Percy John Foyle

Surname: Foyle
Other names: Percy John
Other people in this story:
Charles Thomas Foyle
Annie Maria Foyle née Francis
Winifred May Foyle née Kick
Locations in this story:
Kington Magna, Dorset
Lower Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Fewcott, Bicester, Oxfordshire
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Egypt
Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Percy John Foyle was born in Kington Magna, Dorset, on 28th September 1896, the son of Charles Thomas Foyle and Annie Maria Foyle (née Francis).  By 1901 he had moved with his family to Greens Farm, Lower Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He enlisted with the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 760).  He served in Egypt and whilst there he transferred to the Corps of Hussars (Imperial Camel Corps) (Service No. 230159).  He was discharged on 21st April 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He married Winifred May Kick in the Shaftesbury, Dorset, Registration area in 1921.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Fewcott, Bicester, Oxfordshire, and was a Foreman Concrete Worker.   His death was registered at the Oxford, Oxfordshire, Registry on 18th June 1969.

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Archibald Arthur Still

Surname: Still
Other names: Archibald Arthur
Other people in this story:
Tom Still
Ellen Still née West
Anna Jane Still née Lane
Clarence Reginald Still
Stanley Charles Still
Locations in this story:
West Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Egypt
Martley, Worcestershire
Blandford, Dorset

Story:
Archibald Arthur Still was born at Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 26th January 1881, the son of Tom Still and Ellen Still (née West).  He lived most of his life until just before 1939 and except for his period of military service in West Street, Fontmell Magna.   He married Anna Jane Lane in Blandford, Dorset, on 18th September 1904. Archibald enlisted and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 965).  He served in Egypt and was later transferred to the 'B' Squadron of the Corps of Hussars (Service No. 230320). He was still serving in 1920 but when discharged was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.   By the time of the 1939 Register he had moved to Thorngrove Cottage, Martley, Worcestershire, where he was working as a Groom.  His death was recorded in Martley in 1964.  His brothers, Clarence Reginald Still and Stanley Charles Still, also served in the conflict.

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Clarence Reginald Still

William Ernest Burden

Surname: Burden
Other names: William Ernest
Other people in this story:
James John Rideout Burden
Sarah Anne Burden née Elliott
Elfreda Gladys Burden née Gray
Victor Thomas Burden
Albert Edward Burden
James John Burden
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Guy's Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bedchester, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
William Ernest Burden was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1893 and baptised at St. James' Church, Shaftesbury, on 2nd July 1893, the son of James John Rideout Burden and Sarah Anne Burden (née Elliott).  He lived all his life, apart from Military Service, in the Shaftesbury/Guy's Marsh area.  He enlisted and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 1681), later transferring to the Corps of Hussars (Service No. 230890).  It is not known where he served but on his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Elfreda Gladys Gray at St. James' Church, Shaftesbury, on 22nd November 1921. By the 1939 Register he was living at 79 Bedchester, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as an 'egg collector in a small way and garden labourer'. He was also an ARP Warden and a Shaftesbury Councillor. His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1967. William's brothers, Victor Thomas (b.1887) and Albert Edward (b. 1890) and James John (b. 1877) also served in the conflict and all their names appeared on a Roll of Honour published in the St. James' Church Parish Magazine in Nov 1918.

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Victor Thomas Burden

James Stokes

Surname: Stokes
Other names: James
Other people in this story:
Stephen Nehemiah Stokes
Eliza Stokes
Irene Violet Stokes née Foyle
Locations in this story:
East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Egypt
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Greens Farm, Shaftesbury

Story:
James Stokes was born at East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 5th July 1897, the son of Stephen Nehemiah and Eliza Stokes.  He lived most of his life in the vicinity.  He enlisted and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 1416) later transferring to the Corps of Hussars (Service No. 230680).  He served in Egypt and promoted to Lance Corporal.   He was eventually discharged on 22nd March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He married Irene Violet Foyle in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1929 and they went on to have at least two children.  By the 1939 Register he is shown living at Greens Farm, Shaftesbury, and described as a Dairy Farmer and Rabbit Trapper.  His death is registered at Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 1981.

