Dorset In The Great War 1914 - 1918

Lytchett Matravers

IN

GRATEFUL MEMORY

OF THOSE FROM LYTCHETT MATRAVERS

WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES

IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY

THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

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REGINALD BEST

Reginald Elton Richard Best Merchant Navy. Reginald was born on the 31st July 1887 in Corfe Mullen. In 1911 he was recorded as a straw hat maker living in Luton. Before this he had lived with his parents Tom and Emily and sister Ida at Wareham Road, Lytchett Matravers. He died at the Seamen's Hospital in Greenwich and was buried on the 12th December 1919.

RALPH BLANEY

37248 Cpl Ralph Thomas Blaney B Coy 2 Bn South Lancashire Regiment. Ralph was born in Lytchett Matravers and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Ralph Died whilst a prisoner of war at Freiburg on the 21st August 1918 aged 30. He is now buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel. The CWGC lists "Son of George and Lydia Blaney, of Lytchett Matravers, Dorset; husband of Ada Florence Hales (formerly Blaney), of Shapwick, Blandford, Dorset".

ARTHUR BOURNE

J/28920 Ord Sea Richard Arthur Bourne HMS Black Prince. Richard was born on the 22nd November 1897 in Bournemouth. He was a pre war Sailor having joined the Royal Navy as a Boy in December 1913. Richard was Killed in Action at the Battle of Jutland on the 31st May 1916 aged 18. HMS Black Prince was sunk with the loss of the entire crew. His body was not recovered for burial. He is now commorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Richard and Mary Louisa Bourne, of The Kennel, Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset".

STEPHEN BURBIDGE

106752 Shipwright 1 Cl Stephen Edwin Burbidge HMS Bayano. Stephen was born on the 7th June 1862 at Lytchett Matravers. He resided at 2 Harbour View, Lytchett Matravers. Stephen was Killed in Action on the 11th March 1915 aged 55. His body was not recovered for burial. HMS Bayano was sunk by a U-Boat off Corsewall Point, Scotland whilst most of the crew slept. He is now commorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Benjamin and Julia Ann Burbidge, of Lytchett Matravers;; husband of Jane Burbidge, of Wareham Rd., Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset".

EDWARD CARRE

Lieut Edward Mervyn Carre 15 Sqn Royal Flying Corps and 8 Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, Formerly 2829 Pte 28 Bn London Regiment. He was born in Weymouth and educated at Christ's Hospital from 1903 to 1910. He studied at Leeds university and gained an Honours Degree in Classics. Edward was Killed in Action on the 16th October 1916 aged 22. The aircraft he was flying was shot down by German Ace Oswald Boelcke. He is buried in Hebuterne Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Florence Carre, of 8, Rodney Place, Clifton, Bristol, and the late Rev. Arthur A. Carre (Rector of Smarden, Kent)". His two brothers also appear on the Lytchett Matravers War Memorial. See the next two entries.

GILBERT CARRE

Lieut Gilbert Trenchard Carre 9 Bn Attached B Coy 6 Bn Royal West Kent Regiment, Formerly B/349 A/Cpl Rifle Brigade. Gilbert was born in Weymouth and resided at The Rectory, Smarden. Gilbert was Killed in Action on the 20th November 1917 aged 24. He is now buried in Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich. The CWGC lists "Son of the Rev. and Mrs. A. A. Carre. Born at Weymouth". For more information on Gilbert please see here. His two brothers also appear on the Lytchett Matravers War Memorial. See the above and below entries.

MAURICE CARRE

1113 Pte Maurice Tennant Carre D Coy 1 Bn Australian Infantry. Maurice was born in Brighton. He enlisted for the Great War in October 1914 at Sydney. He had previously been a Motor Mechanic and had previously served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves. Maurice was Killed in Action at Gallipoli on the 2nd September 1915. He is buried in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of the Rev. Arthur A. and Florence Carre, of 11, Grosvenor Rd., East Grinstead, Sussex, England. Native of Ryde, Isle of Wight".

ALBERT CHESHAM

9316 Pte Albert Chesham 1 Bn Norfolk Regiment. Albert was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in London. Albert was Killed in Action on the 27th July 1916. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. His brother also appears on the Lytchett Matravers War Memorial. See the next entry.

BERTRAM CHESHAM

29597 L/Cpl Bertie Chesham D Coy 2 Bn Wiltshire Regiment, Formerly 10881 Pte Dorset Regiment. Bertie was born in Winterborne and resided in Pewsey, Wiltshire. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Bertie was Killed in Action on the 9th April 1917 aged 20. He is now buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux. The CWGC lists "Son of George and Mary Annie Chesham, of "The Woodlands," Lambourn, Berks". His brother also appears on the Lytchett Matravers War Memorial. See the above entry.

BERNARD CHILCOTT

137017 Gnr Bernard Chilcott 250 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Bernard was born at Tyneham and resided at Lutton Farm, Steeple. He enlisted for the Great War in Sherborne. Bernard was Killed in Action on the 28th December 1917. He is buried in Aeroplane Cemetery.

