Shaftesbury Grammar School 4

Roy Charlton

Surname: Charlton
Other names: Roy
Other people in this story:
Henry Charlton
Abigail Charlton née Howell
Ethel Mary Charlton née Wintle
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Dursley, Gloucestershire
Swanage, Dorset

Story:
Roy Charlton was born in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 8th April 1891 and baptised there on 10th May 1891, the son of Henry Charlton, a local schoolmaster, and Abigail Charlton (née Howell).  He lived his early life in Donhead St. Andrew and received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, leaving in 1907.  By the 1911 Census he was boarding at 44 Hudson Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, where he was working as a Bank Clerk with the National Provincial Bank.   He enlisted with the 1/6th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 1972 & 280624).  On the 18th April 1915 he was promoted to Lieutenant and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment.  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  Whilst still serving in the forces he married Ethel Mary Wintle at Dursley, Gloucestershire, on 11th July 1917.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 'Barford', Salisbury Road, Swanage, Dorset, where he was working as a Bank Manager and also as a Volunteer Special Constable.  His death was recorded in Swanage on 9th January 1967.

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 Roy served and the date and term in which he left school. Throughout the war a hand-written list was also compiled of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving in the armed forces. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

Printed Sources:
First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, March 1915
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1916
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, November 1916
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, March 1918

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  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys C
  • List of Old Shastonians 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 3

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Layton Lane 1

Arthur Thomas White

Surname: White
Other names: Arthur Thomas
Other people in this story:
William White
Lydia White née Hillier
Margaret White
John White
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Berwick St. John, Dorset
France & Flanders
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. James, Shaftesbury
Layton Lane, Shaftesbury
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury
Cann, Shaftesbury

Story:
Arthur Thomas White was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9th March 1880 and baptised at St. James Church on 4th April 1880, the son of William White and Lydia White (née Hillier). He lived all of his life, apart from Military Service, in Shaftesbury. He had, prior to the First World War, served with the Territorial Unit of the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment and had been placed with the 1st Reserves.   He re-enlisted on 27th August 1914 and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 7654). He was sent to France and Flanders and whilst serving there in August 1915 suffered from Trench Fever. He also suffered from being gassed and receiving a gunshot wound to the hand.  Whilst on recovery leave he married Margaret White (same surname) in Berwick St. John, Dorset, on 20th November 1915. On 9th September 1916 he was transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 29736) and was finally discharged on 8th February 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  In addition he was awarded a small pension in regard to the earlier gassing.  On discharge he went to live at 3 Layton Lane, Shaftesbury.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 57 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, working as a Gardener.   He died in 1949 and was buried at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 4th June 1949.

Arthur's brother John (b.1890) also served in the war, with the Royal Engineers.

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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

Story:
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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Great War 150

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
Sidney Herbert Gatehouse
Walter John Gatehouse
Percy George Gatehouse
Charles Howe Gatehouse
Locations in this story:
Ivy Cross, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Milton on Stour, Gillingham, Dorset
Mere, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
La Bassee, France

Story:
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.  He died on 6 Apr 1935 in Mere, Wiltshire, and was buried in Mere on 10 Apr 1935.  His brothers, Percy George, Charles Howe, Sidney Herbert, Ernest Edward and Thomas William, all served and survived the conflict whilst their nephew, Victor Stokes, died.  His remaining brother, Walter John, was also purported to have served but no reliable military record can be found. 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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  • Great War 150
  • Ivy Cross, Shaftesbury
  • Trinket box made at Camp Altengrabow
  • Cup made at Camp Altengrabow 2
  • Cup made at Camp Altengrabow 1

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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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Bertram Robert Stone

Surname: Stone
Other names: Bertram Robert
Other people in this story:
John Stone
Eliza Elizabeth Stone née Gale
Elizabeth Ann Stone née Cake
Charles Henry Stone
Thomas John Stone
Locations in this story:
Shipton Gorge, Dorset
Parsonage Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset
Bournemouth, Hampshire
Mesopotamia
India

Story:
Bertram Robert Stone was born at Shipton Gorge, Dorset, on 4th October 1898, the son of John Stone and Eliza Elizabeth Stone (née Gale).  By 1901 the family had moved to Parsonage Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where Bertram spent his early life.  He enlisted on 13th November 1915 and was mobilized on 20th January 1916, joining the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 16354).  He served in Mesopotamia and then India, rising to the rank of Lance Corporal.  He was returned to the UK on compassionate grounds on 20th November 1917 due to the death of his two brothers, Charles Henry Stone and Thomas John Stone.  He was transferred to the  449th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 546444) on 31st March 1918 and eventually discharged on 8th March 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Elizabeth Ann Cake at Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset, on 21st December 1924.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 108 Strouden Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, and was working as a Hire Motor Car Driver as well as being a volunteer with the ARP.  His death was recorded in Bournemouth, Hampshire, in 1988.

