Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury 1

Harry John Hayter

Surname: Hayter
Other names: Harry John
Other people in this story:
Charles Hayter
Agnes Hayter née Wright
Elsie May Hayter née Arney
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. John's Church, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Story:
Harry John Hayter was born in Shaftesbury on 29th April 1882 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 1st January 1885, the son of Charles Hayter and Agnes Hayter (née Wright). Harry had joined the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment prior to the First World War and served for a period of more than eight years before being discharged to the Reserves. He was embodied as a Private with his old regiment on 24th August 1914 (Service No. 3/7745). He served in the UK only and by 18th June 1915 was pronounced unfit for further service on medical grounds. He received the Silver War Badge No. 236033. He married Elsie May Arney on 15th December 1918 at Enmore Green Church, Shaftesbury and they went on to have two children. By the time of the 1939 Register the family were living at Breach Cottages, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and Harry was working as a Gardener. His death was registered at Sturminster, Dorset, in 1968.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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George, Rose and Arthur Maskell (1)

George Henry Maskell

Surname: Maskell
Other names: George Henry
Other people in this story:
Charles Maskell
Eliza Maskell neé Hoskins
Rose Maskell neé Woodford
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Camden Town, London
South Afrrica
France & Flanders
Egypt
India
St. Pancras, London
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
George Henry Maskell was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 10 Jan 1871 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 22 Mar 1871 the son of Charles Maskell and Eliza Maskell (neé Hoskins). He enlisted as a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 2614) on 31 Jan 1888 and served in Egypt, India and South Africa where he was awarded the Queen's South African Medal and two clasps. He was discharged on 29 Jan 1901 having completed 13 years service and went to work for the railways in Camden Town, London, where he met and married Rose Woodford on 12 May 1904 at St, Thomas Church, Camden Town. They went on to have six children. He was living at 46 Warden Road, St. Pancras, London, when he was called back to the Colours and embodied on 2 Sep 1914 and joined his old Regiment (Service No. 7859) as a Private.  He was transferred on 1 Apr 1915 to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 20041) and served with the 1st Battalion in France.  On the 15 Oct 1917 he was declared medically unfit for further field duty and was transferred to the Labour Corps (Service No. 413896) serving successively with the 900 and 903 Area Employment Company's. He was demobilized on 4 Feb 1919 and awarded the Victory and British Medals as well as the 1914-1915 Star. His address then was given as Brickhill, (Enmore Green), Shaftesbury.   The 1939 Register shows him living at 2 St. Georges Road, Shaftesbury, and he is described as a Railway Hydraulic Fitter (Retired).    He died at 2 St. Georges Road, Shaftesbury, on 27 Jul 1946. (Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter and on private family papers lodged in the paper files at the Gold Hill Museum).

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  • Victory, British War, 1914-5 Star medals and Queen's South Africa Medal received by George Maskell
  • George, Rose and Arthur Maskell

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Church Walk, Melbury Abbas

Harry Jolliffe

Surname: Jolliffe
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
John Jolliffe
Eliza Jolliffe
Eliza Jolliffe née Parham
Locations in this story:
East Knoyle, Wiltshire
Pills Lane, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France
Orchard Street, Rainham, Kent
Gillingham, Kent
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire

Story:
Harry Jolliffe was born at East Knoyle, Wiltshire on 8th May 1873 and baptised there on 1st June 1873, the son of John and Eliza Jolliffe. By 1891 he was living with his parents in Pills Lane, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He married Eliza Parham at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire on 8th April 1895 and they went on to have at least one child. Harry enlisted with the 3rd Dorsetshire Regiment on the 1st January 1898. He served until 1904, having completed six years service, after which he became a reservist (Service No. 2099). He had moved to 39 Orchard Street, Rainham, Kent by the outbreak of war and was working as a Baker for Glass & Son, Bakers of Rainham. He re-enlisted as a Private on the 28th September 1914 and was posted to the Army Service Corps as a baker in the field - mainly in France (Service No. 1029). He was discharged on 28th July 1916 having become physically unfit to continue in service. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and the 1914 Star. His last known address was 39 The Bungalow, Gillingham, Kent, (1939 Register), where he was described as a Retired Fitter's Labourer and a widower. He died in 1952.

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 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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King John Hotel, Tollard Royal

Frederick Frank Hunt

Surname: Hunt
Other names: Frederick Frank
Other people in this story:
William Thomas Hunt
Margaret Jane Hunt née Hibbs
Elsie Mary Hunt née Newman
Locations in this story:
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Mere, Wiltshire

Story:
Frederick Frank Hunt was born in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire on 29th August 1887, the son of William Thomas Hunt and Margaret Jane Hunt (née Hibbs). Frederick enlisted as a Private in the 5th Service Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment on 31st August 1914 (Service No. 10521). His period of service was short lived as he was diagnosed with Chronic Enteritis and discharged on 26th October 1914 as 'unlikely to become an efficient soldier'. He married Elsie Mary Newman at Sixpenny Handley, Wiltshire, on 1st October 1923 and they had three children. His last known address was 32 Tollard Royal, Wiltshire (per the 1939 Register) where he worked as an estate labourer. He died in 1960 (Mere, Wiltshire, Registration District).