HENRY COOPER

PLY/4531 Pte Henry Cooper HMS Goliath Royal Marine Light Infantry. Henry was born on the 7th March 1870 in Redgewell, Essex. He had been a pre war marine, having enlisted in June 1888. He resided at Blandford Cottages, Lytchett Matravers. Henry was Killed in Action on the 13th May 1915 aged 45. HMS Goliath was sunk by torpedoes whilst anchored off Cape Helles, Gallipoli. His body was not recovered for burial. He is now commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of William and Elizabeth Cooper, of Halstead, Essex; husband of Phoebe Cooper, of Loscombe, Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset". His son is also listed on the Lytchett Matravers War Memorial. See Wilfred Cooper.

TOM COOPER

10896 Pte Edward (Ernest) Thomas Cooper 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Edward was born in 1892 at Lytchett Minster and resided at Flowers Drove, Lytchett Matravers. He enlisted for the Great War in September 1914 at Poole and had previously been a Horseman in a Brickyard. He first served with the 6th Dorsets before being transferred to the 2nd Battalion. Ernest was Killed in Action whilst besieged in Kut on the 22nd April 1916 aged 24. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Basra Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Samuel and Agnes Ann Cooper, of Flowers Drive, Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset".

WILFRED COOPER

20571 Pte Wilfred George Henry Cooper 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Wilfred was born and resided in Lytchett Matravers. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Wilfred Died on the 8th June 1918 aged 18 at Beaulencourt. He is now buried in Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy. The CWGC lists "Son of Henry and Phoebe Cooper, of Luscombe, Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset". His father is also listed on the Lytchett Matravers War Memorial. See Henry Cooper.

FRANK COX

31834 Pte Harold Frank Cox 1 Bn Devon Regiment. Harold was born on the 22nd November 1898 in Lytchett Matravers. He resided in Lytchett Matravers and was educated at the Council School in the village. He enlisted for the Great War in February 1917 at Poole and was previously a Bricklayer's Labourer. Harold was Killed in Action on the 21st August 1918 aged 19. He is now buried in Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy. The CWGC lists "Son of James and Matilda Jane Cox, of Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset".

HARRY CROOK

S/20632 QMS Henry Crook 3 Field Butchery Army Service Corps. He was a pre war regular soldier, serving with the 1st Cavalry Division at the outbreak of war. Harry Died on the 18th February 1919 aged 36. He is buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Harve. The CWGC lists "Husband of Isabella Crook, of Wimborne Rd., Lytchett Matravers, nr. Poole, Dorset".

PERCY FANCY

10646 Pte Percy Fancey 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Percy was born in Lytchett Matravers. He enlisted for the Great War in September 1914 at Dorchester. He had previously been a Labourer. Percy was Killed in Action (Missing, Presumed Dead) at Gallipoli on the 10th August 1915 aged 31. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of the late Samuel Fancey and of the late Emma Cobb, of Wimborne Rd., Lytchett Matravers, Poole".

CHARLES FARQUHARSON

3/8839 Pte Charles John Farquharson 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Charles was born in Peckham Rye, Surrey and resided at Lytchett Matravers. He was a Special Reservist and enlisted in Poole. Charles Died of Wounds on the 14th June 1917. He is buried at Torreken Farm Cemetery No.1. His brother also appears on the Lytchett Matravers War Memorial. See the next entry.

FINLAYMORE FARQUHARSON

8379 L/Cpl Finlay Farquharson 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Finlay was born and resided in Lytchett Matravers. He was a pre war regular soldier who had enlisted in September 1907 at Poole. He was previously an Agricultural Labourer. In November 1909, he was convicted by the civil power of breaking a gate belonging to William Hart and another belonging to another man both in Lytchett Matravers. He was again convicted in April 1912, this time by the military authorities and sentenced to 168 hours detention. He was caught cycling on Farnborough Road incorrectly dressed and stopped by the Military Mounted Police. It was then noticed that he did not have a light on his bike. Finlay then tried to lie to the Military Policeman before striking him. Once detained by the Military Police, he broke away. He was also punished on numerous other occasions for various incidents. Finlay was Killed in Action on the 5th May 1915. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres to the missing. His brother also appears on the Lytchett Matravers War Memorial. See the above entry.

ALFRED HABGOOD

28306 Pte Alfred Ernest Habgood 1 Bn Hampshire Regiment. Alfred was born in Pamphill and resided in Poole. He enlisted for the Great War in Bournemouth. In 1911 he was living with his parents Samuel and Mary and two brothers in Lytchett Matravers. Alfred was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) on the 28th March 1918. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

WALTER HANNAM

45063 L/Cpl Walter Charles Hannam 1 Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Walter was born in Lytchett Matravers. He Died of Wounds on the 8th November 1918. He is buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille.

