Dorset In The Great War 1914 - 1918

Ferndown

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T F ADAMSON

2 Lieut Travers Farrant Adamson 9 Bn Devon Regiment. Travers was born in London and resided at Corleone, Longham. Travers was Killed in Action aged 20 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 Devonshire Cemetery, Mametz. The CWGC lists “Son of Travers Patrick Muirhead Adamson and Ethel Adamson, of Corleone, Longham, Wimborne”. His father had been an artist.

F H BARBER

18930 Pte Frederick Henry Barber 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born in Wimborne and resided in Ferndown. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Frederick was Killed in Action on the 1st September 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial. His next of kin was his mother Emily.

G F BARRETT

E C BARTLETT

3/7345 Pte Charles Bartlett 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Charles was born in Ferndown and resided in Wimborne. He was a Special Reservist who had enlisted at Poole in August 1914. He had previously been a Labourer. In February 1915 he received a gunshot wound to the head and returned to hospital in the UK. He was wounded again this time with shrapnel in the back on the first day of the Battle of the Somme 1st July 1916. In September 1916 whilst back in the UK, he was caught overstaying his pass by 22 hours and 30 minutes. In May 1918 he also spent a week attached to the 32nd Division Signallers. Charles was Killed in Action on the 29th September 1918. He was originally buried in Ste. Helene British Cemetery, Pontruet. His remains were exhumed in 1920 and re-buried in Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery. His next of kin was his Aunt Mrs Phoebe Hart who resided at Rose Cottage, Ferndown. His personal effects were returned to her and consisted of: 1 ID disc, photos, cigarette case, watch with strap and a notebook.

E G BARTLETT

9546 Pte Bertie Ernest George Bartlett 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Bertie was born in Kinson and resided at Stapehill. He was a pre war regular soldier who enlisted at Dorchester. Bertie was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) on the 22nd October 1914 aged 18. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Mrs. Lily Ellen King, of Black Cottage, Stape Hill. Wimborne Dorset”.

G H BECKETT

201849 (4314) Pte George Herbert Beckett 1/4 Bn Hampshire Regiment. George was born in Sutton, Surrey and resided in Ferndown. George was Killed in Action in Mesopotamia on the 24th February 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. His next of kin was his father George Beckett.

E J BRADFORD

10657 Pte Edward James Bradford 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Edward was born in Little Canford. He enlisted for the Great War at Canford in August 1914. He had formerly been a Gardener. Edward was Killed in Action at Gallipoli on the 7th August 1915 aged 20. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of William Bradford, of Staplehill Farm, Wimborne, Dorset”. His brother is also commemorated on the Ferndown War Memorial, see next entry.

H J BRADFORD

152231 Gnr Herbert James Bradford 250 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Herbert was born in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne too. Herbert was Killed in Action on the 7th March 1918. He is buried in Aeroplane Cemetery. His next of kin was his father William. His brother is also commemorated on the Ferndown War Memorial, see previous entry.

G S BRITTEN

60302 Pte Gilbert Sidney Britten 15 Bn Cheshire Regiment, Formerly 162940 Royal Field Artillery. Gilbert was born in Fordingbridge. He enlisted for the Great War in Fordingbridge too. Gilbert Died of Wounds at No.56 Casualty Clearing Station on the 19th April 1918 aged 22. He is buried in Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt. The CWGC lists “Son of Sidney and Bessie C. Britten, of Penryn, Leigh, Wimborne, Dorset”.

F G BROWN

14577 Pte Frederick George Brown 7 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born at Hampreston. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Frederick Died at Weymouth on the 26th February 1916 aged 18. He is buried in Weymouth Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of John and Emily Brown, of Sunny Side, Ferndown, Dorset”.

B COWARD

16917 Pte Bertie Coward 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Bertie was born and resided in Ferndown. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Bertie Died in Mesopotamia on the 10th August 1918. He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery. His brother is also commemorated on the Ferndown War Memorial, see next entry.

W COWARD

8590 Pte William Coward 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born in Hampreston and resided in Longham. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Dorchester in January 1909. He had previously been an Agricultural Labourer and served with the 3rd Dorsets Special Reserve. The 2nd Battalion were sent to Mesopotamia as part of the Indian Expeditionary Force "D" in November 1914, with William along with them. In July 1915 he was taken to hospital suffering from Malaria, but was soon back with the Battalion. 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". William Died in Turkish hands of Dysentery at Adana Hospital on the 2nd September 1916. He is buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. His next of kin was his father Albert John Coward who resided in Albert Road, Ferndown. His brother is also commemorated on the Ferndown War Memorial, see previous entry.

