Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial

George Arthur Jeffery

Surname: Jeffery
Other names: George Arthur
Other people in this story:
George Jeffrey
Ellen Jeffrey
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Mary
France & Flanders
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Somme, France
Dagnell House, Victoria Street, Shaftesbury
Coronation Villa, Shaftesbury
Australia
Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
George Arthur Jeffery was born in 1894 in Donhead St. Mary. He was the son of George Jeffery, a Farmer, and Ellen Jeffery. The family lived at Dagnell House, Victoria Street, Shaftesbury. George attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1905 until April 1910. At the time of the 1911 Census George was single, working as a grocer's apprentice and living at 1 Coronation Villa, Shaftesbury. In 1912 he emigrated to Australia where he worked as a tram cleaner.

In 1914 he enlisted as a Private in the Australian Imperial Force (Service No. 2850). He was first sent to Egypt and then in May 1916 went to France. On 3rd December 1916 he was killed by an enemy shell while serving in a front line trench on the Somme. His name appears on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Somme, France. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He is remembered on the Berwick St. John War Memorial and the memorial at Shaftesbury School.

A "First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces" was produced by Shaftesbury Grammar School in September 1915. It shows the regiment in which George served and the date and term in which he left school. His name was also included on a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. An asterix can be seen to the left of George's name, indicating that he had died, although the person compiling the list seemed a little unsure. The name above is that of J.G. Jeffery, who was referred to as Guy when he was at school, and it is known that he survived the war. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum. 

Printed Sources: 
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, February 1917 
First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces, September 1915 

Images:
  • St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John 01
  • Berwick St. John War Memorial
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial
  • List of Old Shastonians 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 3
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 4
  • Berwick St John War Memorial 02

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Shastonian