Dorset In The Great War 1914 - 1918

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PRIVATE ALFRED WILLIAM NEISH – 5th BATTALION WILTSHIRE REGIMENT

Reported missing August 10th 1915. at Chunuk Bair. Gallipoli. Aged 21.

9764 Pte Alfred William Neish 5 Bn Wiltshire Regiment. Alfred was born in West Kirby and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in London. Alfred was Killed in Action at Gallipoli on the 10th August 1915 aged 21. He is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of William and Jane Neish, of Elim, Pilford Heath, Wimborne, Dorset”. His sister also appears on the Iwerne Minster War Memorial, see Annie Neish.

PRIVATE REGINALD ELI JAMES CLARK – 5TH BATTALION DORSET REGIMENT

Reported missing August 21st 1915. at Suvla Bay. Gallipoli. Aged 26.

9859 Pte Reginald Clark D Coy 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Reginald was born in Iwerne Minster. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Reginald was Killed in Action at Gallipoli on the 21st August 1915 aged 26. He is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of James and Sarah Clark, of Tower Hill, Iwerne Minster, Blandford”.

CAPTAIN HAROLD BROWNE – 1/1st QUEEN’S OWN DORSET YEOMANRY

Killed by a shell. September 7th 1915. whilst discharging his duties as Military Landing Officer on “A” Beach. Suvla Bay. Gallipoli. Aged 30.

Capt Harold Vernon Brown 1/1 Dorset Yeomanry. Harold was born on the 25th August 1885 at Buckland Park, South Australia. He had been educated at Hazlewood, Limpsfield and Wellington College. He resided at Preston House, Iwerne Minster. Being a keen sportsman, he played Cricket for Dorset County. He married Doris Tillard in June 1908 at Eton Square and they had three children together. In 1908 he also commissioned into the Dorset Yeomanry. He was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant in October 1913 and then Captain in July 1915. Harold was sent to Egypt for special service in July 1915 and became Military Landing Officer at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli throughout the August 1915 landings. Harold was Killed in Action by a shell on Suvla Beach on the 7th September 1915 aged 30. He is buried at Hill 10 Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Leonard and Helen Browne, of Hoburne, Hants; husband of Doris Carlisle (formerly Browne), of The Cottage, Dyrham, Chippenham”. Harold’s Commanding Officer wrote of him “I, like all who came in contact with him, had learnt to be very fond of and admire him. He was a splendid man and a brave soldier, who did not seem to know such a thing as fear or danger, and he met his death, I think and trust, a painless one, when nobly doing his duty, and actually giving an order in connection with it. He was a true and good soldier and died a soldier’s death.”

SAPPER ROBERT ASHBY – ROYAL ENGINEERS

Died from the effects of German Gas poisoning. December 21st 1915. at Becourt. Somme. France. Aged 36.

102813 Spr Robert Ashby 178 Tunnelling Coy Royal Engineers. Robert resided in Ellestown, Leicestershire. He enlisted for the Great War in London. Robert was Killed in Action on the 21st December 1915 aged 36. He is buried in Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt. The CWGC lists “Son of Mrs. K. Ashby, of Iwerne Minster, Blandford, Dorset; husband of Mrs. M. J. Ashby, of Battram Rd., Ellistown, Leicester”.

PRIVATE WILLIAM HENRY FISHER – 5th BATTALION WILTSHIRE REGIMENT

Died from fever in Mesopotamia. August 9th 1916. Aged 22.

9318 Pte William Henry Fisher 5 Bn Wiltshire Regiment. William was born in Iwerne Minster and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Devizes. William Died of Disease in Mesopotamia on the 9th August 1916 aged 22. He is buried in Amara War Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Henry and Sarah Fisher, of Iwerne Minster, Blandford, Dorset”.

STOKER II CLASS MAURICE HARRY GREEN R.N. H.M.S. DIADEM

Died from pneumonia. January 16th 1917. in the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar. Aged 19.

