Dorset In The Great War 1914 - 1918

Milborne St Andrew

LEST WE FORGET

1914 - 1918

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CHARLES SAMUEL BILES

7148 L/Sgt Charles Samuel Biles 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Charles was born in Cerne Abbas and resided in Parkstone. He was a pre war regular soldier who had enlisted in Dorchester in February 1904, having previously been a Groom. Charles had left the Army in 1911 after completing his service, but was recalled in August 1914 when the Great War broke out. He had married Ethel at Chard in March 1912. Charles was Killed in Action (Wounded and Presumed Dead) on the 13th October 1914 aged 28. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. Manns, Or Bridge Cottage, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester; husband of Ethel Elizabeth Sellers (formerly Biles), of "Knowsley", Sandbanks Rd., Parkstone, Dorset".

WILLIAM HENRY CAINES

JAMES WILLIAM CROFT

10018 Pte James William Croft 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. James was born in Chichester and resided in Westham and Bryanston. He enlisted for the Great War at Blandford in August 1914, having previously been a Carter. James Died of Dysentry on the 17th September 1915 (contracted at Gallipoli) onboard the Gloucester Castle. He was buried at sea and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. His next of kin was his sister Mrs Rose Louise Geddes who resided at 30 East Street, Weymouth and 4 Kellaway Terrace, Westham, Weymouth.

WALLACE WILBERFORCE DERRICK

T/271152 Pte Wallace Wilberforce Derrick 10 Bn East Kent Regiment. Wallace was born in Blandford and resided at Blandford Hill, Milborne St Andrew. He enlisted for the Great War in New Cross, Kent. Wallace was Killed in Action on the 21st September 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial.

EDWIN EVERETT

16405 Pte Edwin Everett 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Edwin was born and resided in Milborne St Andrew. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Edwin Died on the 31st August 1917 aged 21. He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of George Thomas and Mary Ann Everett, of Millborne St. Andrews, Blandford, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Milborne St Andrew War Memorial, see next entry.

HENRY GEORGE EVERETT

3/7337 L/Cpl Henry George Everett 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Henry was born and resided in Milborne St Andrew. He was a Special Reservist who had enlisted in Poole. Henry was Killed in Action (Died of Gas Poisoning at No.2 Casualty Clearing Station) on the 3rd May 1915 aged 23. He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord. The CWGC lists "Son of George Thomas and Mary Ann Everett, of Milborne St. Andrew's, Blandford, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Milborne St Andrew War Memorial, see the above entry.

FREDERICK HALLETT

10138 Pte Frederick Hallett 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born in Foreston Grange, Dorchester and resided in Piddletrenthide. He enlisted for the Great War at Dorchester in August 1914, having previously been a Carter. He had previously been turned away from the army for being under height at 5ft 1 1/2. In September 1914 he was transferred to the 11th Division Field Ambulance RAMC, before being transferred back to the 5th Dorsets in October 1914. Frederick was Killed in Action at Gallipoli on the 21st August 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. His next of kin was his father William, who resided at Piddletrenthide. His brother also appears on the Milborne St Andrew War Memorial, see next entry.

HENRY ROBERT HALLET

J/21622 Ord Sea Henry Robert Hallett HMS Bulwark. Henry was born on the 14th July 1895 at Dorchester. He was a pre war sailor in the Royal Navy having joined in July 1913. Henry was Killed aged 19 on the 26th November 1914 when HMS Bulwark acidentally exploded at Kethole Reach. His body was not recovered for burial. He is now commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of William and E. Hallett, of Piddletrenthide, Dorchester, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Milborne St Andrew War Memorial, see the above entry.

THOMAS EDWARD JEANS

705254 Cpl Thomas Edward Jeans (Mentioned in Despatches) 23 Bn London Regiment. Thomas served on the Western Front from April 1918 to February 1919. Thomas Died on the 20th August 1920 aged 21. He is buried in Milborne (St Andrew) Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of the late Tom Jeans".

CHARLES LACEY

AUGUSTUS ARTHUR LOCK

8872 Pte Augustus Lock Command Depot Hampshire Regiment. Augustus was born in Blandford and resided at 2 Lime Cottage, Valley Road, Branksome (He had previously resided in Milborne St Andrew). He was a pre war regular soldier who had enlisted in February 1910 for the Special Reserve at Bournemouth. He transferred to the Regular Army in July 1911, having previously been a Baker and Labourer. When war broke out, he was serving with his Battalion in India. In December 1914, Augustus started to suffer from Pneumonia and Phthisis. After six weeks in hospital he went back to his unit and proceeded to Gallipoli where his condition worsened. He was discharged from the army due to this condition in June 1916. Augustus had a bad family history of Tuberculosis, his mother and sister both having died of Phthisis. He became a patient at the Royal National Hospital fo Consumption at Ventnor. In 1918 he also suffered from Influenza. Augustus eventually Died of Disease on the 15th October 1920. He is buried in Milborne (St Andrew) Cemetery.

FREDERICK JOHN LOCK

200032 Pte Frederick John Lock 2/4 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born in Wareham and was baptised at Wareham in September 1890. He enlisted for the Great War in Wareham and had previously been a Baker. Frederick Died of Wounds on the 7th July 1918. He is now commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial. His parents were Edwin John Lock and Rose Anne Lock.

FREDERICK WILLIAM NORTHOVER

10495 Pte Frederick William Northover 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born in Warwick, Dorchester and resided in Milborne St Andrew. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Frederick Died of Dysentry after serving at Gallipoli on the 24th October 1915 aged 20. He is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Eli Northover, of Milborne St. Andrews, Blandford, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Milborne St Andrew War Memorial, see next entry.

