William Frederick George Head

Surname: Head
Other names: William Frederick George
Other people in this story:
William Head
Thirza Jane Head née Biddiscombe
Reginald Charles Head
Reginald Andrews
Mable Kate Head née Lampard
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Poonah, India
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Mere, Wiltshire
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Station Bridge Cottages, Tisbury, Wiltshire

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William Frederick George Head was born in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 21st November 1888, the son of William Head and Thirza Jane Head (née Biddiscombe).  He spent his early life in and around Donhead St. Andrew and sometime before 1911 he enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 8210).  His father had died in 1905 and his mother had married Reginald Andrews on 5th June 1907.  The 1911 Census shows him at the Barracks in Poonah, India. He apparently served in the India/Asiatic region throughout the First World War and was eventually discharged on 5th May 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/1915 Star.  On discharge he had given an address at Birdbush, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, as his residence.  He married Mable Kate Lampard in Mere, Wiltshire, in 1928.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Station Bridge Cottages, Tisbury, Wiltshire, and was working as a Gardener/Handyman.   He died at the Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1943.  His brother, Reginald Charles Head, had also served but died in 1917 of pneumonia whilst in service.

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Ernest Edward Gatehouse

Surname: Gatehouse
Other names: Ernest Edward
Other people in this story:
James Howe Gatehouse
Mary Gatehouse née Farmer
Laura Mary Gatehouse née Brown
Thomas William Gatehouse
Victor Stokes
Locations in this story:
Ivy Cross, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Milton on Stour, Gillingham, Dorset
Mere, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
La Bassee, France

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Ernest Edward Gatehouse was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1883 the son of James Howe Gatehouse and Mary Gatehouse (née Farmer).   The family lived at Ivy Cross, Shaftesbury, until, by 1901 they had moved to Milton on Stour, Gillingham, Dorset.  Ernest married Laura Mary Brown at the St. Michael the Archangel Church, Mere, Wiltshire, on 13th November 1912 and they went on to have six children. He was described as a Railway Delivery Agent on the 1911 Census. 

Ernest enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 6151).  He served in France and Flanders with the 8th Battalion and was taken prisoner at La Bassee, France, on 23rd January 1915 and sent to Prisoner of War camp at Mersebury, near Liepzig in Germany. This was Camp Altengrabow. While there he had a trinket box and a cup made for his wife Laura Mary and engraved with her initials. Following his release he was not discharged until 31st March 1920. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914 Star. 

His death was recorded in Edenbridge, Mere, Wiltshire, on 6th April 1935 and he was buried at Mere on 10th April 1935.  One of his brothers, Thomas William Gatehouse, also served in the conflict and his nephew, Victor Stokes, was killed during the war in an accident.

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  • Cup made at Camp Altengrabow 1

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Ernest Edward Lucas

Surname: Lucas
Other names: Ernest Edward
Other people in this story:
Alfred Charles Lucas
Annie Mary Lucas née Henstridge
Mildre Rose Lucas née Barnes
Gladys M. Lucas née Sims
Locations in this story:
White Pit Lane, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Balkans
Melksham, Wiltshire
Wincanton, Somerset

Story:
Ernest Edward Lucas was born in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 17th September 1898 and baptised there on 20th Nov 1898. He was the son of Alfred Charles Lucas and Annie Mary Lucas (née Henstridge). He lived all his early life in and around Melbury Abbas. He enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 14487) and served with the 5th Battalion in the Balkans.  He later transferred to the Essex Regiment (Service No. 59134).  On his discharge on 8th August 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He married Mildred Rose Barnes in Melksham, Wiltshire, in 1920.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 4 Penn View, Wincanton, Somerset, and was working as a Builders General Labourer.   His wife, Mildred, died in 1962 and he remarried, to Gladys M. Sims in Wincanton, Somerset, in 1963.   Ernest died in Wincanton in 1970.

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Joseph Rideout

Surname: Rideout
Other names: Joseph
Other people in this story:
Isaac Rideout
Ann Rideout née Causton
Mabel Mary Rideout
Locations in this story:
Green Lane, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Joseph Rideout was born at Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 12th December 1881 and baptised there on 12th February 1882, the son of Issac Rideout and Ann Rideout (née Causton).  He lived all his life in the Ashmore, Shaftesbury, area except for his period of Military Service.  He enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 2898 & 201128).  He served with the 1st/4th Battalion but it is not known to which area of conflict he was posted.  He was discharged on 22nd April 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Mabel Mary Rideout (same surname) at Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 23rd August 1922.  His wife regrettably died in 1938.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living in Green Lane, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, a widower, working as an Estate Woodman.  His death was recorded at the Salisbury, Wiltshire, District Registry on 22nd March 1968 and he was buried at Ashmore on 27th March 1968.

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Arthur Mervin Belbin

Surname: Belbin
Other names: Arthur Mervin
Other people in this story:
John Belbin
Clementine Amelia Belbin née Maidment
Elsie Maud Belbin née Wingfield
Frederick Percy Walter Belbin
Harold John Belbin
Rosa Belbin née Guti
Locations in this story:
High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Blandford, Dorset
Guildford, Surrey

Story:
Arthur Mervin Belbin was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 29th April 1897, the son of John Belbin and Clementine Amelia Belbin (née Maidment).   He lived his early life with the family at 63 High Street, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted originally with the Territorial Force of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private on 14th November 1915 (Service No. 3679).  He was promptly discharged a day later on 15th November 1915 on the grounds he was unlikely to make an efficient soldier.  He tried again and re-enlisted with the Royal Flying Corps on 25th April 1916 (Royal Air Force from 1st April 1918) (Service No. 26798).  He rose to the rank of Corporal Mechanic with 204 Squadron.  It is not known where be served but he was discharged on 28th March 1919.  He qualified for the Victory and British War medals but no record can be found.  He married Elsie Maud Wingfield in Blandford, Dorset, in 1922 and they had three children.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 18 Woodside Road, Guildford, Surrey, and was described as a Registered Master Builder.  It is not known why his marriage ended but he re-married, to Rosa Guti, in Guildford, Surrey in 1948.  He died in St. Luke's Hospital, Guildford, Surrey, on 12th June 1964.  His brothers, Frederick Percy Walter Belbin and Harold John Belbin, also served in the conflict.

