1914 Shaftesbury Grammar School Athletics Team

Victor Charles Prince

Surname: Prince
Other names: Victor Charles
Other people in this story:
William John Prince
Agnes Jane Prince
Locations in this story:
Salisbury, Wiltshire
St. Ann Street, Salisbury
Choir School, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Drewsteignton, Devon
Bouchavenes, Arras, France
Vis-En-Artois Cemetery Memorial, France
St. Martin’s Church, Salisbury

Story:
Victor Charles Prince was born in 1898 in Salisbury, Wiltshire. He was the son of William John Prince, a baker, and Agnes Jane Prince. The family lived at 66 St. Ann Street, Salisbury. In 1906 Victor was admitted to the Choir School at Salisbury Cathedral and at the time of the 1911 Census was a boarder there. He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1913 to December 1915. He was an outstanding sportsman and was a member of the school football team in 1913, 1914 and 1915 (Captain). He was also a member of the cricket team in 1914 and 1915. He represented the school in the Dorset Inter-School sports, winning the 100 Yards, 220 Yards and Quarter Mile in 1914 and 1915. He was a founder member of the school Cadet Corps and became Platoon Sergeant. He was an assistant librarian in the school library and passed the Cambridge Junior Locals in 1915. On leaving school he entered the Salisbury branch of the London City and Midland Bank.

In August 1916 Victor joined the Rifle Brigade and in December received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion London Regiment. On 14th December 1917 he was posted to France. In August 1918 he returned on leave and visited the Shaftesbury Grammar School Cadet Camp at Drewsteignton. He returned to France and on 1st September 1918 was killed in action at Bouchavenes, south of Arras. According to the school magazine, “When killed, he was gallantly leading his men into action; he had already previously been wounded and had refused to go back, and he and his greatest friend were killed by the same shell.” In January 1919 it was announced in the London Gazette that he had been awarded the M.C. This was for the action in which he lost his life.

Victor’s name appears on the Vis-En-Artois Cemetery Memorial (Panel 10). He is also remembered on the memorial in St. Martin’s Church and on the Choir School Memorial in Salisbury.

As a former pupil his name was recorded on the Shaftesbury Grammar School war memorial, now in Shaftesbury School. Throughout the war a hand-written list was compiled of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving in the armed forces. An asterix can be seen next to Victor's name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum. 

Printed Sources: 
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, November 1918
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, March 1919

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  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 10
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 6
  • 1913 Shaftesbury Grammar School Football Team
  • 1914 Shaftesbury Grammar School Football Team

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Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial

Charles Henry Morris Platt

Surname: Platt
Other names: Charles Henry Morris
Other people in this story:
Arthur William Platt
Annie Sophia Platt née Morris
Kathleen Platt
Locations in this story:
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Zuydcoote Military Cemetery, France
Middleton Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire

Story:
Charles Henry Morris Platt was born on 4th August 1898 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. He was the son of Arthur William Platt, a schoolmaster, and Annie Sophia Morris. Sadly, Charles’ father died on 13th November 1898 and his mother in 1905. He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from January 1909 to December 1914 and appears on the 1911 Census as a boarder. While at the school he was a keen sportsman and played for the cricket team in 1913 and 1914. He was also member of the school football team in 1912, 1913 and 1914. In the Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine he was described as “Centre Half. – After playing forward for two years, changed to centre half, and was a great success. Tackles well, and feeds his forwards with judgment. A good shot. Wants a little more pace.”

On leaving school Charles went to Sandhurst. He passed out in 1916 and received a commission in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Flying Corps Section, with the rank of 2nd. Lieutenant. He trained as a pilot and having “got his wings”, was posted to France. He died there on 23rd November 1917, having “collided with another machine on the edge of a cloud,” according to the school magazine. He was buried at Zuydcoote Military Cemetery (grave. Id. II.D.25). His effects and medals (Victory and British War) were sent to his sister Kathleen Platt, who was living at Middleton Hall, Leeds at the time.