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Arthur Balch

Surname: Balch
Other names: Arthur
Other people in this story:
William Balch
Mary Balch née Highman
Nellie Balch née Lodge
General Sir John French
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
South Africa
Mesopotamia
India
Weymouth, Dorset

Story:
Arthur Balch was born in 1880 in Shaftesbury, Dorset and baptised there on 18th July 1880.  He was the son of William Balch and Mary Balch (née Highman). In 1891 the family was living in Parsons Pool in Shaftesbury.  He had enlisted with the Royal Artillery as a Driver (Service No. 3776) on 18 Jan 1898 but was almost immediately transferred to the16th Hussars on 22 Jan 1898 as a Private.  He had served in South Africa and had been awarded various campaign and service medals including one for the Relief of Ladysmith.   He went on reserve from 1905 and was called back for a short period between 1909 and 1910.  He was mobilized again on 17 Jan 1914 as a Private with the Corps of Hussars (Service No. 47765).  He served in both France & Flanders, Mesopotamia and India. Whilst serving in France he became the batman and groom to General Sir John French who was the Commander of the British Expeditionary Force until early 1915 when Sir John was relieved of his duties. Following the cessation of the war Arthur was eventually demobilized on 7 Dec 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals, the 1914/15 Star and the India Afghanistan North West Frontier Medal 1919. He had previously married Nellie Lodge on 1st Jan 1907 at Weymouth, Dorset, Registry Office and they went on to have five children. The 1939 Register shows the family living at 4 Walpole Street, Weymouth, Dorset, where Arthur was working as a Bus Inspector on Southern Buses. He eventually died on 27th Sep 1960 in Weymouth. Sources: Based on original research carried out by Ken Baxter for the exhibition "Shaftesbury and the Great War" at Gold Hill Museum in 2014.    

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  • Parsons Pool

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Trevor Sharpe

Surname: Sharpe
Other names: Trevor
Other people in this story:
Walter Sharpe
Julia Elizabeth Sharpe née Rowland
Laura Blanche Sharpe née Foot
Hilda May Sharpe
Walter Sharpe
Mildred B. Sharpe
Montague Harry Sharpe
Denzil Walter Claude Sharpe
Leo Vernon Sharpe
Kenneth Cyril Sharpe
Locations in this story:
Marnull
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Chatby Memorial, Alexandria, Egypt
Pigeon House Farm, Marnhull, Dorset
Butts Knapp, Cann, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. Mary's Church, Sherborne, Dorset

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Trevor Sharpe was born in 1885 in Marnhull and baptised there on 12th April 1885. He was the son of Walter Sharpe, a farmer, and Julia Elizabeth Sharpe (née Rowland). On 6th February, 1906 he married Laura Blanche Foot. They had three children: Hilda May (b.1907), Walter (b. 1912) and Mildred B. (b. 1917). At the time of the 1911 Census he was working as a gardener and living at Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire. Later Electoral Rolls show the family had moved to Butts Knapp, Shaftesbury, by 1918. Trevor enlisted in Shaftesbury in the Dorset (Queen's own) Yeomanry  (Service No. 1543) but later transferred to the Corps of Hussars (Service No. 230785) and at the time of his death held the rank of Corporal. He served in Egypt and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. On 13th October 1918 he died of pneumonia on board the hospital ship HMHS Assaye and was buried at sea. His name appears on the Chatby Memorial, Alexandria and on the memorial to the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry in St. Mary's Church, Sherborne. He is remembered on the Cann War Memorial, Shaftesbury on which the spelling of his surname is "Sharp", although the correct name is "Sharpe" but this is carried through in many records throughout the family.  His brothers, Montague Harry Sharpe, Denzil Walter Claude Sharpe, Kenneth Cyril Sharpe and Leo Vernon Sharpe, all served and all survived the conflict.  

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  • Names on Cann War Memorial
  • Unveiling of Cann War Memorial

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Henry Meatyard Hatcher

Surname: Hatcher
Other names: Henry Meatyard
Other people in this story:
Albert Hatcher
Selina Hatcher née Jenkins
Locations in this story:
Compton Abbas
Egypt
Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Palestine
Green Farm, Cherry Orchard, Cann, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
New York, USA
Southampton
Kortright, Delaware, USA
Sherborne, Dorset

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Henry Meatyard Hatcher was born in 1892 in Compton Abbas. He was the son of Albert Hatcher, a farm foreman, and Selina Hatcher (née Jenkins). In 1910 Henry travelled via Southampton to New York on the SS Adriatic. He appeared on the United States Census of 1910 living at Kortright, Delaware, USA, working as a hired man. At the time of the 1911 Census, his parents were living at Green Farm, Cherry Orchard, Cann, Shaftesbury. He must have returned to the UK at some time in order to enlist in Sherborne, Dorset and join the 1st/1st Battalion of the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 866) later transferring to the Corps of Hussars (New Service No. 230239). At the time of his death he held the rank of Lance Corporal. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died of wounds on the Egyptian border of Palestine (near Gaza) on 25th November 1917 and was buried at Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Palestine (grave id. B.160). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

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  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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