Dorset In The Great War 1914 - 1918

Corfe Mullen

Corfe Mullen War Memorial

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN PERPETUAL MEMORY OF THESE BRAVE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR FOR KING AND COUNTRY, RIGHT AND LIBERTY.

1914 - 1918

"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS"

"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"

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ARNOLD, S L

37309 Pte Stanley Lionel Arnold 103 Coy Machine Gun Corps, Formerly 3621 Pte 4 Bn Dorset Regiment. Stanley was born in 1897 in Corfe Mullen and was Baptised on 4th April 1897. He resided at East End Farm, Corfe Mullen and was an Apprentice Motor Engineer. He enlisted in Dorchester and was Killed in Action aged 20 on the 28th April 1917. He is now commemorated on the Arras Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. Frances Arnold, of East End, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset". She died in 1962 and is buried in Corfe Mullen Cemetery. Stanley's father was Walter Tom Arnold, and he also had two brothers, Walter Frederick Arnold and Charles Edward Arnold.

BARTLETT, F A

65769 Sapper Frederick Arthur Bartlett Royal Engineers

65769 Spr Fred Arthur Bartlett 63 Field Coy Royal Engineers. Fred was born in Corfe Mullen and was a carpenter by trade. He resided at Rose Cottage, Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen and he enlisted on the 1st February 1915 in Wimborne. Due to his civilian trade, he became a Wheelwright (Skilled) with the RE. He went to France to join the British Expeditionary Force on the 11th May 1915. He was Killed in Action on the 19th October 1915 by enemy shell fire which also wounded four others from his company. He is buried in the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground near Ypres. His parents were Tom William Bartlett and Emily Eliza Bartlett. He had four brothers and three sisters, all of whom lived at Rose Cottage.

BURDEN, A

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 Colehill War Memorial.

CASSIDY, C (SEN)

3/7820 Company Sergeant Major Charles Cassidy Somerset Light Infantry

3/7820 CSM Charles Cassidy Depot Somerset Light Infantry. Charles was born in Randalstown, County Antrim and was an old soldier. He re-enlisted in Poole for service in the Great War. He married Mary Ann Eliza Jolliffe on the 30th August 1883 at Portland, and together they had one son and two daughters. Sadly his son also died in 1916 (see next entry). Between leaving the Army and re-enlisting for the Great War, Charles worked as an Pensioner Messenger for Customs in London. He died suddenly in the Sergeant's Mess of the Somerset LI Depot in Taunton after a church parade on 13 February 1916. He is buried in Taunton (St Mary's) Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Husband of Ann Cassidy, of Wareham Road., Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset".

CASSIDY, C (JUN)

16794 Pte Charles Cassidy 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Charles was born on the 30 November 1891 in Taunton. He had previously served in the Royal Navy as a 2nd Class Mate / Cooks Mate. He enlisted for the RN on the 15 September 1910 before being discharged as unsuitable on the 4th May 1911. He enlisted for the Army in London to serve in the Great War. He Died at Sea aged 24 on the 19 July 1916 and is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of the late C.S.M. C. Cassidy and of Ann Cassidy, of Wareham Road., Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset". His father who also died in 1916 is also listed on the Corfe Mullen War Memorial (see entry above).

CHAFFEY, E

20783 Pte Edward Chaffey 1/4 Bn Gloucester Regiment, Formerly 5306 Pte 5 Bn Gloucester Regiment. Edward was born in 1894 in Corfe Mullen. He enlisted in Dorchester under the Lord Derby Scheme. He was Killed in Action on the 9th November 1916. He is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. At the time of his death he left a large sum of £105 19s. His parents were James and Emily Chaffey who lived in Corfe Mullen. He also had three brothers and one sister.

