hospital, creating a disturance on the Belton Road and being drunk. He was caught and sentence on 6 further occassions over the next few months before the Battalion embarked for Gallipoli. Each time he was confined to camp for 7 days. Tom was Killed in Action (Missing, Presumed Dead) on the 21st August 1915 at Gallipoli (four days after his brother). He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. His next of kin was his father Ebenezer Joseph Holloway, who resided at 9 Charles Street, Blandford. His brother also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see next entry.

HOLLOWAY W G

10514 Pte Walter George Holloway 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Walter was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War at Blandford in September 1914. He had previouslt been a Labourer. In February 1915 Walter was given 3 days confined to camp for being absent from parading with sick. In comparison with his brother, he got off lightly! Walter was Killed in Action on the 17th August 1915 at Gallipoli (four days before his brother). He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. His next of kin was his father Ebenezer Joseph Holloway, who resided at 9 Charles Street, Blandford. His brother also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see the above entry.

HOLMES C

HUNT E

266815 Pte Ernest Hunt 2/1 Bn Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry. Ernest was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. Ernest was Killed in Action on the 22nd August 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing.

HUNT Ed

HUNT G

KERLEY H E

8463 Harold Edward Kerley (Distinguished Conduct Medal, MiD) 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Harold was born in Stourpaine and resided in Blandford. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Dorchester in May 1908. He had previously been an Agricultural Labourer and served in the 3rd Dorsets (Special Reserve). In August 1909 whilst at Parkhouse Camp, Harold got himself into abit of trouble. On the 13th, he was given 8 days confined to camp for inattention in the ranks and then making an inproper reply to an NCO. The following day he broke out of camp whilst a defaulter and was caught at 10pm by the Civil Powers in Romsey. For this, he was given a further 10 days confined to camp. In March 1910 he found himself in trouble again, this time for gambling in the barrack room. His punishment was 8 days confined to barracks. Continuing on to June 1910, his was given 168 hours detention for insolence to an NCO. It was another two years to the month before he was caught again. This time his was found to be talking in the ranks, not complying with an order and using insulting language to an NCO. For this he was given 10 days confined to barracks. The 2nd Battalion were sent to Mesopotamia as part of the Indian Expeditionary Force "D" in November 1914, with Harold along with them. It would appear that even wartime didn't change his behaviour. Whilst in Amarah, Mesopotamia he was sentenced to 21 days Field Punishment No.1. He was caught striking a native, hesitating to obey an order given by an NCO and using obscene language to an NCO. During the Battle of Ctesiphon he was wounded with a gun shot wound to the right forearm. He was evacuated to Kut onboard the SS Mosul. He was taken Prisoner of War at the fall of Kut after months of siege, along with what remained of the shattered 2nd Battalion and Indian Expeditionary Force "D". It was whilst a Prisoner of War he died in Turkish hands reportedly on the 20th June 1916 of Acute Enteritis at Hospital in Mosul aged 27. He was buried in Mosul Prisoner of War Cemetery (Hote-el-American - Prisoners Cemetery). Harold died in hospital under the care of Col W C Spackman who published "Captured at Kut" in which he gives a brief account of his time in charge of this hospital in Mosul when Harold died. Harold has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Basra Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of George Kerley, of Dorset St., Blandford, Dorset".

LAMBERT S H

PO/10268 Pte Stephen Henry Lambert HMS Good Hope Royal Marine Light Infantry. Stephen was born in Blandford on the 4th July 1880. He was a pre war Marine having enlisted in March 1899. Stephen was Killed in Action on the 1st November 1914 aged 33 when HMS Good Hope was sank at the Battle of Coronel with a loss of the entire crew. His body was not recovered for burial. He is now commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of James Alfred and Sarah J. Lambert, of 22, White Cliff Mill St., Blandford, Dorset".

LANE A S

15205 Pte Albert Sidney Lane 6 Bn Dorset Regiment Attached 2 Bn Wiltshire Regiment. Albert was born in Blandford. He married Margaret in Blandford in August 1914. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Albert was Killed in Action aged 23 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916. This was one of the worst moments in the history of the British Army with around 68,000 casualties that day alone. He is now buried in Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt. The CWGC lists "Son of Frederick Lane, of "White Cliffe," Mill St., Blandford, Dorset; husband of Margaret Ellen Lane, of Deanland, Handley, Salisbury".

