OF THOSE WHO FELL IN THE
1914 – 1918
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1089 Pte William Pallett Broomfield 1/1 Dorset Yeomanry. William was born in Stoke Abbott and resided in Compton Valance. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. William was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) on the 21st August 1915 at Gallipoli. He is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial. His next of kin was listed as his father Walter. William’s brother Henry Walter Broomfield, was married at Hilton in 1921.
5415 Pte John Butt 2/1 Bn Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, Formerly 2636 Pte 4 Bn Dorset Regiment. John was born in Hilton. He enlisted for the Great War in Hilton too. John was Killed in Action on the 19th July 1916 aged 23. He is buried in Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue. The CWGC list “Son of Frederick and Ann Butt, of Hilton, Blandford, Dorset”.
JESSE W CHAFFEY
10472 Pte Jesse Chaffey 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Jesse was born in Ansty and resided in Higher Ansty. He enlisted for the Great War at Dorchester in September 1914. He had previously been a Labourer. In January 1917 he received a gun shot wound to the right buttock. After recovering from this wound he returned to the 5th Dorsets. On the 8th March 1918 he was again wounded with a gun shot wound, but sadly did not recover from this. Jesse Died of Wounds at the General Hospital in St Omer on the 3rd April 1918 aged 21. He is buried in Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of William Thomas and Sarah Jane Chaffey, of Higher Ansty, Dorchester”. His personal effects were returned to his mother and consisted of: 2 ID Discs, letters, photo, pipe, cap badge, 2 titles and a metal ring.
REG J T DANIELS
101443 Sgt Reginald James Tom Daniels 24 Sqn Machine Gun Corps, Formerly 927 2/1 Dorset Yeomanry. Reginald was born in Hilton and resided in Dewlish. He was baptised on the 1st June 1884 in Hilton. He enlisted for the Great War in Sherborne, having been the Inn Keeper at The Royal Oak Inn, Dewlish. Reginald Died in India on the 9th October 1918 aged 35. He is buried in Mhow New Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of James and Sarah Daniels; husband of Florence Mary Daniels, of 11, Damory St., Blandford, Dorset”. Also remembered on Dewlish War Memorial.
10407 Pte William Benjamin Drake 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born and resided in Hilton. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester, having previously been a Garden Labourer. William was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) at Gallipoli on the 21st August 1915 aged 24. He is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Benjamin and Ellen Drake, of Hilton, Blandford”.
Lieut Sampson Eason C Coy 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Sampson was born in Crewkerne on the 20th April 1876. He enlisted into the Dorset Regiment in March 1893 at Dorchester, having previously been a Yarn Bleacher and served in the 3rd Dorsets (Militia). He had seen service with the Regiment in India and South Africa during the Boer War. As a C/Sgt he became a permanent instructor with the 4th Dorsets (Territorials) based at Blandford from 1909 to 1914. He had married Mabel Ellen Adams at St Simon’s Church, Southsea in December 1907. In March 1914 he was discharged from the army. When war broke out later that year, he at once volunteered his service, and joined the 5th Dorsets as a C/Sgt to help train the newly raised Battalion. He was offered a Commission, which he accepted and was gazetted back into his own Battalion in March 1915. Sampson was Killed in Action during the landing at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli whilst directing men to their companies on the 7th August 1915. He is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The Commanding Officer of the Battalion wrote “Lieut Eason was shot through the head, dying shortly after, on the 7th instant at Suvla Bay, about a quarter-of-an-hour after he landed. It was about 4 a.m. and dark at the time; I was within two yards of him at the time. He never spoke after he fell.” A Sergeant in his company wrote of him “It was the duty of Mr. Eason and myself to direct the men to their proper companies as they came ashore in the dark. About half-an-hour after landing, I was talking to Mr. Eason, and he had only left me two or three seconds when the Colonel called me to come to him and pick somebody up. I did, and when I turned him over I found it was Mr. Eason. Everything was done for him that could be done, but he did not speak. The doctor was with him almost at once. He died doing his duty, which he always did, and was considered a good N.C.O. and afterwards a good officers, and we were very sorry to lose him.” Colonel Woodhouse of the 4th Dorsets also added “I knew him very well, and always found him one of the best, he never spared a himself to do his men good and was just the same in civilian life. Unfortunately, there are very few such men to be found now, and I am sure he will be greatly missed in his regt.” One of his fellow officers had also stated “I always looked on him as a friend from whom I could get advice and help in my work. The last time I saw him, which was on the destroyer before we landed, he did me a good turn which I shall not forget. Earlier in the evening I, being orderly officer, had to see to the issuing of hot coffee to the men, and it was a long job, as the space is very cramped. Later in the evening there was an issue of rum to be served out. It really fell to my lot to superintend this, but your husband , with his usual kindness of heart, relieved me of it. I am sorry to say I was not near him at the end. It was before we had got off the beach.“
F JAMES FRIPP
117264 Gnr Frederick James Fripp 30 Coy Royal Garrison Artillery. Frederick was born in Hilton. He enlisted for the Great War under the Derby Scheme in December 1915 at Blandford, having previously been a Shoemaker and Postman. He was then mobilised in September 1916. Frederick married Caroline House at Hilton in July 1909. They had 3 children together, Olive Violet Fripp, Leslie Charles Fripp and Ralph Thomas Fripp. Frederick Died of spinal meningitis on the 2nd January 1917 aged 32. He was then stationed at Portland. He is buried in Weymouth Cemetery. The CWGC list “Son of the late Charles and Fanny Fripp, of Hilton, Blandford; husband of C. House (formerly Fripp), of the Park Dairy, Melcombe Horsey, Dorchester”.
