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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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Walter Matthews Gibbs

Surname: Gibbs
Other names: Walter Matthews
Other people in this story:
Edwin George Gibbs
Mary Gibbs née Matthews
Mildred Mary Gibbs née Dare
Alwin Thomas Gibbs
Claude Ivor Bertie Gibbs
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Gallipoli, Turkey
Egypt
Wootton Fitzpaine, Dorset
Bath, Somerset
Blynfield Farm, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Walter Matthews Gibbs was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset in 1884 and baptised at St. James' Church on 17th August 1884. He was the son of Edwin George Gibbs and Mary Gibbs (née Matthews) and his siblings included Alwin (b.1888) who served in the 16th Lancers and Claude Ivor Bertie (b.1897) who served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers during the war. The family home was at Blynfield Farm, Shaftesbury, where Walter's father was the Farmer.   Walter had enlisted  with the Dorsetshire Yeomanry (Reserve Militia) on 7th February 1902 and attended annual training regularly, achieving the rank of Sergeant (Service No. 213).  He was eventually embodied on 5th August 1914, joining the 1st Battalion and serving at Gallipoli and in Egypt from 7th April 1915 until 29th April 1916.   It was announced in the London Gazette on 3rd June 1916 that he had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) after he had already been discharged, having completed his term of service, on 8th May 1916.  At a very later date a certificate was issued on 7th May 1921 to the effect that he had also been Mentioned in Despatches.   He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/1915 Star.  He married Mildred Mary Dare at Wootton Fitzpaine, Dorset, on 18th November 1919.  They went on to have three children.  Walter died at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, Somerset, on 30 May 1931 aged 46 years.

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Claude Ivor Bertie Gibbs

Walter Stewart Genge

Surname: Genge
Other names: Walter Stewart
Other people in this story:
Walter Genge
Mary Genge née Antell
Elsie Genge née Sims
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Hawkesdene Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Waverley Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire
France
Broadstone, Dorset

Story:
Walter Stewart Genge was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 1st September 1889, the son of Walter Genge and Mary Genge (née Antell).  He lived his early life with the family in Hawkesdene Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury.  He had had previous military service with the Dorset Yeomanry which was time expired.  He enlisted on 2nd September 1914 and joined the 9th Battalion of The Hussars Reserve Cavalry later joining the 3rd Battalion as a Private (Service No. 18335).   On the 28th February 1916 he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) and served with the 4th Squadron M.G. (Service No 41749).  He served in France and was eventually demobilized on 10th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals plus the 1914/15 Star.   He married Elsie Sims on 11th October 1926 at Broadstone, Dorset.  It is not known if there were any children of the marriage.  By the 1939 Register Walter and Elsie were living at 21 Waverley Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire and he was working for the Bournemouth Corporation in the Entertainments Department.    He died in Bournemouth in 1969.

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Melbury Abbas and Zig Zag Hill

Richard Charles Mullins

Surname: Mullins
Other names: Richard Charles
Other people in this story:
Charles R. Mullins
Elizabeth Mullins née Lucas
Elsie Mullins née Greenwood
Locations in this story:
Cann Common, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Ludwell, Wiltshire
Grove Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Richard Charles Mullins was born on 1st May 1895 at Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset and baptised there on 2nd June 1895, the son of Charles R. Mullins and Elizabeth Mullins (née Lucas). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Cann Common, Shaftesbury. He joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 560) but later transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery (Territorial Force) as a Gunner (Service No.334552). Following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Elsie Greenwood at Ludwell, Wiltshire, on 3rd April 1920 and they went on to have two children. The 1939 Register shows the family living at Grove Farm, Melbury Abbas, Dorset, where Richard was described as a Dairy Farmer. He died at Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 8th September 1973 and was later interred at Melbury Abbas alongside his wife who had predeceased him in 1966.

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George James Young

Surname: Young
Other names: George James
Other people in this story:
James Young
Emma Jane Young née Ricketts
Ernest Frank Young
Locations in this story:
Forest Farm, Motcombe, Dorset
Knoll View, Kilmington, Warminster, Wiltshire
France
St. Mary's Church, Motcombe, Dorset

Story:
George James Young was born in Motcombe, Dorset in 1893, the son of James Young and Emma Jane Young (née Ricketts). His family lived at Forest Farm, Motcombe. His brother Ernest Frank (b.1896) also served during the war, with the Somerset Light Infantry and the Labour Corps.

George enlisted in the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry on 6th December 1912, becoming a Corporal in due course (Service No. 422). He served in France and due to conditions in the field became disabled with Rheumatism. On 1st April 1915 he was discharged due to Myocardial Debility caused by his condition. There is no record of any medals being awarded. By 1939 he was living at Knoll View, Kilmington, Warminster, Wiltshire, where he was described as a farmer. He died on 13th June 1978 at Kilmington and was buried at St. Mary's Church, Motcombe, Dorset.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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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 609th Agricultural Company of 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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PN217

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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