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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Shastonian
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
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. 

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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Ashmore Pond

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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St. James, Shaftesbury 2

Edwin Padfield

Surname: Padfield
Other names: Edwin or Edward
Other people in this story:
John Charles Padfield
Mary Elizabeth Padfield née Maidment
Emily Esther Padfield née Rees
Alfred George Padfield
Charles Padfield
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Willesden, Middlesex
Hampstead, London, NW
Camden, London

Story:
Edwin (sometimes called Edward) Padfield was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 6th January 1891 and baptised at St. James' Church on 8th February 1891, the son of John Charles Padfield and Mary Elizabeth Padfield (née Maidment).  He lived his early life with the family at 36 St. James Street, Shaftesbury.   He enlisted with the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 2511 & 200829).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but following his discharge on 22nd May 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Emily Esther Rees in Willesden, Middlesex, in 1928.  By the time of the 1939 Register Edwin was living at 124 Boundary Road, Hampstead, London, NW, and working as a Tailor.  His death was recorded in the Camden, London, Registry in 1978. 

Two of Edwin's brothers also served in the war: Charles (b.1884) with the 5th Service Battalion, and Alfred George (b.1888) with the Dorsetshire Regiment and the South Wales Borderers.

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Charles Padfield
St. James, Shaftesbury 2

Alfred George Padfield

Surname: Padfield
Other names: Alfred George
Other people in this story:
John Charles Padfield
Mary Elizabeth Padfield née Maidment
Bessie Padfield née Parsons
Edwin Padfield
Charles Padfield
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Gillingham, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
St. James, Shaftesbury

Story:
Alfred George Padfield was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 12th October 1888 and baptised at St. James' Church on 9th November 1888, the son of John Charles Padfield and Mary Elizabeth Padfield (née Maidment).  His early life was spent with the family at 36 St. James Street, Shaftesbury.   He enlisted and joined the 3rd Battalion and then the 15th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 16887) and later again transferred to the 10th Battalion of the South Wales Borderers (Service No. 42753).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Bessie Parsons in Shaftesbury on 25th December 1919. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 3 Orchard Road, Gillingham, Dorset, and was working as a Tailor.  His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1970. 

Two of Alfred's brothers also served in the war: Edwin (sometimes known as Edward) (b.1891) with the Dorsetshire Regiment and Charles (b.1884) with the 5th Service Battalion.

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Edwin Padfield
Charles Padfield
Enmore Green, The Knapp

Frederick Belbin

Surname: Belbin
Other names: Frederick
Other people in this story:
Harry (or Henry) Belbin
Elizabeth Belbin née Tucker
Sarah Ann Dora Belbin née Stacey
Locations in this story:
Blandford, Dorset
St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Frederick Belbin was born in Blandford, Dorset, on 26th October 1890 and baptised there on 21st November 1890, the son of Harry (or Henry) Belbin and Elizabeth Belbin (née Tucker).  By 1901 the family had moved to 11 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   Frederick enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 201837), later transferring to the Essex Regiment (Service No. 59152).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Sarah Ann Dora Stacey in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7th July 1919.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 'Glencot', Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, and was working as a Decorator.   His death was recorded at the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registry in 1961.

Frederick's brother George Reginald (b.1893) also served in the war, with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

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George Reginald Belbin

Ernest George Hayter

Surname: Hayter
Other names: Ernest George
Other people in this story:
Charles Hayter
Susan Jane Edwards Hayter (née Upjohn)
Flora Kate Hayter née Luke
Ellen Lily Hayter née Fordham
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Battersea, London
Mons, Belgium
Laz Alexandrinenstr, Germany
Fulham, London
St. James, Shaftesbury

Story:
Ernest George Hayter was born in Shaftesbury on 8th August 1886 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 29th August 1886, the son of Charles Hayter and Susan Jane Edwards Hayter (née Upjohn).  He lived his early life latterly at 7 St. James Street, Shaftesbury.    By 1911 he was boarding at 21 York Road, Battersea, London, SW, and described as working  'Under Government Army'.   He enlisted and joined the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment and, at the outbreak of war, was sent to Mons, Belgium, where he was taken prisoner on 24th August 1914 only three weeks after the conflict began.   He remained a Prisoner of War at a camp near Laz Alexandrinenstr, Germany, until his release at the time of the Armistice.  He returned to Shaftesbury and there married Flora Kate Luke at Holy Trinity Church on 25th December 1918.  He was eventually discharged from the army on 31st March 1920 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  His wife died in 1938 and shortly after in the same year he married Ellen Lily Fordham at Fulham, London.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 12 Parsons Green Lane, Fulham, London, working as a Paper Keeper with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.  No record of his death can be found.

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