L CRAWSHAW

59120 Gnr Leslie Crawshaw C Battery 87 Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Leslie was born in Wimborne and resided at East Martin, Salisbury. He enlisted for the Great War in Devizes. Leslie Died of Wounds on the 23rd September 1915 aged 18. He is buried in Merville Communal Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of James and Rosa Crawshaw, of 5, Victoria Rd., Ferndown, Dorset”.

P DACOMBE

T2/016662 Dvr Percival Alfred Dacombe 173 Horse Transport Coy (33 Divisional Transport) Royal Army Service Corps. Percival was born in Parkstone. He enlisted for the Great War at Southampton in September 1914. He had formerly been an Engine Cleaner. Percival Died of Broncho Pneumonia at No.5 Stationary Hospital, Dieppe on the 5th March 1919 aged 22. He is buried in Janval Cemetery, Dieppe. The CWGC lists “Son of Alfred Hubert and Elizabeth Dacombe, of Victoria Rd., Ferndown, Dorset”.

B DUNFORD

3426 A/Cpl Bert Dunford 3 Bn Rifle Brigade. Bert was born and resided in Wimborne. He was a pre war regular soldier who enlisted at Bournemouth in March 1909, having previously been a Printer. He had previously served with 6 Battery Royal Field Artillery, Wessex Brigade. In November 1909 he was given 5 days confined to barracks for neglect of duty when orderly man. In April 1911 he was given 7 days confined to barracks for gambling in the R.A.T.A. In July the same year he was given a further 8 days confined to barracks for gambling in the billiard room. In September 1913 he was given 10 more days confined to barracks for urinating in the barrack room. In January 1914 he was given 3 days confined to barracks for having a dirty jacket collar on marching order parade. The following month he received 3 more days confined to barracks for being absent from tattoo. Bert was Killed in Action on the 24th October 1914 aged 25. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of John Dunford, of Wimborne, Dorset". Also remembered on Wimborne War Memorial.

A FLIPPANT

WR/277702 Spr Alfred Sidney Flippant 10 Railway Coy Royal Engineers. Alfred was born and resided in Ferndown. Alfred Died at No.61 Casualty Clearing Station on the 1st March 1919 aged 27. He is buried in Theux Communal Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Husband of Kate Flippant, of Station Rd., West Moors, Dorset”.

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W J HALLETT

55933 Gnr Walter James Hallett 25 Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Walter was born in Corfe Mullen. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Walter was Killed in Action on the 11th September 1916 aged 22. He is buried in Englebelmer Communal Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of James and Sarah Ann Hallett, of 335, Little Canford, Wimborne, Dorset”.

H HAMES

18933 Pte Harry William Hames 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Harry was born in Hampreston and resided in Ferndown. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Harry Died of Wounds on the 21st February 1917 aged 19. He is buried in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte. The CWGC lists “Son of Edwin and Eliza Hames, of Ameys Ford Rd., Ferndown, Dorset”.

E HART

SS/104386 Sto 1 Cl Ernest Hart HMS Firedrake. Ernest was born in Wimborne on the 4th October 1886. He was a pre war Sailor in the Royal Navy having enlisted in January 1907, he had previously been a Farm Labourer. Ernest Died of Pneumonia at Haslar Naval Hospital on the 13th February 1918 aged 31. He is buried in Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery. His next of kin was his mother Mrs E Hart, who resided at Wimborne Road, Ferndown.

G HART

40886 Pte George Hart 14 Bn Worcester Regiment. George was born and resided in Longham. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. George Died of Wounds at No.13 General Hospital, Boulogne on the 7th November 1917 aged 22. He is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of John and Mary Hart, of Ringwood Rd., Longham, Wimborne”. His brother is also commemorated on the Ferndown War Memorial, see next entry.

H G HART

25812 Pte Harry George Hart 5 Bn Wiltshire Regiment. Harry was born in Longham and resided in Salisbury. He enlisted for the Great War in Salisbury too. Harry Died of Dysentery in Bombay, India on Christmas Day 1917 aged 32. He was buried in Bombay (Sewri) Cemetery but is now commemorated on the Kirkee 1914 – 1918 Memorial. The CWGC lists “Husband of Bessie Hart, of 69, Park St., Salisbury”. His brother is also commemorated on the Ferndown War Memorial, see previous entry.

F G HINTON

16914 Pte Frank George Hinton 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frank was born and resided in Ferndown. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Frank was Killed in Action on the 18th February 1917 aged 22. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. The CWGC lists “Son of George Charles and Emily Ursula Hinton, of Ferndown, Wimborne, Dorset”. His brother is also commemorated on the Ferndown War Memorial, see next entry.

H J HINTON

15332 Pte Harry James Hinton 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Harry was born in Hampreston and resided in Ferndown. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Harry Died in Mesopotamia when he drowned in the River Tigris on the 21st March 1917 aged 19. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of George Charles and Emily Ursula Hinton, of Ferndown, Wimborne, Dorset”. His brother is also commemorated on the Ferndown War Memorial, see previous entry.

E J HISCOCK

31049 Pte Edward James Hiscock 9 Bn Devon Regiment. Edward was born in Longham. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Edward was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) on the 26th October 1917 aged 29. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of John Hiscock, of Sunnyside, Longham; husband of Maggie E. Hiscock, of 306, Longham, Wimborne, Dorset”.

F W W HOPPER

266762 Pte Frederick Walter William Hopper 1/1 Bucks Bn Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry. Frederick was born in Wimbledon and resided in Ferndown. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Frederick Died of Wounds on the 1st April 1917 aged 25. He is buried in Bray Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Husband of Bessie Hopper, of "Greenwood," Albert Rd., Ferndown, Dorset”.

R D KENT

Lt Col Ralph Edward Dawson Kent 4 Bn Yorkshire Regiment, Formerly 81 Training Reserve Bn. Ralph resided at Oake Dene, Ferndown. Ralph was Killed in Action on the 27th May 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial. The CWGC lists “Husband of Alice Dawson-Kent, of Oak Dene, Ferndown, 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 the Ferndown War Memorial, see the next two entries. Also remembered on Colehill War Memorial.

J 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 two brothers are also commemorated on the Ferndown War Memorial, see the previous and next entry. Also remembered on Colehill War Memorial.

L KING

14576 Pte Lawrence King 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Lawrence was born at Hampreston 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 are also commemorated on the Ferndown War Memorial, see the previous two entries. Also remembered on Colehill War Memorial.

P LAWES

9394 Pte Philip Laws 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Philip was born in Hammersmith and resided in Ferndown. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Dorchester in June 1912. He had previously been a Nurseryman and served with the 3rd Dorsets Special Reserve. In July 1913 he was confined to barracks for 7 days for having dirty equipment and not providing himself with clean and serviceable clothing after being ordered to do so. He was given a further 7 days confined to camp in August of the same year for not closing up when ordered to do so. This wasn’t the end of his punishments, and in January 1914 he was confined to barracks for 14 days after falling out without permission and obtaining water from a well, contrary to orders. Not long after arrival in Mesopotamia in November 1914, he was severely wounded by gunshot wounds to the left arm. Philip Died of Disease at a Field Ambulance in Omayah, Mesopotamia on the 12th September 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial.

V LONGMAN

266760 Pte Victor Harry George Longman 2/1 Bucks Bn Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry. Victor was born and resided in Ferndown. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Victor was Killed in Action on the 1st April 1918 aged 29. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Mr. and Mrs. Longman, of Laurel Cottage, Ferndown, Wimborne, Dorset”.

E LUSH

10668 Pte Thomas Eugene Lush 2 Bn Hampshire Regiment. Thomas was born in Wareham and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Southampton and was more commonly known by his middle name Eugene. Thomas Died of Wounds on the 10th August 1916 aged 24. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Silas Henry Herbert and Augusta Lush, of 74, Brassey Rd., Winton, Bournemouth. Born Wareham, Dorset”. His brother is also commemorated on the Ferndown War Memorial, see next entry.

H LUSH

6858 Pte Herbert Lush 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Herbert was born in Wareham and resided in Winton. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Poole in June 1903. He had previously been a Baker. In June 1906 he left the army and was transferred to the reserve. He married Annie Elizabeth Froud in January 1909 at Wimborne. They had a son, William Herbert Lush who was born in May 1914. In August 1914 he was recalled to the colours when war was declared. Herbert received a gunshot wound to the abdomen in action and died shortly afterwards at No.9 Field Ambulance on the 9th September 1914 aged 30. He is buried in Montreuil-Aux-Lions British Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of the late Silas Henry and Augustas Lush; husband of Annie Elizabeth Lush, of 8, Elmes Rd., Moordown, Winton, Bournemouth”. His brother is also commemorated on the Ferndown War Memorial, see previous entry.

L F MANSTON

823190 Pte Leonard Frederick Manston 8 Bn Canadian Infantry. Leonard was born on the 29th June 1896 in Alderholt. He emigrated to Canada and resided at 953 Hackett Street, London, Ontario. His next of kin was given as his father Henry who resided at Sandy Lane, Ferndown. He enlisted for the Great War in December 1915 at London, Ontario having previously been a Stove Mounter. In August 1917 he was wounded in the right elbow by a gunshot. Leonard was Killed in Action on the 2nd September 1918 aged 22. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Manston, of 4, Kinson Grove, Kinson, Dorset, England”.