LANE F J

12685 Pte Frederick John Lane 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born in Blandford. He resided at 4 White Cliff Mill Street, Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too in December 1914, having previously been a Stone Mason. Frederick was wounded on the 26th March 1916 with a gun shot wound to the right ankle. He rejoined the Battalion a couple of weeks later. Frederick was Killed in Action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916. This was one of the worst moments in the history of the British Army with around 68,000 casualties that day alone. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. He left a widow, Amy.

LANE F C

50869 Pte Frederick Charles Lane 1 Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Frederick was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Frederick Died of Pneumonia on the 4th December 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of William George and Julia Jane Lane, of 31, Bryanston St., Blandford, Dorset".

LANE H

3/6404 Pte Harry James Lane 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Harry was born and resided in Blandford. He was a Special Reservist who had enlisted in Dorchester. Harry Died of Wounds on the 31st August 1918 aged 33. He is now buried in Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Frederick and Annie Lane, of Blandford; husband of May Ellen Lane, of 6, Brown's Yard, East St., Blandford, Dorset".

LANE R B

10144 Pte Reginald Bertie Lane 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Reginald was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War at Blandford in August 1914, having previously been a Builders Labourer. In February 1915 he was given 4 days confined to camp for hesitating to obey an order given by an NCO. In April 1915 he was given a further 7 days confined to camp, this time for being absent from a ration parade, and absent from a roll call. Reginald was wounded at Gallipoli on the 15th August 1915 with gun shot wounds to the upper extremities. Whilst at Rouen in October 1916 he was deprived of 3 days pay for disobeying standing orders and having a light on in the tent, and breaking a disturbance in camp both whilst on active service. Reginald was Killed in Action on the 11th January 1917. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. His next of kin was his brother William Albert Charles Lane who resided at 15 White Cliff Mill Street, Blandford.

LANE F

LEVER C

B/2779 Rfn Charles William Lever 12 Bn Rifle Brigade. Charles was born and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War at Blandford in August 1914, having previously been a Porter. In February 1915 he forfeited 7 days pay for having an untidy berth, commiting a nuisance in his bed and being in a flithy and verminous state. He was wounded in June 1917 with a gun shot wound to the left thigh. He was sent back to the UK with this wound and as he was suffering from Bronchitis. Charles was Killed in Action on the 30th November 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval. His personal effects were sent back to his sister, Emily Annie Miles who resided at 14 Edward Street, Blandford. They included: 3 religious books, a note book and photos.

LIGHT C H

301626 Pte Charles Henry Light 19 Bn Duham Light Infantry. Charles was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. Charles Died on the 2nd November 1918 aged 39. He is buried in Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Samuel and Anna Maria Light; husband of Olivia Light, of 4, Charles St., Blandford, Dorset".

LITTLER C

8167 Pte Cecil Littler 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Cecil was born in Pimperne and resided in Blandford. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Poole in November 1906. He had previously been a Porter. Whilst in India he had been the Company Gardener and had won a first and two second prizes for the best company garden. On Christmas Eve 1911 he was reprimanded for being out of barracks on the Hospital road at 10:50 pm. Whilst at Poona in April 1912 he was given 3 days confined to barracks for being absent from the Adjutants parade. In September the following year whilst still at Poona, he was given two extra guard duties for Irregular conduct whilst on sentry. The 2nd Battalion were sent to Mesopotamia as part of the Indian Expeditionary Force "D" in November 1914, with Cecil along with them. On Christmas Day 1914 whilst at Basra, Cecil was sentenced to 14 days confined to barracks for being drunk outside the Bivouac. Cecil injured his fingers on his left hand in April 1915 whilst at Shaiba whilst he was on a baggage fatigue. He got his hand jammed between two Bellums (Boats). He was taken Prisoner of War at the fall of Kut after months of siege, along with what remained of the shattered 2nd Battalion and Indian Expeditionary Force "D". It was whilst a Prisoner of War he died in Turkish hands in hospital of Chronic Diarrhoea on the 31st January 1917 aged 31. He is buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. His next of kin was his father, Joseph Littler who resided at Herstone Villa, Fairfield Road, Blandford. His brother also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see next entry.

