Dorset In The Great War 1914 - 1918

Colehill

IN UNDYING MEMORY

OF THE MEN OF COLEHILL

WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES

FOR THEIR FRIENDS

IN THE GREAT WAR

1914-19

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1914

W KING PEARCE - CAPT

Capt William Gabriel King Peirce 3 Bn attached 2 Bn Manchester Regiment. William was born in Kensington on the 5th July 1875. He resided at Furzehill and had attended Merton College, Oxford. He joined the Manchester Regiment in May 1899 and fought in the Boer War with the regiment. William married Mary Agnes Fisher in June 1903 at Benhilton. He left the regular army in November 1911 and joined the Special Reserve (3rd Battalion) of the Manchester Regiment. William was Killed in Action at Festubert on the 26th October 1914 aged 39. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. The CWGC lists "Husband of Mary Murch (formerly Peirce), of "Elmhurst," Fordingbridge, Hants".

1915

A C G LONSDALE - LIEUT

Lieut Arthur Carr-Glyn Lonsdale 6 Bn King’s Royal Rifle Corps Attached 2 Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers. Arthur was born at Wall Vicarage, Lichfield and resided at The Further House, Wimborne. He had been educated at Summerfields - Oxford, Radley and Trinity College, Cambridge. He represented Trinity College at Tennis. He was commissioned from Cambridge OTC in August 1914. Arthur was Killed in Action at Neuve Chapelle whilst leading his platoon on the 10th March 1915 aged 23. He is buried in Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix (Originally buried in Cuthbert Farm Cemetery). The CWGC lists “Son of the Rev. J. H. and Katharine Carr Lonsdale, The Further House, Wimborne, Dorset. Scholar of Eton and Radley and undergraduate of Trinity College, Cambridge”. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

M G BARTLETT

45563 Pte Maurice George Bartlett 15 Bn Hampshire Regiment. Maurice was born in Colehill. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Maurice Died of Wounds on the 27th May 1918 aged 18. He is buried in Esquelbecq Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. J. A. Sampson, of 14, Victoria Rd., Blandford, Dorset".

E KING

10670 Pte Ernest King 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Ernest was born at Colehill and resided at Canford Bottom. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Ernest was Killed in Action at Gallipoli on the 19th August 1915 aged 20. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Charlotte King, of Baker Cottage, Canford Bottom, Wimborne, and the late Samuel King”. His two brothers are also commemorated on Colehill War Memorial, see next entry and 1917. Also remembered on Ferndown War Memorial.

J A KING

9043 Pte John King 2 Bn Hampshire Regiment. John was born at Colehill and resided in Wimborne. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Winchester. John was Killed in Action at Gallipoli on the 28th April 1915 aged 22. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Samuel and Charlotte King, of Baker Cottage, Canford Bottom, Wimborne”. His brothers are also commemorated on Colehill War Memorial, see previous entry and 1917. Also remembered on Ferndown War Memorial.

C LONGMAN

G/2902 Pte Charles Frederick Longman 8 Bn Royal West Kent Regiment. Charles was born at Colehill. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Charles was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) on the 26th September 1915 aged 34. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of George Longman, of Burts Hill, Colehill, Wimborne, Dorset".

G D MUNCKTON

1024 Pte George Douglas Munckton 1/1 Dorset Yeomanry. George was born in Wimborne and resided in Bournemouth. He enlisted for the Great War at Sherborne. George was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) at Gallipoli on the 21st August 1915 aged 25. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Sidney and Lucy Mary Munckton, of "Homeleigh," 12, Surrey Rd., Bournemouth.” Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

E G SAMWAYS

3/7744 Pte Edward George Samways 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Edward was born in Dorchester and resided at Colehill. He was a Special Reservist having enlisted at Dorchester in August 1914. He had previously served in the Dorset National Reserve. In January 1915 he married Lily at the registry office in Weymouth. Edward was Killed in Action on the 1st June 1915. He is buried in Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Husband of Lily Samways, of 44, Cromwell Rd., Southampton”. His brother also appears on the Colehill War Memorial, see 1917. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

E C SMITH

864 L/Cpl Edwin Churchill Smith 1/1 Dorset Yeomanry. Edwin was born in Wimborne and resided at Wilkesworth, Wimborne. He was a pre war territorial, having enlisted at Sherborne. Edwin Died on the 1st October 1915 aged 29. He is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery. The CWGC list “Son of the late Thomas and Sarah Lower Smith”. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

1916

A T BURDEN

17706 Pte Albert Thomas Burden 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Albert was born in Pilford, Wimborne and resided in Poole. He also enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Albert was Killed in Action on the 7th November 1916. The Battalion suffered 3 killed and 11 wounded during this week. 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 widow, Annie M Burden (nee Lock) whom he had married in Poole during 1913. Also remembered on Corfe Mullen War Memorial.