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Harold John Belbin

Surname: Belbin
Other names: Harold John
Other people in this story:
John Belbin
Clementine Amelia Belbin née Maidment
Florence Mabel Emma Belbin née Wesker
Frederick Percy Walter Belbin
Arthur Mervin Belbin
Locations in this story:
High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Guildford, Surrey

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Harold John Belbin was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2nd August 1892, the son of John Belbin and Clementine Amelia Belbin (née Maidment).   He lived his early life with the family at 63 High Street, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service Nos. 2462 & 200789) rising to the rank of Sergeant.  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the Territorial Force War Medal.  He married Florence Mabel Emma Wesker at St. Nicholas Church, Guildford, Surrey, on 19th June 1920.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 11 Worplesdon Road, Guildford, Surrey, and was working as an Ironmonger's Workshopman as well as being an ARP Warden.   His death was recorded in Guildford, Surrey, on 17th April 1965.  His brothers, Frederick Percy Walter Belbin and Arthur Mervin Belbin, also served in the conflict.

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William Dennis Allum

Surname: Allum
Other names: William Dennis
Other people in this story:
William Cook Allum
Mary Ann Allum
Gladys Maud Gough
Locations in this story:
Westbourne, Sussex
West Dean, Chichester, Sussex
Cranleigh, Surrey
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Coppice Street, Shaftesbury

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William Dennis Allum's birth was registered in Westbourne, Sussex, on 24th November 1896 and he was baptised at West Dean, Chichester, Sussex, on 7th January 1897, the son of William Cook Allum and Mary Ann Allum.  He lived his very early life in West Dean before moving to Cranleigh, Surrey, prior to enlistment during the First World War.   He joined the 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 25825).  One of his records refers to him as a Lance Corporal but this is not reflected on his medal record.  He was discharged on 31st May 1919 and granted a limited pension due to having contracted malaria and dysentry whilst on service.  It is not known where he served but on his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  (His address on the Absent Voters Lists of 1918 and 1919 was shown as 9 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and his names were reversed to 'Dennis William' but his Service No. and Unit were correct.)   He married Gladys Maud Gough at Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 18 Jun 1924 and they went on to have two children.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 41 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and described as a Watch and Clock Repairer.  He died in Shaftesbury on 2nd July 1951.

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Edwin William Dare

Surname: Dare
Other names: Edwin William
Other people in this story:
William Edward Dare
Pearl Dare née Daubney
Agnes Catherine Dare née Marsh
Locations in this story:
Crown Hotel, High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Mediterranean Area
Sturminster, Dorset
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury

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Edwin (sometimes called Edward) William Dare was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset on 15th June 1896, the son of William Edward Dare and Pearl Dare (née Daubney).  He lived all his life, apart from Military Service, in the Shaftesbury area.  Much of his early life was living at the Crown Hotel, 40 High Street, Shaftesbury, where his father was the proprietor.  He enlisted with the Territorial Unit of the Dorsetshire Regiment on 5th September 1912 as a Private (Service No. 1669).  He was embodied on 4th August 1914 and transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps (Service No. 461597).  He served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force where he contracted malaria for which he eventually received a small pension.   Following his discharge on 26th March 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the Territorial Force War Medal.  He married Agnes Catherine Marsh in Shaftesbury, Dorset in 1927.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 49 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Driver Mechanic (Heavy Goods).   His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry, in 1969.

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Maurice George Watts

Surname: Watts
Other names: Maurice George
Other people in this story:
Harry George Gilbert Watts
Rose Katherine Watts née Highman
Doris Louise Olive Watts née Payton
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cowes, Isle of Wight, Hampshire

Story:
Maurice George Watts was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21st September 1898, the son of Harry Gilbert George Watts and Rose Katherine Watts (nee Highman).  He spent all his early life in and around Shaftesbury and, for a period, at the Ship Inn, 1 High Street, Shaftesbury, where his father was the licensee.   He enlisted with the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 55020) later transferring to the 2/4th battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 30144).  He was discharged on 17th February 1920 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Doris Louise Olive Payton on the Isle of Wight, Hampshire, in 1930.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Capri, Bellevue Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, and was described as the Manager and Cutter of a Naval Tailor as well as being a Special Constable.  He died on the Isle of Wight in 1973.

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Frederick Sidney Alner

Surname: Alner
Other names: Frederick Sidney
Other people in this story:
Sidney William Alner
Mary Ellen Alner née Case
Louisa Alner née Barter
Harry Walter Alner
Sidney William Alner
Locations in this story:
Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Story:
Frederick Sidney Alner was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 25th November 1896 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 17th December 1896, the son of Sidney William Alner and Mary Ellen Alner (née Case). The family lived at 14 Gold Hill and Frederick lived all his life, except for Military Service, in the Shaftesbury area.   He enlisted and joined the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 3690 and 201752).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served in but following his discharge on 28th November 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  

He married Louisa Barter at Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, on 26th December 1931.   By the 1939 Register he was living in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, and was working as a Painter.  He later moved to 65 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury.    His death was recorded in the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registry in 1965 and he was buried at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 17th April 1965.

Sadly Frederick's brothers Harry and Sidney both died in the war in 1918, less than a month apart.

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