Fontmell Magna Church

George Jesse

Surname: Jesse
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
Richard John Jesse
Mary Ann Jesse
Ida Mary Jesse née Dibben
Locations in this story:
Little Hartgrove Farm, Fontmell Magna, Dorset
Manor Dairy, Blandford, Dorset
Worthing, Sussex
France
Buckland Newton, Dorset

Story:
George Jesse was born in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset on 9th September 1889, the son of Richard John Jesse and Mary Ann Jesse. He had enlisted on 8th June 1908, joining the Dorset Yeomanry (Service No. 1208), remaining on the Reserve when he returned to farming at his home at Little Hartgrove Farm in Fontmell Magna. He re-enlisted on 21st May 1915 and eventually became a Private with the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment eventually rising to Corporal (Service No. 1208). He served in France but on returning to the UK he transferred to the Labour Corps (Service No. 528403). He was demobilized on 5th March 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. He had married Ida Mary Dibben at Buckland Newton, Dorset on 26th April 1915 and they went on to have three children. His last known address was 2 Manor Dairy, Blandford, Dorset, where he was employed as a Dairy Manager. He died in 1972 (Registered at Worthing, Sussex).

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Charles Randolph Hiscock

Surname: Hiscock
Other names: Charles Randolph
Other people in this story:
Arthur Hiscock
Mary Sophia Hiscock née Williams
Mary Eileen Hiscock née Jesty
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shillingstone, Dorset
Cherry Orchard, Dunmow, Essex
Weymouth, Dorset
Manor Farm, Turnpike, Motcombe Road, Shaftesbury

Story:
Charles Randolph Hiscock was born in Motcombe, Dorset on 15th July 1888, the son of Arthur Hiscock and Mary Sophia Hiscock (née Williams). The family lived at Manor Farm, Turnpike, Motcombe Road, Shaftesbury, Dorset where Charles assisted his father on the farm. He enlisted with the Territorial Force of the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry on 15th April 1908. He served all his time in the UK and achieved the rank of Corporal (Service Nos. 896 & 219). Towards the end of his service he had two periods of temporary demobilization due to the need for work on the family farm. After completing 8 years service he was fully discharged on 14th April 1916 in order for him to return to his full time occupation as a Farmer. He married Mary Eileen Jesty at Shillingstone, Dorset, on 20th April 1927 and they went on to have one child. His last know address was Cherry Orchard, Dunmow, Essex, per the 1939 Register, where he was working as a Farm Manager. He died on 26th January 1968 at Weymouth, Dorset.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Alfred George Bristol

Surname: Bristol
Other names: Alfred George
Other people in this story:
William Alford Bristol
Rosa Mary Bristol née Bartley
Ethel Mary Perrett
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Motcombe, Dorset

Story:
Alfred George Bristol was born on 1st September 1893 at Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of William Alford Bristol, a farmer, and Rosa Mary Bristol (née Bartley).  He enlisted on 25th January 1912 and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry, eventually becoming a Lance Corporal (Service No. 556).  During his service he was temporarily demobilized three times in order to run the family farm following the death of his father.  Finally he was discharged for time expired on his service agreement and due to the needs of farming on 27th February 1916. He married Ethel Mary Perrett in 1921 and they went on to have three children.  His last known address was North End Farm, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset (per the 1939 Register).  Alfred died in 1974.

Source: Based on original research by Ken Baxter    

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Charles Hunt Blackwell in the Dorset Yeomanry

Charles Hunt Blackwell

Surname: Blackwell
Other names: Charles Hunt
Other people in this story:
Henry Blackwell
Harriet Blackwell
Ada Blackwell née Arnold
Locations in this story:
Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Bozley Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
France

Story:
Charles Hunt Blackwell was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on 10th July 1875, the son of Henry and Harriet Blackwell. He married Ada Arnold on 19th August 1900 at Iwerne Minster, Dorset.  There were three children of the marriage.  Charles had served previously with the Dorset Yeomanry and had been discharged to the Reserves. He was mobilized on 15th December 1914 and served as a Private in the Army Service Corps (Service No. M2/002083).  He served in France with the BEF finally ending up with the 77th Company ASC (27th Divisional Supply Corps).  He was demobilized on 5th March 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1914/15 Star.   His last known address, per the 1939 Register, was Spring Cottage, Bozley Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where he is shown working as a Chauffeur/Gardener.  Charles died in Shaftesbury in March, 1942.

Source: Based on original research by Ken Baxter.

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  • Medals received by Charles Hunt Blackwell
  • Medals received by Charles Hunt Blackwell 2

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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 Grammar School, 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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Thomas Doggrell

Surname: Doggrell
Other names: Thomas
Other people in this story:
Thomas Doggrell
Sarah Ann Doggrell nee Burt
Locations in this story:
Henstridge, Somerset
Egypt
Jerusalem Memorial
East End Farm, Semley, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley
Gallipoli
Palestine
Motcombe, Dorset
Beitunia, Palestine

Story:
Thomas Doggrell was born in 1897 in Henstridge, Somerset and baptised there on 14th March,1897. He was the son of Thomas Doggrell, a Farmer, and Sarah Ann Doggrell (nee Burt). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, was a Worker on a Farm and living at East End Farm, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Motcombe, Dorset, and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 230084). He served in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine, latterly with the 6th Mounted Brigade and, at the time of his death, held the rank of Sergeant. According to reports he was left wounded on the battlefield near Beitunia, Palestine, possibly being taken prisoner by the Turkish Forces. His death is recorded officially as 13th April, 1918 but his family refused to accept this and always maintained it was 2nd April, 1918. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. His name appears on the Jerusalem Memorial, Jerusalem (Panel 3). 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
  • Names on Semley War Memorial
  • Semley War Memorial 3
  • Semley War Memorial 01

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Jack Fitzroy Waters

Surname: Waters
Other names: Jack Fitzroy
Other people in this story:
Charles James Salway Waters
Elizabeth Good Waters nee Miles
Locations in this story:
Charlton All Saints, Alderbury, Wilts
Egypt
Alexandria (Chatby) Military Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt
Woodyates Manor Farm, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Sixpenny Handley
Gallipoli
Agagia, Egypt
Malta

Story:
Jack Fitzroy Waters was born in 1890 in Charlton All Saints, Alderbury, Wiltshire, and baptised at Charlton All Saints on 30th May 1890. He was the son of Charles James Salway Waters, a Farmer, and Elizabeth Good Waters (nee Miles). Jack's mother died and was buried at Sixpenny Handley on 26th December, 1908. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single and living at Woodyates Manor Farm, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. His occupation was recorded as "Farmer's Son". He enlisted at Okeford Fitzpaine and joined the 1/1st Battalion of the Dorset Yeomanry (Queen's Own) attached to the Household Cavalry of the Line (Service No. 459) and at the time of his death held the rank of Lance Sergeant. He served in Gallipoli, where he was wounded, and then on to Egypt after three months treatment in Malta. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He was killed in action at the Battle of Agagia, Egypt, on 25th Feb 1916 and was buried at Alexandria (Chatby) Military Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt (grave id. G.31). He is remembered on the Sixpenny Handley War Memorial and on the De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour..

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  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial
  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial

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Joseph Arthur Chaldecott

Surname: Chaldecott
Other names: Joseph Arthur
Other people in this story:
Arthur Edmund Chaldecott
Selina Hannah Chaldecott nee Parham
William Thomas Chaldecott
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
Egypt
Ramleh War Cemetery, Near Tel Aviv, Palestine
White Horse Hotel, Maiden Newton, Dorset
Chettle, Dorset
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Maiden Newton, Dorset
East Orchard, Dorset

Story:
Joseph Arthur Chaldecott was born in 1894 in East Orchard, Dorset. He was the son of Arthur Edmund Chaldecott, a Journeyman Baker, and Selina Hannah Chaldecott (nee Parham). His siblings included William Thomas Chaldecott, born in 1901, who also died in the war. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Stable Boy and living at the White Horse Hotel, Maiden Newton, Dorset. He enlisted in Maiden Newton as a Private in the Dorset Yeomanry (Queen's Own) (Service No. 584) and later transferred to the Corps of Hussars, attached to the 1st/1st Battalion of his old Regiment, the Dorset Yeomanry (New Service No. 230055). He served in Egypt and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was killed in action on 13th November 1917 and was buried at Ramleh War Cemetery, Near Tel Aviv, Palestine (Israel) (grave id. P.57). In 1918 the family were living at Chettle and he is remembered on the Sixpenny Handley War Memorial. His father died in 1918.

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  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial
  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial
  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial

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Sidney Charles Wareham

Surname: Wareham
Other names: Sidney Charles
Other people in this story:
William Wareham
Charlotte Matilda Wareham née Burt
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
Egypt
Jerusalem War Cemetery, Jerusalem, Israel
High Street, Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Palestine
Sherborne, Dorset

Story:
Sidney Charles Wareham was born in 1878 in Iwerne Minster and baptised there on 1 September, 1878. He was the son of William Wareham, a farmer, and Charlotte Matilda Wareham (née Burt). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a groom and living at High Street, Iwerne Minster, Dorset. He enlisted in Sherborne, Dorset, as a Private in the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 860). He later transferred to the Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (Service No. 230234). He served in Egypt and Palestine and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died of wounds on 9th June 1918 and was buried at Jerusalem War Cemetery, Jerusalem, Israel (then Palestine) (grave id. N.91). He is remembered on the Iwerne Minster War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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  • Names on Iwerne Minster War Memorial 1
  • Iwerne Minster War Memorial 4
  • Iwerne Minister War Memorial 1
  • Iwerne Minster War Memorial 03
  • Iwerne Minster War Memorial 02

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Harold Vernon Browne

Surname: Browne
Other names: Harold Vernon
Other people in this story:
Leonard Gilbert Browne
Helen Mary Browne née Price
Mabel Doris Browne née Tillard
Thomas Hartley Carlisle
Locations in this story:
Port Gawler, South Australia
Gallipoli, Turkey
Hill 10 Cemetery, Turkey
Hoburne, Hampshire
Suvla Bay, Turkey
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
St. Mary's Church, Iwerne Minster
Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire

Story:
Harold Vernon Browne was born on 25th August, 1885 in Buckland Park, Port Gawler, South Australia. He was the son of Leonard Gilbert Browne, described as living by his "own means", and Helen Mary Browne (née Price). The family moved to England in 1891 and by 1901 Harold was a boarder at Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire. On 24th June, 1908 he married Mabel Doris Tillard, eventually moving to Iwerne Minster. They had four children: three boys and a girl. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was also living by his "own means", at Hoburne, Hampshire. He joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry in 1908. He became a Lieutenant in October 1913 and Captain in July 1915 - which rank he held at the time of his death. He served at Gallipoli and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. On 7th September 1915 he was killed by a shell whilst discharging his duties as Military Landing Officer on "A" Beach, Suvla Bay. He was buried at the nearby Hill 10 Cemetery, Turkey (grave id. II.B.12) and is remembered on the Iwerne Minster War Memorial, Shaftesbury and on a stone pillar in front of the pulpit of St. Mary's Church, Iwerne Minster. He is also mentioned on the De-Ruvigny's Roll of Honour and on the Wellington College Roll of Honour. His wife went on to re-marry Thomas Hartley Carlisle in Shaftesbury in 1922.    

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  • Names on Iwerne Minster War Memorial 2
  • Iwerne Minster War Memorial 4
  • Iwerne Minster War Memorial 3
  • Iwerne Minister War Memorial 1

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