LITTLER CHAS

5311 Pte Charley Littler 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Charley was born in Blandford. He resided at 6 Prospect Terrace, Dorchester. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Blandford. Charley was Killed in Action on the 9th August 1915 at Gallipoli. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. He left a widow, Mabel Maud Mary Littler (Davis). His brother also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see the above entry.

MANTELL F

7844 Pte Frederick Charles Mantell 112 Bn Machine Gun Corps, Formerly 15788 Pte Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. Frederick was Killed in Action on the 12th October 1917 aged 20. He is now buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery. His remains were recovered after the war and identified by a book with his name in and his cap badge. The CWGC lists "Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Mantell, of 12, Bryanston St., Blandford, Dorset".

MELMOUTH T L

MILES W

114817 Pte Wilfred Henry Miles 31 Bn Machine Gun Corps, Formerly 203421 Pte Dorset Regiment. Wilfred was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. Wilfred was Killed in Action on the 25th March 1918 aged 19. He is now buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux. The CWGC lists "Son of Robert and Emily Miles, of 14, Edward St., Blandford".

MOORE G

3/8438 Cpl Gerald Moore 6 Bn Royal Irish Regiment, Formerly 18192 7 Hussars. Gerald was born in Child Okeford and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War at Christchurch in August 1914. He had previously been a Groom. He was promoted to Corporal in March 1916. Gerald was Killed in Action at Messines Ridge on the 7th June 1917. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing in Ypres. He left a widow, Evelyn Ella Mary Louise Naylor, who resided at Bushley Lodge Gate, New Milton. They married at Blandford in April 1909. They had 5 children together. Also remembered on Child Okeford War Memorial.

NAYLOR A J

7729 Pte John Naylor 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. John was born in Blandford. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Blandford too. John was Killed in Action on the 13th October 1914 aged 30. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. The CWGC lists "Husband of S. L. Naylor, of 1, Albert Place, Albert St., Blandford, Dorset".

NEW E

17402 Pte Ernest New 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Ernest was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. Ernest was Killed in Action on the 3rd October 1918 aged 31. He is now buried in Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. R. New, of 57, East Street, Blandford, Dorset".

NOBBS W

8090 Cpl William Daniel Nobbs 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born in Chelsea and resided in Branksome. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted in Poole. William Died of Wounds at No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station on the 18th February 1915. He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord.

PARKER E

PARSONS H G

3/7760 Pte Henry George Parsons 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Henry was born and resided at Blandford. He was a Special Reservist who had enlisted in Dorchester. Henry Died of Wounds on the 16th October 1917 aged 19. He is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Ann Parsons, of 5, White Cliff, Mill St., Blandford".

PITMAN F

11048 Pte Frederick Pitman 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Shaftesbury. Frederick was Killed in Action on the 22nd August 1915 aged 24 at Gallipoli. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Charles Pitman".

PORTSMOUTH G

29617 Pte George Portsmouth 2 Bn Wiltshire Regiment, Formerly 11057 Pte Dorset Regiment. George was born and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. George was Killed in Action on the 21st March 1918. He has no known grave and is commemated on the Pozieres Memorial. His parents were Edward and Sarah Portsmouth.

PRATT F G

44206 Cpl Frederick George Pratt 16 Bn Royal Irish Rifles, Formerly 4723 London Regiment. Frederick was born on the 24th March 1895 at Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. He was taken Prisoner of War at St Quentin on the 21st March 1918. Frederick Died whilst a Prisoner of War on the 5th October 1918 aged 23. He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. E. A. Pratt, of "Shevioch," Alexandra St., Blandford, Dorset, and the late Mr. F. Pratt".

