Dorset In The Great War 1914 - 1918

Okeford Fitzpaine

TO THE GLORY OF GOD

AND TO PERPETUATE THE HONOURED REMEMBRANCE

OF THE BRAVE MEN OF THIS PARISH OF

OKEFORD FITZPAINE

WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR

1914 - 1918.

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W H CLARKE

14452 Pte William Henry Clarke 6 Bn South Wales Borderers. William was born in Chatham in 1873 and resided in Cwmbran. He enlisted for the Great War in Newport and had previously been an Iron Foundry Worker. He married Caroline Woolridge (who was born in Okeford Fitzpaine) at Okeford Fitzpaine in August 1891. William was Killed in Action on the 30th October 1915. He is buried in Ploegsteert Wood Military Cemetery.

L B COLLIS

242144 Pte Lionel Bertram Collis 7 Bn Royal West Kent Regiment. Lionel was born and resided in Okeford Fitzpaine. He enlisted for the Great War at Dorchester in July 1917, having formerly been a Painter. In November 1917 he received a shrapnel wound to the right leg. He was given 3 days confined to barracks in Januart 1918 for overstaying his leave. on active service. Lionel was Killed in Action on the 1st April 1918 aged 22. He is buried in Serre Road Cemetery No.2. His remains were found in 1928 and identified by pieces of his boots stamped with his regiment and regimental number. The CWGC lists "Son of Sophia G. Collis, of Fontmell Magna, Dorset, and the late Alfred Collis".

S FOX

44023 Pte Sidney John Fox 9 Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Formerly 164629 Royal Field Artillery. Sidney was born in Sturminster Newton. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton too. Sidney was Killed in Action on the 9th April 1917 aged 34. He is buried in Cojeul British Cemetery, St Martin-Sur-Cojeul. The CWGC lists "Son of John and Bessie Fox, of Sturminster Newton; husband of Susannah Mary Fox, of Broad Oak, Sturminster Newton, Dorset".

A H HILLIAR

18778 Pte Albert Henry Hilliar 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Albert was born and resided in Okeford Fitzpaine. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton. Albert was Killed in Action on the 28th August 1918 aged 25. He is buried in Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers. The CWGC lists "Son of Henry and Kate Hilliar, of 57, Hill View, Okeford Fitzpaine, Blandford, Dorset".

F HILLIAR

10037 Pte Frederic Tom Hilliar 3 Bn Canadian Infantry, Formerly 10 Bn Royal Grenadiers. Fred was born in Okeford Fitzpaine on the 21st March 1889. He enlisted for the Great War in August 1914 at Valcartier having previously been a Dairyman. Fred was Killed in Action (Missing) on the 2nd May 1915 aged 25. He is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres to the missing. The CWGC lists "Son of Tom and Anna Hilliar, of The Mill, Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset, England".

C T R JACOB

43758 Gnr Cyril Thomas Rose Jacob 12 Heavy Bty Royal Garrison Artillery. Cyril was born and resided in Okeford Fitzpaine. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Cyril Died of Wounds on the 11th December 1917. He is buried in Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery. His next of kin was his father James Thomas Jacob.

M D MILLER

167 L/Cpl Maurice Daniel Miller 1/1 Dorset Yeomanry. Maurice was born in Okeford Fitzpaine and resided in Blandford. He was a pre war territorial soldier who had enlisted at Witchampton. Maurice was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) at Gallipoli on the 21st August 1915 aged 25. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Jasper and Alice Miller, of Roome Farm, Okeford Fitzpaine, Blandford, Dorset".

C J RIDOUT

11357 Gnr Charles James Ridout A Bty 86 Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Charles was born and resided in Okeford Fitzpaine. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton. Charles was Killed in Action on the 31st August 1917 aged 20. He is buried in The Huts Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of James and Florence Ridout, of 34, Okeford Fitzpaine, Blandford, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Okeford Fitzpaine War Memorial, see W J Ridout.

H F RIDOUT

19371 Pte Howard Frank Ridout 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Howard was born and resided in Okeford Fitzpaine. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton. Howard was Killed in Action on the 3rd April 1918 aged 25. He is buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Frederick and Ellen Ridout, of 31, Okeford Fitzpaine, Blandford, Dorset".

W J RIDOUT

52562 Pte William John Ridout 2/5 Bn Lancashire Fusiliers. William was born in Shapwick and resided in Okeford Fitzpaine. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton. William Died of Wounds on the 26th April 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Fouquieres Churchyard Extension. The CWGC lists "Son of James and Florence Ridout, of Okeford Fitzpaine, Blandford, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Okeford Fitzpaine War Memorial, see C J Ridout.

F RUSSELL

45695 Pte Frank Russell 15 Bn Hampshire Regiment. Frank was born and resided in Okeford Fitzpaine. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton. Frank was Killed in Action on the 2nd October 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. M. Russell, of Okeford Fitzpaine, Blandford, Dorset". His brother also appears on the Okeford Fitzpaine War Memorial, see next entry.

J RUSSELL

7924 Pte John Russell 2 Bn Scots Guards. John was born and resided in Okeford Fitzpaine. He was a pre war regular soldier and enlisted in Blandford. John was Killed in Action on the 12th March 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. His brother also appears on the Okeford Fitzpaine War Memorial, see the above entry. His next of kin was listed as his mother Martha Mary Russell.

J WARR

853 Pte John Warr 1 Bn Lancashire Fusiliers. John was born in Okeford Fitzpaine and resided in Christchurch. He was a pre war regular soldier and enlisted in Sturminster Newton. John was Killed in Action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916 aged 30. This was one of the worst moments in the history of the British Army with around 68,000 casualties that day alone. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. The CWGC lists "Son of Mrs. Tryphena Savory, of The Hut, Three Legged Cross, Wimborne, Dorset".

J WOOLRIDGE

44041 Pte John Woolridge 9 Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Formerly 164023 Royal Field Artillery. John was born in Aldershot and resided at Fiddleford, Okeford Fitzpaine. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton, having previously been in Blender in a Butter Factory. He married Rosie Upshall at Okeford Fitzpaine in April 1907. John was Killed in Action on the 9th April 1917. He is buried in Wancourt British Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Husband of R. Woolridge, of 111, Queen's Rd., Loughborough, Leicestershire".