ROGER HEATH

2 Lieut Roger Meyrick Heath 6 Bn Somerset Light Infantry, Formerly Cpl Royal Fusiliers. Roger was born at Clifton and resided at Mortimer House, Clifton. He attended Oxford University where he gained an Honours Degree in Archaeology and the British School at Athens between 1913 - 1914. It would also appear that he was a published poet. He won the Newdigate Prize with his poen Achilles. Roger was wounded in the hand in a accident whilst acting as a bombing instructor. Roger was Killed in Action only a few hours after reaching the frontline on the 15th September 1916 aged 27. He was killed instantly by a shell. He was orginally buried near Delville Wood, but now has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. The CWGC lists "Son of Meyrick William and Katharine Rose Heath, of Mortimer House, Clifton, Bristol". He was described as "a scholar of rare promise, and a true inheritor of unfulfilled renown" by the British School at Athens.

HORACE MARTIN

3/7958 Pte Horace Martin 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Horace was born in Newton Regis. He was a Special Reservist, having enlisted in Poole. Horace Died of Wounds on the 28th May 1915. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres to the missing. He left a Widow Lilian.

HUBERT MARTIN

29286 Pte Hubert George Martin 2 Bn Hampshire Regiment. As a 16 year old boy, he had worked as a servant at the Rectory in Lytchett Matravers. Hubert Died on the 18th March 1919 aged 24. He is buried in Lytchett Matravers (St. Mary) Churchyard. The CWGC lists "Son of John and Francis Martin".

ALBERT OSMOND

PLY/1605(S) Pte Albert George Taylor Osmond 1 Bn Royal Marine Light Infantry. Albert was born on the 16th September 1897 and enlisted for the Great War in September 1916 aged 18. Prior to this, he had been a Woodman's Assistant. He served as a Signaller with both the 1st and 2nd Royal Marine Battalions. Albert was Killed in Action on the 28th September 1918 aged 21. He is buried in Sucrerie British Cemetery, Graincourt-Les-Havrincourt. The CWGC lists "Son of John and Alice J. Osmond, of Wimborne Rd., Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset".

EDGAR OSMOND

94128 Pte Edgar John Osmond 1 Bn Liverpool Regiment, Formerly S4/110391 Army Service Corps. Edgar was born and resided in Lytchett Matravers. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Edgar Died on the 27th September 1918. He is buried in Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery, Beaumetz-Les-Cambrai. His parents were George and Louisa, and they resided on Wimborne Road, Lytchett Matravers.

WILLIAM PEACH

PLY/1460(S) Pte William Frank Peach 2 Bn Royal Marine Light Infantry. William was born on the 11th March 1895 at Lytchett Matravers. He enlisted for the Great War in March 1916 aged 20. He joined the 2nd Battalion at the front in December 1916. William was Killed in Action (Missing, Presumed Dead) on the 28th April 1917 aged 22. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. Kate Peach, of Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset".

WALTER PHILLIPS

16770 Pte Walter Phillips 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Walter was born and resided in Lytchett Matravers. He enlisted for the Great War in Wareham. Walter Died of Wounds on the 1st October 1918. He is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. J Phillips, of Parish Well Rd., Lytchett Matravers, Poole".

ARTHUR PLUMMER

40272 Pte Arthur John Plummer 8 Bn Somerset Light Infantry. Arthur was born in Winterbourne and resided in Sturminster Marshall. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Arthur was Killed in Action on the 24th August 1918 aged 19. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Sidney and Charlotte Plummer, of Coombe Cottage, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne, Dorset". Also remembered on Sturminster Marshall War Memorial.

WESLEY WELLMAN

10648 Pte Wesley Wellman 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Wesley was born in Morden and resided at Churchill Road, Upper Parkstone. He had been a General Labourer before he enlisted for the Great War in September 1914. Wesley was wounded at Gallipoli and sent to hospital in Birmingham suffering from this slight wound, meningitis and rheumatism. He was discharged from the army due to wounds on the 9th May 1919. Wesley Died on the 17th February 1920 aged 38. He was buried on the 21st February at Lytchett Matravers (St. Mary) Churchyard. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. Ann Wellman, of Wimborne Rd., Lytchett Matravers, Dorset".

ALBERT WARREN

33305 Pte Albert Edward Warren 1 Bn Royal Berkshire Regiment, Formerly 26396 Pte Hampshire Regiment. Albert was born in Tincleton. He enlisted for the Great War in Ringwood. Albert Died on the 29th April 1917 aged 33. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Herbert and Rosina Warren, of Spy Farm, Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset; husband of Lily Elizabeth Warren, of Parsonage Barn Lane, Ringwood, Hants".

CECIL YOUNG

15704 Pte Cecil Frederick Young 1 Bn Dorsetshire Regiment. Cecil was born and resided in Lytchett Matravers. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Cecil 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. Cecil was just 22. He is buried in Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuille Wood. The CWGC lists "Son of Mr. J. M. Young, of Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset".