Moor Crichel, Long Crichel & Witchampton War Memorial

TO THE GLORY OF GOD

AND IN THANKFUL REMEMBRANCE

OF THE MEN OF MOOR CRICHEL,

LONG CRICHEL

AND WITCHAMPTON

WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR

THEIR KING AND COUNTRY

IN THE GREAT WAR

1914 – 1918.

ALL RESEARCH ON THIS PAGE IS COPYRIGHT OF DORSETWW1.CO.UK.


WITCHAMPTON

MARTIN AUGUSTINE CHRISTOPHER

102026 Gnr Martin Agustine Christopher B Battery, 55 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Martin was born and resided in Witchampton. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Martin died of disease on the 24th March 1917, aged 23. He is buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Frederick and Annie Christopher, of Witchampton, Wimborne, Dorset”.


WILLIAM GEORGE CHRISTOPHER

70417 Pte William George Christopher 2 Bn Devon Regiment. William was born and resided in Witchampton. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. William was Killed in Action on the 24th April 1918, aged 19. He is buried in Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux. The CWGC lists “Son of Ellen Christopher, of Deans Leaze, Witchampton, Wimborne, Dorset”.


WALTER HENRY DOMONEY

2568 Pte Walter Henry Domoney 1/15 Bn London Regiment. Walter was born in Crichel and resided in Twickenham. He enlisted for the Great War in London. Walter was Killed in Action on the 14th October 1915. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Loos Memorial. His brother is also commemorated on the Witchampton War Memorial, see next entry.


HERBERT DOMONEY

242735 Pte Herbert Domoney 1/5 Bn The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Herbert was born in Witchampton and resided in Bagshot, Surrey. He married Lily Maud Leak on the 5th August 1913 at Wool. He enlisted for the Great War in Camberley. Herbert died of Dysentery in India on the 22nd July 1918. He was originally buried in the Bombay (Sewri) Cemetery, but later exhumed in 1962 and re-buried in the Kirkee War Cemetery. He is now commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial. His brother is also commemorated on the Witchampton War Memorial, see previous entry.


HENRY CHARLES DEW

17054 Pte Henry Charles Dew Agricultural Company, Depot Dorset Regiment. Henry resided at Higher Street, Witchampton. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne in February 1916, having previously been a Postman. He had also previously served with the 4th Dorsets (territorials) from 1908 to 1912. He was discharged from the army due to Cephalalgia on the 15th July 1917. Henry died of Tuberculous Meningitis on the 18th August 1917 aged 35. He is buried in Witchampton (All Saints) Churchyard. The CWGC lists “Son of Mary Dew, of Witchampton, and the late Joseph Dew”.


EDWARD FRANCIS DOWLAND

2000 Gnr Edward Francis Dowland 15 Armoured Motor Battery, Machine Gun Corps. Edward was born and resided in Witchampton. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Edward had in fact originally enlisted for the 5th Dorsets (10241) in August 1914 (underage), but was discharged after only 59 days as being unlikely to become an efficient soldier. Edward died at sea on the 3rd June 1917 aged 19. He is buried in Maala Cemetery. His next of kin was listed as his mother, Thirza Dowland, of Witchampton.


WALTER DENNETT

9442 L/Cpl Walter Dennett Scots Guards. Walter was born on the 13th June 1880 in Witchampton. He also resided in Witchampton. He had been a pre-war regular soldier, having enlisted into the Scots Guards in August 1896, with previous service in the Dorset Volunteers. He was convicted by Court Martial to a year in prison for offering violence to a superior officer in 1899. He went on to serve in the Boer War between 1900 and 1902. He was transferred to the army reserve in August 1903, before being finally discharge in August 1908. He re-enlisted in Wimborne on the 21st August 1914. He married Bessie Walters in Wimborne in January 1904, and they had 4 children together. Walter was Killed in Action on the 26th October 1914 aged 35. He has no known grave, and is now commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. The CWGC lists “Husband of Bessie Dennett, of Witchampton, Wimborne, Dorset”.