PERCY NORTHOVER

8565 Pte Percy Charles Northover 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Percy was born in Morton and resided in Milborne St Andrew. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted in Dorchester. Percy was Killed in Action at Saniyeh on the 15th November 1914 aged 23. He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. Martha Ruth Northover, of Milborne St. Andrew's, Blandford, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Milborne St Andrew War Memorial, see the above entry.

HARRY PARK

52004 Pte Harry Park 9 Bn Devon Regiment. Harry was born in Winfrith and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Harry was Killed in Action on the 8th October 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Beaurevoir British Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of James and Eliza Ann Park, of Milborne St. Andrew, Blandford, Dorset".

WILLIAM ELL PARK

10105 Pte William Eli Park 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born and resided in Piddlehinton. He enlisted for the Great War at Dorchester in August 1914, having previously been a Labourer. He went to Gallipoli with the 5th Dorsets, before being admitted to hosptial with Jaundice. William was Killed in Action on the 12th October 1917 aged 25. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing. The CWGC lists "Son of Eli Park, of Piddlehinton, Dorchester, Dorset". His personal effects were returned to his mother Ellen, and consisted of the following. Religious book, 2 metal rings, 2 numericals, badge, 1 knife and 6 coins.

ALFRED JOHN PARSONS

18256 Pte Alfred John Parsons Depot Dorset Regiment. Alfred resided at Mayflower, Milborne St Andrew. He married Maude Eliza Joiner at Whitechurch in May 1906. They had 2 children together, Elsie Mary born in March 1907 and Raymond John born in October 1911. Alfred enlisted for the Great War under the Derby Scheme in November 1915, before being called for service in June 1916. He had previously been a Baker. He stated his military service with the 7th and 3rd Dorsets, before being transferred to the Wiltshire Regiment. He then served with the Labour Corps before being transferred back to the Dorset Regiment. He was discharged from the army due to Tubercle of lungs in April 1918. Alfred Died on the 3rd January 1919 aged 42. He is buried in Milborne (St Andrew) Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Husband of M. E. Parsons, of Milton Rd., Milborne St. Andrew, Blandford".

EDMUND MORTON MANSEL-PLEYDELL

Lieut Edmund Morton Mansel-Pleydell 3 Bn Dorset Regiment Attached 3 Bn Worcester Regiment. Edmund was born on the 23rd December 1886 in Bangalore, India. He was educated at Wellington and Sherborne schools and resided at Whatcombe. Before the Great War he had served as a Lieut of the Royal Agricultural Contingent Senior Division OTC. Edmund was also an all-round sportsman, a well known footballer, polo player, and pig sticker! Edmund was Killed in Action at Kemmel whilst leading his platoon in a charge against the German trenches on the 12th March 1915 aged 28. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing in Ypres. The CWGC lists "Son of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Mansel-Pleydell, of Whatcombe, Blandford, Dorset". His Colonel wrote "He was my most promising officer, and would have, had he lived, I am certain, distinguished himself". His brother also appears on Milborne St Andrew War Memorial, see the next entry. Also remembered on Broadstone War Memorial and Winterborne Whitechurch War Memorial.

HENRY GROVE MORTON MANSEL-PLEYDELL

Lieut Henry Grove Morton Mansel-Pleydell (Military Cross) 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Henry resided at Dunyeats, Broadstone. Henry was Killed in Action on the 17th May 1916 aged 21. He is buried in Miraumont Communal Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. K. E. Mansel-Pleydell, of 13, Foulis Terrace, South Kensington, London". The circumstances surrounding his death were noted by CSM Ernest Shepahrd in his diary. "Wednesday 17th May 1916: A fairly quiet night. I took trench duty from 6.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. A fine day, very hot. A great calamity befell my Company and myself at 10 a.m. The enemy trenches opposite run behind a small wood which we call Diamond Wood. Since we have been in this sector the Intelligence Officer went out 2 days ago and brought some iron plates back belonging to enemy. Yesterday afternoon at 4 p.m. in broad daylight Captain Algeo went out from Hammerhead sap and went into the enemy wood smoking his pipe quite cool, returning an hour later. At 10 a.m. this morning, without saying anything, Captain Algeo and Lt Mansell-Pleydell (The Intelligence Officer) went out from the sap. They were seen crossing ‘No Man’s Land’ between sap and wood. When nearly up to edge of wood M-P was seen to beckon, and he and Captain ran into wood. There was a scuffle and Captain Algeo was heard shouting ‘Hands up, hands up, put it down.’ A volley of rifle fire and revolver shots followed, a scream, silence. The Regimental history for the Great War described Henry. "Lieut. Mansel-Pleydell's dauntless courage, and tireless activity had singled him out as an incomparable intelligence officer. He was out in No Man's Land night after night, seeking and obtaining information. His cheerful disposition enabled him to create a light-hearted atmosphere under the most appalling conditions. He was a fine sportsman." His brother also appears on Milborne St Andrew War Memorial, see the above entry. Also remembered on Broadstone War Memorial and Winterborne Whitechurch War Memorial.

HENRY FRANK WILKINS

29739 Pte Henry Frank Wilkins 2 Bn Hampshire Regiment, Formerly 15107 Dorset Regiment. Henry was born in Farnham, Dorset and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester, having previously been a Farm Labourer. Henry Died of Wounds on the 10th July 1917 aged 30. He is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Husband of Emily Ethel Wilkins, of Milborne St. Andrew, Blandford, Dorset".