ELLIS, P

200178 L/Sgt Percy Horace James Ellis 1/4 Bn Attd 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Percy was born in 1893 in Beaminster / Corscombe. He resided at the Kennels, Corfe Mullen and was a bell ringer at St Hubert's Church, Corfe Mullen between 1911 and 1913. He was a pre war territorial serving with the 4 Bn Dorset Regiment. He went to India with his Battalion in 1914 and was one of the few chosen volunteers selected to reinforce the 2nd Battalion in Mesopotamia in 1915. 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 aged 23 although the exact date of death in not known. He is now buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of James and Elizabeth Ellis, of Rose Farm, Broadstone, Dorset". His father James died in 1943 and is buried in Corfe Mullen Cemetery. A plaque to Percy can also be found in St Hubert's Church, Corfe Mullen erected by his parents.

ELSWORTH, H

8509 Pte Herbert Elsworth 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Herbert was born in 1887 in Abbey Milton. He resided at Widworthy Lodge, Broadstone and was a Hotel Porter. He was a pre war regular soldier and enlisted in the Dorset Regiment at Dorchester on the 5th September 1908 and had previously served with the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion of the Dorset Regiment. He went to India with to join the 2nd Battalion in October 1909 where he stayed until the outbreak of war. It was whilst in India in August 1912 he was sentenced to 5 days confined to barracks for talking on parade! He had also passed a class of instruction in first aid strecher drill in April of the same year. The 2nd Battalion were sent to Mesopotamia as part of the Indian Expeditionary Force "D" in November 1914, with Herbert along with them. He received a severe gun shot wound to his 2nd finger on his right hand within a month of landing. 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 29th June 1916 of Dysentery. He was orginally buried at the hospital cemetery in Bagtche. He reported died peacefully at the age of 28. The CWGC lists "Son of Mr. E. Elsworth and Mrs. Elsworth (step-mother), of The Uplands, Blandford Rd., Broadstone, Dorset". He had three younger brothers, a younger sister and a step sister. Also remembered on Broadstone War Memorial.

FIANDER, F

12599 L/Cpl Wilfred Frank Fiander 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Wilfred resided at Knoll Farm, Corfe Mullen and was a Dairyman. He enlisted in December 1914 in Poole. He went with the 5th Battalion Dorset Regiment to Gallipoli in 1915 where he was listed as missing on the 22 August 1915. It was found that actually he wasn't missing and was then sent back to Hospital in Birmingham so was possibly wounded in this action. He went back to serve with his Battalion on the Western Front where he was again wounded on the 25th October 1917. This was a nasty injury receiving gun shot wounds to the right forearm, buttock, both legs and a severe wound to the abdomen. After 48 days in hospital and some time in the UK, he was sent back to France in February 1918. On the 1st October 1918 Wilfred was Killed in Action aged 21 with just over a month left until the end of the war. He is buried in Sucrerie Cemetery, Epinoy. The CWGC lists "Son of Edward and Annie Phipps Fiander, of Tarrant Keynston, Blandford, Dorset". Also remembered on Tarrant Keyneston War Memorial.

GOUGE, W H G

212461 Gnr William Henry George Gouge 460 Battery 15 Brigade Royal Field Artillery. William enlisted in Wimborne for service in the Great War. He was Killed in Action aged 19 on the 20th September 1917. He is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Only son of William Charles and Alice Augusta Gouge, of "Suvla", East End, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne". Note - I beleive the house name was actually Simla, and was located (and probably still is) in Happy Bottom, Corfe Mullen. Both parents are buried in Corfe Mullen Cemetery, William in 1946 and Alice in 1949.

HOARE, W C

29016 Pte William Stanley Hoare 2 Bn Hampshire Regiment. William was born and resided in Corfe Mullen. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. He was Killed in Action aged 19 on the 29th September 1918. He is now commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing. The CWGC lists "Son of James and Elizabeth Hoare, of Mount Pleasant Farm, Corfe Mullen, Dorset". Both his parents are buried in Corfe Mullen Cemetery, James in 1939 and Elizabeth in 1937.

