Dorset In The Great War 1914 - 1918

West Moors

THESE

GAVE THEIR LIVES

FOR HUMANITY IN THE

GREAT WARS

1914 - 1918

1939 - 1945

THEIR NAMES LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

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EDWARD MALCOLM CUNNINGHAM

T/Capt Edward Malcolm Cunningham (Military Cross) 2 Bn Attached 9 Bn West Riding Regiment. Edward was Killed in Action on the 4th August 1917 aged 24. He is buried in St Nicolas British Cemetery. The CWGC lists "Son of the Rev. Thomas Scudamore Cunningham and the late Lucy Cunningham". His mother resided at Pinecroft, West Moors. Image © IWM (HU 120720)

ALBERT 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 also appear on the West Moors War Memorial, see the next 2 entries. Also remembered on Verwood War Memorial.

ARTHUR WILLIAM 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 also appear on the West Moors War Memorial, see the previous and next entry. Also remembered on Verwood War Memorial.

CHARLES 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 also appear on the West Moors War Memorial, see the previous 2 entries. Also remembered on Verwood War Memorial.

RICHARD JEANS

210667 AB Richard Jeans HMS Vivid. Richard was born on the 24th April 1885 in Bournemouth. He was a pre war Sailor in the Royal Navy, having enlisted as a Boy in July 1900. Richard Died of Pneumonia onboard the SS Chepstow Castle on a voyage back to the UK on the 11th September 1918. He is buried in West Moors (St Mary) Churchyard. The CWGC lists "Son of Richard and Anne Jeans; husband of Selina Prudence Jeans, of Ashurst Rd., West Moors. Born at West Moors".

JESSE READ

3/7340 Pte Jesse Read B Company 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Jesse was born in West Moors and resided in Wimborne. He was a Special Reservist who had enlisted at Poole in August 1914, having previously been a Gardener. Jesse 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. Jesse died from gas poisoning on the 2nd May 1915 aged 20. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing in Ypres. The CWGC lists "Son of Albert and Lucy Read, of Woodside Rd., West Moors, Dorset".

HARRY R VAN-COOTEN

133100 Chief Engine Room Artificer 1 Cl Henry Rodolphe Van Cooten HMS Invincible. Henry was born on the 7th July 1862 in Guernsey. He was a pre war Sailor in the Royal Navy, having enlisted in April 1885. Henry was Killed in Action at the Battle of Jutland on the 31st May 1916. HMS Invincible was sunk in 90 seconds with only 6 survivors. His body was not recovered for burial. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. His next of kin was his wife, Elizabeth who resided at Moorside Farm, West Moors. The CWGC lists "Son of John R. and Fanny van Cooten, of Guernsey; husband of Elizabeth van Cooten, of West Moors, Dorset".

WILLIAM JEFFERSON VINCENT

2 Lieut William Jefferson Vincent 1 Bn Attached 5 Bn Dorset Regiment, Formerly TR7/6727 Pte 93 Training Reserve Bn. William resided at Avenue Road, West Moors. He was commissioned in March 1918. William was Killed in Action on the 1st October 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Sucrerie Cemetery, Epinoy. The CWGC lists "Son of Hector and Blanche Vincent, of West Moors, Wimborne, Dorset". Also rememembered on Ferndown War Memorial.

MARK 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 Verwood War Memorial.

FREDERICK ARTHUR WILCOX

29740 Pte Frederick Arthur Wilcox 1 Bn Hampshire Regiment, Formerly 15759 Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born and resided in West Moors. He enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Frederick was Killed in Action on the 14th April 1918 aged 21. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial. The CWGC lists "Son of the late George James and Elizabeth Wilcox, of "Jutland," Ashurst Rd., West Moors, Wimborne, Dorset".

LEONARD WALTER POWELL

20880 Pte Leonard Walter Powell 1/1 Bucks Bn Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry. Leonard resided in Wimborne and enlisted for the Great War in Poole. Leonard Died on the 29th December 1916 aged 24. He is buried in Etretat Churchyard Extension. The CWGC lists "Son of John and Emma Powell, of West Moors, Dorset. Native of Puddletown, Dorset".