Dorset In The Great War 1914 - 1918

Lytchett Minster

IN COMMEMORATION OF THE MEN OF

LYTCHETT MINSTER PARISH

WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES

1914 -1918 AND 1939 - 1945

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REGINALD BAGGS

J/9419 L-Sea Reginald George Rawlings Baggs HMS Ardent. Reginald was born on the 22nd May 1894 in Weymouth. He was a pre war sailor in the Royal Navy, having joined as a Boy in August 1910. Reginald was Killed in Action on the 1st June 1916 aged 22 when HMS Ardent was sunk during the Battle of Jutland. The sinking of HMS Ardent was quick and vicious, leaving the ship and crew with little hope, all but two men went down with her. His body was not recovered for burial. He is now commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Alice Ann Short (formerly Baggs), of 47, Phillimore Gardens, Kensington, London, and the late Nicholas George Baggs". His next of kin was given as his mother Alice, who at the time was living at 52 Brunswick Gardens, Kensington.

JAMES BALLAM

61560 Gnr James John Ballam HQ 97 Brigade Royal Garrison Artillery. James was born in Lytchett and resided at Portland Cottage, Upton. He enlisted for the Great War in October 1915 at Poole having previously been a General Labourer. In March 1918, whilst serving with 195 Heavy Battery, he was sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment No.1 for being unlawfully in possession of government provisions. His transfer to HQ 97 Brigade was so he could act as an Officers Batman. James Died of Malaria at 21 General Hospital, Alexandria on the 12th October 1918 aged 33. He is buried in Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Harry and Elizabeth Ballam, of Portland Cottage, Upton, Poole. Native of Lower Lytchett, Poole".

SIDNEY BARNES

238979 AB Sidney Joseph Barnes HMS Hardy. Sidney was born on the 5th August 1891 at Swanage. He was a pre war sailor in the Royal Navy, having joined as a Boy in June 1907. He was previously a Garden Boy. Sidney was Killed on the 15th September 1914 aged 23 when he was washed overboard of HMS Hardy off Cape Wrath. His body was not recovered for burial. He is now commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Sidney and Annie Barnes, of Lytchett Minster, Poole, Dorset". His next of kin was listed as his sister, Alice who resided at The Cottage, Lytchett Minster.

EDGAR BROCKLEHURST

3105 Pte James Edgar Brocklehurst 1/6 Bn Notts and Derby Regiment. James was born in Darley, Derbyshire and resided in Lytchett Minster. He enlisted for the Great War in Matlock. James was Killed in Action on the 24th November 1915. He is buried in St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue. His brother also appears on the Lytchett Minster War Memorial, see the next entry.

FRED BROCKLEHURST

G/95384 Pte Evelyn Pierrepont Brocklehurst 1/2 Bn London Regiment, Formerly 19513 Pte 26 Bn Royal Fusiliers. Evelyn was born in Weymouth and resided at Kitchermans, Lytchett Minster. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Evelyn Died of Wounds on the 28th September 1918 aged 25 at 23 Casualty Clearing Station. He is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun. The CWGC lists "Son of Thomas Howard Brocklehurst and Caroline Mary Edith Brocklehurst, of "Strathmore," Serpentine Rd., Poole, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Lytchett Minster War Memorial, see the above entry.

EDWARD BROWN

38504 Pte Edward Ernest Brown 2 Bn Royal Berkshire Regiment. Edward was born in Dorking, Surrey and enlisted for the Great War in Poole. He was Killed in Action on the 18th November 1917 aged 18. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing. The CWGC lists "Son of Ernest and Elizabeth Brown, of 66, Lytchett Minster, Poole, Dorset".

FRANK BUDDEN

J/90606 Boy 2 Cl Victor Alexander Frank Budden HMS Powerful. Victor was born on the 7th October 1900 in Poole. He joined the Royal Navy in July 1918 having previously been a Labourer. He Died of Disease less than a month later on the 20th July 1918 aged 17, at the Royal Naval Hospital in Plymouth. He is buried in Lytchett Minster Churchyard. The CWGC lists "Son of Alexander Budden and Rosalie Budden, of Sea View Rd., Lytchett Minster, Poole. Dorset". His parents lived in Laurel Cottage on Sea View Road.

CHRISTOPHER CHURCHOUSE

K/31137 Sto 1 Cl Christopher Churchouse HMS Victory II. Christopher was born on the 10th May 1897 in Creekmoor. He joined the Royal Navy in March 1916, having previously been a General Labourer. He Died of Pneumonia on the 20th January 1918 at the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar. He is buried in the Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Walter and Elizabeth Churchouse, of The Bungalow, Glen Rd., Sarisbury Green, Southampton". His next of kin was listed as his mother C Best, 10 Riverview Terrace, Lower Swanwick, Southampton.

BERNARD CHILCOTT

137017 Gnr Bernard Chilcott 250 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Bernard was born in Tyneham and resided at Corfe Castle and 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.