P COLE

26407 Pte Percy Cole D Coy 11 Bn Royal Berkshire Regiment. Percy was born and resided in Colehill. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Percy Died of Wounds on the 20th August 1916 aged 29. He is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Husband of Linda Mary Cole, of 518, Pamphill, Wimborne, Dorset." His brother also appears on the Colehill War Memorial, see 1917. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

W J JOYCE

16323 Pte William Joseph Joyce 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born in Bournemouth and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne, having previously been a House Painter. William Died in Hospital on the 18th October 1916 aged 21. He is buried in Wimborne Minster Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Mrs. H. E. Joyce, of Leigh Common, Wimborne”. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

A MOORES

10262 Pte Arthur Moores 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Arthur was born at Furzehill and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War at Dorchester in September 1914. On the 21st August 1915 he was wounded at Gallipoli with a gunshot wound to the left clavicle. He rejoined the Battalion in November 1915. In February 1916 he was confined to camp for 7 days after disobeying regimental orders. Arthur was Killed in Action on the 19th September 1916. 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 mother Louisa. His brother also appears on the Colehill War Memorial, see 1917. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

1917

B F BAKER

43383 Spr Bertram Finlinson Baker 18 Divisional Signal Company Royal Engineers. Bertram was born in Wimborne and enlisted for the Great War in Kingston-on-Thames. Bertram Died of Wounds at 32 Casualty Clearing Station on the 7th August 1917 aged 27. He is buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of John and Elizabeth Sarah Baker, of Colehill, Wimborne, Dorset". He also left a widow, Gertrude. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

R COLE

17077 Pte Reginald Cole 1 Bn Coldstream Guards. Reginald was born in Holt, and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne too. Reginald Died of Wounds on the 28th November 1917 aged 27. He is buried in Orival Wood Cemetery, Flesquieres. The CWGC lists "Son of Sidney and Elizabeth Cole, of Long Lane, Wimborne, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Colehill War Memorial, see 1916. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

L KING

14576 Pte Lawrence King 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Lawrence was born in Colehill and resided at Canford Bottom. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Lawrence Died of Wounds on the 15th October 1917 aged 20. He is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Charlotte King, of Bakers Cottage, Wimborne, Dorset. Native of Canford Bottom, Wimborne". His two brothers also appear on Colehill War Memorial, see 1915. Also remembered on Ferndown War Memorial.

W MOORES

9096 Pte William Moores 1 Bn Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. William was born and resided in Wimborne. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted in Poole. William was Killed in Action on the 8th May 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. His next of kin was his father Charles Moores. His brother also appears on the Colehill War Memorial, see 1916. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

A J REYLAND

19557 Pte Arthur John Reyland 6 Bn Dorset Regiment, Formerly 1766 Dorset Yeomanry. Arthur was born in Sherborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Arthur was Killed in Action on the 14th August 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

C F SAMWAYS

J/24972 AB Christopher Frank Samways HMS Broke. Christopher was born on the 8th September 1896 in Weymouth. He was a pre war Sailor in the Royal Navy, having enlisted as a Boy in May 1913. Christopher was Killed in Action on the 21st April 1917 aged 21 when HMS Broke along with HMS Swift took part in the second Battle of Dover Straight, HMS Broke being badly damaged in the action. He is buried in Wimborne Minster Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Eli Thomas and Eliza Samways, of 2, Fern Cottage, Colehill, Wimborne”. His brother also appears on the Colehill War Memorial, see 1915. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

C W SELBY

15857 Pte Charles William Selby 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Charles was born in Sturminster Newton. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton too. Charles was Killed in Action two days after his brother on the 14th April 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 mother, Christiana. His brother also appears on the Colehill War Memorial, see next entry. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

F J SELBY

15796 Pte Frederick James Selby 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born in Sturminster Newton. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton too. Frederick was Killed in Action two days before his brother on the 12th April 1917 aged 22. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of James and Christian A. Selby, of 3, Dog Dean, Wimbome, Dorset”. His brother also appears on the Colehill War Memorial, see above entry. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

W G WAY

16893 Pte William George Way 3 Bn Coldstream Guards. William was born in Colehill. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. William Died of Wounds at No.4 Casualty Clearing Station on the 29th July 1917 aged 21. He is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of T. and S. E. Way, of Bells Cottages, Colehill, Wimborne, Dorset”. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

1918

H P CAVE - CPL

M/339151 Cpl Harold Percy Cave V Coy Army Service Corps. Harold was born in Canford Magna and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Devizes. Harold Died at the General Hospital in Colchester on the 21st October 1918. He is buried in Wimborne Minster Cemetery. His next of kin was his father John T Cave. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

F CULL - CPL

281905 Cpl Frank Cull Royal Garrison Artillery. Frank was born in Wimborne. Frank Died on the 9th December 1918 aged 42. He is buried in Wimborne Minster Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of George Cull, of Colehill, Wimborne; husband of Ellen Cull". Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

E BRACHER

T4/035905 Dvr Edward Bracher Army Service Corps Attached 1/2 East Anglian Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps. Edward resided at Canford Bottom, Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in December 1914 at Wimborne, having previously been a Carter. He married Florence Cutler at Corfe Mullen in February 1901. They had 6 children together. In January 1917 he was confined to camp for 7 days for drunkeness. Edward Died at 31 General Hospital, Egypt of Pneumonia at 7:20pm on the 26th December 1918 aged 40. He is buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Enos and Betsey Bracher; husband of Florence Bracher, of Leigh Common, Wimborne, Dorset. Born at Woodcutts, Salisbury". Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

F G BROWN

27968 Pte Frederick George Brown 2/7 Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Frederick was born and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Frederick Died of Wounds on the 15th April 1918. He is buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery. His next of kin was his widow, Beatrice.