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Percy Charles Hayter

Surname: Hayter
Other names: Percy Charles
Other people in this story:
Charles Hayter
Susan Jane Edwards Hayter née Upjohn
Harriett Minden Hayter née Bendell
Locations in this story:
St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cats Ash, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Story:
Percy Charles Hayter was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset in December 1881, the son of Charles Hayter and Susan Jane Edwards Hayter (née Upjohn). He married Harriett Minden Bendell on 20th July 1903 in Shaftesbury, Dorset and set up home at 7 St. James, Shaftesbury. There were at least four children of the marriage. By the 1911 Census he had moved to Shepton Mallet, Somerset for work as a Gardener. From here, having had previous military experience with the 2nd Battalion of the Dorset Regiment, he re-enlisted on 15th March 1913 as a Private in the Territorial Unit of the Somerset Light Infantry (Service No. 69115). He was embodied on 4th August 1914 and served throughout the war in the United Kingdom. He was transferred to the Labour Corps in 1918 (Service No. 200248) and then to the 16th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment with the rank of Corporal (Service No. 204670). He was discharged on 23rd April 1919 having contracted a lung disease for which he received a War Pension. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. His last known address was 4 Cats Ash, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Unfortunately he died in July 1926 at Shepton Mallett.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Stoney Path

William Charles Abraham Burridge

Surname: Burridge
Other names: William Charles Abraham
Other people in this story:
Charles Burridge
Alice Bessie Burridge née Wilmott
Locations in this story:
Stoney Path, St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France

Story:
William Charles Abraham Burridge was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21st June 1897 the son of Frederick Burridge and Alice Bessie Burridge (nee Wilmott). He enlisted on 21st October 1916 as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery serving in France (Service No. 125985).  He was demobilized on 14th October 1919 with a War Pension due to the effects of his service.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He re-enlisted for a period of one year in 1921 as a Territorial with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment.  He remained single and his last known address, per the 1939 Register, was 3 Stoney Path, St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He was employed as a Gardener.  William died in 1949 and was buried at St. James' Church on 16th September 1949.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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  • St. James' Church

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Sidney Frederick Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Sidney Frederick
Other people in this story:
Thomas John Gray
Elizabeth Gray née Gumbleton
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury Workhouse, Breach Lane, Shaftesbury
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Mesopotamia
Gallipoli
Helles Memorial, Turkey
Portland Place, London

Story:
Sidney Frederick Gray was born in 1892 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of Thomas John Gray, a Carter, and Elizabeth Gray née Gumbleton. At the time of the 1911 Census the family were living in the Shaftesbury Workhouse in Breach Lane. Elizabeth was described as a “Washerwoman and Inmate of the Workhouse”. Sidney was single and working as a House Servant in Portland Place in London. He enlisted in Salisbury as a Private in the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 10661). He served in Mesopotamia and was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals. He died at Gallipoli on 27th August 1915 and his name appears on the Helles Memorial (Panel 137 to 140) in Turkey.  

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Ernest James Mullins

Surname: Mullins
Other names: Ernest James
Other people in this story:
Adam Mullins
Sarah Priscilla Mullins née Galpin
Ethel Bessie Mullins née Miles
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Gillingham, Dorset
Blackford, North Cadbury, Somerset
France & Flanders
Thiepval Memorial, France
St. Michael's Church, Blackford, Somerset
Castle Cary, Somerset

Story:
Ernest James Mullins was born, along with his twin sister, Bessie Ada, in 1883 in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire. He was the son of Adam Mullins, a market gardener, and Sarah Priscilla Mullins (nee Galpin), a dressmaker. On 13th October, 1904 Ernest married Ethel Bessie Miles in Gillingham, Dorset. There was one son of the marriage. At the time of the 1911 Census they were living in Blackford, North Cadbury, Somerset where Ernest was working as a farm labourer. He enlisted in Castle Cary, Somerset, as a Private in the Somerset Light Infantry (Service No. 22569). He later transferred to the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 19046) and served in France & Flanders. He was killed in action on the Somme on 11th January 1917 and his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial in France. He is remembered on the War Memorial and Roll of Honour in St. Michael's Church, Blackford, Somerset.  

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  • Names on Blackford Memorial 2
  • Blackford Roll of Honour
  • St. Michael's Church, Blackford

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Alfred Edward Wills

Surname: Wills
Other names: Alfred Edward
Other people in this story:
Alfred John Wills
Laura Wills nee Gollop
William Wills
Edmond Williams
Locations in this story:
Winterbourne Monkton, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Theipval Memorial, France
White Bridge, Semley, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley
Winterbourne Herringston, Dorset
Herringston House, Dorset

Story:
Alfred Edward Wills was born in 1891 in Winterbourne Herringston, Dorset, and baptised at Winterbourne Monkton on 25th October, 1891. He was the son of Alfred John Wills, a Dairyman, and Laura Wills (nee Gollop). His siblings included William, born in 1890, who also died in the war. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Gardener and living-in at Herringston House, Dorset, and employed by the landowner, Edmond Williams. His parents lived at White Bridge, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted as a Private in Dorchester on 31st August, 1914 and joined the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 10638). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 26th September 1916 and his name appears on the Theipval Memorial in France (Pier & Face 7 B). He is remembered on the Semley Baptist Chapel plaque, now in St Leonard's Church, and on the War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard.

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