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John Seymour

Surname: Seymour
Other names: John
Other people in this story:
William John Seymour
Blanche Ellen Seymour née Parsons
Olive Margaret Seymour née Broadway
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
John Seymour was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 26th December 1898 and baptised at Cann, Shaftesbury, on 26th January 1899, the son of William John Seymour and Blanche Ellen Seymour (née Parsons).  He lived all his life, except for Military Service, in the Shaftesbury, Dorset, area.  At one time his address was 27 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He enlisted as a Private and served with three regiments in their turn.  The Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 70338), the London Regiment (Service No. GS/83336) and the Royal Fusiliers (Service No. as London Regiment).  It is not known which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Olive Margaret Broadway at Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16th October 1929.  They had at least one son.   By the time of the 1939 Register John was living at Boyne Farm, Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Dairy Farmer.   He died locally on 13th June 1989.

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Cann and Shaftesbury from Melbury Hill

Herbert John Holly

Surname: Holly
Other names: Herbert John
Other people in this story:
Mark Holly
Harriet Holly née Smith
Winifred Beatrice Holly née Gaisford
Harry Percival Holly
Ernest Walter Holly
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shroton, Dorset
Cann Common, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Blandford, Dorset

Story:
Herbert John Holly was born in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 8th December 1892 and baptised there on 5th March 1893, the son of Mark Holly and Harriet Holly (née Smith).   He spent his early life in and around the Melbury Abbas and Cann Common area.  He enlisted and served successively with the Dorsetshire Regiment (service No. 25813), the Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 52660) and the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 30396).  His rank in all cases was Private.  On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Winifred Beatrice Gaisford at Shroton, Dorset, in 1923.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at The Corner, Blandford, Dorset, and working as a Baker.  He died in Shroton on 2nd October 1983. 

Herbert's brother, Harry Percival Holly (b.1891) also served and survived but his brother Ernest Walter (b.1895), died in the conflict while serving with the Royal Army Service Corps in Greece.

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Shaftesbury viewed from the south 2

Sydney William Belbin

Surname: Belbin
Other names: Sydney William
Other people in this story:
Henry Belbin
Selina Emma Belbin née Wright
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Boscombe, Bournemouth, Hampshire
Southampston, Hampshire
France & Flanders
Loos, Pas de Calais, France

Story:
Sydney William Belbin was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1886, the son of Henry Belbin and Selina Emma Belbin (née Wright).  He lived his early life in Shaftesbury until, by 1901, the family had moved to Boscombe, Bournemouth, Hampshire. By 1911, Sydney had become a boarder in Southampton, Hampshire, where he obtained work as Painter.  He enlisted with the 8th (Service) Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 17700).  He was declared presumed killed in action on 25th September 1915 and is remembered on the Loos Memorial, Loos, Pas de Calais, France, (Panel 35 to 37).  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.

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Enmore Green, The Knapp

Walter Adams

Surname: Adams
Other names: Walter
Other people in this story:
Albert Adams
Alice Mary Adams née Feltham
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bournemouth, Hampshire
France & Flanders

Story:
Walter Adams was born at Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1888, the son of Albert Adams and Alice Mary Adams (née Feltham), themselves from local families.  He lived his early life in and around Shaftesbury until by 1911 his family had moved to Bournemouth, Hampshire.  He enlisted and joined the Devonshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 17423) and possibly served in France & Flanders.  He was transferred at some time to the Labour Corps (Service No. 116112) and died in the UK from consumption on 16th August 1917.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  There is no record on the War Graves Commission site as to the whereabouts of his grave.

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William Edward Pike

Surname: Pike
Other names: William Edward
Other people in this story:
Edward Pike
Ann Pike née Foot
Eleanor Elizabeth Pike née Witt
Locations in this story:
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Fordingbridge, Hampshire
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
France & Flanders
Latchfield, Hampshire
Christchurch, Hampshire
Deanland, Sixpenny Handley

Story:
William Edward Pike was born at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 16th August 1875 and baptised there on 24th October 1875, the son of Edward Pike and Ann Pike (nee Foot).   He spent his early life in Deanland, Sixpenny Handley.  He married Eleanor Elizabeth Witt at Fordingbridge, Hampshire, on 31st July 1901 and they set up home at Iwerne Minster, Dorset, from where they went on to have four children.   William enlisted on 11th December 1915 and was mobilized on 15th June 1916, joining the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 4099).   Within days he had been transferred to the Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 40664).  On the 20th September 1916 he was again transferred to the 155th Labour Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. (92804).  He served in France & Flanders and was eventually discharged on 10th April 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  Around the time of his discharge he made a claim for the effects of Rheumatism, which was partly caused by service conditions, for which he received a 20% pension.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Latchfield, Hampshire, and was working as a Woodman and Hurdle Maker.  His death is recorded at Christchurch, Hampshire, in 1960.

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Henry Arthur Oborn

Surname: Oborn
Other names: Henry Arthur
Other people in this story:
Arthur Oborn
Emily Jane Oborn née Smith
Mabel Oborn née Young
Emily Beatrice Oborn
Ernest William Oborn
Locations in this story:
Hammersmith, London
Horseshoe Inn, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Crism Cottage, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire

Story:
Henry Arthur Oborn was born in Hammersmith, London, on 2nd June 1882, the son of Arthur Oborn (a Police Constable originally from Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire) and Emily Jane Oborn (née Smith).  By 1911 Henry's father had retired and moved back to his birthplace and become landlord of the Horseshoe Inn, Ebbesbourne Wake.  Henry married Mabel Young at the Parish Church on 2nd May 1914 and they went on to have four children.   Henry enlisted on 11th December 1915 and was mobilized on 3rd June 1916, joining the 13th Works Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 2648).  He was transferred to the 312th Home Service Works Company of the Labour Corps on 28th April 1917 (Service No. 172906).  He served in the UK and was eventually discharged on 15th July 1919.  There are no medals recorded.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Crism Cottage, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire, working as Carpenter.  He died on the 29th December 1961 in Salisbury, Wiltshire.   His brother, Ernest William Oborn, also served for a short time before being discharged as unfit fit further duty. Henry's sister Emily Beatrice (b.1886) also served in the war, with the Voluntary Aid Detachment in a number of military hospitals around the UK.

