LEST WE FORGET
THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED
IN COMMEMORATION OF
THE MEN AND WOMEN OF
THIS VILLAGE WHO SERVED
IN H.M. FORCES DURING THE
GREAT WAR 1914-1919.
ALSO IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THE 5 MEN WHOSE NAMES
ARE HEREON RECORDED,
WHO SO NOBLY GAVE THEIR
LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY.
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H L JOYCE – BOY 1ST CLASS RN HMS HAWKE.
J/25447 Boy 1 Cl Levi Harold Joyce HMS Hawke. Levi was born on the 27th November 1897 at Sturminster Newton. He was a pre war sailor having joined the Royal Navy as a Boy in June 1913. He had previously been an Estate Labourer. Levi was Killed in Action on the 15th October 1914 aged only 16, when HMS Hawke was sunk by a German U-Boat in the North Sea. His body was not recovered for burial. He is now commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Owen George and Sarah Ann Joyce, of 76, Fieldgroves, Bryanston, Blandford, Dorset”.
W G BARTLETT – DRIVER MT 1ST CANADIAN CONT.
36041 Pte Walter George Bartlett Divisional Supply Column Canadian Army Service Corps. Walter was born on the 28th May 1887. He enlisted for the Great War in September 1914 at Valcartier. Before this he had been a Motor Mechanic, and before leaving for Canada, had served 8 years in the Imperial Yeomanry. He was wounded on the 3rd May 1915 with a gun shot wound to the head. Walter Died of these Wounds at 3:30pm on the 14th May 1915 aged 27 at 11 General Hospital. He is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Walter and Bessie Bartlett, of Knighton Farm, Durweston, Blandford, Dorset”.
W B BARTLETT – 2ND LIEUT 8TH HANTS.
2 Lieut William Bertram Bartlett 8 Bn Hampshire Regiment. William was born and resided in Durweston. He was Killed in Action at Gallipoli on the 18th August 1915 aged 20. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial to the missing. The CWGC lists “Son of William Charles and Frances Ann Bartlett, of 59, St. Albans Avenue, Bournemouth”.
E E CUTLER – PRIVATE 6TH DORSETS.
26796 Pte Ernest Edward Cutler 1 Bn Dorset Regiment, Formerly 1759 Dorset Yeomanry. Ernest was born in Blandford and resided at Durweston. He enlisted for the Great War in Sherborne. He had previously enlisted in the Army Service Corps in November 1915, but was discharged the same month due to not being likely to become an efficient soldier. He was a Shoeing Smith by trade. Ernest was Killed in Action on the 6th December 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
W WHITTY – GUNNER RGA.
73514 Gnr Walter Whitty 130 Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Walter resided at Enford Hill, Durweston. He enlisted for the Great War under the Derby Scheme in November 1915 and was then mobilised in April 1916. Before this he had been a Carter. In September 1917 he was Gassed and admitted to hospital. He was taken Prisoner of War on the 21st March 1918. Walter Died of Enteritis at 64 Casualty Clearing Station on the 28th December 1918. He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery. His personal effects were sent back to his brother Albert. They consisted of: Metal disc, letters, photos, pipe, cross, cards, 2 religious books, 2 German pipes, 2 knives, wrist strap, watch, 2 chains, 2 trinkets on chain, 2 rings, wound bar, purse, cap badge, coins and handkerchief.