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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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
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 brother Victor Thomas (b.1887) also served in the war, with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

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Herbert Charles Burlton

Surname: Burlton
Other names: Herbert Charles
Other people in this story:
William James Burlton
Elizabeth Burlton (née Meaden)
Ida Mary Burton née Kidd
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Watford, Hertfordshire
East Finchley, London
Billericay, Essex
Dorchester, Dorset
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Cottage Green, Alcester, Shaftesbury

Story:
Herbert Charles Burlton was born at the Union Workhouse, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 29th August 1881 and baptised at St. James' Church on 16th September 1881, the son of William James Burlton and Elizabeth Burlton (née Meaden).  Following the death of his father in 1888, Herbert was sent to the London Orphan Asylum, Watford, Hertfordshire, but by 1911 was back with his mother at Cottage Green, Alcester, Shaftesbury, where she had set herself up as a poultry farmer. He enlisted and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry attached to the Corps of Hussars as a Private (Service No. 230597).  It is not known where he served but on discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Ida Mary Kidd at All Saints, East Finchley, London, on 21st February 1920 and they had one son.   By the 1939 Register Herbert was living at the Limes, Biliericay, Essex, and was described as a smallholder.   He died in Dorchester, Dorset, on 1st February 1966 and was later buried at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset.

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Edward Tom Ralph

Surname: Ralph
Other names: Edward Tom
Other people in this story:
James Ralph
Eva Ralph née Pike
Walter Lynn Ralph
Locations in this story:
Charlton, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Stour Provost, Dorset
Gallipoli, Turkey
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
St. Michael's Church, Stour Provost

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Edward Tom Ralph was born in Charlton, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, in 1892 and baptised at St. John the Baptist Church, Charlton, on 13th March 1892 the son of James Ralph and Eva Ralph (née Pike), a local family.  He spent  his early years in Charlton but, by 1901, the family had moved to Stour Provost, Dorset.  Edward enlisted with the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry Battalion of the Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line as a Private (Service No. 481).  He served at Gallipoli where he was killed in action on 21st August 1915.  He is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, (Panel 18). He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.

"Tom Ralph" is remembered was on a memorial plaque in St. Michael's Church, Stour Provost, along with his brother Walter Lynn Ralph, who also died in the war.

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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  (also known as Frank) 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).  On his discharge on 28 Apr 1919 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 time of the 1939 Register Francis was 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

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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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