Manor Farm, Compton Abbas

John Clark Goldie

Surname: Goldie
Other names: John Clark
Other people in this story:
George Goldie
Fanny Goldie née Burt
Dorothy Nora Goldie née Cowing
Locations in this story:
Manor Farm, Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Gallipoli, Turkey
Sitterton, Bere Regis, Wareham, Dorset
Dorchester, Dorset

Story:
John Clark Goldie was born in Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 11th May 1888, the son of George Goldie and Fanny Goldie (née Burt).   He spent all his early life with his family at Manor Farm, Compton Abbas.   He enlisted and joined the 1/1st Battalion of the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 230350).  He served at Gallipoli where he was captured and served his time as a POW in Turkey.  He had the unfortunate experience of losing his right arm at that time.  Following his release and later discharge on 22nd March 1919 he was given a pension.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the Silver Badge No. B214088.  He married Dorothy Nora Cowing at Compton Abbas on 24th April 1919.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 2 Manor House, Sitterton, Bere Regis, Wareham, Dorset, working as a Farm Bailiff.   He died in the Damers Road Hospital, Dorchester, Dorset, on 3 Mar 1960.

John's sister Mildred Frances (b.1894) served with the Voluntary Aid Detachment in the UK and in Egypt.

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Percival James Harding

Surname: Harding
Other names: Percival James
Other people in this story:
Rudolph James Harding
Mary Harding née Down
Eva Lucy Harding née Freer
Harold George Harding
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Coventry, Warwickshire
Birmingham, Warwickshire
Solihull, Warwickshire
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bleke Street, Shaftesbury

Story:
Percival James Harding was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7th August 1890 and baptised at Cann, Shaftesbury, on 31st August 1890, the son of Rudolph James Harding and Mary Harding (née Down).  He lived his early life with the family at 4 Bleke Street, Shaftesbury. By 1911 he had moved to 36 Smithford Street, Coventry, Warwickshire, to work with a Chemist and Druggist. 

He enlisted and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 23094) and later transferred to the Labour Corps (Service No. 622879).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but after discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Eva Lucy Freer in the Birmingham South, Warwickshire, Registration District, in 1925 and they went on to have one son.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 84 Burman Road, Solihull, Warwickshire, and was described as a Finance Representative.  His death was recorded at the Banbury, Oxfordshire, Registry in 1977.

Percival's brother Harold George (b.1878) also served in the war, with the Dorsetshire Regiment.

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Loftus Harold Lear

Surname: Lear
Other names: Loftus Harold
Other people in this story:
Thomas Lear
Emma Lear née Bastable
Kathleen Emily Lear née Abbott
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Dorset
Woolcotts Farm, Sherborne Causeway, Motcombe, Dorset
Egypt
Gallipoli, Turkey
Church Farm, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset
Southmead, Bristol
Malta

Story:
Loftus Harold Lear was born in Motcombe, Dorset, on 12th July 1891, the son of Thomas Lear and Emma Lear (née Bastable).  He lived most of his early life in the immediate area.  He enlisted as a Territorial with the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 449). He attended annual training camps until he was embodied on 5th August 1914.  His address at the time was given as Woolcotts Farm, Sherborne Causeway, Motcombe, Dorset.  He served at Gallipoli, Turkey, as well as in Egypt.  He contracted dysentry whilst in Gallipoli and on 14th October 1915 was transferred to hospital in Malta. From here he was repatriated to the UK on 10th December 1915 and became a patient at 2nd War Hospital, Southmead, Bristol.  His discharge coincided with the termination of his engagement and he was demobilized on 4th March 1916.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.   He married Kathleen Emily Abbott on 14th April 1925 at Motcombe.  They went on to have three children.  The 1939 Register shows him living at Church Farm, Shaftesbury, Dorset, as a Dairy Farmer.  He died on 21st May 1966 and was buried at Motcombe.