HOARE, E W

9736 Pte Ernest William Hoare 10 Bn Hampshire Regiment. Ernest was born and resided in Corfe Mullen. He enlisted for the Great War in Winchester. He went to Gallipoli with his Battalion and it was here he was Killed in Action within a month of arriving on the 21st August 1915. This was during the action at Kaiajik Aghala in which the Battalion suffered 156 casualties on this day. He was 25 years old and is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Frederick and Emily Hoare, of 120, Wareham Rd., Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset". His mother died in 1937 and is buried in Corfe Mullen Cemetery.

HODDINOTT, S C

8718 Cpl Sidney Charles Hoddinott 259 Protection Coy Royal Defence Corps. Sidney was a postman and lived in East End, Corfe Mullen. He was serving with the Royal Defence Corps in Castle Bromwich when he died aged 42 on 19th July 1918. He was buried in Corfe Mullen Cemetery on the 23rd July 1918 and now has a CWGC headstone. The CWGC lists "Husband of Agnes Louisa Hoddinott, of East End, Corfe Mullen Wimborne". Agnes died in 1937 and was also buried in Corfe Mullen Cemetery.

HUMPHRIES, G

G/2700 L/Cpl George Thomas Humphrey 8 Bn Royal West Surrey Regiment. George was born in Leigh, Surrey and resided in Charlwood, Surrey. This is the cloest match I could find to the memorial, and there is no other obvious candidate. George enlisted in Wimborne, so I can only think he may have been working or living in the area at the time of the Great War. He was Killed in Action aged 27 on the 26th September 1915. He is now commemorated on the Loos Memorial to the missing. The CWGC lists "Son of Emma Humphrey, of Hillside Cottage, Norwood Hill, Horley, Surrey, and the late Frederick Humphrey".

KEEPING, E H

14798 L/Cpl Edward Henry Keeping 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Edward was born in Burton, Hampshire. He resided in Corfe Mullen and enlisted in Wimborne for the Great War. He was Killed in Action on the 8th May 1916 aged 28. He is buried in Authuile Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Mr. G. and Mrs. E. Keeping, of Tower View, Wareham Rd., Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset".

KENT, E F

201591 L/Cpl Edwin Frank Kent 1 Bn London Regiment. Edwin resided in Sturminster Marshall. He enlisted for the Great War in Handel Street, London. He was Killed in Action on the 14th May 1917 aged 29 when the Battalion came under heavy shell fire in the front and support lines and approaches. This cost the Battalion 6 men killed, 3 wounded and 2 missing that day. He is buried in Noreuil Australian Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Edwin and Mary H. Kent, of 49, Grove Rd., Wimborne, Dorset. Born at Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne, Dorset".

KETTLE, W

8913 Private William Kettle Dorset Regiment

8913 Pte William Kettle 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born in Corfe Mullen and was a labourer by trade. He resided at Violet Farm, Corfe Mullen. He was a pre war regular soldier, serving with the 2nd Battalion Dorset Regiment in India at the outbreak of war. He had enlisted at Dorchester in April 1910 having already served in the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion of the Regiment. He went with his Battalion to Mesopotamia in 1914 and spent some time in Hospital in Basra during 1916, although it is unclear as to why. He was Killed in Action on the 11th December 1915, whilst besieged in Kut. He is buried in the Kut War Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of John James and Fanny Kettle, of Corfe Mullen, Dorset". His parents were both buried in Corfe Mullen Cemetery, John in 1933 and Fanny in 1938. He had 3 brothers and one sister.

LLOYD, R C

78139 Gnr Reginald Carey Lloyd 143 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Reginald was born in Broadstone. He was a fitters mate by trade and resided at Beacon View, Old Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen. He enlisted under the Derby Scheme on the 27th November 1915 in Poole, just a week after he married his wife Laura on the 21st November 1915. He was Killed in Action aged 25 on the 20th August 1917. He is buried in Coxyde Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Lloyd, of "Cambria," Victoria Rd., Parkstone, Dorset; husband of Margaret Laura Lloyd, of 12, Abbott Rd., Winton, Bournemouth".