PRINCE A

10130 Pte Arthur Prince 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Arthur was born in Blandford and resided in Shaftesbury. He enlisted for the Great War at Blandford in August 1914. He had previously been a Gardener. In January 1915 he was given 7 days confined to camp for firing his rifle in the ranks. Arthur was wounded with a gun shot wound to the head at Gallipoli on the 20th August 1915. He Died of these Wounds onboard HS Alaunia on the 30th August 1915. He was buried at sea and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. He left a widow Agnes. Virtue Guy whom he had married at Blandford in October 1911. They had 2 children together. Arthur's mother resided at Hardy's Yard, East Street, Blandford.

READ J H

26728 Pte John Henry Read D Coy 2 Bn Wiltshire Regiment, Formerly 17607 Pte Dorset Regiment. John was born and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Mundford, Norfolk. John was Killed in Action on the 9th April 1917 aged 19. He is now buried in London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval. The CWGC lists "Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. Read, of Blandford Dorsetshire". His remains were found by a farmer cultivating a field on the 8th May 1948 and identified by his metal glasses/razor case, inscribed with his name, number and unit. He had previously been commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

RICHARDS R

2 Lieut Robert Ingram Richards 1 Bn London Regiment, Formerly 6610 Pte 2 Bn London Regiment and 781539 L/Cpl 29 Bn London Regiment. Robert was born in Warminster and resided in Blandford. He Died of Wounds on the 27th October 1917. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing. His next of kin was his father Harry, who resided at Mayfield, Pimperne. Also remembered on Pimperne War Memorial.

RIGGS C E

G/31426 Pte Cecil Edgar Riggs 6 Bn Royal West Kent Regiment, Formerly 3201 Pte Royal Sussex Regiment. Cecil was born in Wimborne and resided in Brighton. Cecil had previously resided with his parents in Queen's Road, Pimperne and was a Carpenter by trade. He enlisted for the Great War in Hove. Cecil was Killed in Action on the 21st September 1918. He is now buried in Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy. He left a widow Evelyn.

SEAVIOUR C

793 Pte Charles Seaviour 1/1 Dorset Yeomanry. Charles was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. He had previously been a Fox Hounds Groom at the Bryanston Kennels. Charles was Killed in Action at the Charge at Agagia, on the 26th February 1916. It was one of the last great cavalry charges made by the British Army. Charles is also remembered on our Agagia Roll of Honour. He is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Cemetery.

SCOTT P J

8428 L/Sgt Percy Scott 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Percy was born at Bryanston and resided in Blandford. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Dorchester in December 1907. He had previously been an Agricultural Labourer and served in the 3rd Dorsets (Special Reserve). In December 1912 he was reprimanded for having a corroded rifle. The following December he was again reprimanded, this time for not complying with an order, by not taking his bedding etc to the place ordered. In January 1914 he was once again reprimanded for not parading with the company for medical manoeuvres. The 2nd Battalion were sent to Mesopotamia as part of the Indian Expeditionary Force "D" in November 1914, with Percy along with them. He was taken Prisoner of War at the fall of Kut after months of siege, along with what remained of the shattered 2nd Battalion and Indian Expeditionary Force "D". It was whilst a Prisoner of War he died in Turkish hands at Baghtche between May 1916 and September 1918 aged 32. He is buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. E. J. Rice, of Bryanston Lodge, Blandford, Dorset". The only personal effects returned to his mother was his Soldier's Small Book.

SHAVE B P G

18962 Pte Bertram Phillip George Shave 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Bertram was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. Bertram was Killed in Action on the 16th May 1917 aged 19. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the missing. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. E. Shave, of "Lynwood", 40, Orchard St., Blandford, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see next entry.

SHAVE P E

35212 Pte Percival Edward Shave 6 Bn Wiltshire Regiment. Percival was born and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. Percival was Killed in Action on the 10th April 1918 aged 18. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. E. Shave, of 40, Orchard St., Blandford, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see the above entry.

SIMS F

A/2193 Sgt Frederick Hambro Sims 9 Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps. Frederick was born in Yetminster and resided in Wimborne. He had previously resided with his parents in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Frederick was Killed in Action on the 30th July 1915. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing in Ypres. His next of kin was listed as his father James Sims.

