Dorset In The Great War 1914 - 1918

Child Okeford

TO THE GLORY OF GOD IN MEMORY OF

MEN OF CHILDE OKEFORD & HANFORD

WHO SERVED THEIR KING & COUNTRY

IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919:

REMEMBERING ESPECIALLY BEFORE GOD

THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES WHOSE

NAMES ARE INSCRIBED BELOW

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CAPT N J C LIVINGSTONE-LEARMONTH | 15 HUSSARS

Capt Nigel James Christian Livingstone-Learmonth 15 Hussars Attached Dorset Yeomanry. Nigel resided at Hanford. He was Killed in Action at Gallipoli on the 21st/22nd August 1915 aged 37. He is now buried in Green Hill Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of A. J. and F. M. B. Livingstone-Learmonth; husband of Eila F. Livingstone-Learmonth, of Limington, Ilchester, Somerset".

LIEUT H R S BOWER | S STAFF R

Lieut Henry Raymond Syndercombe Bower 1 Bn South Staffordshire Regiment. Henry was born on the 2nd April 1894 and attended Repton School. Henry later attended the Royal Military College Sandhurst and was commissioned in September 1913. He was wounded at Ypres on the 26th October 1914. Henry was Killed on the 18th/19th December 1914 aged 20 whilst assisting a wounded soldier to shelter. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial to the missing. The CWGC lists "Son of Henry G. S. and Charlotte R. Bower, of Fontmell Parva, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset".

LIEUT M S BOWER | ASC MT

Lieut Maurice Syndercombe Bower Army Service Corps MT, Formerly M2/193114 Pte Army Service Corps. Maurice resided at Bagbere, Sturminster Newton. He Died of Pneumonia in Salonika on the 13th January 1919 aged 43. He is buried in Sofia War Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Henry Syndercombe Bower and Sarah Matilda Bower, of Child Okeford, Dorset; husband of Geraldine Halliburton Bower, of Bagbere, Dorset".

LIEUT P C KNIGHT | SOM LI

2 Lieut Philip Clifford Knight 1 Bn Somerset Light Infantry. Philip 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. Philip was just 23. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. The CWGC lists "Son of Alexander and Josephine Knight, of Child Okeford, Dorset".

SGT C H MOORE | CORN LI

31739 Sgt Clarence Edward Moore 1 Bn Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, Formerly 16098 Dorset Regiment. Clarence was born in Farrington and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton. Clarence Died of Wounds on the 12th October 1917 aged 22. He is buried in Godewaersvelde British Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Albert and Annie Moore, of Farrington, Iwerne Minster, Blandford, Dorset".

CPL G H MOORE R IR REGT

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 September 1914 and had previously been a Groom. Gerald was Killed in Action on the 7th June 1917. He is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres to the missing. He left a widow Evelyn Ella Mary Louise Naylor, who resided at Bashley Lodge Gate, New Milton. They had married at Blandford in April 1909. They had 5 children together. Also remembered on Blandford War Memorial.

CPL C WAREHAM | DORSET R

8458 L/Cpl Charles Wareham 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Charles was born and resided in Child Okeford. He was a pre war regular soldier and enlisted in Blandford. Charles was Killed in Action aged 26 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 buried in Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuille Wood. The CWGC lists "Son of Henry and Sarah Ann Wareham, of Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset".

PTE A E COBBOLD | ASC MT

M2/148822 Pte Arthur Elias Cobbold 615 MT Coy Army Service Corps. Arthur was born in Blandford and resided in Hanford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. Arthur was Killed in Dublin during the Easter Rising on the 29th April 1916 aged 23. A period account states "On the ill-fated Easter Monday he with two companions, had been with a motor-lorry to Dublin Station, and on their return journey the rebellion had broken out. A shot was fired at his motor, disabling the engine. He got down to see what was the matter, when he, too, was shot, as was one of his companions who went to his assistance. The other disguised himself and succeeded in reaching the barracks in safety. Young Cobbold, who was only 23 years of age, was taken to the Adelaide Hospital, Dublin, where he received every attention, but his wounds were so serious that he died on April 27th." He is buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of A. R. and H. Cobbold, of Childe Okeford, Dorset".

