Melbury Abbas and Zig Zag Hill

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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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

Story:
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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Albert Charles Phillips

Surname: Phillips
Other names: Albert Charles
Other people in this story:
Edward Phillips
Edith Phillips née White
Ellen Phillips née Gumbleton
James Phillips
Frank Phillips
Frederick William Phillips
Locations in this story:
Brickhill, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Penybont Road, Abertillery, Monmouthshire, Wales
Bedwelty, Monmouthshire, Wales
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Brecon Military Hospital

Story:
Albert Charles Phillips was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th December 1877 and baptised there on 17th February 1878, the son of Edward Phillips and Edith Phillips (née White).  He spent his early life in the family home at Brickhill (now Church Hill), Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.  He had enlisted with the 1st/3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment and had served for sixteen years before the end of his first engagement.  He married Ellen Gumbleton at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 18th July 1906 and they went on to have three children. 

By 1911 Albert had moved to Abertillery, Monmouthshire, Wales, in order to work in the mining industry.  He re-enlisted on 15th July 1914 and was mobilized on 8th Aug 1914 joining the South Wales Borderers (Special Reserve) as a Sergeant (Service No. 3/11615).  He served in France and Flanders with the 1st and 3rd Battalions and was gassed on 18th May 1916 and wounded on 8th Sep 1916.  This involved hospital treatment at the Brecon Military Hospital where he was diagnosed with hysteria and duly declared unfit for further service and discharged on 28th August 1917.  He received a small pension and was awarded the Victory and British War medals plus receiving the King's Certificate No. 1613.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 63 Penybont Road, Abertillery, Monmouthshire, Wales and described as a Colliery Timberman (below ground).  His death was recorded in the Bedwelty, Monmouthshire, District Registry in 1940.

Three of Albert's brothers served in the First World War: Frank (b.1885) with the Wiltshire Regiment and the Royal Field Artillery; Frederick William (b.1875) with the Dorchester Regiment. The youngest, James (b.1886) was killed while serving with the Wiltshire Regiment in France on 21st October 1914.

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St. James from the church tower

Sidney William Imber

Surname: Imber
Other names: Sidney William
Other people in this story:
John Imber
Elizabeth Ann Imber née Lodder
Maude Ellen Rhoda Imber née Anderson
Locations in this story:
Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Poole, Dorset
Churchill Road, Parkstone, Dorset
Hinton Parva, Dorset
St. James, Shaftesbury

Story:
Sidney William Imber was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 15th July 1891, the son of John Imber and Elizabeth Ann Imber (née Lodder).  He lived his early life in and around the St. James area of Shaftesbury, Dorset. By 1911 he had moved to Poole, Dorset, to live with his cousin, following the death of his mother in 1900. His father died in 1912. He married Maude Ellen Rhoda Anderson at St. Osmund's Church, Parkstone, Dorset, on 14th November 1915.  

Sidney enlisted and joined the 1st/5th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 55086), later transferring to the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 202147).  It is not known which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge on 25th October 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  The 1939 Register shows him living at 39 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Butcher.  By the time of his death on 3rd June 1966 he had moved to 124 Churchill Road, Parkstone, Dorset.  His ashes were interred at the church in Hinton Parva, Dorset, on 22nd July 1966.

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William Robert Davis

Surname: Davis
Other names: William Robert
Other people in this story:
Frederick Davis
Emily Davis née Jenkins
Lilian Winifred Davis née Hayter
Frank Davis
Harry Davis
Charles Davis
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Wanowri Lines, India
France & Flanders
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
West Orchard, Shaftesbury

Story:
William Robert Davis was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 10th May 1886 and baptised there on 6th June 1886, the son of Frederick Davis and Emily Davis (née Jenkins). His siblings included Harry (b.1880) and Charles (b.1888) both of whom died during the war. Another brother, Frank (b.1882) served in the war with the Coldstream Guards. William lived all his early life in and around Enmore Green until, prior to 1911, he enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 7161) and, at the time of the 1911 Census, was serving at the Wanowri Lines, India.  He later served with the 1st Battalion in France and Flanders where he was promoted to Corporal.  At the time of the Absent Voter List dated 1918 he was with the 5th Battalion.   On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British medals as well as the 1914/15 Star and clasp.  He married Lilian Winifred Hayter at St. James's Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2nd May 1920.  They went on to have three children.  By the time of the 1939 Register he is recorded as living at 14 West Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset and working as a Horseman on a Farm.  His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1945.

