TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND
IN GRATITUDE TO THOSE
WHO DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE.
THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO
THE BRAVE MEN
OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES FOR
KING AND COUNTRY IN THE
1914 – 1919
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7171 Pte Bertie Frank Martin B Coy 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Bertie was born in Charlton Marshall. He was a pre war regular soldier having originally enlisted in Blandford in 1904. He had left the army before the Great War, but was mobilised as a reservist on the 5th August 1914, the day after Britain went to war. He was wounded on the 13th October 1914 when he received a gun shot wound to the head. Bertie married a pregnant Gladys Lucy Legge in Blandford whilst home on the 5th November 1914. His only child was born on the 1st January 1915 whilst Bertie was still home. He was sent back to France three days later never to return. He was then wounded again on the 1st May 1915 when the 1st Dorsets where Gassed on Hill 60, Bertie too suffering from gas poisoning. He had up to this point been a Lance Corporal, but he lost his stripe on the 30th December 1915 for misconduct in the field. Bertie was Killed in Action aged 26 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 now buried in Serre Road Cemetery No.2. His body was found unmarked in the Beaumont Hamel area after the war and identified by his identity discs. He had originally been buried in the vicinity of Authuille Wood. The CWGC lists “Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. D. Martin, of Charlton Marshall; husband of Gladys L. Jackson (formerly Martin), of 8, Sopers Lane, Christchurch, Hants”.
10490 Cpl Arthur Ball 8 Bn Devon Regiment. Arthur was born in Blandford and enlisted for the Great War in Bridgend. Arthur was Killed in Action on the 25th September 1915. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Loos Memorial.
14758 Pte Harry Bell 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Harry was born in Salisbury and resided in Charlton Marshall. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Harry was Killed in Action on the 5th July 1915. He is buried in Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery.
3/7688 Pte James Butt 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. James was born in Corfe Mullen and resided in Charlton Marshall with his wife Priscilla. He had been a pre war Special Reservist and re-enlisted in Blandford for the Great War in August 1914. James was a builders labourer. He was Killed in Action on the 23rd February 1915 aged 38. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing in Ypres. The CWGC lists “Husband of Mrs. Kyte (formerly Butt), of Easterton, Devizes, Wilts”.
44712 Pte Frederic Henry Caines 2 Bn South Wales Borderers, Formerly 51392 Pte Welsh Regiment. Frederic was born in Sturminster and enlisted for the Great War in Shepherd’s Bush. He was Killed in Action on the 19th May 1917. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He left a widow, Mary.
27832 L/Cpl George Courage 2 Bn Wiltshire Regiment Attached 58 Trench Mortar Battery, Formerly 15076 Pte Dorset Regiment. George resided and enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. He was Killed in Action on the 15th September 1918. He is buried in St Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’Avoue. Brother of Harry Courage also on the War Memorial (See next entry).
9693 Pte Harry Courage 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Harry was born and resided in Charlton Marshall. He was a pre war regular soldier and had enlisted in Dorchester in March 1914. Before this, he was a Railway Porter. Harry was presumed Killed in Action (reported wounded and missing) aged 23 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 has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. The CWGC lists “Son of Tom and Amelia Courage, of “The Close” Charlton Marshall, Blandford, Dorset”.
3/7704 Pte Edward Dennett 3 Bn Dorset Regiment. Edward was born in Charlton Marshall and enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. He died on Christmas Day 25 December 1914 at West Bay. He is buried in Charlton Marshall Church Cemetery.
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PO/1711(S) Pte Frederick William Foot 2 Bn Royal Marine Light Infantry. Frederick was born on the 1st October 1886 in Dewlish and resided with his wife Mary at Newtown, Charlton Marshall. They had married in April 1912 at Lillington. He enlisted for the Great War in December 1915. At some point Frederick was taken Prisoner of War. He Died of Disease whilst a POW in Germany on the 1st August 1918. He was buried in Heilsberg Prisoner of War Cemetery. This is now called the Lidzbark Warminski War Cemetery and is in Poland as oppose to Germany as it was during the Great War. His father was Walter George Foot. Also remembered on Dewlish War Memorial.
14762 (and 3/7803) Pte William James Kerley 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born in Winfrith and resided in Charlton Marshall. He was a special reservist and had enlisted for in Blandford. After joining the 1st Dorsets in France in 1914, at some stage he spent some time with the 1st Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry with the number 20004. After this he returned to the 1st Dorsets. William Died of Disease on the 8th September 1917. He is buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen.
T/325872 Dvr Wilfred John Legg 1 Cavalry Reserve Park Army Service Corps Attached 2 Division Details. Wilfred was born in Pulham and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Warminster. Wilfred Died on the 9th November 1918 aged 26 at 1 General Hospital, Abbeville. He is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension. The CWGC lists “Brother of C. G. Legg, of Birch Close, nr. Blandford, Dorset”.
465344 Pte William George Mabey 410 Agricultural Coy Labour Corps, Formerly 17215 Pte Dorset Regiment and 31742 Pte Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. William Died on the 15th February 1919. He is buried in Charlton Marshall Church Cemetery. The CWGC lists the next of kin as his sister Mrs B Milford, Myrtle Cottage, Charlton Marshall, Blandford. His brother Charles resided at Station Cottages, Grateley, Andover.
16060 Pte Arthur John Riggs 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Arthur was born in Blandford and resided in Charlton Marshall. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Arthur was Killed in Action on the 23rd March 1918. He has no know grave and is now commemorated on the Arras Memorial.