FRANCIS CUTLER

27968 Pte Francis Amos Cutler 7 Bn Somerset Light Infantry, Formerly 28142 Pte Dorset Regiment. Francis was born in Organford and resided in Poole. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Francis Died of Wounds on the 16th August 1917. He is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery.

LEONARD EDWARDS

504576 Spr Leonard Nelson Edwards (Military Medal) 503 Field Coy (2/1 Wessex) Royal Engineers. Leonard was born in Poole and resided at Sea View Road, Lytchett Minster. He enlisted for the Great War at Swindon in September 1915 and was previously a Pattern Maker. In October 1916 he had been punished for having a dirty rifle. He was wounded on the 21st September 1917 with a barbed wire cut to the right hand and a gun shot wound to the right leg. He won his Military Medal for gallantry and conspicuous bravery under heavy fire on the same day. Leonard was Killed in Action by a direct shell hit on the 1st November 1917 aged 21. He is buried in Minty Farm Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Nelson and Amy Edwards, of "Glen Avon," Lytchett Minster, Poole,Dorset". His Military Medal was announced after his death on the 12th December 1917. His personal effects were sent back to his father and consisted of: Identity Disc, letters, photos, 2 pocket books, English and French dictionary, cards, brooch, cap badge and safety razor. His officer Lieut F Wall wrote "the death of Sapper Edwards was a great blow to the section, as he was very popular with all ranks, and was always cheerful, even in the most adverse circumstances". Sgt B Hurst wrote "On behalf of the N.C.O.s and men of the Company, I offer you the sympathy of the N.C.O.s and me of the Company in your great loss. Sapper Edwards was one of the brightest men in the Company, and one of the hardest workers, and one of the most popular. His loss will be greatly felt in his section, and greater still by you. But the pride you must feel in having had such a brave and cheerful son should help you to bear it. He was one of the cheeriest and bravest soldiers that ever fought for his country."

JAMES GILES

30726 Pte William James Giles 11 Bn Lancashire Fusiliers, Formerly 162819 Royal Field Artillery. William was born in Lytchett Minster. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. William was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) on the 9th April 1918 aged 27. He is now buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez. The CWGC lists "Husband of Clara L. Giles, of East Holton Cottages, Wareham, Dorset". His body was found in a trench grave after the war, marked with a cross containing the names of 15 men, His remains were identified by his clothing and a gold filled molar tooth.

FREDERICK HAWKINS

SS/112037 Sto 1 Cl Frederick Hawkins HMS Invincible. Frederick was born on the 12th February 1894 in Bournemouth. He was a pre war sailor having joined the Royal Navy in April 1912, he was previously a General Labourer. Frederick was Killed in Action at the Battle of Jutland on the 31st May 1916 aged 23. HMS Invincible was sunk in 90 seconds with only 6 survivors. His body was not recovered for burial. He is now commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists "Ward of Edward John Burden, of 10, Wilton Place, Upton, Poole, Dorset".

ARTHUR HIBBS

230380 Pte Arthur Alfred Hibbs Dorset Yeomanry. Arthur was born in Springborne and resided in Lytchett Matravers. He enlisted for the Great War in Sherborne. Arthur was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) on the 28th November 1917. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial.

ARTHUR LONGMAN

J/2228 AB Alfred George Longman HMS Lynx. Alfred was born in Wimborne on the 21st September 1892. He was a pre war sailor in the Royal Navy, having joined as a Boy in August 1908. He was previously a Carpenters Boy. Alfred was Killed in Action on the 9th August 1915 aged 22 when HMS Lynx hit a mine and sunk off the Moray Firth. His body was not recovered for burial. He is now commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of the late William and Louisa Longman, of Wimborne, Dorset".His next of kin was listed as his aunt Bessie Wyatt of Elmwood Road, Upton.

JOHN LOGAN

3722A Sea John Frederick Logan HMS Viknor. John was born in Guernsey on the 11th March 1889 and was a fisherman by trade. He was Killed on the 13th January 1915 aged 26 when HMS Viknor hit a mine and sank leaving no suvivors. His body was not recovered for burial. He is now commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of John R. and Annie Julia Logan, of St. Peter's Port, Guernsey".His next of kin was listed as his sister, Mrs J Simon Oatland Lane, Nr Pottery, St Sampsons, Guernsey.

THOMAS LEES

Lieut Sir Thomas Evans Keith Lees Bart. Dorset Yeomanry. He resided at South Lytchet Manor and married in 1913. He served as ADC to Brig Gen Lord Langford. Thomas was wounded on the 21st August 1915 Died of these Wounds on the 24th August 1915 aged 29. He was buried at sea and is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists "2nd Bart. Son of Sir Elliott and Lady Lees; husband of Benita, Lady Lees, of Thorngrove, Gillingham, Dorset". He dictated in his will "his executors to pay the wives of all men in his employ who have enlisted for the present war the full wages he has been in the habit of paying them, and they may pay any sums they deem fit to the widows or dependants of those killed or wounded". A window in his memory can be found in the church at Lytchett Minster.