K/37726 Sto 2 Cl Maurice Harry Green HMS Diadem. Maurice was born on the 2nd October 1897 at Iwerne Minster. He had been a Blacksmith’s Mate before joining the Royal Navy in November 1916. Maurice Died of Measles and Pneumonia at the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar on the 16th January 1917 aged 19. He is buried at Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Harry and Sarah Mary Green, of Iwerne Minster, Blandford, Dorset”. His parents resided at Church Street, Iwerne Minster.

PRIVATE FREDERICK JAMES ROBERTS – 20th CANADIAN BATTALION

Killed August 17th 1917. near Lens. France. Aged 26.

679171 Pte Frederick James Roberts 20 Bn Canadian Infantry. Frederick was born on the 28th February 1891 at Iwerne Minster. He later moved to Canada and resided in Toronto, having married Ada Ethel. He enlisted for the Great War in January 1916 at Toronto, having previously worked as a Tea Master. Frederick was Killed in Action on the 18th August 1917 aged 26. He is buried at Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension. The CWGC lists “Son of M. E. Roberts, of Iwerne Minster, Blandford, Dorset; husband of Ada E. Copestick (formerly Roberts), of 374, Westmoreland Avenue, Toronto”. Ada re-married in March 1919.

PRIVATE FRANK CRABB – 6th BATTALION DORSET REGIMENT

Killed in action November 19th 1917. at Langemarke. Belgium. Aged 22.

16349 Pte Frank Crabb 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frank was born in Corscombe. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Frank was Killed in Action on the 19th November 1917 aged 22. His remains were recovered in 1919. He is now buried at Cement House Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of George and Ellen Crabb, of Iwerne Minster, Blandford”.

PRIVATE GEORGE STOCKLEY – 2/4th DORSET REGIMENT

Wounded in Palestine 9th April 1918. Died at Massaid. Egypt. May 14th 1918. Aged 34.

202036 Pte Henry George Stockley 2/4 Bn Dorset Regiment. Henry was born and resided in Iwerne Minster. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Henry was wounded on the 9th April 1918 in Palestine and Died of these Wounds on the 14th May 1918 aged 34. He is buried in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Edwin and Caroline Stockley; husband of Emma Froud Stockley, of Iwerne Minster, Blandford, Dorset”.

TROOPER SIDNEY CHARLES WAREHAM – 1/1st QUEEN’S OWN DORSET YEOMANRY

Died in Palestine on June 9th 1918. from wounds. Aged 40.

230234 Pte Sidney Charles Wareham 1/1 Dorset Yeomanry. Sidney was born and resided in Iwerne Minster. He enlisted for the Great War in Sherborne. Sidney Died of Wounds on the 9th June 1918 aged 40. He is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of William and Charlotte Wareham, of High St., Iwerne Minster, Blandford, Dorset”.

GUNNER ASKER EDGAR HUBBARD – 1086 BATTERY, 215th BRIGADE, R.F.A.

Died July 20th 1918. at Station Hospital. Landour. India. Aged 22.

860454 Gnr Asker Edgar Hubbard 1086 Battery Royal Field Artillery. Asker was born in Siderstone. He enlisted for the Great War in Weymouth. Asker Died in India on the 20th July 1918 aged 22. He is buried in Landour General Cemetery. His brother also appears on the Iwerne Minster War Memorial, see Sydney Samuel Hubbard.

CORPORAL JOHN ROBERTS – ROYAL MUNSTER FUSILIERS

Died October 20th 1918. in Italy from pneumonia. Aged 24.

G/1584 Cpl John Roberts 1 Garrison Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers, formerly 11930 Wiltshire Regiment. John was born and resided in Iwerne Minster. He enlisted for the Great War in Trowbridge. John Died of Pneumonia in Italy on the 20th October 1918 aged 24. He is buried in Cremona Town Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Alfred and Charlotte Roberts, of Iwerne Minster, Blandford, Dorset”.

PRIVATE FRED BRIDLE – 1st BATTALION WILTSHIRE REGIMENT

Died from wounds October 24th 1918. in Inchy Hospital. France. Aged 19.

36132 Pte Frederick George Bridle 1 Bn Wiltshire Regiment. Fred resided in Blandford and enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton. Frederick Died of Wounds on the 24th October 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Inchy Communal Cemetery Extension. The CWGC lists “Son of William George and Bessie Bridle, of Iwerne Minster, Blandford, Dorset”.

