IN PROUD & GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF THESE BRAVE MEN OF THIS
PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES FOR RIGHT, LIBERTY
& ENGLAND’S HONOUR.
1914 – 1919
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ARTHUR E BAKER, – 5TH DORSET REGT.
18665 Pte Arthur Edwin Baker 6 Bn Dorset Regiment. Arthur was born in Bow, Essex and resided in Winterborne Whitechurch. He enlisted for the Great War in Holton, Somerset. Arthur Died of Wounds on the 22nd May 1917. He is buried in Winterborne Whitchurch (St Mary) Churchyard Extension. His next of kin was listed as his sister Clara.
REGINALD LANE, – 3RD WILTS REGT.
26692 Pte Reginald William Lane 3 Bn Wiltshire Regiment, Formerly 18761 Pte Dorset Regiment. Reginald was born in Thornford and resided in South Audley Street, London. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Reginald Died of Influenza at Aylesford Military Hospital on the 22nd November 1918 aged 32. He is buried in Thornford (St Mary Magdalene) Churchyard. The CWGC lists “Husband of Evelyn Mary Lane, 148 Poplar Road, Merton Park, London SW19”.
EDMUND MORTON MANSEL-PLEYDELL, – LIEUT DORSET REGT.
Lieut Edmund Morton Mansel-Pleydell 3 Bn Dorset Regiment Attached 3 Bn Worcester Regiment. Edmund was born on the 23rd December 1886 in Bangalore, India. He was educated at Wellington and Sherborne schools and resided at Whatcombe. Before the Great War he had served as a Lieut of the Royal Agricultural Contingent Senior Division OTC. Edmund was also an all-round sportsman, a well known footballer, polo player, and pig sticker! Edmund was Killed in Action at Kemmel whilst leading his platoon in a charge against the German trenches on the 12th March 1915 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 Lt. Col. and Mrs. Mansel-Pleydell, of Whatcombe, Blandford, Dorset”. His Colonel wrote “He was my most promising officer, and would have, had he lived, I am certain, distinguished himself”. His brother also appears on Winterborne Whitechurch War Memorial, see the next entry. Also remembered on Milborne St Andrew War Memorial and Broadstone War Memorial.
HENRY GROVE MORTON MANSEL-PLEYDELL, – M.C. LIEUT DORSET REGT.
Lieut Henry Grove Morton Mansel-Pleydell (Military Cross) 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Henry resided at Dunyeats, Broadstone. Henry was Killed in Action on the 17th May 1916 aged 21. He is buried in Miraumont Communal Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Mrs. K. E. Mansel-Pleydell, of 13, Foulis Terrace, South Kensington, London”. The circumstances surrounding his death were noted by CSM Ernest Shephard in his diary. “Wednesday 17th May 1916: A fairly quiet night. I took trench duty from 6.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. A fine day, very hot. A great calamity befell my Company and myself at 10 a.m. The enemy trenches opposite run behind a small wood which we call Diamond Wood. Since we have been in this sector the Intelligence Officer went out 2 days ago and brought some iron plates back belonging to enemy. Yesterday afternoon at 4 p.m. in broad daylight Captain Algeo went out from Hammerhead sap and went into the enemy wood smoking his pipe quite cool, returning an hour later. At 10 a.m. this morning, without saying anything, Captain Algeo and Lt Mansell-Pleydell (The Intelligence Officer) went out from the sap. They were seen crossing ‘No Man’s Land’ between sap and wood. When nearly up to edge of wood M-P was seen to beckon, and he and Captain ran into wood. There was a scuffle and Captain Algeo was heard shouting ‘Hands up, hands up, put it down.’ A volley of rifle fire and revolver shots followed, a scream, silence. The Regimental history for the Great War described Henry. “Lieut. Mansel-Pleydell’s dauntless courage, and tireless activity had singled him out as an incomparable intelligence officer. He was out in No Man’s Land night after night, seeking and obtaining information. His cheerful disposition enabled him to create a light-hearted atmosphere under the most appalling conditions. He was a fine sportsman.” His brother also appears on Winterborne Whitechurch War Memorial, see the above entry. Also remembered on Milborne St Andrew War Memorial and Broadstone War Memorial.
THOMAS ORCHARD, – 23RD MIDDLESEX REGT.
G/6260 Pte Thomas Orchard 23rd Bn Middlesex Regiment. Thomas was born in Winterborne Whitechurch and resided in Luton. He enlisted for the Great War in Bedford. Thomas Died of Wounds on the 22nd August 1918. He is buried in Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery. His next of kin was his widow Annie.
SAMUEL JOHN SKINNER, – 1ST DORSET REGT.
18664 Pte Samuel John Skinner 1 Bn Dorset Regiment. Samuel was born and resided in Winterborne Whitechurch. He enlisted for the Great War in Blandford. Samuel was Killed in Action on the 29th September 1918 aged 22. He is buried in Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery. The CWGC lists “Son of Robert and Mary Jane Skinner, of Whitechurch, Blandford, Dorset”.
JESSE VATER, – 5TH DORSET REGT.
10252 Pte Jesse Vater 5 Bn Dorset Regiment. Jesse was born in Bathampton and resided in Winterborne Whitechurch. He enlisted for the Great War at Blandford in August 1914, having previously been a Gardener. In September 1914, he was given 3 days confined to camp for inattention on parade. Jesse was Killed in Action (Missing, Presumed Dead) at Gallipoli on the 21st August 1915 aged 24. He is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial. His parents were William and Ellen Vater. His brother also appears on the Winterborne Whitechurch War Memorial, see next entry.
WILLIAM GEORGE VATER, – R.A. SERVICE CORPS.
M/338314 Pte William George Vater 3rd Water Tank Coy Army Service Corps. William was born in Hilton and resided in Salisbury. He enlisted for the Great War in Devizes. William was Killed in Action during an enemy air raid on the 30th August 1918 aged 30. He is buried in Albert Communal Cemetery Extension. The CWGC lists “Son of William and Ellen Vater, of Whitechurch, Dorset; husband of Matilda C. E. Vater, of 13, St. Mark’s Rd., Salisbury, Wilts”. His brother also appears on the Winterborne Whitechurch War Memorial, see the above entry.
JOSEPH WILLIAM WHITE, – R.W. SURREY REGT.
G/13475 Pte Joseph William White B Coy 7 Bn Royal West Surrey Regiment. Joseph was born in Winterborne Whitechurch and resided in Chertsey. He enlisted for the Great War in Chersey too. Joseph was Killed in Action on the 6th-8th November 1916 aged 30. 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 Frances White, of Milton End, Whitechurch, Blandford, Dorset; husband of Louisa White (nee Privett), of “Hatchlands”, 45, Chapel St., Newhaven, Sussex”.
CHARLES T WHITE, – 5TH DORSET REGT.
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 Hilton War Memorial.