As a former pupil his name is recorded on the Shaftesbury Grammar School memorial in Shaftesbury School. Throughout the war a hand-written list was compiled of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving in the armed forces. An asterix can be seen next to Charles’s name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

Printed Sources:
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, March 1915
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1917
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, March 1918

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  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 10
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 11
  • 1913 Shaftesbury Grammar School Football Team
  • 1914 Shaftesbury Grammar School Football Team

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Colin Mitchell 1

Colin Mitchell

Surname: Mitchell
Other names: Colin
Other people in this story:
John Thomas Mitchell
Emma Mitchell
Locations in this story:
Mere, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Fletchin, France
Pozieres Memorial, France
France & Flanders

Story:
Colin Mitchell was born in Mere, Wiltshire in 1890. He was the son of John Thomas Mitchell, a farmer, and Emma Mitchell. He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from February 1901 to April 1906 and appears on the 1901 Census as a boarder there. After leaving school he entered the Wilts and Dorset Bank. When the First World War broke out Colin joined the 8th Rifle Brigade as a Rifleman (Service No. B/567). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the 1915 Star, Victory and British War medals. In 1916 he published Trampled Clay, a book of war poetry. The volume was published by Erskine MacDonald and included Hooge, which describes one of the first uses of flamethrowers in battle. Colin died at Fletchin in France on 22nd March 1918 and his name appears on the Pozieres Memorial, France (Panel 81 to 84). He is remembered on the Mere War Memorial and on the Shaftesbury Grammar School memorial in 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 Colin 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 next to Colin's name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

Printed Sources:
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, October 1914
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1918
First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces, September 1915
Trampled Clay, by Colin Mitchell, Erskine MacDonald, 1916

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  • Colin Mitchell 2
  • Colin Mitchell 3
  • Trampled Clay
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 10
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 5
  • List of Old Shastonians 3
  • Mere War Memorial 3
  • Mere War Memorial 2
  • Mere War Memorial 1
  • Names on Mere War Memorial 1
  • Names on Mere War Memorial 3
  • Names on Mere War Memorial 2

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Harry Thomas Liversidge

Surname: Liversidge
Other names: Harry Thomas
Other people in this story:
George Liversidge
Ellen Liversidge
Locations in this story:
Salisbury, Wiltshire
French Mill Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury General Infirmary, Salisbury, Wiltshire
London Road Cemetery, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Harry Thomas Liversidge was born in the registration district of Salisbury in 1897. He was the son of George Liversidge, an iron moulder, and Ellen Liversidge. The family lived in French Mill Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury and he attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1909 to July 1912. When war broke out Harry joined the Royal Navy (Service No. J/30404) and in June 1916 was serving as a Wireless Operator on H.M.S. Yarmouth. He became a leading Telegraphist and served on board H.M.S. Victory, where he contracted Tuberculosis. While still serving in the Navy he died of the disease at Salisbury General Infirmary on 25th April 1920 and was buried at Salisbury (London Road) Cemetery. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the Victory and British War medals.

As a former pupil his name was recorded on the Shaftesbury Grammar School war memorial, now in Shaftesbury School. Throughout the war a hand-written list was also compiled of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. Usually an asterix was placed next to the name of anyone who had died. This was not the case with Harry, probably because he died well after the end of the war. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum. 

Printed Sources: 
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1916
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1920

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  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 5

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Broadwey War Memorial 4

Edgar Jesty

Surname: Jesty
Other names: Edgar
Other people in this story:
John Jesse Jesty
Sarah Ann Jesty née Titt
Locations in this story:
Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire
The Farm, Nottington, Broadwey, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Gallipoli, Turkey
Helles Memorial, Turkey
St. Nicholas' Church, Broadway, Dorset
St. Mary's Abbey Church, Sherborne, Dorset