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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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Melbury Abbas and Zig Zag Hill

Francis Edward Pickford

Surname: Pickford
Other names: Francis Edward
Other people in this story:
William Pickford
Julia Emma Pickford née Pickford
Flora Mary Pickford née Gibbs
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Coles Lane Farm, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Stour Provost, Dorset

Story:
Francis Edward Pickford was born in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22nd May 1896 and baptised there on 21st June 1896, the son of William Pickford and Julia Emma Pickford (née Pickford).  He lived his early life with his parents at Manor Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  There are no surviving Service Records in this case but there is a medal record showing he served as a Private with the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 230130).  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Flora Mary Gibbs at Stour Provost, Dorset, on 10th November 1920 and they went on to have three children.  By the 1939 Register Francis is living at Coles Lane Farm, Shaftesbury, Dorset, as a Dairy Farmer.  He died in Shaftesbury on 4th August 1982 and was buried at Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, on 9th August 1982.

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Gerald James Trowbridge

Surname: Trowbridge
Other names: Gerald James
Other people in this story:
Robert Trowbridge
Annie Davis née Trowbridge
Ethel Mary Trowbridge née Allen
Reginald Trowbridge
Locations in this story:
Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset
Egypt
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Yeovil, Somerset

Story:
Gerald James Trowbridge was born on 12th September 1889 at Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset, and baptised there on 13th October 1889, the son of Robert Trowbridge and Annie Trowbridge (née Davis).  He lived most of his life in and around Okeford Fitzpaine.  He enlisted on 2nd February 1909 as a Territorial with the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 337).  He was obliged to attend annual training camps.  He was embodied on 5th August 1914 and given a new Service No. 1254.  He served in Egypt as a Lance Corporal during which time he received a Gun Shot Wound to his left leg on 2nd October 1915.  He recovered sufficiently to continue in the military but was discharged on 28th February 1916 having completed the term of his engagement.  This discharge might not have happened if his younger brother, Reginald Trowbridge, had been granted exemption from the military service in order to assist on the family farm.  As this was not granted Gerald took his discharge for family reasons. He was awarded the Victory and British War medal as well as the 1914/15 Star.  Gerald married Ethel Mary Allen at Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset, on 2nd May 1920.  There was one child of the marriage.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Gore Farm, Shaftesbury, Dorset described as a Farmer.  He died on 20th May 1983 which fact was registered at the Yeovil, Somerset, Registry District.

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James John Garrett, 4th from right in middle row

James John Garrett

Surname: Garrett
Other names: James John
Other people in this story:
George William Garrett
Emily Garrett née Jeans
Daisy Garrett née Brine
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Twyford, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
James John Garrett was born on 19th December 1886 in the Parish of Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of George William Garrett and Emily Garrett (née Jeans).  Apart from his army service James spent all of his life in and around Shaftesbury, Dorset. He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School, leaving in the summer of 1899.

James enlisted on the 20th December 1905 and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry Reserves until the 22nd April 1908 when he enlisted further with the Territorial Battalion of the same regiment (Service No. 214), attending annual training camps.  He married Daisy Brine on 21st October 1913 at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and they went on to have five children.  James was embodied at the outbreak of war on 5th Aug 1914 (Service No. 927) and served throughout his time in the UK.  He was promoted to the rank of Corporal and then to Acting Sergeant but had to be released on a number of occasions during 1915 to assist on the farm back at home.  He eventually opted to take a release from the Army as he had already completed the terms of his engagement and was discharged on 22nd April 1916. The 1939 Register shows him living at Whitings Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and described as a Dairy Farmer.  He died in Shaftesbury on 13th May 1964.

The "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 James served and the date and term in which he left school. His name is also included on a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.  

Source:  Photograph of Sergeant John James Garrett in the Dorset Yeomanry supplied by Nigel Garrett.  

