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WHO FOUGHT IN THE
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CAPT W H BEEVER – RIFLE BGE – FELL JULY 1 1916 ON THE SOMME
Capt William Henry Beever 1 Bn Rifle Brigade. William resided at Huntershields Weeden, Northants. William was Killed in Action 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. William was just 21. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme. The CWGC lists “Son of Major and Mrs. H. H. Beever, of Littleton House, Blandford, Dorset”. His brother also appears on the Langton Long War Memorial, see the next entry. Also remembered on Blandford St Mary War Memorial.
LIEUT J H BEEVER – RHA – FELL MAR 24 1918 AT HERBECOURT
Lieut Jonathan Holt Beever G Battery 17 Brigade Royal Horse Artillery. Jonathan was Killed in Action on the 25th March 1918. He is now commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Maj. Henry Holt Beever (late R.F.A.), and Mrs. K. L. Beever, of Littleton House, Blandford, Dorset”. His brother also appears on the Langton Long War Memorial, see the above entry. Also remembered on Blandford St Mary War Memorial.
LIEUT J H MORRIS – RHA ATTACH RFC – FELL MAR 6 1918 AT WARLINCOURT
Lieut John Herbert Morris 49 Sqn Royal Flying Corps and Royal Horse Artillery. John was born on the 22nd March 1898 in London. He qualified as a pilot on a Maurice Farman Biplane at the Military School in Ruislip on the 7th July 1917. John was Killed in Action on the 6th March 1918 aged 19. The engine on his aircraft cut out during a practice flight. He is buried in Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty. The CWGC lists “Son of Alfred and Kathleen Mary Emily Morris, of 4, Cadogan Square, London”. His brother also appears on the Langton Long War Memorial, see the next entry.
LIEUT A H MORRIS – GRENADIER GUARDS – FELL SEPT 27 1918 AT FLESQUIERES
Lieut Alfred Ashurst Morris 1 Bn Grenadier Guards, Formerly Lieut 4 Bn Royal Fusiliers. Alfred was born in Stanstead and resided in Langton Long. He was Killed in Action on the 27th September 1918 aged 23. He is buried in Sanders Keep Military Cemetery, Graincourt-Les-Havrincourt. The CWGC lists “Son of Capt. Alfred Morris, of 4, Cadogan Square, London”. His brother also appears on the Langton Long War Memorial, see the above entry.
SERGT J WATKINS – DORSET REGT – DIED OF WOUNDS MAY 1917 AT DOUAI
10203 Sgt James Edward Watkins 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. James was born in London. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. James Died of Wounds whilst a prisoner of war on the 18th May 1917 aged 28. He is buried in Douai Communal Cemetery.
L/CPL L F JOYCE – DORSET YEO – DIED OF WOUNDS A PRISONER OF WAR IN TURKEY
230289 Pte Leonard Frank Joyce C Sqn 1/1 Dorset Yeomanry. Leonard was born in Anderson Whitchurch and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War in Sherborne and had previously been a Domestic Groom. He married Elsie May Foot in Langton Long in December 1912. Leonard Died of Wounds on the 18th June 1918 aged 29. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Leonard and Joanna Joyce, of Zelstone House, Bryon Rd., New Milton, Hants.; husband of Elsie May Joyce, of Londonderry, Langton Long, Blandford, Dorset”.
PTE H F CHURCHILL – RMLI – FELL JUNE 24 1915 GALLIPOLI
PO/16810 Pte Herbert Frank Churchill Portsmouth Bn Royal Naval Division Royal Marine Light Infantry. Herbert was born on the 12th August 1891 at Swanage. He was a pre war marine, having enlisted in March 1913 at Southampton. Before this he had been a Dairyman. Herbert was Killed in Action on the 24th June 1915 at Gallipoli. He is presumed to have been buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles. His next of kin was listed as his father Thomas James Churchill of Langton Long.
PTE W COOMBS – DORSET REGT – FELL AUG 9 1915 GALLIPOLI
10893 Pte Walter Coombes 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Walter was born in Tarrant Rushton. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Walter was Killed in Action at Gallipoli on the 9th August 1915 aged 24. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of Frank Coombes, of Lime Kiln Cottages, Langton, Blandford”.
RFLN L W SILK – KRRC – DIED OCT 1915 IN HOSP ALEXANDRIA
R/2155 Rfn Leonard William Silk 12 Bn King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Leonard was born in Rickmansworth and resided in Blandford. He enlisted for service in the Great War in Birmingham. He was Killed in Action on the 6th October 1915 aged 20. He is buried in Rue-Du-Bacquerot No.1 Military Cemetery, Laventie. The CWGC lists “Son of William Silk, of Littleton Gardens, Blandford, Dorset”. Also remembered on Blandford St Mary War Memorial.
PTE S H BARRETT – MGC – FELL AUG 26 1916 AT ALBERT
6343 Pte Sidney Herbert Barrett 45 Bn Machine Gun Corps, Formerly 15017 Pte Dorset Regiment. Sidney was born in Langton. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Sidney Died of Wounds on the 26th August 1916 aged 25. He is buried in Millencourt Communal Cemetery Extension. The CWGC lists “Son of Walter and Emily Jane Barrett, of Scotland Langton, Blandford”. Also remembered on Hinton Martell War Memorial.
PTE J T BROWN – 1ST DORSET REGT – DIED OF DISEASE CONTRACTED IN SERVICE
6976 Pte James Thomas Brown 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. James resided at Langton Long.He was a pre war regular soldier who had enlisted in May 1903 at Stratford. He had previously been a Barman. He was transferred to the Army Reserve in May 1911. James was recalled to the army on the outbreak of the Great War and was mobilised on the 5th August 1914. He had been working as a postman prior to this. On the 22nd October 1914 he received a gunshot wound to the right hip. Whilst home on leave, James married Ida Edith Foot at Langton Long on the 1st May 1915 (Luckily missing the Gas Attack at Hill 60 the 1st Dorsets suffered this day). They had a daughter together, Edna Edith Brown in March 1916. Unfortunately she died in October of the same year. He was discharged from the army due to wounds and tuberculosis on the 2nd May 1916. James Died on the 9th February 1918 aged 34. He is buried in Langton Long Blandford (All Saints) Churchyard.