E R MAUNSELL

Capt Edwin Richard Lloyd Maunsell 1 Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Edwin was born at Bothwell and resided at Ballywilliam, Dudsbury Ave, Longham. He was a pre war regular army officer. Edwin was Killed in Action aged 25 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 Auchonvillers Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Maj. John Drought Maunsell and Euphemia Sullivan Maunsell (nee Bush), of Taunton, Somerset”.

H C MIDDLETON

108127 Gnr Herbert Charles Middleton C Battery 51 Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Herbert was born in Yeovil. He enlisted for the Great War in Yeovil too. Herbert Died of Wounds on the 19th March 1917 aged 24. He is buried in Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras. The CWGC lists “Son of William and Mary Anne Middleton, of Ringwood Rd., Ferndown, Dorset”.

N D PRINGLE

T/Capt Norman Douglas Pringle 6 Bn East Yorkshire Regiment. Norman was born in Newcastle, Glamorgan and resided at Hawtree, Ferndown. Norman was Killed in Action at Gallipoli between the 7th - 11th August 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

H J ROBERTS

A E SANDERS

Capt Arthur Edward Sanders 2 Bn York & Lancs Regiment. Arthur resided at Drayton, Ferndown and had attended Sherborne School. Arthur Died of Wounds on the 19th May 1916 aged 25. He is buried in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of William Rutherford Bogle Sanders and Amy Sanders, of "Hillcrest," Ferndown, Dorset”.

E L J SHEARING

306239 L/Cpl Ernest Lewis John Shearing 2/7 Bn Hampshire Regiment. Ernest was born in Hampreston and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Bournemouth. Ernest Died on the 8th December 1917. He is buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. His next of kin was his father Arthur George Shearing.

G SHEARING

26522 Pte George Shearing 98 Coy Machine Gun Corps, Formerly 22487 Pte Wiltshire Regiment. George was born in Ringwood and resided in Victoria Road, Ferndown. He enlisted for the Great War in Devizes. George Died of Nephritis on the 16th February 1917. He is buried in Bray Military Cemetery.

F W SHEPHARD

17705 Pte Frederick William Shepherd 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born in Lyme Regis and resided in Longham. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Frederick was Killed in Action on the 11th May 1917 aged 28. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. The CWGC lists “Husband of Cicely M. Shephard, of The Laurels, Canford Bottom, Wimborne, Dorset”. Also commemorated on Wimborne War Memorial.

W H SQUIRE

366923 Pnr William Henry Noel Squire Tyne Electrical Engineers Royal Engineers. William was born in Chard and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. William Died in Hospital at Cosham on the 30th October 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Hampreston (All Saints) Churchyard. The CWGC lists “Son of Mr. T. W. Squire, of Park View, Longham, Wimborne”.

C A SUTHERLAND

3/7694 A/Cpl Colin Allister Sutherland 1 Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Colin was born in Wimbledon and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War at Woolwich in September 1914 declaring his age as 19 years and 38 days. He proceeded to the Western Front in April 1915. Colin was Killed in Action on the 9th May 1915 aged 17. 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 Colin Sutherland, M.A., and Daisy Gwendlyn Bloomfield Sutherland, of "Green Brae," Colehill, Wimborne, Dorset. Left school to join up in 1914”.

J VATCHER

54022 Rfn James Vatcher 2 Bn King’s Royal Rifle Corps, Formerly 4766 Pte Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry. James was born and resided in Hampreston. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. James was Killed in Action on the 25th September 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial. His next of kin was his mother Jane M Vatcher.

W J VINCENT

2 Lieut William Jefferson Vincent 1 Bn Attached 5 Bn Dorset Regiment, Formerly TR7/6727 Pte 93 Training Reserve Bn. William resided at Avenue Road, West Moors. He was commissioned in March 1918. William was Killed in Action on the 1st October 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Sucrerie Cemetery, Epinoy. The CWGC lists "Son of Hector and Blanche Vincent, of West Moors, Wimborne, Dorset". Also commemorated on West Moors War Memorial.

A WESTON

299761 PO Sto Arthur Weston HMS Genista. Arthur was born on the 15th January 1884 at Stourbridge. He was a pre war sailor in the Royal Navy having enlisted in January 1902. Previous to this he had worked as a Porter for the Great Western Railway at Stourbridge Gardens. Arthur was Killed in Action on the 23rd October 1916 aged 31 when HMS Genista was torpedoed and sunk by German U-Boat U-57 off the West coast of Ireland. His body was not recovered for burial. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists “Husband of Rose Ellen Dominey (formerly Weston), of Wimborne Rd., Ferndown, Dorset”.