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Walter John Lane

Surname: Lane
Other names: Walter John
Other people in this story:
John Lane
Maria Lane née Alner
James Lane
Mary Ann Lane née Furnell
Locations in this story:
Brickhill, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset.
France & Flanders
St. John, New Brunswick, Canada
Liverpool
Toronto, Canada

Story:
Walter John Lane was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 18th January 1892, the son of John Lane and Maria Lane (née Alner).  The family lived in Brickhill, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.    Walter married Mary Ann Furnell on 1st March 1913 in Enmore  Green, Shaftesbury.  It is  not known if there were any children of the marriage.  He enlisted on 7th June 1916 as a reservist with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 4928). He was mobilized on 21st November 1916 and joined the Royal Engineers (Railway Troops), (Service No. 221243), but one day later transferred again to the RE (Road Construction Unit) with revised Service No. WR/25388.   He served in France and Flanders and was finally demobilized on 4th October 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By this time he was living at 6 Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.   He and his wife sailed from Liverpool on 8th March 1920 on the SS Melita and traveled to St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, with the intention of permanently settling there.  No more information is available except there is a memorial plate in St. John's Church, Enmore Green, stating he died on 21 Feb 1967 in Toronto, Canada.  (His brother, James Lane, also served in the Royal Engineers during the conflict).

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Sidney Whitmarsh

Surname: Whitmarsh
Other names: Sidney
Other people in this story:
John Whitmarsh
Maria Whitmarsh
Kate Whitmarsh née Lane
Locations in this story:
White Pit Lane, Melbury Abbas, Dorset
France
Frederick Street, Aldershot, Hampshire
Burton Street, Marnull, Dorset

Story:
Sidney Whitmarsh was born at Melbury Abbas, Dorset in 1871, the son of John and Maria Whitmarsh. The family lived for a time at White Pit Lane, Melbury Abbas. He married Kate Lane at Melbury Abbas on 11th July 1898. According to the 1911 Census, when they were living at Burton Street, Marnull, Dorset, there was at least one child of the marriage. He enlisted as a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment on 17th August 1914 (Service No. 7373). He was transferred as a Gunner to the Royal Garrison Artillery on 1st January 1915 (Service No. 6720) and served with them in France. On 5th May 1917, having returned to the UK, he was transferred to the Labour Corps as a Private (Service No. 435341) and joined the 644th Agricultural Company. He was demobilized on 31st March 1920 and awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was obviously in some financial difficulty in 1923, when living at 1 Frederick Street, Aldershot, Hampshire, as he was trying to obtain copies of his military record in order to prove his need to the authorities. He died in Aldershot in 1936.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Francis George Wareham

Surname: Wareham
Other names: Francis George
Other people in this story:
George Wareham
Emma Georgina Wareham
Locations in this story:
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
India
Mesopotamia
France
South Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Francis George Wareham was born on 6th October 1889 at Iwerne Minster, Dorset, and baptised there on 2nd February 1890, the son of George and Emma Georgina Wareham. He enlisted on 7th Sep 1914 as a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No 1403). He later transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Essex Regiment (Service No. 33393). He served in France and Mesopotamia during which time he received gunshot wounds (25th March 1917). He was transferred to the Garrison Battalion on 28th March 1918 and posted to India. Whilst in India he suffered with influenza and was hospitalized for 20 days. He was eventually demobilized on 20th January 1920 with a 70% pension due to his previous wounds. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. There is confusion as to whether he remained single or married, and consequently this will not be remarked upon in this story. He died in 1961 and was recorded as living at South Street, Fontmill Magna, Dorset.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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George Tuffin

Surname: Tuffin
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
Alfred Tuffin
Laura Luena Tuffin
Emily Maggie Lauretta Tuffin née Gamlin
Locations in this story:
Sutton Waldron, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Lambridge Street, Bath, Somerset
Thiepval, France
Rouen, France
Warrington, Lancashire
St. James, Shaftesbury

Story:
George Tuffin was born on 9th August 1893 at Sutton Waldron, Dorset, and baptised there on 1st October 1893, the son of Alfred and Laura Luena Tuffin. George enlisted as a Private with the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment on 31st December 1912 (Service No. 9499). During his service in France he was wounded and marked as missing on 26th August 1914 but later found unconscious in a shell hole. He remained in hospital until 13th September 1914. Again he received gunshot wounds to the scalp in a battle near Thiepval on 18th June 1916 which caused partial paralysis of his right arm. He was sent to a hospital in Rouen, France and later repatriated to a Military Hospital in Warrington, Lancashire. He was discharged as being physically unfit for further service due to the paralysis on 9th May 1917. He was awarded the Victory, British Medals and the 1914 Star. Whilst recovering from his wounds he had married Emily Maggie Lauretta Gamlin at Sutton Waldron on 27th September 1916. Emily lived temporarily at 21 St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset. They went on to have two children. By the 1939 Register, George had recovered sufficiently that he was working as a Farm Carter (Heavy Worker) and living at 1 Lambridge Street, Bath, Somerset. He died in Bath on 1st November 1989 at the age of 96 years.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Arthur Charles Stacey

