Dorset In The Great War 1914 - 1918

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F AUSTIN

Z/1269 AB Frank Austin Anson Bn Royal Naval Division. Frank was born on the 3rd July 1896 and resided at The Anchorage, Verwood. He enlisted for the Great War in January 1915 having previously been an Assistant Steward. He went to Gallipoli with the Battalion, before being invalided with Dysentery. He rejoined Anson Battalion on the Western Front in November 1916. Frank was Killed in Action on the 20th February 1917 aged 20. He is buried in Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy. The CWGC lists “Son of Francis and F. E. Austin, of The Anchorage, Ringwood Rd., Verwood, Dorset”.

A BARROW

213768 Gnr Arthur Ernest Barrow Signal Depot (Catterick) Royal Garrison Artillery. Arthur resided at Ringwood Road, Newtown, Verwood. He enlisted for the Great War under the Derby Scheme in December 1915. He wasn’t called up for service until June 1918 and was previously a Baker. He had married Edith Kate Read at Verwood in July 1913, and they had 3 sons together. Arthur Died of Broncho Pneumonia and Influenza at the Military Hospital in Catterick on the 10th December 1918 aged 34. He is buried in Verwood (St Michael) Churchyard.

J BARROW

3/6823 Pte Joseph Bernard Barrow 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Joseph was born in Winton and resided in Verwood. He was a Special Reservist having enlisted at Dorchester. Joseph was Killed in Action on the 8th May 1916. He is buried in Authuile Military Cemetery. His next of kin was his mother Elizabeth Jane Barrow.

J BUDDEN

1885 Pte Joseph Frederick Budden 42 Bn Australian Infantry. Joseph was born in Verwood and had moved to Australia. He enlisted for the Great War at Brisbane in January 1916 having previously been a Storeman. Joseph was Killed in Action on the 21st January 1917. He is buried in Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres. His next of kin was his mother Barbara Budden, who resided in Verwood.

C B BAILEY

8264 Pte Christopher Felix Bailey 2 Bn Dorset Regiment. Christopher was born and resided in Verwood. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Wimborne in January 1907. He had previously been a Carpenter. In August 1911 he was given two extra guard duties for allowing a Drummer to accompany him on sentry patrol and talk. The 2nd Battalion were sent to Mesopotamia as part of the Indian Expeditionary Force "D" in November 1914, with Christopher along with them. He contracted Malaria almost immediately on arrival in Mesopotamia. He was taken Prisoner of War at the fall of Kut after months of siege, along with what remained of the shattered 2nd Battalion and Indian Expeditionary Force "D". It was whilst a Prisoner of War he died of Phthisis in Turkish hands reportedly on the 27th July 1916 aged 32. He was buried in the Mosul Prisoner-of-War Cemetery but is now commemorated on the Basra Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Frank and Sarah Bailey, of Eastworth, Verwood, Dorset”.

A J BAILEY

3190 Dvr Arthur Job Bailey 5 Divisional Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery. Arthur was born in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War at Fordingbridge. Arthur Died of Pneumonia on the 5th November 1918 aged 25. He is buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Harve. His next of kin was his mother Emma Bailey. His brother is also commemorated on the Verwood War Memorial, see the next entry.

F J BAILEY

25147 Pte Hubert John Bailey 5 Bn Wiltshire Regiment Formerly 21573 Pte Hampshire Regiment. Hubert was born in Verwood and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Brockenhurst. Hubert was Killed in Action on the 25th January 1917 aged 22. He is buried in Amara War Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Mark and Emma Bailey, of Vine Cottage, Newtown, Verwood, Wimborne, Dorset”. His brother is also commemorated on the Verwood War Memorial, see the previous entry.

G BREWER

N COLBORNE

7829 L/Cpl Nelson Colborne 1 Bn Hampshire Regiment. Nelson was born and resided in Verwood. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted at Fordingbridge. Nelson was Killed in Action on the 9th July 1915. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing in Ypres. His next of kin was his father Charles.

C DYER

2 Lieut Charles James Dyer 150 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, Formerly 25639 Cpl Royal Garrison Artillery. Charles was commissioned in December 1916, having been a pre war regular soldier. Charles was Killed in Action by a shell splinter on the 7th March 1917 aged 34. He is buried in Loos British Cemetery (having orginally been buried in Cite Calonne Military Cemetery). The CWGC lists "Son of James and Blanche Dyer, of Belmont Manor Rd., Verwood, Dorset". His brothers are also commemorated on the Verwood War Memorial, see the next 2 entries. Also remembered on West Moors War Memorial.