SKEW A J

18775 Pte Alfred John Skew A Coy 5 Bn Wiltshire Regiment. Alfred was born in Hordle and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Alfred was Killed in Action on the 19th April 1916 aged 26. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. The CWGC lists "Youngest son of Mr. J. Skew, of Hordle, Hants; husband of Elsie May Skew, of 42, White Cliff Mill St, Blandford, Dorset. Wounded at Gallipoli, Aug., 1915".

SMITH W J G

41854 Pte William Jack Glencoe Smith 8 Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Formerly 14588 Pte Dorset Regiment. William was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. William was Killed in Action on the 16th August 1917 aged 18. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing. The CWGC lists "Son of William and Beulah Jane Smith, of "Oak Dene," Salisbury Rd., Blandford, Dorset".

SMITH J

3/7933 Pte John Smith 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. John was born in Corton Denham. He was a Special Reservist who had enlisted in Blandford. John was present at Hill 60 on the 1st May 1915 when the 1st Dorsets were gassed in one of the first of such attacks of this new form of warfare. John Died of Gas Poisoning on the 3rd May 1915. He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord.

SNELLING R J

53356 Sgt Robert James Snelling (ALIAS R J WHITE) (Military Medal) 124 Battery Royal Field Artillery. Robert was born in Southampton. He enlisted for the Great War in Portsmouth. Robert enlisted using the Alias Robert James White. He Died of Wounds at No. 30 Casualty Clearing Station on the 4th June 1917 aged 35. He is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension. The CWGC lists "Brother of Mrs. R. M. Carnie, of 13, Charles St., Blandford, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see next entry.

SNELLING W J

10197 Pte William Joseph Snelling 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War at Shaftesbury in August 1914. He had previously been a Groom. William was Killed in Action on the 26th September 1916. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. His brother also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see the above entry.

SQUIBB F J

10254 A/Sgt Frederick John Squibb 3 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War at Blandford in August 1914. He had previously been a Gardener. Frederick was wounded at Gallipoli in August 1915 with the 5th Dorsets. He then joined the 1st Dorsets in France. He was again wounded on thr first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916 with a gun shot wound to the right heel. In January 1916 he was given 14 days Field Punishment No.2 for not complying with an order given by an NCO. In March of the same year he forfeited 3 days pay for overstaying his pass. In July 1916 he was again caught overdtaying his pass and this time forfeited another 3 days pay and was confined to camp for 10 days. He qualified as an assistant instructor at the school of signalling. Frederick Died of Pneumonia after Influenza at the Military Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. on the 1st November 1918 aged 22. He is buried in Blandford Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Henry and Eleanor Squibb, of 2, Charles St., Blandford".

STICKLEY F B

K/19140 Sto 1 Cl Frederick Bertie Stickley (Bert) HMS Queen Mary. Frederick was born on the 14th November 1892 in Blandford. He was a pre war Sailor in the Royal Navy, having enlisted in May 1913. He had previously been a Grocers Porter. Frederick was Killed in Action at the Battle of Jutland on the 31st May 1916 aged 24. HMS Queen Mary was sunk with the loss of over 1250 men onboard. His body was not recovered for burial. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Elizabeth Stickley, of 25A, Orchard St., Blandford, Dorset".

SYMES C W

Captain Charles William Symes 1/4 Bn Attached 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. He was the Town Clerk of Blandford and a pre war Territorial Officer in the 4th Dorsets. Whilst in India with the 1/4th Dorsets, a draft was needed to reinforce the 2nd Battalion in Mesopotamia. It was Charles who was in charge of this first draft and joined the 2nd Dorsets. Charles Died of Pneumonia on the 10th October 1915 aged 30. He is buried in Amara War Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of the late W. H. Symes, of Manor House, Crediton, Devon".

TANSWELL P

11767 Rfn Percival George Tanswell 3 Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps. Percival was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. He had previously been a Town Postman. Percival Died of Wounds on the 10th May 1915 aged 21. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing in Ypres. The CWGC lists "Son of William and Alice C. Tanswell, of 3, Alexandra St., Blandford, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see next entry.