PTE C M CLUETT | AIF

381 Pte Charles Major Cluett B Coy 33 Bn Australian Infantry. Charles was born in Child Okeford. He enlisted for the Great War in January 1916 at Inverell, New South Wales, Australia. He had previously been a Farm Hand. Charles was wounded in June 1917 at Messines with shell wounds to the head, leg and chest. He rejoined his Battalion the following month after recovering. Charles was Killed in Action on the 15th July 1917 aged 28. He is buried in Bethleem Farm West Cemetery. His next of kin was his mother Lucy, who resided at Sturminster Newton. The Colonel wrote to his parents "I deeply deplore the death of so splendid and gallant a soldier, after doing such excellent work. He was one in whom the utmost reliance was always placed. He was courageous, determined, and cool in action, and a hard, conscientious worker at all times. We all mourn the loss of such a comrade, and officers, non-commissioned officers, and men all join me in offering you and your family most heartfelt sympathy in your sad bereavement."

PTE G R F DAVIES | MDX R

G/10885 Pte George Richard Ford Davies 1 Bn Middlesex Regiment. George was born in Sherborne and resided at Hill View, Child Okeford. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. George was Killed in Action on the 2nd December 1915. He is buried in Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue. His next of kin was his mother Francis Ford.

PTE A W ELSWORTH | DORSET YEO

493 Pte Archibald William Elsworth 1/1 Dorset Yeomanry. Archibald was born in Woolland. He was a pre war Territorial with the Dorset Yeomanry having enlisted at Woolland too. Archibald was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) at Gallipoli on the 21st August 1915 aged 24. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of William James and Sarah Ann Elsworth, of The Forge, Woolland, Blandford, Dorset".

PTE W FUDGE | SCOTS GUARDS

10083 Pte Walter Fudge 2 Bn Scots Guards. Walter was born in Child Okeford. He enlisted for the Great War at Bournemouth in September 1914, rejoining his old regiment. Walter was Killed in Action on the 26th October 1914 aged 36. He had previously been working as a Market Gardener. He is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres to the missing. The CWGC lists "Son of Theophilus and Martha Fudge; husband of Mildred Lilyian Fudge, of 125, Windham Rd., Bournemouth".

PTE C E GILLINGHAM | DORSET R

10116 Pte Charles Edward Gillingham 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Charles was born and resided in Child Okeford. He enlisted for the Great War at Blandford in August 1914. He had previously been a Dairyman. In October 1914 he was given 7 days confined to camp for being absent for 4 hours. He was given a further 7 days confined to barracks in February 1915 for having a dirty rifle. Charles Died of Dysentry at 21 General Hospital in Alexandria on the 6th October 1915 aged 25. He is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of George William and Rose Gillingham, of Chisel Dairy, Childe Okeford, Blandford, Dorset".

PTE E E HALL | R W KENT R

G/17819 Pte Edward Ernest Hall 6 Bn Royal West Kent Regiment, Formerly 2899 Royal Fusiliers. Edward was born in Child Okeford and resided in Northampton. He enlisted for the Great War in Northampton too. Edward Died of Wounds on the 30th March 1917. He is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun. The CWGC lists "Husband of R. E. Hall, of 9, Hackleton, Northampton".

PTE T G HATCHER | 1ST DRS

796 Pte Thomas George Hatcher 1 Dragoon Guards. Thomas was born in Child Okeford and resided in Shroten. He was a pre war regular soldier and enlisted in Portsmouth. Thomas was Killed in Action on the 2nd June 1915 aged 25. He is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres to the missing. The CWGC lists "Son of Blanche Haine (formerly Hatcher), of Jasmine Cottage, Shroton, Blandford, Dorset, and the late James Hatcher".

R HOLDWAY | HMS PRINCE OF WALES

M/24238 Carpenter's Crew Robert Holdway SS Huntscape. Robert was born on the 16th July 1878 at Blandford and resided at Child Okeford. He enlisted for the Great War in April 1916, he was a Carpenter by trade. Robert Died in an accident onboard SS Huntscape on the 8th August 1917 aged 39. He is buried in Child Okeford (St. Nicholas) Churchyard Extension. The CWGC lists "Son of Robert Edwin Holdway and Alice Mary Holdway, of Child Okeford, Blandford. Near South side".

PTE F KINGSBURY | DORSET R

10817 Pte Frederick Kingsbury 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born in Iwerne Minster. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Frederick was Killed in Action on the 1st December 1915 at Gallipoli aged 25. He is buried in Hill 10 Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Albert and Elizabeth Kingsbury, of Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset".

W LYNES | HMS BULWARK

J/28722 Boy 1 Cl William Lynes HMS Bulwark. William was born on the 4th December 1897. He was a pre war Sailor in the Royal Navy, having enlisted in November 1913. William was Killed 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. His next of kin was given as his sister, Ada Abergavenny, who resided at Child Okeford.

PTE C S MOORE | R BERKS R

48659 Pte Charles Tom Moore 5 Bn Royal Berkshire Regiment, Formerly 40471 Pte Somerset Light Infantry. Charles was born and resided in Child Okeford. In 1911 he had been living with his parents at Gold Hill, Child Okeford. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton. Charles was Killed in Action on the 25th May 1918. He is buried in Mailly Wood Cemetery, Mailly-Maillet. The CWGC lists "Son of Mr. F. Moore, of Gold Hill, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset".

PTE A QUICK | W SOM YEO

1420 Pte Albert Alexander Quick 1/1 West Somerset Yeomanry. Albert resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Minehead. Albert Died at Sea of Dysentry on the 25th November 1915 aged 22. He is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Arthur and Mary H. Quick, of Stogursey School House, Bridgwater, Somerset".

PTE T RAWLINGS | ASC

TS/7230 Saddler Tom Hallett Walter Rawlings No.1 Coy Army Service Corps. Tom was born in Stepney and resided in Child Okeford. He enlisted for the Great War in April 1915 at Dorchester having been a Saddler by trade. In January 1916 he was given 5 days confined to barracks for parading with a dirty rifle. He was discharged from the army as no longer physically fit for war service (suffering from Phthisis) on the 12th June 1916. On leaving the army he went to reside at Chrysanthemum Row, Newland, Sherborne. Tom Died of Bronchial Pneumonia on the 20th July 1916 aged 20 at 3 London General Hospital. He was buried in Sherborne Cemetery on the 24th July 1916. The funeral was conducted by men of the Volunteer Training Corps with full military honours, including the last post, and a firing party who fired 3 volleys. The CWGC lists "Son of Walter and Jane Rawlings, of Alpine Greenhill, Sherborne".

PTE J READ | DORSET R

31081 Pte James Read 9 Bn Devon Regiment, Formerly 203318 Pte Dorset Regiment. James was born in Child Okeford and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton. James was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) on the 10th October 1917 aged 26. He is now buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery. His remains were found after the war and identified by his ID disc. The CWGC lists "Son of James and Sarah Read, of Childe Okeford; husband of Ethel Read, of 4, Sherbourne Cottage, Childe Okeford, Blandford, Dorset".

PTE H L SAVORY | MONS R

267698 Pte Herbert Levi Savory 2 Bn Monmouthshire Regiment. Herbert resided at Gold Hill, Child Okeford. He enlisted for the Great War in Abergavenny. Herbert was Killed in Action on the 14th April 1918 aged 31. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Ploegstreert Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Tom Savory, of Gold Hill, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset".

PTE A W SHEPHARD | DORSET R

15763 Pte Albert William Shephard 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Albert was born and resided in Child Okeford. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton. Albert was Killed in Action on the 11th August 1918 aged 25. He is now buried in Bouchoir New British Cemetery. His remains were found after the war and identified by his ID disc. The CWGC lists "Son of Sidney and M. A. Shephard, of Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset".

PTE H SMITH | DORSET R

20667 Pte Harold Leslie Smith 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Harold was born in Bristol and resided in Wimborne. In 1911 he was living with his mother at The Hollow. Child Okeford. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Harold was Killed in Action on the 19th September 1918 aged 19. He is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Henry and Annie Smith, of Green Cottage, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset".

DVR O W WOOLFREY | 2ND ALH

149 Dvr Oliver William Woolfrey 2 Australian Ammuntion Sub Park Australian Army Service Corps. Oliver was born in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. He enlisted for the Great War in August 1914 at Brisbane. By trade he was a Motor Mechanic and joined the Light Horse Brigade Train. He served with the ANZACs at Gallipoli in 1915. Oliver was Wounded in Action by multiple shell wounds to the face and left thigh on the 20th August 1917 and died later the same day at 42 Field Ambulance. He is buried in Menin Road South Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Arthur William and Emma Jane Woolfrey, of Langside St., Brisbane, Queensland". His personal effects were returned to his mother in 1918. They included: 4 Discs, Photos, Letters, Pipe, Diary, Religious Medallion, Metal Wrist Watch Protector, Purse, Knife, Electric Torch (Damaged), Pouch, Emu Feather, Metal Ring, Fountain Pen, African Shilling, 2 Coins, 2 Souvenir Metal Serviette Rings and 2 Packets of Postcards.