Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury 2

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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Enmore Green, The Knapp

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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Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Charles Imber

Surname: Imber
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
Harry Imber
Marian Hodder Imber née Flood
Susannah Imber née Grummitt
Locations in this story:
Semley, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Malta
Crete
South Africa
Gibraltar
Highbury, London
Harbour Hill Road, Poole, Dorset

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Charles Imber was born on 31st January 1875 in Semley, Wiltshire, and baptised there on 28th February 1875, the son of Harry Imber and Marian Hodder Imber (née Flood).  He lived with his parents in Semley and later on Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He trained as a Tailor which came in useful during his military career.  Charles enlisted in the Dorsetshire Regiment on 7th January 1895 (Service No. 4607).  He served in Malta, Crete, South Africa and Gibraltar, during which time he was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal (5 Clasps), the King's South African Medal (2 Clasps) and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.  He had married Susannah Grummitt at Christ Church, Highbury, London, on 18th February 1905 and they went on to have six children.  He was transferred to the South Staffordshire Regiment on 15th December 1915 (Service No. SS8506).  He held the rank of Sergeant Tailor, serving in the UK.  He took his full pension on 7th January 1917 but was not discharged until 3rd December 1919 when his term of engagement had terminated.  He was awarded the British War Medal.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 12 Harbour Hill Road, Poole, Dorset, described as a Master Tailor (Army) Retired and an ARP Warden.  He died in Poole on 5th September 1952.

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Fontmell Magna Church

Harry Dennis

Surname: Dennis
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
John Dennis
Ellen Dennis née Jeffrey
Helen Dennis née Dunbar
Locations in this story:
Church Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Nairn, Scotland
Merryton, Morayshire, Scotland

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Harry Dennis was born on 11th November 1884 in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised there on 28th December 1884, the son of John Dennis and Ellen Dennis (née Jeffrey).  He lived with his family in Church Street, Fontmell Magna, until he enlisted on 6th May 1902 and joined the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 4696).  He transferred to the 3rd Volunteer Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders on 10th April 1907 and later the 6th Battalion (Service No. 8920).  On the 2nd December 1910 he transferred yet again to the 4th Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders (Service No. 899).  During this time he had progressed from the rank of Private to Sergeant.  He was posted to France at the outbreak of war and on 19th March 1915 was wounded in action and was posted back to the UK with yet another Service No. 200050.  On his recovery he joined the 7th Division (Salvage Company) of the Labour Corps as he was considered unfit for field duty (Service No. 222325).  He was discharged on 22nd February 1919 and a few days later, on 26th February 1919, married Helen Dunbar in Nairn, Scotland.   He was awarded the Victory and British War medals, the 1914/15 Star and the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal.  He re-enlisted with the Labour Corps on 9th April 1920 until finally discharged on 8th April 1923.    The 1939 Register shows him living at Denson Villa, Merryton, Morayshire, Scotland, described as Laundry Manager (Proprietor).  He died in Nairn, Scotland, in 1953.

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Richard William Brown

Surname: Brown
Other names: Richard William
Other people in this story:
Fredercik Brown
Emily Brown née Polden
Grace Lilian Brown née Herbert
Locations in this story:
Sutton Waldron, Nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Highworth Road, Lower Stratton, Swindon, Wiltshire
Weymouth, Dorset

Story:
Richard William Brown was born in Sutton Waldron, Nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1886 and baptised there on 22nd August 1886, the son of Frederick Brown and Emily Brown (née Polden).  He lived his early life in and around Sutton Waldron and Fontmell Magna, Dorset.  He enlisted as a Territorial Reservist with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 1985) prior to the outbreak of war.  He married Grace Lilian Herbert at Lower Stratton, Wiltshire on 4th December 1912 and they went on to have two children.  He was mobilized on 14th June 1915 with the Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial Force) (Service No. 88407) and joined the 77th Field Ambulance serving in France.  He received a gun shot wound in the left thigh on 25th May 1918 and was repatriated to the UK on 26th July 1918, receiving treatment in various military hospitals until 2nd January 1919.  He was discharged on 8th March 1919 and gave his address as 12 Highworth Road, Lower Stratton, Swindon, Wiltshire.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals plus a limited pension.  By the 1939 Register he had moved house to 16 Highworth Road, Lower Stratton, and was described as a Pattern Store Manager (GWR).  His death was registered in the Weymouth, Dorset, Registry in 1963.

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Herbert Alford

Surname: Alford
Other names: Herbert
Other people in this story:
Sidney Herbert Alford
Clara Jane Alford née Marshall
Elsie Mary Maud Alford née Williams
Locations in this story:
The Street, Motcombe, Dorset
Guillemont, France
Kinson, Wallis Down, Dorset
Axbridge, Somerset
Weston super Mare, Somerset

Story:
Herbert was born in Motcombe, Dorset, on 28th August 1890, the son of Sidney Herbert Alford and Clara Jane Alford (née Marshall).  He lived with his family at The Street, Motcombe.  By 1911 he was boarding in Kinson, Wallis Down, Dorset, where he married Elsie Mary Maud Williams at St. Andrews Church, Kinson, on 5th June 1911.  There were three children of the marriage.  He enlisted on 9th December 1915 but was not mobilized until 12th April 1916 when he joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 17410).  Whilst serving at Guillemont, France, he received a Shell Shrapnel Wound in the left foot on 3th September 1916.  He was repatriated to the UK on 9th September 1916, at the same time transferring to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 31636).  He was admitted to the B178 Military Hospital on 10th September 1916 where he remained until 5th January 1917.  The medical report after his recovery indicated that his foot was now deformed and pieces of shrapnel remained embedded.  He was declared unfit for further service and discharged with a limited period pension on 16th March 1917.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as Silver Badge No. 145625.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Sunny Mead, Axbridge, Somerset, and working as a gardener.  He died in the Weston super Mare, Somerset, Registration District in 1976.

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Austin Henry Young

Surname: Young
Other names: Austin Henry
Other people in this story:
Henry Young
Martha Young née Critchell
Philip James Young
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Sturminster, Dorset
India

Story:
Austin Henry Young was born on 3rd June 1885 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Henry Young and Martha Young (née Critchell).  The family lived continuously at 26 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury.  Austin's younger brother Philip James (b.1889) was killed on 28th October 1918 while serving with the Devonshire Regiment in France. Austin enlisted on 7th September 1914 and joined the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Territorial Force) as a Private (Service No. 2544).  He served in India until he was discharged on 27th April 1915.    Austin re-enlisted on 11th December 1915 and was allotted to the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 22184).   However he was not embodied until 29th February 1916 when he was instructed to join the 7th Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 27558).  He served with them in France and whilst on duty received a severe injury to his foot on 23rd April 1917.  He was eventually transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps on 10th July 1918 and joined the General Headquarters Mechanical Transport Company (Service No. T/419350).  He was demobilized on 23rd August 1920 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   On the day of his discharge he applied for the position of Gardener's Labourer at a War Graves Commission site in France but there is no indication that he was successful.   By the 1939 Register he was still living at 26 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, and was described as Incapacitated.  His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, District Registry in 1955.

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