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Thomas John Stone
Charles Henry Stone

Thomas Edgar Roberts

Surname: Roberts
Other names: Thomas Edgar
Other people in this story:
Edgar Eli Roberts
Bertha Mary Roberts née Richardson
Dorothy Kate Roberts née Drew
Harold Martin Roberts
Locations in this story:
Billingsgate, London
Stourpaine, Dorset
Blatchfords Farm, Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Ypres, Flanders
France & Flanders
New House Farm, Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Stour Provost, Dorset
Peckham, London, S.E.5

Story:
Thomas Edgar Roberts was born at Billingsgate, London, on 18th June 1898 and baptised at Stourpaine, Dorset, on 19th August 1898, the son of Edgar Eli Roberts and Bertha Mary Roberts (née Richardson).  By 1911 he was living with his family at Blatchfords Farm, Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He enlisted on 7th June 1916 and served with the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 18974).  He served in France and Flanders and whilst there received a shell wound to his left thigh during a battle at Ypres, Flanders.  This had caused a fracture as well as outward wounds.  He was admitted to the 91st Field Ambulance on 27th March 1918 and after treatment was repatriated by ambulance train on 30th March 1918 to the 4th London General Hospital at Peckham, London, S.E.5.  He was assessed and finally discharged on 18th October 1918 having been judged no longer physically fit to serve due to having to wear a remedial boot to compensate for a shortening in his leg as a result of the wound.  He was awarded a 70% pension for two years which was finally ended with the payment of a gratuity.  He was also awarded the Silver War Badge No. B27415 as well as the King's Certificate No. 3932.  There are no other medal records.  

Thomas married Dorothy Kate Drew at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Stour Provost, Dorset, on 16th February 1925.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at New House Farm, Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Dairy Farmer.  He died at Margaret Marsh in 1993 aged 95 years.  Thomas's brother, Harold Martin Roberts, served in the war, but sadly died in 1918 while serving with the Royal Warwickshhire Regiment in France.

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Reginald Henry Merrifield

Surname: Merrifield
Other names: Reginald Henry
Other people in this story:
Henry John Merefield
Anne Stroud Merefield née Tanswell
Lillian Merrifield née Hart
Edgar William Merrifield
John Percival Merrifield
Victor George Merrifield
Locations in this story:
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
Blandford, Dorset
Childe Okeford, Dorset
Balkans

Story:
Reginald Henry Merrifield (surname as registered) was born in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset on 23rd May 1889, the son of Henry John Merefield (surname as registered) and Anne Stroud Merefield (née Tanswell).  He lived his early life in Fontmell Magna.   He enlisted and served with the 5th and 6th Battalions of the Dorsetshire Regiment eventually becoming a Corporal (Service No. 10180).  He served in the Balkans area and on his discharge on 17th March 1919 was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He married Lillian Hart in the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry area in 1928.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Lloyds Bank, Market Place, Blandford, Dorset, and working as a Gardener (his wife was housekeeper to the Bank Manager).  He died in Childe Okeford, Dorset, on 30th April 1950.  Of his brothers, Victor George Merrifield, died during the conflict whilst Edgar William Merrifield and John Percival Merrifield, both survived.

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John Percival Merrifield
Edgar William Merrifield
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John Percival Merrifield

Surname: Merrifield
Other names: John Percival
Other people in this story:
Henry John Merefield
Anne Stroud Merefield née Tanswell
Evelyn Louisa Merrifield née Beck
Edgar William Merrifield
Reginlad Henry Merrifield
Victor George Merrifield
Locations in this story:
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Frome, Somerset

Story:
John Percival Merrifield (surname as registered) was born at Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9th April 1899, the son of Henry John Merefield (surname as registered) and Anne Stroud Merefield (née Tanswell).  He lived all his early life in Fontmell Magna.  He enlisted and served with the 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment, achieving the rank of Sergeant (Service No. 13247).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served in but after his discharge on 18th April 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Evelyn Louisa Beck at Iwerne Minster, Dorset, on 21st February 1928.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 12 Vicarage Street, Frome, Somerset, and was described as a Fertilizer Manufacturer.  He died in Iwerne Minster, Dorset, on 5th May 1978.  Of his brothers, Victor George Merrifield, died during the conflict whilst Edgar William Merrifield and Reginald Henry Merrifield, both survived.

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Edgar William Merrifield
Reginald Henry Merrifield
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Walter William Reeves

Surname: Reeves
Other names: Walter William
Other people in this story:
William Reeves
Hannah Reeves (nee Suter)
Emily Jane Bennett
Cecil John Reeves
Leo Bennett Reeves
Maurice Vernon Reeves
Locations in this story:
Bourton, Dorset
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
East Indies
Blandford, Dorset

Story:
Walter William Reeves was born in Blandford, Dorset, on 30 Jul 1858 and baptised at Bourton, Dorset, on 10th October 1858, the son of William Reeves and Hannah Reeves (nee Suter).  He married Emily Jane Bennett at Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7th January 1885 and they went on to have thirteen children.   From 24 Jul 1877 Walter had served in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 490) serving some of his time in the East Indies but had been released on 17 Feb 1889 with the rank of Corporal.  He rejoined the Reserve Service Battalion on 19 Feb 1893 and remained until discharged on 10 Jul 1901 with the rank of Sergeant.  He re-enlisted on 17th August 1916 at the age of 57 years and joined the 168th Protection Company of the Royal Defence Corps as a Private (Service No. 33820).   During his service he also served with the 163, 159, 157 and 165 Companies mainly as a Prisoner of War Camp Guard.  He was discharged on 6th March 1919 being no longer physically fit to serve.  There are no obvious medal records but he was awarded the Silver War Badge No. B228737.  He was living at 54 West Street, Fontmell Magna, when he died in 1937 and was buried there on 30th July 1937.  Of his sons, Cecil John Reeves, died in service whilst Leo Bennett Reeves and Maurice Vernon Reeves served and survived the conflict.

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Maurice Vernon Reeves
Cecil John Reeves
Leo Bennett Reeves