W G BURDEN

18934 Pte William George Burden 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born and resided in Colehill. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. William Died of Wounds on the 1st October 1918 aged 20. He is buried in Sucrerie Cemetery, Epinoy. The CWGC lists "Son of Edward and Eliza Burden, of Castle View, Pilford Heath, Colehill, Wimborne Dorset".

J E GUY

36031 Spr Joseph Edward Guy 90 Field Coy Royal Engineers. Joseph was born in Colehill. He enlisted for the Great War at Wimborne in April 1915, having previously been a Blacksmith. He proceeded to France with 144 Army Troops Coy RE where he served as a Blacksmith, before later being transferred to 90 Field Coy. In January 1918 he was placed under open arrest for overstaying his pass for 2 days. For this he was given 14 days Field Punishment No.2 and forfeited 3 days’ pay. On the 1st April 1918, he was wounded when a shell exploded in the trench, throwing him on his back. Joseph was Killed in Action on the 16th October 1918 aged 21. He is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery (Having originally been buried in Harlebeke Churchyard). The CWGC lists “Son of Joseph Edward and Bessie Eliza Guy, of The Coffee Tavern, Colehill, Wimborne, Dorset. Enlisted in April, 1915”. His personal effects were returned to his father and consisted of: Letters, toothbrush, photo frame, housewife, pencil, postcards, comb, pocket book, holdall, hair brush, wallet, soap case and 2 shaving brushes. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

A E IVES

G/1947 Pte Albert Edward Ives 7 Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. Albert was born in Cranborne and resided in Colehill. He enlisted for the Great War in Eastbourne. Albert Died of Wounds on the 21st August 1918 aged 22. He is buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport. The CWGC lists "Son of Frederick D. and Mary A. Ives, of Holly Bank, Pilford, Wimborne, Dorset".

E F MOORE

17702 Pte Edgar Frank Moore 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Edgar was born and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Edgar was Killed in Action on the 11th October 1918 aged 33. He is buried in Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery, Montay. He left a widow, Elizabeth Moore. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

A F SMITH

268614 Dvr Arthur Frank Smith 1/1 Berkshire Battery Royal Horse Artillery Formerly T2/017420 Army Service Corps. Arthur was born in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne too. Arthur Died on the 20th October 1918. He is buried in Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery. His next of kin was his father George. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

W T TALBOT

40992 Pte William Tom Talbot 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born in Winfrith. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. William was Killed in Action on the 11th October 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery, Montay. The CWGC lists "Son of Louisa S. Talbot, of Canford Bottom, Wimborne, Dorset".

C TRICKETT

241973 Pte Godfrey Cecil Trickett (Born – Nicklen) 13 Bn Gloucester Regiment. Godfrey was born at Colehill and resided at Dogdean Farm, Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Godfrey was Killed in Action on the 22nd March 1918. He is buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

P G WELSMAN

77253 2AM Percival George Welsman “T” Aeroplane Acceptance Park Royal Air Force Formerly TR8/16887 37 Training Reserve Bn and Royal Flying Corps. Percival was born in Sherborne in 1890. He enlisted for the Great War in February 1917. On the formation of the RAF in April 1918, Percival transferred across from the RFC. He had married Sybil at Wimborne in February 1916. Percival was Killed in a flying accident at Coventry on the 24th September 1918. He is buried in Wimborne Minster Cemetery. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

1919

W H POORE - SGT

T/2206 A/Sgt Walter Harry Poore Military Provost Staff Corps Formerly 2901 Royal West Kent Regiment. Walter was born in Colehill. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Walter Died on the 6th June 1919 aged 30. He is buried in Holt (St. James The Great) Churchyard. The CWGC lists “Son of Thomas and Prudence Poore. Born at Colehill, Wimborne”. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

G WILLIS

G/1351 Pte George Leonard Willis 3 Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers Formerly 16283 Dorset Regiment. George was born in Wimborne and resided at Furzehill. He enlisted for the Great War under the Derby Scheme in December 1915 and was called up in January 1916. He had previously been a Cowman. He was discharged from the army in May 1918 as no longer physically fit. George Died on the 18th July 1919 aged 22. He is buried in Hinton Parva (St. Kenelm) Churchyard. The CWGC lists “Son of Joseph and Amelia Willis, of Woodleaze Cottage, Wimborne”. Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.