MAIDMENT, J

CH/2303 Pte Jesse Maidment 1 Royal Marine Bn Royal Marine Light Infantry. Jesse was born on the 4th October 1894. He resided at The Laundry, Corfe Mullen. He had orginally joined the Army in Dorchester, but was transferred 4 days later to the Royal Marines. After arriving in France, he spent some time in hospital with a heart disorder, before being sent back to join his Battalion. He was Killed in Action on the 27th September 1918 aged 23. This was during an advance and mop up on the Hindenburg Line. The Battalion suffered 32 killed and 97 wounded during the action this day. He is buried in Hermies Hill British Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Mr. H. Maidment, of Candy's Lane, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset". He also had a Wife called Violet.

MITCHELL, H E

52587 Rfn Herbert Edward Mitchell 16 Bn Royal Irish Rifles, Formerly 41225 Pte Royal Warwick Regiment. Herbert resided in Upton and enlisted for the Great War in Worcester. He Died of Wounds on the 4th August 1918 aged 18. He is buried in Bleue-Maison Military Cemetery, Eperlecques. The CWGC lists "Son of James and Harriett Mitchell, of Pentre Cottage, Upton, Poole, Dorset".

PARMITER, A

35734 Pte Aubrey Parmiter 2 Bn Wiltshire Regiment. Aubrey was born in Corfe Mullen and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. He was Killed in Action aged 19 on the 4th November 1918, a week before the end of the war. This was during a successful attack North of Jenlain and in the village of Eth. He is buried in Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-Au-Bois. The CWGC lists "Son of Arthur and Typhena Parmiter, of Bere Heath, Wareham, Dorset. Born at Corfe Mullen, Wimborne".

PYPER, J W A

828 L/Cpl John William Pyper 2 Wessex Field Coy Royal Engineers. John was born in Ceylon and enlisted for the Great War in Western Super Mare. John Died of Wounds and was buried in Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension. Also remembered on Broadstone War Memorial.

ROTHWELL, J

16286 Pte Joseph Rothwell 6 Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers. Joseph was born in Preston, Lancashire and resided in Glasgow. He also enlisted for the Great War in Glasgow. He was Killed in Action on the 8th July 1916 and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. The CWGC lists "Husband of Lily Louisa Rothwell, of The Shanty, Warsash, Southampton". The connection to Corfe Mullen is that Lily, the wife, was buried in Corfe Mullen Cemetery when she died aged 85 in Warsash 1958.

SHEPHERD, W J

G/1073 L/Cpl William John Sheppard 7 Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. William was born in Wimborne and enlisted for the Great War in Chichester. He was Killed in Action on the 4th March 1916. He is now commemorated on the Loos Memorial to the missing.

SMITH, E J

334042 Gnr Edward John Smith 123 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Edward was born in Wimborne and enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Edward was Killed in Action on the 3rd December 1917. He is buried in Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux. The CWGC lists "Husband of Mrs. V. L. Smith, of Spring Cottage, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset".

SPECK, G H

230627 Pte George Henry Speck B Squadron 1/1 Dorset Yeomanry. George resided in Wimborne and enlisted for the Great War in Sherborne. He Died aged 23 on the 20th October 1918. He is buried in Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Henry and Ellen Speck, of Candys Lane, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset; husband of Florence May Speck, of 71, St Mary's Rd., Watford".

STEVENS, A G

M2/102681 Pte Arthur George Stevens Royal Army Service Corps Attached B Corps Signal Coy Royal Engineers. Arthur Died aged 27 on the 14th February 1919. He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of W. Stevens, of Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset; husband of Diana Stevens, of 20, Norwood Grove, Beverley, Yorks".