W DYER

12867 Pte Arthur William Dyer 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Arthur was born and resided in Verwood. He enlisted for the Great War at Wimborne in January 1915, having previously been a Carter. He went to Gallipoli with the 5th Dorsets, where he contracted an illness and was invalided back to Egypt. He joined the 6th Battalion on the Western Front in September 1916 and served as a machine gunner. On the 12th April 1917 he was reported Missing, but had reappeared 2 days later. Arthur was Killed in Action by a shell splinter on the 20th April 1917 aged 19. He is buried in Feuchy British Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of James and Blanche Dyer, of Belmont Manor Rd., Verwood, Dorset". His personal effects were returned to his mother and consisted of: 1 Disc, 2 Xmas cards, letters, cards, photos, wallet, 1 testament, knife and fork and a locket. His brothers are also commemorated on the Verwood War Memorial, see the previous and next entries. Also remembered on West Moors War Memorial.

B DYER

41149 Pte Albert Dyer 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Albert was born at Ventor, Isle of Wight and resided at West Moors. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Albert was Killed in Action on the 11th October 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery, Montay. The CWGC lists "Son of James and B. Dyer, of Belmont Manor Rd., Verwood, Dorset". His brothers are also commemorated on the Verwood War Memorial, see the previous 2 entries. Also remembered on West Moors War Memorial.

D DOWLAND

87882 A/Sgt David Dowland Inland Water Transport (Docks) Royal Engineers. David resided in North Ripley, Hampshire. He enlisted for the Great War in London. David Died of Wounds from an enemy air raid on the 4th August 1917 aged 29. He is buried in Dunkirk Town Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Joseph and Martha Bessie Dowland, of Model Farm, Woolsbridge, Ringwood, Hants”. His brothers are also commemorated on the Verwood War Memorial, see the next 2 entries.

J DOWLAND

9637 Pte Jesse Dowland 2 Bn Scots Guards. Jesse was born in New Milton and resided in Christchurch. He enlisted for the Great War in Bournemouth. Jesse Died of Wounds at No.3 Field Ambulance on the 19th October 1915 aged 25. He is buried in Vermelles British Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Joseph and Martha Bessie Dowland, of Model Farm, Woolsbridge, Ringwood, Hants”. His brothers are also commemorated on the Verwood War Memorial, see the previous and next entries.

H DOWLAND

331211 Rfn Henry Dowland 1/8 Bn Hampshire Regiment. Henry was born in Sway. He enlisted for the Great War at Christchurch. Henry Died of Wounds on the 25th June 1917 aged 22. He is buried in Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of J. and M. B. Dowland, of Model Farm, Woolsbridge, Ringwood, Hants”. His brothers are also commemorated on the Verwood War Memorial, see the previous 2 entries.

R GRACE

21469 Pte Reginald Frank Grace 88 Coy Machine Gun Corps, Formerly 18060 Pte Hampshire Regiment. Reginald was born at Newbury, Berkshire and resided at Highcliff-on-Sea. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Reginald was Killed in Action on the 15th August 1917. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing in Ypres. The family moved to the Verwood area it is believed sometime after the war, and are known to have resided at Ye Restynge House, Verwood. His brother is also commemorated on the Verwood War Memorial, see next entry.

C GRACE

20744 Pte Christopher Henry Grace 6 Bn Wiltshire Regiment. Christopher was born at Woodhay, Berkshire and resided at Highcliff-on-Sea. He enlisted for the Great War in Devizes. Christopher was Killed in Action on the 7th July 1916 aged 19. He is buried in Meaulte Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Christopher and Elizabeth Smith Grace, of Cranemoor Gardens, Highcliffe-on-Sea, Hants”. The family moved to the Verwood area it is believed sometime after the war, and are known to have resided at Ye Restynge House, Verwood. His brother is also commemorated on the Verwood War Memorial, see previous entry.

W HIBBERD

29031 Pte Walter John Hibberd 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Walter was born in Bishopstoke and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Holton. Walter Died of Wounds on the 28th August 1918 aged 32. He is buried in Fienvillers British Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Mrs. C. A. Hibberd, of Lake Rd., Verwood, Wimborne, Dorset”. Mrs Christina A Hibberd was actually his wife and not mother as stated by the CWGC.

S HOPKINS

109566 Gnr Ernest Sydney Hopkins 119 Heavy Bty Royal Garrison Artillery. Ernest was born and resided in Verwood. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Ernest was Killed in Action on the 8th September 1917 aged 37. He is buried in Gwalia Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Arthur and Sarah Hopkins, of Station Rd., Verwood, Dorset”. His brother is also commemorated on the Verwood War Memorial, see next entry.