W ALFRED GILBERT
27014 Pte Alfred William Gilbert 1 Bn Royal Berkshire Regiment. Alfred was born at Hilton and resided in Ansty. He enlisted for the Great War in Sturminster Newton. Alfred was Killed in Action on the 14th November 1916 aged 34. He is buried in Waggon Road Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel. The CWGC lists “Son of George and Rachel Gilbert; husband of Susan Kate Gilbert, of 35, Paradise Row, Ansty, Dorchester, Dorset”.
FRED J HARVEY
10520 Pte Frederick James Harvey B Coy 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born in Wandsworth and resided in Higher Ansty with his aunt and uncle, John Peach and Emma Peach. He enlisted for the Great War at Blandford in August 1914, having previously been a Road Labourer. Fred was Killed in Action (Presumed Dead) at Gallipoli on the 10th August 1915 aged 27. He is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Tom and Sarah Harvey, of 91, Warple Way, Wandsworth, London”.
HARRY GEO HOMER
3/7422 Pte Harry George Homer 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Harry resided in Ansty. He was a Special Reservist and enlisted for the Great War at Wimborne in August 1914. He had previously served with the 2nd Hampshire Regiment enlisting in December 1899 before being discharged in July 1900. On his right forearm he had a tattoo of Buffalo Bills head! Harry married Mary Helyer at Hilton in November 1901. They had 4 children together, Eric Cecil George Homer, Clement George Homer, Kenneth Ralph Homer and Douglas Horace Wilfred Homer. In March 1915 he forfeited 7 days pay for absence. In May 1915 whilst serving with the 1st Dorsets on the Western Front, he was given a 28 days Field Punishment No.1 for drunkenness. In September of the same year he was given a further 7 days Field Punishment No.2 for Insolence. In February 1916 he was discharged from the army as no longer physically fit for war service. Harry Died on the 28th March 1918 aged 36. He is buried in Hilton (All Saints) Churchyard. The CWGC lists “Son of John and Rachel Homer; husband of Mary Homer, of Hilton”.
FRED W SAMWAYS
27969 Pte Frederick William Samways B Coy 1 Bn Wiltshire Regiment, Formerly 37543 Pte 1/5 Bn Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Frederick was born on the 10th February 1899. He was reported Missing on the 12th April 1918 at Messines, and had been taken Prisoner of War. Frederick Died of Sickness after starvation as a POW in Germany on the 8th January 1919 at Hammersmith Military Hospital aged 19. He is buried in Hilton (All Saints) Churchyard. The CWGC lists “Son of William and Beatrice Samways, of Hilton”.
5949 Sgt Willie Taylor 1 Bn Scots Guards. Willie was born and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the army in Weymouth and had previously been a Policeman serving with the Wiltshire Constabulary. Willie was Killed in Action on the 27th September 1918 aged 34. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial. The CWGC lists “Husband of Mary Victoria Taylor, of Woolland, Blandford, Dorset”.
PO/11720 Pte Herbert Tucker Portsmouth Bn Royal Marine Light Infantry. Herbert was born on the 11th October 1877 at Sintinhull, Somerset. He was a pre war marine having enlisted in June 1898 at Gosport, before this he had been a Groom. In 1904 he married Amy M Tucker. She resided at 11 Brewery House, Harley Street, Sunderland. He had served at Antwerp in 1914, before being sent to Gallipoli. He had been awarded the Royal Navy’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1913. Herbert Died of Wounds on the 13th June 1915 from a Compound Fracture of the skull received on the 20th May 1915. He is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery. His father John Tucker resided at Blandford St Mary. His brother also appears on the Hilton War Memorial. See next entry.
TOM ERNEST TUCKER
265710 Pte Tom Ernest Tucker B Coy 7 Bn Somerset Light Infantry, Formerly 1153 Pte 4 Bn Dorset Regiment. Tom was born in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford too. Tom was Killed in Action on the 7th August 1917 aged 28. 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. John Tucker, of The Fox Inn, Anstey, Dorchester; husband of Ada J. Tucker, of 17, Bryanstone St., Blandford”. Also remembered on Blandford St Mary War Memorial and Blandford War Memorial. His brother also appears on the Hilton War Memorial. See the above entry.
ARTHUR C UPSHALL
S/38014 Pte Arthur Charles Upshall Base Depot Royal Army Service Corps. Arthur was born in Haselbury Bryan and resided in Higher Ansty. He enlisted for the Great War at Brokenhurst in November 1915. He served in Mesopotamia during the war. Arthur Died at Netley Hospital on the 5th December 1919 aged 27. He is buried in Hilton (All Saints) Churchyard. The CWGC lists “Son of Henry John and Catherine Upshall”. His parents resided at Higher Ansty.
CHAS H S WHITE
18198 Pte Charles Henry White 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Charles was born in Whitechurch and resided in Hilton. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford, having previously been a Domestic Groom. Charles was Killed in Action on the 1st May 1917 aged 37. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Joseph and Ann White, of Whitechurch, Blandford; husband of Lena White, of Hilton, Blandford, Dorset”. Also remembered on Winterborne Whitechurch War Memorial.
EDWARD J WOODHOUSE
Lieut Edward John Woodhouse Indian Army Reserve of Officers Attached 38th King George’s Own Central India Horse. Edward died on the 18th December 1917 at Cambrai aged 33. He is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of George Edward and Alice Margaret Woodhouse. Economic botanist to the Government of Bihar-Orissa and Principal of Sabour Agricultural College”. Also remembered on Pimperne War Memorial and Blandford War Memorial.