Story:
Edgar Jesty was born at Fonthill Gifford in Wiltshire in 1885. He was the son of John Jesse Jesty, a road surveyor & sanitary inspector and Sarah Ann Titt. He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from May 1898 to July 1902 and appears in the 1901 Census as a boarder there. He became a farmer and lived at The Farm, Nottington, Broadwey, Dorset. He enlisted as a Trooper in the Dorset (Queen’s Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 571) and was awarded the 1915 Star, Victory and British War medals. He died at Gallipoli on 21st August 1915 and his name appears on the Helles Memorial in Turkey. He is remembered on the Broadwey War Memorial in the churchyard of St. Nicholas’ Church and on the Dorset Queens Own Yeomanry memorial in St. Mary's Church, Sherborne.

As a former pupil his name was recorded on the Shaftesbury Grammar School memorial in Shaftesbury School. Throughout the war a hand-written list was compiled of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving in the armed forces. An asterix can be seen next to Edgar’s name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

Printed Sources:
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, November 1919

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  • Names on Broadwey War Memorial
  • Broadwey War Memorial 3
  • Broadwey War Memorial 2
  • Broadwey War Memorial 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 4

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Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial

Jack Wallis Gauntlett

Surname: Gauntlett
Other names: Jack Wallis
Other people in this story:
George Farmer Gauntlett
Florence Mary Gauntlett
Robert Gauntlett
Locations in this story:
South Grove Farm, Burbage, Pewsey, Wiltshire
Stapleford, Pewsey, Wiltshire
Middleton Farm, Norton Bavant, Bishopstrow, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Military Hospital, Warminster, Wiltshire
All Saints Churchyard, Norton Bavant, Wiltshire

Story:
Jack Wallis Gauntlett was born in 1898 in Stapleford, Pewsey, Wiltshire. He was the son of George Farmer Gauntlett, a farmer, and Florence Mary Gauntlett. In 1901 the family were living at South Grove Farm, Burbage, Pewsey. By the time of the 1911 Census they had moved to Middleton Farm, Norton Bavant, Bishopstrow, Wiltshire. Jack attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1913 to April 1915 and was a member of the 1914 football team. On leaving school became a farmer.  He enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps (Service No. 52597) becoming an Air Mechanic 2nd Class. In 1917 he went home on leave and directly after returning to camp developed measles, followed by acute broncho-pneumonia. He died at the Military Hospital, Warminster, Wiltshire on 11th May 1917. Sadly, when Jack was at home on leave he passed the measles infection on to his brother Robert, who also died, aged 2 years.

Jack was buried with full military honours in All Saints Churchyard, Norton Bavant, Wiltshire. He is remembered on the Norton Bavant War Memorial and on the Shaftesbury Grammar School memorial in Shaftesbury School. Throughout the war a hand-written list was compiled of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving in the armed forces. An asterix can be seen next to Jack’s name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

Printed Sources: Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1917

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  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 9
  • 1914 Shaftesbury Grammar School Football Team

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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
  • Names on Blackford Memorial 2
  • Blackford Roll of Honour
  • St. Michael's Church, Blackford

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Ernest Willie Viney

Surname: Viney
Other names: Ernest Willie
Other people in this story:
William Viney
Sarah Viney
Annie Viney née Gumbleton
Locations in this story:
Tisbury, Wiltshire
Mesopotamia
Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq
Gutch Common, Semley, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley

Story:
Ernest Willie Viney was born in 1882 in the registration district of Tisbury. He was the son of William Viney, a General Labourer, and Sarah Viney. In 1904 he married Annie Gumbleton. At the time of the 1911 Census he was a Reserve Soldier and living at Gutch Common, Semley, Wiltshire. By 1915 the couple had 7 children: 3 boys and 4 girls. He enlisted in the Military Police Corps (Service No. P/11523). He served in Mesopotamia and at the time of his death held the rank of Lance Corporal. He died on 12th March 1918 and was buried at Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery in Iraq (grave id. XVI.K.4). He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. 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 02

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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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Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque

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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