MAURICE BENNETT GILBERT

M/279706 Pte Maurice Bennett Gilbert Base MT Depot Army Service Corps Attached A Special Coy Royal Engineers, Formerly 16757 Pte Dorset Regiment. Maurice was born in Wimborne in 1889. He resided at 29 Damory Street, Blandford. He enlisted for the Great War under the Derby Scheme in December 1915 at Blandford. He was then mobilised in February 1916. He had previously been a Motor Driver. Maurice married Lilian Amy Easter in Weymouth on the 24th January 1916. They had a son together, Maurice Alfred George Gilbert who was born in June 1916. Maurice Died at 32 Casualty Clearing Station from accidental wounds to the scalp on the 10th December 1918. He is buried in Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery. The following account of his death was given by 471385 Rfn E Hussey 1/12 Bn London Regiment. “On the 24th November 1918 I was proceeding from Valenoiennes to Fayt-Le-Franc and I met deceased on the Saultain-Curgies Road – just on the outskirts of Saultain – (on the right hand side of the road) – at about 2.30pm. Deceased was carrying a kit-bag and informed me that he was trying to pick up a lorry to Curgies. We had been standing there about three minutes when I heard a click as if a spent bullet was hitting something. Deceased fell backwards. Some artillerymen were standing on the opposite side of the road and about 6 or 8 of them ran across the road. I got a field dressing from one of the artillerymen and bound deceased’s head, having found a wound in the back of the head. The missile passed through the back of the deceased ‘s cap – I did not see any bullet. I then stopped a passing ambulance and accompanied deceased to a Canadian Casualty Clearing Station in Valenciennes, and made a statement in the orderly room of the C.C.C.S.. When deceased was admitted to the C.C.C.S. he was still alive. I am of the opinion that the missile was fired from a considerable range as I did not hear the report of any weapon and at the moment the road was perfectly quiet. The hole in the cap and head of deceased was quite clean and did not show any signs of singeing.” Maurice is also commemorated on Blandford War Memorial.


ARTHUR JOHN MAIDMENT

10318 Dvr Arthur John Maidment D Battery, 251 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Arthur was born in Wimborne and resided in Long Crichel. He enlisted for the Great War in Witchampton. Arthur was Killed in Action on the 18th April 1918 aged 23. He is buried in Chocques Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Clarence and Louisa Maidment, of Buckland Farm, Lymington, Hants. Native of Long Crichel, Wimborne”.


MORGAN PHILIP ROBERTS

186746 Spr Morgan Philip Roberts 249 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Morgan was born and resided in Witchampton. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne, having previously worked as a wheelwright and carpenter. Morgan Died of Wounds at 21 Casualty Clearing Station on the 28th December 1917 aged 28. He is buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt. The CWGC lists “Son of John and Mary N. Roberts, of Witchampton, Wimborne, Dorset”.


HENRY GEORGE TUBBS

3/5770 Pte Henry George Tubbs 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Henry was born and resided in Witchampton. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Henry was Killed in Action on the 19th February 1915 aged 24. He is buried in Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Henry George and Bessie Tubbs, of Witchampton, Wimborne, Dorset”.


MOOR CRICHEL

REGINALD JOHN BENJAMIN CARTER

38808 Rfn Reginald John Benjamin Carter Rifle Brigade, Attached to 1/17 Bn London Regiment, formerly 8/20766 Pte 34th Training Reserve Bn. Reginald was born in Moor Crichel and resided in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Reginald was Killed in Action on the 24th August 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial.


HARRY CHARLES CHRISTOPHER

205056 Pte Harry Charles Christopher 1 Bn Royal West Surrey Regiment, formerly 7909 Pte Cambridgeshire Regiment. Harry was born in Bournemouth and resided at Woodside Cottage, Manswood Crichel. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Harry was Killed in Action on the 13th April 1918 aged 32. He is buried in Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul. The CWGC lists “Son of Henry and Martha Tyler Christopher, of Manswood Crichel, Wimborne, Dorset”.


MARCUS WILSON COOMBES

10281 Pte Marcus Wilson Coombes 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Marcus was born on the 18th May 1896 in Witchampton and resided in Moor Critchel. He enlisted for the Great War on the 29th August 1914 in Witchampton. Marcus was Killed in Action on the 21st June 1916, aged 20. He is buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, Authuille. The CWGC lists “Son of Albert E. and Susan Coombes, of Gussage St. Michael, St. Giles, Salisbury”.


ARTHUR FUTCHER

26564 Cpl Arthur Hubert Futcher 103 Coy Machine Gun Corps, formerly 10359 Dorset Regiment. Arthur was born in Gussage All Saints. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Arthur Died of Wounds on the 1st July 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 William and Sarah Futcher, of Manswood, Wimborne, Dorset”.


HARRY GILBERT

31706 Pte Harry Gilbert 1 Bn Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, formerly 17055 Pte Dorset Regiment. Harry was born in Crichel and resided in Manswood. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Harry Died of Wounds on the 3rd October 1916, aged 32. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of James Bennett Gilbert and Charlotte Gilbert, of Manswood, Crichel, Wimborne, Dorset”.


REGINALD ARTHUR GALE

1264 Gnr Reginald Arthur Gale 127 Battery, 29 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Reginald was born in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne too. Reginald Died of Wounds on the 24th June 1916, aged 18. He is buried in Couin British Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of William Alfred Gale, of The Buildings, Crichel, Wimborne, Dorset”.