TANSWELL R

PO/16949 Pte Reginald Charles Tanswell HMS Bulwark Royal Marine Light Infantry. Reginald was born on the 11th March 1895 in Blandford. He was a pre war Marine, and before enlisting he had been a Gardener. Reginald was Killed on the 26th November 1914 when HMS Bulwark acidentally exploded at Kethole Reach. His body was recovered and he is buried in Blandford Cemetery. His next of kin was his mother Alice, who resided at 3 Alexandra Street, Blandford. His brother also appears on the Blandford War Memorial, see the above entry.

THOMAS B

TOWNSEND J

R/38178 RSM James Townsend Army Service Corps, Formerly 2154 21 Lancers Attached as an Instructor to the Dorset Yeomanry. James was born and resided in Sawston. He was a pre war regular soldier who had enlisted in Nottingham. James Died on the 16th May 1917 aged 50. He is buried in Blandford Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Dorset Yeomanry. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Son of James Townsend, of Sawston, Cambridge; husband of Mary Ann Townsend, of 16, Jessica Rd., Wandsworth Common, London".

TUCKER R J

5347 Pte Richard John Tucker 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Richard was born and resided in Blandford. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Dorchester. The 2nd Battalion were sent to Mesopotamia as part of the Indian Expeditionary Force "D" in November 1914, with Richard along with them. Richard was Killed in Action on the 14th April 1915 at the Battle of Shaiba. He is buried in Basra War Cemetery.

TUCKER T

265710 Pte Tom Ernest Tucker B Coy 7 Bn Somerset Light Infantry, Formerly 1153 Pte 4 Bn Dorset Regiment. Tom was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. Tom was Killed in Action on the 7th August 1917 aged 28. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing in Ypres. The CWGC lists "Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Tucker, of The Fox Inn, Anstey, Dorchester; husband of Ada J. Tucker, of 17, Bryanstone St., Blandford". Also remembered on Blandford St Mary War Memorial and Hilton War Memorial.

VANE F W

29581 L/Cpl Frederick William Vane 1 Bn Hampshire Regiment. Frederick was born in Braishfield and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Southampton. Frederick was Killed in Action on the 4th October 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing. He left a widow Florence.

WATTS W

Lieut Wilfrid Watts 1 Sqn Royal Flying Corps. Wilfrid was born on the 14th February 1893 at Blandford. He learnt to fly in a Caudron Biplane at The Ewen School, Hendon in September 1913. Wilfrid was Killed in Action on the 17th January 1916 aged 23. He is now buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Croix de Guerre with Palm (France). Son of C. E. J. and Jessie Watts, of Blandford, Dorset".

WEDMORE A J

172073 L-Sea Alfred John Wedmore HMS King George V. Alfred was born on the 12th November 1876 in Poole. He resided at Orchard Street, Blandford. He was a pre war Sailor having joined the Royal Navy as a Boy in August 1897. Alfred married Edith Rose Arnold at Blandford in May 1905. He had previously been a Carter. Alfred Died on the 4th July 1919 aged 42. He is buried in Blandford Cemetery.

WILLS M J

128488 Pte Montague John Wills 47 Bn Machine Gun Corps, Formerly 18959 Pte Dorset Regiment. Montague was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. Montague was Killed in Action on the 22nd August 1918 aged 20. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Mr. G. and Mrs. B. P. Wills, of 7, Bryanston St., Blandford, Dorset".

WOODHOUSE E

Lieut Edward John Woodhouse Indian Army Reserve of Officers Attached 38th King George's Own Central India Horse. Edward died on the 18th December 1917 at Cambrai aged 33. He is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of George Edward and Alice Margaret Woodhouse. Economic botanist to the Government of Bihar-Orissa and Principal of Sabour Agricultural College". Also remembered on Pimperne War Memorial and Hilton War Memorial.

WYATT F L

Z/1827 Ord-Sea Frank Lithgow Wyatt Royal Naval Depot Crystal Palace. Frank was born on the 22nd August 1898. Frank Died of Disease on the 31st December 1916 aged 18. He is buried in Blandford Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Arthur L. and Elizabeth Wyatt, of Blandford". His father Arthur was listed as his next of kin living at 1 Market Place, Blandford.