SERGEANT SYDNEY SAMUEL HUBBARD – A.S.C. M.T.

Died in France from pneumonia. November 20th 1918. Aged 27.

M2/032367 Cpl Sydney Samuel Hubbard 42 Divisional MT Company. Sydney resided at Iwerne Minster. Sydney Died of Pneumonia at No.3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station on the 20th November 1918 aged 27. He is buried in Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension. His brother also appears on the Iwerne Minster War Memorial, see Asker Edgar Hubbard.

MINNIE MONRO – RED CROSS NURSE V.A.D.

Commenced duties at Military Hospital. Birmingham. September 1915. Died from Septic Poisoning. July 30th 1917. Aged 32.

Minnie Munro was born in Exbury, Hampshire and resided at Seymour Place in London. Before the war she worked as a servant in Iwerne Minster. She joined the Red Cross in a Clerical capacity on the 6th January 1916 and worked at King’s Heath Birmingham 1st South General Military Hospital. Minnie Died of Septic Poisoning on the 30th July 1917 aged 32.

ANNIE NEISH – RED CROSS NURSE V.A.D.

Commenced duties at Reading War Hospital. January 1916. Died from pneumonia. October 18th 1918. Aged 32.

Annie resided at The Gardens, Iwerne Minster. She joined the Red Cross on the 18th January 1916 and worked at the Reading War Hospital. Annie Died of Pneumonia at Reading War Hospital on the 18th October 1918. She is buried in Reading Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Daughter of William Neish, of "Elem," Pilford Heath, Wimbourne, Dorset”. Her brother also appears on the Iwerne Minster War Memorial, see Alfred William Neish.

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PRIVATE RAYMOND WILLIAM BROWN – 5th BATTALION DORSET REGIMENT

Killed September 26th 1916. at the Battle of the Somme. France. Aged 18.

14922 Pte Raymond William Brown 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Raymond was born and resided in Sutton Waldron. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton. Raymond was Killed in Action on the 26th September 1916 aged 18. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. The CWGC lists “Son of William and Love Brown, of Sutton Waldron Blandford, Dorset”.

PRIVATE HARRY FRANK TUFFIN – 5th BATTALION DORSET REGIMENT

Killed September 26th 1916. at the Battle of the Somme. France. Aged 21.

9554 Pte Harry Frank Tuffin 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Harry was born and resided in Sutton Waldron. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Harry was Killed in Action on the 26th September 1916 aged 21. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. The CWGC lists “Son of Alfred and Laura Luena Tuffin, of Sutton Walden, Blandford, Dorset”.

PRIVATE PERCY CHARLES DOMONEY – 8th BATTALION SOMERSET LIGHT INFANTRY

Killed April 11th 1917. at Arras, France. Aged 24.

20736 Pte Percy Domoney 8 Bn Somerset Light Infantry. Percy was born in Sturminster Newton. He enlisted for the Great War in Crewkerne. Percy was Killed in Action on the 11th April 1917 aged 24. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

CADET CHARLES JAMES TROWBRIDGE – INNS OF COURT O.T.C.

Died at Berkhamsted. March 26th 1918. Aged 18.

12608 Pte Charles James Trowbridge Inns of Court Officer Training Corps. Charles resided in Broadstone and enlisted for the Great War in London. He Died on the 26th March 1918 aged 18. He is buried in Poole (Broadstone) Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Charles and Caroline Sarah Trowbridge, of Northbrook House, Broadstone, Dorset". Also remembered on Broadstone War Memorial.

CADET W. G. BARTER – ATTACHED TO R.A.F.

Died at Hampstead Military Hospital. October 16th 1918. Aged 23.

Cdt William George Barter Attached Royal Air Force, Formerly 66659 Bmdr Royal Garrison Artillery. William was born in Sutton Waldron and resided in Blandford. William enlisted for the Great War in Bournemouth. William Died at Hampstead Military Hospital on the 16th October 1918 aged 23. He is buried in Sutton Waldron (St. Bartholomew) Churchyard. The CWGC lists “Son of Frederick Barter, of Throop Farm, Throop, Christchurch, Hants”.