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Henry George Coombs

Surname: Coombs
Other names: Henry George
Other people in this story:
William Stephen Coombs
Susannah Coombs née Still
Lilian M. Coombs née Tuffin
Locations in this story:
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Hampton Gate, Bedchester, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Bournemouth, Hampshire

Story:
Henry George Coombs was born in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1892, the son of William Stephen Coombs and Susannah Coombs (née Still).  He spent most of his early life at the family home at 69 Hampton Gate, Bedchester, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He enlisted on 11th December 1915 and mobilized on 8th February 1916 when he joined the Devonshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 23990).  During his service in France & Flanders he was transferred to different units and had two other Service Nos. 105075 & 211487.  He was discharged on 27th September 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Lilian M. Tuffin in Bournemouth, Hampshire, in 1935 and they went on to have one child.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 8 Hazell Avenue, Bournemouth, Hampshire, and was working as a Nursery Gardener.  He died in Bournemouth in 1980.

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William James Whitty

Surname: Whitty
Other names: William James
Other people in this story:
George Whitty
Jane Whitty née Gosney
Maud Winifred Whitty née Martin
Locations in this story:
Blandford, Dorset
Redmans Lane, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Wincanton, Somerset
Sutton Waldron, Dorset
Hardway, Near Bruton, Somerset

Story:
William James Whitty was born in Blandford, Dorset, on 15th July 1887 and baptised there on 28th September 1887, the son of George Whitty and Jane Whitty (née Gosney).  He lived most of his early life in and around Blandford.  He married Maud Winifred Martin at Sutton Waldron, Dorset, on 30th December 1914 and they set up home in Redmans Lane, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  They went on to have five children.   He enlisted on the first occasion on 26th June 1915 and joined the Devonshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 27408) and served in the UK for nearly two years before being discharged due to deafness on 24th July 1917.  He returned to the Devonshire Regiment on 11th February 1919 (Service No. 186345) and served until 24th July 1919.  There are no medal records.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 3 Sunnyside, Wincanton, Somerset, and was working as a Wheelwright and Carpenter.  He died at Hardway, near Bruton, Somerset, on 25th July 1961.

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Alfred John Toogood

Surname: Toogood
Other names: Alfred John
Other people in this story:
George Levi Toogood
Mary Toogood née Haines
Harriet Sarah Kate Toogood née Trowbridge
Locations in this story:
Gutch Common, Semley, Wiltshire
Reading, Berkshire

Story:
Alfred John Toogood was born on 16th May 1884 in Semley, Wiltshire, and baptised there on 13th July 1884, the son of George Levi Toogood and Mary Toogood (née Haines).  He lived all his early life at Gutch Common, Semley, Wiltshire.   He enlisted on 7th April 1916 and joined the Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 21463) as a Private.  On 30th March 1917 he transferred to the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment, Agricultural Company, (Service No. 34284) and again on the 30th June 1917 to the 442nd Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 263189).  He was transferred yet again to the Motor Transport Section of the Royal Army Service Corps on 1st December 1918 (Service No. M/410835).  Throughout this period he served solely in the UK.  He was discharged on 17th February 1919.  There are no evident medal records.  He married Harriet Sarah Kate Trowbridge in Semley in 1929 and they went on to have one child.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 16 Valentine Court, Reading, Berkshire, working as a Road Labourer.  He died in Reading on 19th December 1964.

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Walter James Broomfield

Surname: Broomfield
Other names: Walter James
Other people in this story:
Harry Jesse Broomfield
Fanny Matilda Broomfield née Cooke
Edith Eliza Emily Broomfield née Andrews
Frederick John Robert Broomfield
Edward William Broomfield
Harry Broomfield
Ernest Broomfield
Arthur Broomfield
Eva Theresa Rose Norman née Broomfield
Percy William Norman
Locations in this story:
Kirkby, Lincolnshire
Ringwood, Hampshire
Grove Arms, Ludwell, Donhead St, Mary, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Higher Dean Prior, Totnes, Devon
Kingsteignton, Devon

Story:
Walter James Broomfield was born at Kirkby, Lincolnshire, on 1st September 1879, the son of Harry Jesse Broomfield and Fanny Matilda Broomfield (née Cooke).  Walter's father had become the licensee of the Grove Arms, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire by 1911.  Walter married Edith Eliza Emily Andrews at Ringwood, Hampshire, in 1908 and they went on to have four children.  Walter had moved to Devon and was working there as a gamekeeper when he enlisted as a Private with the 15th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 15146) on 1st January 1915.  He served in France and Flanders where he was wounded on at least two occasions for which he eventually received a small pension.  He was finally discharged on 21st March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Higher Dean Prior, Totnes, Devon, and working as a Head Gamekeeper as well as being a volunteer ARP Warden.  He died in Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, Devon, on 8th July 1964. 

His brothers, Frederick John Robert and Edward William also served but sadly died in the war.  The remaining brothers, Walter James, Harry, Ernest and Arthur, all served and survived.  His sister, Eva Theresa Rose, was married to Percy William Norman who also served and survived.

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Arthur Broomfield
Ernest Broomfield
William Percy Norman
Edward William Broomfield
Frederick John Robert Broomfield
Harry Broomfield