Cranborne War Memorial

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN

PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF

THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO

GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR

ENGLAND’S HONOUR

1914 – 1918

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PRIVATE PERCY BENNETT – ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS

M2/181008 Pte Percy Bennett 283 MT Company Army Service Corps attached to 268 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Percy was born in London and resided in Cranborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Percy Died of Wounds at No.55 Field Ambulance on the 23rd May 1917, aged 35. He is buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux. The CWGC lists “Husband of Ida E. Bennett, of 10, Victoria Villas, Kilburn, London”.


PRIVATE VICTOR C BOLE – THE DORSETSHIRE REGT

10418 Pte Victor Clarence Bole Dorset Regiment, formerly 31978 Pte 11 Bn Hampshire Regiment. Victor was born in Harbridge, Hampshire and resided at Swansdalls, Cranborne. He enlisted for the Great War on the 31st August 1914, and served at Gallipoli. He was discharged from the army on the 26th April 1917 due to sickness. Victor died on the 4th July 1917 aged 22. He was buried on the 7th July 1917 in Cranborne (SS Mary and Bartholomew) Churchyard. The CWGC lists “Son of John Thomas and Anne Bole, of Swansdell, Cranborne, Salisbury”.


2ND LIEUT CHARLES J GIRLING – THE HAMPSHIRE REGT

2nd Lieutenant Charles John Girling 1 Bn Hampshire Regiment. Charles was born on the 29th May 1897 in Birstall, Yorkshire. He was educated at Wellington College and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Charles commissioned into the Hampshire Regiment in December 1915, before proceeding to the western front on the 21st July 1916. In his short time at the front, Charles wrote “Ballads of Wellington”, a poetry anthology which was printed in 1917, after his death. Charles was Killed in Action near Les Boeufs on the 23rd October 1916, aged 19. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. The CWGC lists “Son of Charles John Girling, of “Chaseborough,” Verwood, Wimborne, Dorset, and the late Bertha Louisa Girling”.


PRIVATE FRANK LONNEN – SOMERSET LIGHT INFANTRY

27956 Pte Frank Lonnen 7 Bn Somerset Light Infantry, formerly 18636 Pte Dorset Regiment. Frank was born and resided in Cranborne. He married Annie Dewfall Read in 1906, and they had four children together. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester, having formerly worked as a brick layer. Frank was Killed in Action on the 30th November 1917, aged 32. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval. The CWGC lists “Son of Tom and Hannah Lonnen, of Avenue Lodge, St Giles, Cranborne; husband of Annie Dewfall Lonnen, of Castle St., Cranborne, Salisbury”.


PRIVATE WILLIAM A OLD – THE ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS

45521 Pte William Arthur Old 19 Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers, formerly 22979 Pte 12 Bn Suffolk Regiment. William was born in Maiden Newton. He enlisted for the Great War in November 1915 at Southampton, having formerly worked as a carman. He transferred from the Suffolk Regiment to the 19 Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers on the 1st April 1916, and proceeded overseas on the 1st June 1916. William was Killed in Action on the 28th December 1916. He is buried in Combles Communal Cemetery Extension. His next of kin was listed as his father Charles, who resided at West Blagdone, Cranborne.


2ND LIEUT REGINALD T POGUE M.C. – TANK CORPS

2nd Lieutenant Reginald Thomas Pogue M.C. 4 Bn Tank Corps, formerly 5186 Pte 28 Bn London Regiment. Reginald was born in Bristol. He resided at Craneside, Castle Street, Cranborne. Reginald was commissioned into the 6 Bn Dorset Regiment on the 2nd May 1917. Previous to this, he had served as a Private in the London Regiment. He transferred to the Tank Corps on the 3rd January 1918. Reginald was awarded the Military Cross “For conspicuous gallantry with his Tank in clearing the way, and thus enabling the infantry to advance practically without loss. He inflicted severe casualties on enemy machine-gunners, and was largely responsible for the capture of prisoners. In action, four times, within the week, he set a splendid example, and always kept his Tank tuned up for emergency.” This was in action at Warvillers between the 3rd and 9th August 1918. Reginald Died of Wounds on the 28th September 1918, aged 21. He is buried in Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension. The CWGC lists “Son of Alice Pogue, of Craneside, Cranborne, Dorset, and the late Thomas Pogue”.


PRIVATE GEORGE TODMAN – ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS

46865 Pte George Todman 34th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, formerly 10424 Pte Dorset Regiment. George was born in Emsworth, Hampshire and resided at Water Street, Cranborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Cranborne. George Died of Wounds at Netley Military Hospital on the 23rd September 1915. He is buried in Compton (St Mary) Churchyard. His next of kin was listed as his mother, Mrs Emily Todman who resided at West Maiden, Emsworth.


PRIVATE E JOHN TRIM – GRENADIER GUARDS

27017 Pte Ernest John Trim 3 Bn Grenadier Guards. Ernest was born in Cranborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Ernest Died of Wounds on the 25th July 1917, aged 19. He is buried in Bleuet Farm Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Harry and Emily M. Trim, of Water St., Cranborne, Salisbury”.


PRIVATE CLAUD A WAREHAM – THE DORSETSHIRE REGT

26839 Pte Claud Augustus Wareham 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Claud was born and resided in Cranborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Claud died in the War Hospital, Croydon, on the 3rd April 1918. He was buried on the 9th April 1918 in Cranborne (SS Mary and Bartholomew) Churchyard.


PRIVATE W FRED YOUNG – THE WORCESTERSHIRE REGT

43248 Pte Fred Young 2/8 Bn Worcestershire Regiment, formerly 48500 Pte Wiltshire Regiment. Fred was born and resided in Cranborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Brockenhurst. Fred was Killed in Action on the 1st November 1918, aged 19. He is buried in Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-Au-Bois. The CWGC lists “Son of Fred and Annie Young, of Grove Stables, Barnby Moor, Retford, Notts”.


PRIVATE R TOM STEELE – THE DORSETSHIRE REGT

16279 Pte Robert Tom Steele 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Robert was born in Cranborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Shirehampton, Gloucestershire. Robert was Killed in Action on the 7th July 1916, aged 20. He is buried in Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension. The CWGC lists “Son of Joseph Eanes Steele and Eliza Jane Steele, of Moat House, Pucklechurch, Bristol. Native of Beveridge, Cranborne, Dorset”.


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