SUMPTION, S

299 Corporal Samuel Sumption Dorset Yeomanry

299 Cpl Samuel Sumption C Squadron 1/1 Dorset Yeomanry. Samuel was a pre war territorial soldier serving with the Dorset Yeomanry. He was also the Scout Master of the Wimborne Boy Scouts. He was born in Boscombe and enlisted in Wimborne. Samuel Died of Wounds received at Gallipoli on board the Hospital Ship Arcadian aged 28. He is now commemoration on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Fred and the late Jane Sumption; husband of Mabel Alice Keeler Sumption, of 343, Marlboro Road, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. Was Scout Master of the Wimborne Boy Scouts (Wimborne, Dorset, England) and organized the first troop of Boy Scouts in Egypt (at Cairo) for which he received commendation from Sir Robert Baden-Powell". As well as leaving a widow, Samuel also left one child. His parents are both buried in Corfe Mullen Cemetery, Jane in 1922 and Fred in 1932. His brother Henry is also on the Corfe Mullen War Memorial (see next entry) and they also had 1 sister. Also commemorated on the Wimborne War Memorial.

SUMPTION, H G

2 Lieut Henry George Sumption Hampshire Regiment

2 Lieut Henry George Sumption Hampshire Carabiniers Attd 15 Bn Hampshire Regiment, Formerly 1002 and 230348 Pte 1/1 Dorset Yeomanry. Henry was born on the 23rd August 1893 at 23 West Cliff Grove, Bournemouth. He resided with his family at The Square, Wimborne, where his father ran a confectioners. Henry was a Watch Maker and Jeweller by trade. He enlisted into the Dorset Yeomanry, (with whom his brother Samuel was already serving) at Sherborne on the 10th September 1914. He was wounded at Gallipoli on the 21st / 22nd August 1915, the same time as Samuel, who unfortunately sucummed to these wounds. Henry was again wounded at the Charge of Agagia 26th February 1916 with a severe gun shot wound to the left shoulder. Not long after this, he became dangerously ill with Pneumonia. After recovering he commissioned into the Hampshire Yeomanry on the 25th April 1917. (The Hamphire Yeomanry amalgamated with the Hampshire Regiment in September 1917 to become 15th Bn Hampshire Regiment). He Died of Wounds on the 15th Ocotber 1918 at No. 10 Casualty Clearing Station after being wounded the previous day. He was 25 years old. The Battalion suffered 4 other officers wounded on the same day. He is now buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Fred and Jane Sumption, of Waterloo Cottage, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset". His brother Samuel is also on the Corfe Mullen War Memorial (see entry above). Also commemorated on the Wimborne War Memorial.

TALBOT, F

9899 Pte Frederick James Talbot 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born at Troop, Wiltshire. He resided at Christchurch and was a Groom / Transport Driver. He enlisted in Poole on the 17th August 1914. He served with the 5th Battalion until October 1917 when he was sent back to the UK to Hosptial in Canterbury. He then moved to other hospitals in Chatham and Sutton Coldfield. This was due to being wounded in the arm. In March 1918 he was sent back to France to join the 6th Battalion. On the 25th May 1918 Frederick was wounded again by Gas. However this time, unusual circumstances surrounded the injury. Frederick supplied the following statement: "Yesterday I was digging trenches and during the morning I asked a man next to me if he had waterin his bottle, he gave me the bottle and I had a drink and about 15 minutes I began to feel a burning pain in my mouth, throat and stomach. I had no idea it was shell hole water he had in his bottle". Frederick was found to be to blame for this self-inflicted injury. On the 24th August 1918 Frederick was Killed in Action. He is now buried in Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval. He next of Kin was his father Harry, who resided at Maida Vale, Abbot Road, Winton, Bournemouth.

WHITE, G

G/21759 Pte George Christopher White 7 Bn Royal West Surrey Regiment, Formerly 17959 Pte Dorset Regiment. George was born in Corfe Mullen and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. He was Killed in Action on the 26th October 1916. He is now comemmorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. He left behind a widow, Florence.