Names on Blackford War Memorial 1

Ernest James Mullins

Surname: Mullins
Other names: Ernest James
Other people in this story:
Adam Mullins
Sarah Priscilla Mullins née Galpin
Ethel Bessie Mullins née Miles
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Gillingham, Dorset
Blackford, Somerset
France & Flanders
Thiepval Memorial, France
St. Michael's Church, Blackford, Somerset

Story:
Ernest James Mullins was born in 1883 in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire. He was the son of Adam Mullins, a market gardener, and Sarah Priscilla Galpin, a dressmaker. In 1904 Ernest married Ethel Bessie Miles from Gillingham. At the time of the 1911 Census they were living in Blackford in Somerset with their four year old son and Ernest was working as a farm labourer. He enlisted as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 19046) and served in France & Flanders. He died on 11th January 1917 and his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial in France. He is remembered on the War Memorial and Roll of Honour in St. Michael's Church, Blackford, Somerset.  

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  • Blackford War Memorial
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  • Blackford Roll of Honour
  • St. Michael's Church, Blackford

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Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque

Alfred Edward Wills

Surname: Wills
Other names: Alfred Edward
Other people in this story:
Alfred John Wills
Laura Wills
William Wills
Locations in this story:
Winterbourne Monkton, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Theipval Memorial, France
White Bridge, Semley, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley

Story:
Alfred Edward Wills was born in 1891 in Winterbourne Monkton in Wiltshire. He was the son of Alfred John Wills, a Dairyman, and Laura Wills. His siblings included William, born in 1890. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Gardener and living at White Bridge, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 10638). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 26th September 1916 and his name appears on the Theipval Memorial in France (Pier & Face 7 B). He is remembered on the Semley Baptist Chapel plaque, now in St Leonard's Church.

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William Wills

Surname: Wills
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
Alfred John Wills
Laura Wills
Alfred Edward Wills
Locations in this story:
Stratton, Dorset
France & Flanders
Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France
White Bridge, Semley, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley

Story:
William Wills was born in 1890 in Stratton, Dorset. He was the son of Alfred John Wills, a Dairyman, and Laura Wills. His siblings included Alfred Edward, born in 1891. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single and living at White Bridge, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 10639). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 1st October 1916 and was buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery in France (grave id. VIII.C.163). He is remembered on the Semley Baptist Chapel plaque, now in St Leonard's Church.

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Sedgehill War Memorial 1

Charles George Parsons

Surname: Parsons
Other names: Charles George
Other people in this story:
Walter Joseph Parsons
Frances Parsons
Locations in this story:
Semley, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs, France
Huggler's Hole Cottages, Semley
St. Catherine's Church, Sedgehill, Wiltshire

Story:
Charles George Parsons was born in 1898 in Semley, Wiltshire. He was the son of Walter Joseph Parsons, a general labourer, and Frances Parsons. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a Scholar and living at Huggler's Hole Cottages, Semley. He enlisted as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 14501). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 9th November 1916 and was buried at Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs, France (grave id. X.X.8). He is remembered on the memorial plaque in St. Catherine's Church, Sedgehill.

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Semley War Memorial 3

Alfred Radcliffe Bowles

Surname: Bowles
Other names: Alfred Radcliffe
Other people in this story:
Frank Bowles
Bessie Alice Bowles
Bertram P. Bowles
Locations in this story:
Tisbury, Wiltshire
India
Delhi Memorial (India Gate)
Old Workhouse, Semley, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley

Story:
Alfred Radcliffe Bowles was born in 1895 in the registration district of Tisbury. He was the son of Frank Bowles, a Foreman Platelayer, and Bessie Alice Bowles. His siblings included Bertram P. Bowles, born in 1893. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Farm Labourer and living at the Old Workhouse, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 200790 (2463)). He served in India, where he died on 16th October 1918. His name appears on the Delhi Memorial (India Gate) (Face 23). He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was included on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church.