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  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 10
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 9
  • List of Old Shastonians 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 3

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Ivor George Ridout

Surname: Ridout
Other names: Ivor George
Other people in this story:
Charles Ridout
Hannah Sarah Wright Ridout née Stone
Elsie Ridout née Pickford
Locations in this story:
Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Gore Farm, Margaret Marsh, Nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset
West Milton, Powerstock, Dorset
Wilkins Farm, Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Stour Provost, Dorset
Poole, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Mampitts Road, Shaftesbury

Story:
Ivor George Ridout was born on 7th May 1889 at Stour Provost, Dorset, and baptised there on 28th July 1889 the son of Charles Ridout and Hannah Sarah Wright Ridout (née Stone).  He spent his early life in and around Stour Provost and Stour Row, Dorset.  He enlisted on 8th April 1908 with the Dorsetshire (Queen's Own) Yeomanry Territorial Force, attending annual training camps (Service No. 227).  He was embodied on 5th August 1914 and appointed a Sergeant (Service No. 1061).  He served in the UK only and was given special leave on a number of occasions to help with the work at his father's farm, Gore Farm, Margaret Marsh, Dorset.  He was finally discharged on 7th May 1916 having completed the terms of his engagement.  No medal records can be found for Ivor.   He had married Elsie Pickford on 14th April 1915 at West Milton, Powerstock, Dorset.  They went on to have three children.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Wilkins Farm, Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury as the farmer.  He died on 10th October 1968 in the Poole, Dorset, Registry District, his address being shown as 3 Mampitts Road, Shaftesbury.  He was buried in Cann, Shaftesbury on 14th Oct 1968.

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Osborne Bernard Ricketts

Surname: Ricketts
Other names: Osborne Bernard
Other people in this story:
James John Charles Ricketts
Sarah Ann Ricketts née Broadway
Sophia Louisa Ricketts née King
Hubert Martin Ricketts
Locations in this story:
Culverhouse Farm, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sulva Bay, Gallipoli, Turkey
Sadden Farm, Burbidge, West Grafton, Marlborough, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Osborne Bernard Ricketts was born on 14th April 1892 in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised there on 30th August 1892, the son of James John Charles Ricketts and Sara Ann Ricketts (née Broadway).  He lived most of his early life at Culverhouse Farm, Motcombe, where his father was the Farmer and attended Shaftesbury Grammar School, leaving in the spring of 1905. He enlisted on the 1st May 1908 and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry Territorial Force, attending annual camps for training (Service No. 226).  (N.B. His military records are in the name of Bernard only.)   He was re-engaged on 30th April 1914 and embodied on 5th August 1914 with the rank of Corporal (Service No. 1058).  He was at Gallipoli, Turkey, and landed at Sulva Bay where he was severely wounded on 2nd August 1915.  He was invalided back to the UK on 9th October 1915 and discharged on 5th June 1916 having completed his terms of engagement.   He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.   He married Sophia Louisa King on 24th April 1917 at Motcombe, Dorset.  They went on to have three children.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Sadden Farm, Burbage, West Grafton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, and was working as a Dairyman and Cowman.  He died in Marlborough in 1966.

Osborne Bernard's younger brother Hubert Martin (b.1896) died on 9th September 1915 while serving with the Dorset Yeomanry at Gallipoli.

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 the brothers served and the date and term in which they left school. Their names are also included on a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. An asterix can be seen next to Hubert's name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

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

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  • List of Old Shastonians 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 4
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 6
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School 4

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Hubert Martin Ricketts
St. James' Church

Robert Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Robert
Other people in this story:
George Gray
Hannah Elizabeth Gray née Wright
Alice Louisa Gray née Brickell
Frederick Percival Gray
Locations in this story:
Victoria Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Ireland
Gallipoli, Turkey
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Robert Gray was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1868 and baptised at St. James' Church on 26th July 1868, the son of George Gray and Hannah Elizabeth Gray (née Wright).  (A previous child called Robert had been born in January 1867 but had not survived.)  Robert married Alice Louisa Brickell at St. James' Church on 14th July 1888 and they went on to have eleven children, one of whom, Frederick Percival Gray (b. 1896), was killed at Gallipoli on 21st August 1915.   Robert had had previous experience with the Dorset Yeomanry.  He enlisted on 18th April 1918 but was not mobilized until 6th September 1918 when he joined the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 54998).  He was transferred to the 1st Garrison Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment from 5th December 1918 until his discharge on 24th January 1919 (Service No. 69393).  He had served in Ireland and there are no records of any medals being awarded.   By the time of the 1939 Register, Robert was living as a widower at 5 Victoria Street, Shaftesbury, described as a Retired Builder's Labourer.  He died locally in 1946.

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