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Charles Davis
Harry Davis
Butts Knapp, Cann, Shaftesbury

Frederick Fanner

Surname: Fanner
Other names: Frederick
Other people in this story:
James Fanner
Harriet Jane Fanner née Stacey
William Fanner
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset,

Story:
Frederick Fanner was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th October 1894 and baptised at St. Rumbold's, Church on 23rd June 1895, the son of James Fanner and Harriet Jane Fanner (née Stacey). His siblings include William, born 1897, who served in the Royal Army Service Corps. The family lived at 4 Melbury Road, Melbury Abbas for a time before moving to Butts Knap, Cann, Shaftesbury by 1901.

He had previous military experience with the 4th Territorial Unit of the Dorsetshire Regiment but when he re-enlisted on 25th May 1916 he was posted to the 7th Artillery Training School of the Royal Horse and Field Artillery with the rank of Driver (Service No. 139804).  Unfortunately he was discharged on 28th July 1916 being medically unfit and unlikely to make an efficient soldier.  Nothing else is recorded regarding his life after discharge.

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William John Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: William John
Other people in this story:
George Henry Gray
Elizabeth Jane Gray née Rideout
Bessie Phillips Gray née Elsworth
Percy Rideout
Stanley Gray
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Sturminster, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury
Laundry Lane, Shaftesbury
Christies Lane, Shaftesbury

Story:
William John Gray was born on 19th December 1895 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of George Henry Gray and Elizabeth (Bessie) Jane Gray (née Rideout).  Apart from military service, William lived all his life in and around Shaftesbury.   On 6th May 1915 he enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 14503) and in time achieved the rank of Sergeant.  He served with the 5th and 6th Battalions in France and Flanders and was awarded the Military Medal. He was demobilized on 15th March 1919 and on 20th August was presented with his Military Medal at Shaftesbury Town Hall. In 1921 he received the Victory and British War medals. 

He married Bessie Phillips Elsworth in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22nd November 1925 and they went on to have six children.   By the time of the 1939 Register, William was living at 9 Laundry Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Cowman.  William and Bessie were living in Christies Lane in Shaftesbury at the time of his death on 31st December 1967. The death was recorded in 1968 at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry.  William's brothers Stanley Gray and Percy Rideout also served in the conflict.

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Billy Sims (1)

William Sims

Surname: Sims
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
Edwin Sims
Emily Sims née Gray
Emily Ellen Sims née Burden
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Germany
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Story:
William (Billy) Sims was born on 20th December 1892 in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised there in the church on 26th February 1893, the son of Edwin Sims and Emily Sims (née Gray), a local family.   William (known as Billy in the family) lived all his life, apart from the military service, in and around Cann and Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He married Emily Ellen Burden at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, on 23rd November 1914 and they went on to have a large family. 

William enlisted on 5th June 1916, joining the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 24155), serving in France and Flanders. After the Armistice he transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers (Service No. 53044), serving in Germany and becoming 'Batman' to an officer.

Billy was finally demobilized on 15th November 1919. During his time in the army he had received a gunshot wound to his left hand and was now awarded a small short-lived pension due to his injury. He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 17 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a radio mechanic and salesman as well as volunteering as an ARP Warden.   He died in Shaftesbury on 15th November 1979.

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Harold Francis Cosser

Surname: Cosser
Other names: Harold Francis
Other people in this story:
George Cosser
Anna Louisa Cosser née Hopkins
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Mesopotamia
Basra, Iraq
Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Story:
Harold Francis Cosser was born in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 30th November 1894 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 24th January 1895, the son of George Cosser and Anna Louisa Cosser (née Hopkins), a local family. Harold spent his early years in Donhead St. Mary until, by 1911, he was boarding in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, and working as an apprentice ironmonger.  He enlisted with the 1st/4th Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 1191).  He was later attached to the 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 200122).  He served in Mesopotamia and died in Turkish hands whilst a prisoner on 22nd May 1917 and is remembered on the Basra Memorial, Basra, Iraq, (Panel 22 & 63).   He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.

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