LESTER STAPLES HOLLOWAY

10623 Pte Lester Staples Holloway 6 Bn Lincolnshire Regiment. Lester was born in Crichel and resided in Manswood. He enlisted for the Great War in Worksop, Nottinghamshire on the 1st September 1914. Lester died of enteric fever at No.19 General Hospital, Alexandria on the 30th August 1915, aged 24. He is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Harry Holloway, of Manswood, Wimborne”.


HAROLD WILLIS KIMBER

17122 Pte Harold Willis Kimber 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Harold was born and resided in Moor Crichel. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Harold Died of Wounds on the 17th April 1917. He is buried in Nesle Communal Cemetery.


JAMES RIDEOUT

PO/1520(S) Pte Reginald James Rideout 3 Bn Royal Marine Light Infantry. Reginald was born on the 12th July 1889. He enlisted for the Great War on the 25th May 1916 at Southampton. Before enlisting, he had been a milkman. James died of broncho-pneumonia onboard HMHS Karapara in Mudros on the 1st December 1918, aged 29. He is buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Henry and Fanny Rideout; husband of Matilda Rideout, of Moore Critchel, Wimborne, Dorset”.


CAPTAIN THE HONBLE. GERARD PHILIP MONTAGU NAPIER STURT | COLDSTREAM GUARDS

Capt Hon Gerald Philip Montagu Napier Sturt Coldstream Guards. Gerald was born on the 6th April 1893. He had been educated at Eton and was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards on the 7th February 1912. He was promoted to Lieutenant on the 3rd November 1914. He was severely wounded whilst serving with the 1st Battalion on the 6th September 1914, receiving a gun shot wound to the spine. He was placed on the half pay list in 1916 as he still hadn’t recovered from his wound. Gerald Died of Wounds at Crichel House on the 11th November 1918 aged 25, having never fully recovered after 4 years. He is buried in Witchampton (All Saints) Churchyard. The CWGC lists “Eldest son of Sir Humphrey Napier Sturt, 2nd Baron Alington of Crichel, of Crichel House, Wimborne, Dorset”.


JOHN THOMAS STEDMAN

8812 Pte John Thomas Stedman 11 Bn Lancashire Fusiliers. John was born in Marylebone. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. John was Killed in Action on the 13th October 1916. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme.


CLARENCE WITHERINGTON

10356 Pte Clarence Maurice Witherington 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Clarence was born in Moor Crichel. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Clarence was Killed in Action on the 1st July 1916. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing on the Somme.


LONG CRICHEL

HARRY BENNETT

10315 Gnr Harry Bennett D Battery, 251 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Harry was born in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Witchampton. Harry was Killed in Action on the 18th April 1918, aged 22. He is buried in Chocques Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Henry and Fanny Bennett, of Long Crichel, Wimborne, Dorset”. His brother is also commemorated on the Long Crichel War Memorial, see next entry.


CHARLES BENNETT

27010 Pte Charles Bennett 4 Bn Grenadier Guards. Charles was born in Witchampton. He enlisted for the Great War in Wimborne. Charles was died from leg wounds whilst a prisoner of war on the 5th December 1917. He was originally buried in Clary German Cemetery, but was re-buried in Honnechy British Cemetery in 1922. His brother is also commemorated on the Long Crichel War Memorial, see previous entry.


GEORGE FRAMPTON

10297 Gnr William George Frampton D Battery, 251 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. George was born in Wimborne. He enlisted for the Great War in Witchampton. George Died of Wounds on the 27th September 1918, aged 23. He is buried in Sunken Road Cemetery, Boisleux-St Marc. The CWGC lists “Son of Fred and Louisa Frampton, of Long Crichel, Wimborne”.


ERNEST GEORGE KENDALL

353655 Pte Ernest George Kendall 477 Agricultural Coy, Labour Corps formerly 9672 Pte Dorset Regiment & 12855 Pte 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Ernest was born in Shaftesbury and resided in Long Crichel. He had joined the army in February 1914, but bought his discharge for £10 shortly afterwards in May 1914. He re-enlisted in January 1915. In July 1917 he was invalid back from France with septic poisoning and transferred to the Labour Corps. He returned to the Western Front in July 1918. Ernest died of pneumonia at Fovant Military Hospital on the 12th November 1918, aged 26. He is buried in East Stour (Christ Church) Churchyard. The CWGC lists “Son of Mr. E. C. and Mrs. M. A. Kendall, of The Common, East Stour. Served at the Dardanelles and in Egypt and France”.


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