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

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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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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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Shaftesbury High Street 4

Stuart Menzies Frank Strange

Surname: Strange
Other names: Stuart Menzies Frank
Other people in this story:
Edward Frank Strange
Mary Clarke Strange née Wishart
Ivy Gwendoline Muriel Strange née Brine
John Edward Primrose Strange
Locations in this story:
Newton Abbot, Devon
St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Lambeth, London
Semley Road, Shaftesbury

Story:
Stuart Menzies Frank Strange was born in Newton Abbot, Devon, on 1st January 1897, the son of Edward Frank Strange and Mary Clarke Strange (née Wishart).  He and his family had moved to St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands by 1901 and again, by 1911, they had moved to 5 High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   Stuart enlisted with the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 201822) and later transferred to the 1st/4th Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment (Service No. 204743).  It is not known which theatre of war he served in but after discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. Stuart married Ivy Gwendoline Muriel Brine at Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, on 2nd October 1929 and they went on to have one son.   By the 1939 Register Stuart was living at Highlands, Semley Road, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Grower.  He died in St. Thomas Hospital, Lambeth, London, on 3rd January 1949.   His brother, John Edward Primrose Strange, also served in the conflict but survived until his early death in 1934.

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William Chubb

Surname: Chubb
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
John William Chubb
Annie Chubb née Heal
Lucy Chubb née Bye
Locations in this story:
Carlingcott, Somerset
Victoria Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Ilkley, West Yorkshire
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Shipley, Yorkshire

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William Chubb was born at Carlingcott, Somerset, on 16th December 1892 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2nd April 1893, the son of John William Chubb and Annie Chubb (née Heal).  He lived most of his early life at 6 Victoria Street, Shaftesbury, apart from his Military Service.  He enlisted on 4th August 1908 with the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 2471) on a Territorial basis until discharged to the reserve in 1912.  He was embodied in September 1914 and rejoined the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Sergeant (Service No. 200796).   He served in France and Flanders and was eventually discharged on 8th December 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the Territorial Force War Medal.   He married Lucy Bye at St. Peter's Church, Shipley, Yorkshire, on 22nd May 1920 and they went on to have one daughter.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 17 Endor Crescent, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, and was working as a Poultryman.  He died in the Bradford, West Yorkshire, Registry District in 1977.

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Sidney Charles Morgan

Surname: Morgan
Other names: Sidney Charles
Other people in this story:
George Morgan
Emily Morgan née Brockway
Annie Louisa Morgan
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury

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Sidney Charles Morgan was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22nd December 1885, the son of George Morgan and Emily Morgan (née Brockway).  Apart from Military Service he spent all his life in and around Shaftesbury.    He married Annie Louisa Morgan at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 8th October 1910 and they went on to have one son.  He enlisted and joined, successively, the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 20090), the Royal Engineers (Transport) as a Sapper (Service No. T/2903) and the Royal Engineers (Service No. 508483).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 56 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a Fitter and Turner (Agricultural Work).   He died in the Newbridge Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 14th April 1961.

Sidney's brother Percival Stewart (b.1887) also served in the war, with the King's Dragoon Guards.

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Harry Woods

Surname: Woods
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
James John Woods
Sarah Ann Woods née Oxford
Ella Triezia Flower Woods née Bishop
Charles John Woods
John Charles Woods
Reginald James Woods
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

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Harry Woods was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1879 and baptised at Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th December 1879, the son of James John Woods and Sarah Ann Woods (née Oxford).  He lived all his life, apart from his Military Service, in and around Shaftesbury.  He enlisted with the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private on 27th January 1896 (Service No. 3307).  However he bought himself out on payment of £1 on 5th April 1899.   He married Ella Triezia Flower Bishop at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 4th March 1901 and they went on to have four children.   He enlisted again with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 18187) during World War 1.  It is not known which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  Harry died on 6th January 1936 whilst an inmate of the Public Assistance Institute, Shaftesbury, Dorset, (formerly the Workhouse).  He was buried at St. James' Church, Shaftesbury, on 11th January 1936.   His brother, Charles John Woods, and his nephews, John Charles and Reginald James Woods also served in the conflict.

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Charles John Woods

Surname: Woods
Other names: Charles John
Other people in this story:
James John Woods
Sarah Ann Woods née Oxford
Harriet Woods née Pickford
John Charles Woods
Gray Samuel
Reginald James Woods
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
St. James Street, Shaftesbury

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Charles John Woods was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22nd March 1875 and baptised at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 14th April 1875, the son of James John Woods and Sarah Ann Woods (née Oxford).  Charles spent all his life, apart from Military Service, in and around Shaftesbury.  His father died in 1880 and his mother later re-married Samuel Gray.  Charles enlisted with the 3rd Battalion of Dorsetshire Regiment on 2nd October 1890 and joined the Reserves (Service No. 1804).  He married Harriet Pickford at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 31st October 1897 and they went on to have eight children.  Charles however at times was less than supportive of his family and served a short prison sentence in 1914 due to his neglect.  He was mobilized and re-joined the 6th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 3/7869).  He served in France and Flanders and was discharged on 28th February 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.

Charles's sons, John Charles (b.1900) and Reginald James (b.1898) also served in the conflict, with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and South Wales Borderers respectively.  Following the war the family were back together again living at 45 St. James Street, Shaftesbury.  By the time of the 1939 Register Charles and Harriet were still at 45 St. James Street, and he was working as a General Labourer.  He died in Shaftesbury on 24th December 1960 and was buried shortly after at St. James' Church.

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Victor Douglas Tucker

Surname: Tucker
Other names: Victor Douglas
Other people in this story:
Gideon Tucker
Mary Elizabeth Tucker née Foot
Martha Annie Tucker née Woodrow
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Charminster, Dorset
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury
Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury

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Victor Douglas Tucker was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16th January 1888 and baptised at St. James'Church on 12th February 1888, the son of Gideon Tucker and Mary Elizabeth Tucker (née Foot).  He lived all of his life apart from Military Service in the Shaftesbury area.  It is recorded in family records that he enlisted with the Dorset Volunteers in 1905 later transferring to the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment in a Territorial capacity.  He married Martha Annie Woodrow at the Independent Chapel, Shaftesbury, on 25th April 1909 and they went on to have four children.  He re-enlisted at the outbreak of the war and joined the Machine Gun Corps (Motors Unit) as a Private (Service No. 57580).  He served in France and Flanders where, at one of the Battles of the Somme serving with the 32nd Reserve Company, he received gunshot wounds to the right leg and left hand.  He was eventually discharged on 17th February 1919 and was awarded a grant of £70 in lieu of pension.   He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 24 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Master Tailor.  He died at the Harrison Hospital, Charminster, Dorset, on 2nd January 1961 and was later interred at the Congregational Independent Chapel, Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury, on 5th January 1961.  The family records also refer to his membership of the Shaftesbury Town Band for over 52 years.

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