TO THE GLORY
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OF THE MEN OF
WHO DIED IN THE
CAUSE OF LIBERTY
1914 – 1919
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3768 Pte Alfred Adams 2/4 Bn Dorset Regiment. Alfred was born and resided in Spetisbury. He enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. Alfred Died of Disease on the 3rd July 1916 aged 26 at Jullundur, India. He was buried in Jullundur Cantonment Cemetery and is now commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of George and Amelia Adams, of Spetisbury, Dorset”.
S/40273 Pte Wilfred George Andrews 9 Bn Gordon Highlanders. Wilfred was born in Highelere, Hampshire. He enlisted for the Great War in Cricklewood. Wilfred was Killed in Action on the 20th April 1917 aged 20. He is now buried in Wancourt British Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of John W. S. and Emmeline Andrews, of Crawford Cottage, Spettisbury, Blandford, Dorset”.
2468 Pte Arthur William Cousins 1/4 Bn Dorset Regiment. Arthur resided in Charlton Marshall and enlisted for the Great War in Dorchester. He Died of Disease on the 7th October 1916 in Kasauli, India aged 26. He is buried in Kasauli Cemetery and is now commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial.
27716 Pte Ernest Eaton 1 Bn Grenadier Guards. Ernest was born in Spetisbury and enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. He was Killed in Action on the 5th November 1918 just days before the end of the war. He is buried in Bermeries Communal Cemetery.
Capt Cyril Gerrard Haselden Royal Engineers Attached Australian Corps HQ. Cyril resided at Castle House, Spetisbury. He was married to Jane Lawson Haselden. Cyril Died on the 27th November 1918 aged 40. He is now buried in Maubeuge (Sous-Le-Bois) Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Thomas and Emma Haselden, of Bolton, Lancs; husband of J. L. Haselden (now Mrs. Andrews), of Eusemere, Comber, Co. Down, Ireland”.
10130 CSM James Edward Lewis Hinton (Military Medal) 5 Bn Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry. James was born in Leamington and resided in Nailsworth. He was Killed in Action on the 3rd May 1917 aged 25. He is now buried in L’Homme Mort British Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein. The CWGC lists “Son of James and Elizabeth Hinton, of Eynsham, Oxon; husband of Daisy Frances Louise Smith (formerly Hinton), of 19, Park Rd., Nailsworth, Stroud, Glos”. His body was recovered after the war and identified by his identity disc.
Lieut Arthur Lewis Kennaway 1 Dorset Yeomanry. Arthur was born on the 16th June 1881 at Garboldisham. He was Killed in Action (Wounded and Missing) on the Attack on Chocolate Hill at Gallipoli, 21st August 1915 aged 34. He is buried in Green Hill Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of The Rev. C. L. Kennaway, of Stephens Plot, Spettisbury, Blandford. Educated at Eton and Oriel College, Oxford. Land Agent. Took Commission in Dorset Yeomanry in 1911”. Another officer wrote the following about Arthur “Lieut. Kennaway was known to many friends as one of those who combined strength of character with a great charm of personality, and a keenness in whatever work he took in hand”. One of his Trooper’s wrote “He was the bravest officer that ever walked”.
12676 Pte William Matthews B Coy 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. William was born in Madjeston. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. William Died on the 28th November 1915 at Gallipoli aged 39. He is buried in Hill 10 Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Husband of Annie Matthews, of 16, Spettisbury, Blandford, Dorset”.
11050 Sgt Sidney Perrott 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Sidney was born in Ampfield, Hampshire. He resided in Stockbridge, Hampshire and enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. He had previously resided in Spetisbury and been a Grocers Assistant. Sidney was Killed in Action on the 29th February 1916. He is buried in Voormezeele Enclosure No.3.
31626 Pte Arthur William Priddle 8 Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Formerly 23474 Pte 14 Cavalry Reserve Regiment. Arthur was born in Rimpton, Somerset. He resided in Blandford and enlisted for the Great War in September 1914 at Kingston-on-Thames. Before this he had been a Gardener. Arthur was Killed in Action on the 20th September 1915 aged 20. He is buried in Azmak Cemetery, Suvla. The CWGC lists “Son of William Augustus and Martha Mary Priddle, of Ashley, Ringwood, Hants”. His parents had previously resided at Spetisbury.
Lieut Marcus Ralph Russell 2 Reserve Regiment of Cavalry Attached 8 Hussars. Marcus was Killed in Action on the 22nd March 1918 aged 29. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. The CWGC lists “Son of William Woods Russell and Caroline Camilla Russell, of Crawford House, Spettsbury, Dorset; husband of Eva Margaret Russell, of Newell, Sherborne, Dorset”.
42456 Pte John Smith 4 Bn Worcester Regiment, Formerly 30230 Pte Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry. John was born in Upton and resided in Spetisbury. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. John was Killed in Action on the 29th September 1918 aged 22. He is buried in Oxford Road Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of George and Anne Smith, of West Knoyle, Mere, Wilts”.
Maj Hugh Speke B Coy 10 Bn Lancashire Fusiliers, Formerly 9 Bn Somerset Light Infantry. Hugh was born on the 24th February 1878 at Dowlish Wake. He was the nephew of John Hanning Speke, the African explorer. Hugh was educated at Uppingham, Keble College, Oxford and Wells Theological College. He was ordained at St Paul’s Catherdral in 1902. He served in the Boer War with the Wiltshire Yeomanry. Hugh was Killed in Action during a reconnaissance at Vierstaat on the 12th August 1915 aged 37. He is buried in Ridge Wood Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of the Rev. Benjamin Speke and Caroline Sophia Speke; husband of Ruth Lettice Speke, of Stephen’s Plot, Spettisbury, Blandford, Dorset. Served in the South African Campaign with Wiltshire Yeomanry. Ordained Deacon and Priest of the Church of England, 1902-3. Curate, St. Michael’s, Bromley-by-Bow, East London, 1902-5. Vicar, Curry Rivel, Somerset, 1905-10. Mission Priest in Western Canada, 1910-14. Returned home to join the Forces, Oct., 1914. Born at Dowlish Wake, Somerset”. The circumstances surrounding his death were explained by another officer. “It happened around 11:30 on Wednesday night. He went out to reconnoiter the German trenches with a Sergt.; he was away about an hour and a half, and procured some very useful information; they were on their way back when he was shot; he must have been shot at least three times in the head and neck, and can have suffered no pain.”
Capt Gilbert John Strange 40 Sqn RAF and Dorset Regiment. Gilbert was born on the 21st February 1899. He resided at Tarrant Keynston. Gilbert went Missing presumed Killed on the 24th September 1918 near Cambrai. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial. Also remembered on Tarrant Keyneston War Memorial.