Surname: Stacey
Other names: Arthur Charles
Other people in this story:
John Tom Stacey
Emily Stacey
Elsie Stacey née Freeman
Locations in this story:
Church Street, Sutton Waldron, Dorset
Hinton Martell, Wimborne, Dorset

Story:
Arthur Charles Stacey was born on 30th August 1889 at Sutton Waldron, Dorset, the son of John Tom and Elsie Stacey. They lived at some time in Church Street, Sutton Waldron. Arthur enlisted as a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 615) on 27th August 1908 and served for a short while before being placed on reserve. He was re-embodied on 4th August 1914 (Service No. 6096) but discharged shortly after on 12th September 1914 as being medically unfit. No medals were awarded. He married Elsie Freeman at Hinton Martell, Wimborne, Dorset, on 1st November 1919 and they went on to have three children. By 1939 Arthur was still living in Hinton Martell and working as a Poultryman on a farm. He died in 1943.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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John Morgan Snook

Surname: Snook
Other names: John Morgan
Other people in this story:
Thomas Snook
Emma Snook née Goddard
Bertha Snook née Fisher
Morris Snook
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Hong Kong
Wandsworth, London
Tisbury, Wiltshire
Lower Winchcombe, Wiltshire

Story:
John Morgan Snook was born in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, in 1870 and baptised there on 27th March 1870, the son of Thomas Snook and Emma Snook (née Goddard). He was living with his parents at Lower Winchcombe, Wiltshire at the time of the 1881 Census. He enlisted in the Dorsetshire Regiment on 6th May 1887 as a Private (Service No. 2373). The Army was reorganised in 1889 and he was transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 63403) on 1st July 1889 with a further transfer to the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 20501) on 23rd June 1903. He served in Hong Kong until placed on reserve. He had married Bertha Fisher on 22nd September 1897 at Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, and they went on to have five children. By the time of Word War 1 he had moved to Wandsworth, London, where he was employed by the London County Council as a Park Keeper. He was embodied on 6th August 1914 (Service No. 1596) and posted to the 3rd London General Territorial Hospital which was based in the Royal Victorian Patriotic School buildings in Wandsworth. He was however discharged on 16th October 1914 on the grounds that he should not have been called up. No medals were awarded. He died in 1931 (Tisbury, Wiltshire, Register) at the home of his son, Morris, who lived in Donhead St. Mary. Morris was his next-of-kin following the death on John's wife in 1916.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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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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Edgar Read

Surname: Read
Other names: Edgar
Other people in this story:
(Mrs) Read
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Woolwich Road, Upper Parkstone, Dorset
Shaftesbury Union Workhouse, Shaftesbury

Story:
Edgar Read was supposedly born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, about 1880. There is no record of anyone of this name or even parents in the area at this time. There is however an Edgar Read in the Shaftesbury Workhouse born about 1876, an inmate pupil. What is known is that he declared on his enlistment form on 28th August 1914 that he had previous service with the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment Territorials and was on the reserve list. He had the Service No. 3/7863 and the rank of Private. Within weeks he was examined by medical staff and declared unfit for further service due to deformed feet. The report stated that he should never been allowed to enlist. He was duly discharged on 27th October 1914. His military forms state he was married to 'Mrs Read' who lived in Woolwich Road, Upper Parkstone, Dorset. Beyond this information nothing else is known.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Frederick William Phillips

Surname: Phillips
Other names: Frederick William
Other people in this story:
Edward Phillips
Edith Phillips
Ellen Georgina Phillips née Padfield
Locations in this story:
Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Malta
India

Story:
Frederick William Phillips was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset on 6th September 1875, the son of Edward and Edith Phillips. He enlisted in the Dorsetshire Regiment on 17th January 1898 (Service No. S/5650). He served in Malta and India before being discharged as unfit on 29th May 1900. He married Ellen Georgina Padfield in Shaftesbury on 4th August 1902 and they went on to have nine children. Frederick re-enlisted as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment on 24th August 1914 (Service No. 3/7650). He served in the UK only, until he was discharged, again because he was unfit, on 4th October 1916. No medals were recorded. He went on to become the steward of the local Ex-Servicemen's Club and his address, in 1939, is shown as 6 Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He died there on 7th January 1942.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Robert Patience

Surname: Patience
Other names: Robert
Other people in this story:
Joseph Patience
Sarah Patience
Ellen Patience née Blackman
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Dorset
India
Egypt
France
Terrace Stock, Ingatestone, Sussex

Story:
Robert Patience was born in 1871 in Motcombe, Dorset, (according to military records), the son of Joseph or Joshua or Josiah (differs in each Census) Patience and Sarah Patience. He enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment on 10th September 1890 (Service No. 3098). He transferred to the Royal Field Artillery on 24th January 1901 (Service No. 22158) and served in India and Egypt. He was awarded the India Medal 1901 and Clasp 'Tirah - North West Frontier'. He was discharged to the reserves on 9th September 1902. He married Ellen Blackman on 18th December 1904 and they had four children. Robert was re-embodied on 19th November 1914 as a Driver and served in France with the 30th Brigade, RFA. He sustained gunshot wounds to the left thigh during his service which counted towards an eventual pension. He was demobilized on 31st March 1920 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. His last known address in 1920, per his discharge documents, was 1 Terrace Stock, Ingatestone, Sussex. It is not know when he died.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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