G HOPKINS

10163 Pte Arthur Frank Hopkins 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Arthur was born in Bournemouth and resided in Verwood. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Arthur was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) at Gallipoli on the 21st August 1915 aged 21. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Arthur and Sarah Hopkins, of Station Rd., Verwood, Dorset”. His brother is also commemorated on the Verwood War Memorial, see previous entry.

T FERRETT

PO/17553 Pte Thomas Christopher James Ferrett HMS Hampshire Royal Marine Light Infantry. Thomas was born at St Leonards on the 21st March 1896. He enlisted for the Great War at Southampton in August 1914, having previously been a Footman. He served with the Deal Bn Royal Marine Brigade from November 1914 until October 1915 and went with them to Gallipoli. He later joined HMS Hampshire in March 1916. Thomas was Killed in Action on the 5th June 1916 aged 20 when HMS Hampshire struck a mine and sunk off the Orkney Islands. HMS Hampshire was taking Lord Kitchener on a secret voyage to Russia, and he too went down with the ship. Thomas’s body was not recovered for burial and he is now commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of F. C. and L. L. Ferrett, of Verwood, Dorset”. His parents resided at Ivy Cottage, Edmondsham Rd, Verwood.

H FERRETT

29684 Pte Harry Ferrett 2 Bn Hampshire Regiment, Formerly 15582 Dorset Regiment. Harry was born in Verwood and enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Harry was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) on the 11th April 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial. His next of kin was his mother Rose Ferrett.

W F INGRAM

7943 Pte Frederick Wesley Ingram 1 Bn Hampshire Regiment. Frederick was born in Verwood. He was a pre war regular soldier enlisting in November 1907 at Ringwood having formerly been a Gardener. Frederick was Killed in Action on the 1st November 1914 aged 24. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of George James and Eliza Ann Ingram; husband of Eliza Ann Ingram, of White Villa, Newtown Rd., Verwood, Wimborne, Dorset”.

F JACOBS

10461 Pte Frederick Arthur Jacobs 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born in West Moors and resided at Mannington Holt. He enlisted for the Great War in August 1914 at Poole having previously been a Gardener. Frederick was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) 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 sister Emmaline. His brother William was also Killed during the Great War whilst serving with the Royal Scots Fusiliers.

J KEITH

Believed to be James Keith of Verwood who Died at Home in 1926.

C KING

10672 Pte Charles King 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Charles was born in Verwood. In 1908 he was sentenced for Wilful Damage. He enlisted for the Great War in August 1914 at Verwood having previously been a Labourer and had at some stage served 6 years with the 3rd Dorset Regiment Militia. Charles was found absent from parade in early April 1915 and confined to camp for 7 days. Later that month he was confined to camp for a further 8 days for being Absent from a rifle inspection parade. Whilst at Gallipoli, Charles was reported missing on the 19th August 1915, but was later found back with the Battalion. Charles Died of Dysentery on the 2nd January 1916. He is buried in Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery. His next of kin was his sister Eliza Trickett who resided at Tricketts Cross, Ferndown.

J LANE

7025 Pte John George Charles Lane 23 Bn Australian Infantry. John was born at Cerne Abbas. He enlisted for the Great War at Royal Park, Victoria, Australia in October 1916 having previously been a Gardener. He had tried previously to enlist but had been rejected twice due to poor eyesight. In November 1916 he left Australia arriving in Plymouth in January 1917. He proceeded to France in August 1917. John was Killed in Action during the attack on Mont St Quentin on the 1st September 1917 aged 26. He was buried in Clery Military Cemetery but his remains were exhumed in 1920 and he is now buried Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Hem-Monacu. The CWGC lists “Son of Leonard Charles and Mary Elizabeth Lane, of 3, Belmont, High St., Swanage, Dorset, England. Born at Mapperton, Dorset”.

W MIDDLETON

50980 L/Cpl Walter Middleton 14 Bn Welsh Regiment. Walter was born in Brockenhurst and resided in Verwood. Walter was Killed in Action on the 27th August 1918 aged 29. He is buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval. The CWGC lists “Son of Edward and Love Middleton, of Sandford, Ringwood, Hants; husband of Bessie Kate Stratton (formerly Middleton), of Thatch Croft, Newtown, Verwood, Wimborne, Dorset”.

C OXFORD

16882 Pte Cecil Oxford 19 Hussars. Cecil was born and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Lymington. Cecil was Killed in Action on the 20th January 1916 aged 22. He is buried in Vermelles British Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Timothy and Eliza Oxford, of Verwood, Dorset”.