GEORGE MARSHALLSAY

M2/181145 Pte William George Marshallsay 688 Mechanical Transport Coy Army Service Corps. William was born in Furybrook and resided in Poole. he enlisted for the Great War in London. William Died on the 6th August 1917 at 28 General Hospital. He is buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery.

CHARLES NORMAN

10449 Pte Charles Thomas Norman D Coy 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Charles was born in Dewlish and resided in Upton. He enlisted for the Great War in August 1914 at Poole having previously been a Labourer. In January 1915 he was sentenced to 3 days confined to camp after being found absent from parade. He was again sentenced in April 1915, this time to 7 days confined to barracks for overstaying his pass. Charles was Killed in Action (Missing, Presumed Dead) on the 21st August 1915 aged 21 at Gallipoli. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Norman, of Toop's Buildings, Upton, Poole". His brother also appears on the Lytchett Minster War Memorial, see the next entry.

GEORGE NORMAN

8912 Pte George Reginald Norman C Coy 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. George was born in Lytchett Minster. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted in Poole in April 1910. Before this he has been an Agricultural Carter and had served as a Special Reservist with the 3rd Dorsets. George was in regular trouble whilst in the army with regular offences marked on his record The most serious of these was when he was sentenced by Court Marshall in December 1913 to 56 days detention. This was for being drunk and an act to the prejudice of good order and military discipline when he attempted to strike a comrade with a bayonet. He suffered from Malaria in India before the war, and again during the war whilst in Mesopotamia. George was Killed in Action (Missing, Presumed Dead) at the Battle on Ctesiphon on the 22nd November 1915. This marked the turning point for the Anglo-Indian campaign in Mesopotamia, and it was from Ctesiphon that the Battalion would eventually find themselves besieged and eventually captured at Kut. George has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Basra Memorial. His brother also appears on the Lytchett Minster War Memorial, see the above entry.

ARTHUR PARK

18920 Pte Arthur John Park 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Arthur was born in Lytchett Minster and resided in Lytchett Matravers. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Arthur was Killed in Action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 19. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Arras Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Charles and Bessie Park, of Race Farm, Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset".

EVELYN LOCKYER

21102 Pte Evelyn Oliver Lockyer 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Evelyn resided at Bulbury Farm, Lytchett Minster. He Died of Disease on the 22nd February 1919 aged 19. He was buried on the 25th February 1919 at Lytchett Minster Churchyard.

WILLIAM JAMES SKINNER

7783 Pte William Skinner 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born in Lytchett and resided in Lytchett Minster. He was a pre war regular soldier, having enlisted in Poole. William was Killed in Action on the 5th October 1915 aged 27. He is buried in Point 110 Old Military Cemetery, Fricourt. The CWGC lists "Son of William and Agnes Skinner, of 57, Lytchett Minster, Poole, Dorset".

CHARLES SPECK

207687 Sgt Charles William Walter Speck RAF. Charles was born in Lytchett Minster on the 11th April 1887. He resided at Pentre Cottage, Upton, Corfe Mullen. Charles served in the Territorial Force pre war with the number 687 in the Hampshire Royal Garrison Artillery having joined at Poole in 1908. He was still serving with them when Britain went to war in 1914. He was a carpenter by trade and married at Lytchett Minster on the 8th April 1912. He was discharged in August 1915 having come to the end of his engagement. Within a couple of weeks he had re-joined, but this time for the Royal Naval Air Service with the number F/7687. He spent much of this time stationed in Polegate and Upton working with airships. He was transfered to the Royal Air Force on there formation in 1918. He Died of Pneumonia at Haslar Naval Hospital on the 3rd December 1918. He is buried in Lytchett Minster Churchyard.

HERBERT TOOP

687571 Gnr Herbert Arthur Toop C Battery 277 Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Herbert was born in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Hilsea, Hampshire. Herbert Died of Wounds on the 21st March 1918 at 63 Field Ambulance. He has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of the late William and Mary Toop".

ERNEST WHITE

117171 Gnr Ernest Samuel White 261 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Ernest was born in Corfe Castle and resided at Montague Place, Lytchett Minster. He enlisted for the Great War under the Derby scheme in December 1915 at Helston, Somerset and was previously a Labourer. He was then mobilised in September 1916. Ernest was wounded by a shell in the neck on the 1st May 1915 and Died of these Wounds on the 17th May 1917 aged 28 at 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Eaneas William and Eliza White; husband of Ethel Annie White, of Montague Place, Upton, Poole, Dorset". He had two sons and a daughter. His personal effects were sent back to his wife and consisted of "Letters, photos, pipe, cards, purse, tobacco tin, cigarette case and coin (3d)".