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  • Semley War Memorial 03
  • Semley War Memorial 02

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Semley War Memorial 01

Ernest William Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Ernest William
Other people in this story:
William Gray
Mary Jane Gray
Locations in this story:
Tisbury, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Arras Memorial, France
Old Workhouse, Semley, Wiltshire

Story:
Ernest William Gray was born in 1891 in the registration district of Tisbury. He was the son of William and Mary Jane Gray. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Farm Labourer and living at the Old Workhouse, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 19525). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 12th April 1917 and his name appears on the Arras Memorial in France (Bay 6). He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was included on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church.

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  • Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque
  • Semley War Memorial 3
  • Semley War Memorial 2
  • Semley War Memorial 03

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Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque

William Long

Surname: Long
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
Henry Long
Amy Long
Locations in this story:
Cadeby, Leicestershire
Mesopotamia
Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq
Tamworth, Staffordshire
Semley, Wiltshire

Story:
William Long was born in 1888 in Cadeby, Leicestershire. He was the son of Henry Long, a Gamekeeper, and Amy Long. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was living at Tamworth, Staffordshire. He enlisted in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 14861) and served in Mesopotamia. At the time of his death on 10th December 1917 he held the rank of Sergeant. His name appears on the Nisbim Memorial 240 in the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery in Iraq. The military death notice stated that he was a resident of Semley, Wiltshire. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and is remembered on the Semley Baptist Chapel plaque, now in St. Leonard's Church.

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Clement Martin Maidment headstone 2

Clement Martin Maidment

Surname: Maidment
Other names: Clement Martin
Other people in this story:
Thomas C. Maidment
Ella Maidment
Locations in this story:
Mere, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley
Knipe's Farm, Semley, Wiltshire

Story:
Clement Martin Maidment was born in 1897 in Mere. He was the son of Thomas C. and Ella Maidment. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as an Errand Boy and living at Knipe's Farm, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 200907). He died at home on 11th November 1918 and was buried in the north-west corner of St. Leonard's Churchyard. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. LeonardÕs churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was included on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church.

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  • Clement Martin Maidment headstone 1
  • Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque
  • Semley War Memorial 3
  • Semley War Memorial 2
  • Semley War Memorial 03

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Semley War Memorial 2

Stanley George Pitman

Surname: Pitman
Other names: Stanley George
Other people in this story:
John Pitman
Mary Ann Pitman
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Fienvillers British War Cemetery, France
Semley Green, Semley, Wiltshire
St Leonard's Church, Semley

Story:
Stanley George Pitman was born in 1889 in the registration district of Shaftesbury. He was the son of John Pitman, an Egg & Poultry Dealer, and Mary Ann Pitman. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as an Egg/Poultry Dealer and living at Semley Green, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 19550). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 3rd September 1918 and was buried at Fienvillers British War Cemetery in France (grave id. D.14). He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was included on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church.

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  • Names on Semley War Memorial
  • Semley War Memorial 3

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Sedgehill War Memorial 2

George Robert Batson

Surname: Batson
Other names: George Robert
Other people in this story:
Mr Parnham
Flora Ellen Batson née Smith
Locations in this story:
Trent, Dorset
France & Flanders
Tyne Cot Memorial, Flanders
Bishops Waltham, Hampshire
Westcombe, Evercreech, Somerset
St. Catherine's Church, Sedgehill, Wiltshire

Story:
George Robert Batson was born in 1879 in Trent, Dorset. In 1909 he married Flora Ellen Smith. At the time of the 1911 Census they were living at Bishops Waltham, Hampshire and he was working as a cowman. They were living at Sedgehill when he enlisted in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 14561). He served in France & Flanders and at the time of his death on 16th August 1917 held the rank of Sergeant. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals and his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Flanders (Panel 92). By the end of the war Flora had re-married, becoming Mrs Parham. She and her husband lived at Westcombe, Evercreech, Somerset. George is remembered on the memorial plaque in St. Catherine's Church, Sedgehill.    

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  • Sedgehill War Memorial 1

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