B OXFORD

27121 Pte Bertram Isaac Oxford 2 Bn Wiltshire Regiment, Formerly 18753 Pte Dorset Regiment. Bertram was born in Verwood and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Bertram was Killed in Action on the 1st August 1917 aged 19. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing in Ypres. The CWGC lists “Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Oxford, of "Ypres" Manor Rd., Verwood, Wimborne, Dorset”.

A ROBERTS

14810 Pte Aquilla Roberts 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Aquilla was born in Verwood. He enlisted for the Great War in Ringwood. Aquilla 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. He is buried in Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuille Wood. His next of kin was his widow Bessie Louisa Ritchie.

E SIMS

10447 Pte Henry Edward Sims 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Henry was born and resided in Verwood. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Henry was Killed in Action at Gallipoli on the 21st August 1915 aged 21. He is buried in Green Hill Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Mr. and Mrs Henry Sims, of The Common, Verwood, Dorset”.

D STEELE

T SHERRED

17115 Pte Tom Sherred 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Tom was born in Verwood and resided at Three Legged Cross. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Tom was Killed in Action on the 9th August 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. His next of kin was his mother Annie E Sherred.

I THORNE

21864 Pte Ivor Thorne 3 Bn Grenadier Guards. Ivor resided at Belmont, Manor Road, Verwood. He enlisted for the Great War in Brockenhurst. Ivor was Killed in Action on the 8th October 1915 aged 24. His remains were found after the war in 1925, and were identified by his clothing, boots, numerals and damaged ID disc. A small element od doubt still exists however that these were Ivor’s remains. He is now buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez. The CWGC lists “Son of Mrs. Frances Thorne, of "Belmont", Verwood, Wimborne, Dorset”.

C TRICKETT

K.14239 Sto 1 Cl Charles Trickett HM Submarine L55. Charles was born on the 9th June 1919 in Winton. He was a pre war Sailor in the Royal Navy having enlisted in March 1912. Charles was Killed in Action on the 9th June 1919 aged 26 when HM Submarine L55 was sunk by Bolshevik ships during allied intervention in the Russian Civil War. He is buried in Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery. The bodies of the crew were recovered in 1928 and buried in a mass grave at Haslar. The CWGC lists “Son of Fred and Rosina Trickett, of 32, Woking Rd., Upper Parkstone, Dorset”. Also commemorated on Wimborne War Memorial.

M VINE

202649 Pte Mark Vine 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Mark was born in West Parley. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Mark was Killed in Action on the 25th August 1918 aged 23. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of Mark and Edith Vine, of Moorlands Rd., West Moors, Dorset". Also commemorated on West Moors War Memorial.

W WHITTY

9524 Pte William John Whitty 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born in Hinton St Mary and resided in Wimborne. William was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted in February 1913 at Dorchester. He had previously been a Carter on a Farm. In October 1913 he was confined to barracks for three days after being improperly dressed on parade. He was given a further 7 days confined to barracks in April 1914 for being late on parade and improperly dressed with dirty equipment. William was present at Hill 60 on the 1st May 1915 when the 1st Dorsets were gassed in one of the first of such attacks of this new form of warfare. William died from gas poisoning on the 4th May 1915 aged 22. He was buried in Transport Farm Cemetery Annex, which was destroyed in later fighting. He is now commemorated in Perth Cemetery (China Wall). The CWGC lists “Son of Charles and Sarah Ellen Whitty, of Three Cross, West Moors, Wimborne, Dorset. Born at East Chaldon, Dorset”. His brother is also commemorated on the Verwood War Memorial, see next entry.

F WHITTY

473751 Rfn Ernest Thomas Whitty 1/12 Bn London Regiment, Formerly 3/7275 Pte 3 Bn Dorset Regiment. Ernest was born in Hinton St Mary and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Ernest was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) on the 9th September 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. The CWGC lists “Son of Charles and S. E. Whitty, of Three Cross, Wimborne, Dorset”. His brother is also commemorated on the Verwood War Memorial, see previous entry.

C WILSON

7922 Pte Charles Wilson 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Charles was born in Topecliffe, Yorkshire and resided in Ringwood. He was a pre war regular soldier having enlisted in May 1906 at Winchester. He had previously been a Labourer. Charles was Killed in Action on the 13th October 1914 aged 25. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Richard and Eliza Wilson; husband of Emilie Rainey (formerly Wilson), of 6, Oakdale Rd., Longfleet, Poole, Dorset”.