Harry Woods

Surname: Woods
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
James John Woods
Sarah Ann Woods née Oxford
Ella Triezia Flower Woods née Bishop
Charles John Woods
John Charles Woods
Reginald James Woods
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

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Harry Woods was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1879 and baptised at Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th December 1879, the son of James John Woods and Sarah Ann Woods (née Oxford).  He lived all his life, apart from his Military Service, in and around Shaftesbury.  He enlisted with the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private on 27th January 1896 (Service No. 3307).  However he bought himself out on payment of £1 on 5th April 1899.   He married Ella Triezia Flower Bishop at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 4th March 1901 and they went on to have four children.   He enlisted again with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 18187) during World War 1.  It is not known which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  Harry died on 6th January 1936 whilst an inmate of the Public Assistance Institute, Shaftesbury, Dorset, (formerly the Workhouse).  He was buried at St. James' Church, Shaftesbury, on 11th January 1936.   His brother, Charles John Woods, and his nephews, John Charles and Reginald James Woods also served in the conflict.

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Andrews Yard, St. James, Shaftesbury

Charles John Woods

Surname: Woods
Other names: Charles John
Other people in this story:
James John Woods
Sarah Ann Woods née Oxford
Harriet Woods née Pickford
John Charles Woods
Gray Samuel
Reginald James Woods
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
St. James Street, Shaftesbury

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Charles John Woods was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22nd March 1875 and baptised at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 14th April 1875, the son of James John Woods and Sarah Ann Woods (née Oxford).  Charles spent all his life, apart from Military Service, in and around Shaftesbury.  His father died in 1880 and his mother later re-married Samuel Gray.  Charles enlisted with the 3rd Battalion of Dorsetshire Regiment on 2nd October 1890 and joined the Reserves (Service No. 1804).  He married Harriet Pickford at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 31st October 1897 and they went on to have eight children.  Charles however at times was less than supportive of his family and served a short prison sentence in 1914 due to his neglect.  He was mobilized and re-joined the 6th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 3/7869).  He served in France and Flanders and was discharged on 28th February 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.

Charles's sons, John Charles (b.1900) and Reginald James (b.1898) also served in the conflict, with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and South Wales Borderers respectively.  Following the war the family were back together again living at 45 St. James Street, Shaftesbury.  By the time of the 1939 Register Charles and Harriet were still at 45 St. James Street, and he was working as a General Labourer.  He died in Shaftesbury on 24th December 1960 and was buried shortly after at St. James' Church.

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Victor Douglas Tucker

Surname: Tucker
Other names: Victor Douglas
Other people in this story:
Gideon Tucker
Mary Elizabeth Tucker née Foot
Martha Annie Tucker née Woodrow
George Farley Tucker
Sidney Wilfred Tucker
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Charminster, Dorset
St. James Street, Shaftesbury
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury
Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury

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Victor Douglas Tucker was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16th January 1888 and baptised at St. James' Church on 12th February 1888, the son of Gideon Tucker and Mary Elizabeth Tucker (née Foot).  He grew up in the family home at 25 St. James Street in Shaftesbury. It is recorded in family records that he enlisted with the Dorset Volunteers in 1905 later transferring to the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment in a Territorial capacity.  He married Martha Annie Woodrow at the Independent Chapel, Shaftesbury, on 25th April 1909 and they went on to have four children. 

He re-enlisted at the outbreak of the war and joined the Machine Gun Corps (Motors Unit) as a Private (Service No. 57580).  He served in France and Flanders where, at one of the Battles of the Somme serving with the 32nd Reserve Company, he received gunshot wounds to the right leg and left hand.  He was eventually discharged on 17th February 1919 and was awarded a grant of £70 in lieu of pension. He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 24 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Master Tailor.  He died at the Harrison Hospital, Charminster, Dorset, on 2nd January 1961 and was later interred at the Congregational Independent Chapel, Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury, on 5th January 1961.  The family records also refer to his membership of the Shaftesbury Town Band for over 52 years.

Two of Victor's brothers also served in the war: Sidney Wilfred (b.1894) with the Dorsetshire Regiment and George Farley (b.1890) with the Somerset Light Infantry.

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Bennet George Young

Surname: Young
Other names: Bennet George
Other people in this story:
Frederick William Young
Harriett Young
Rosalind Mary Young née Churchill
Locations in this story:
St. Pancras, London
Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
Bimport, Shaftesbury
High Street, Shaftesbury

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Bennet George Young was born in St. Pancras, London, on 7th September 1884, the son of Frederick William Young and Harriett Young.  His parents were from Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He lived his early life at the Rose & Crown Inn, Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, where his father was the landlord.   He married Rosalind Mary Churchill at St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury, on 15th September 1909 and they went on to have three children.   He enlisted with the Territorial Force of the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 3981).  He was embodied on 11th Dec 1915 but not called to service until 31st May 1916 when he was transferred to the 2nd General Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment (Service Nos. 43610 & 204366).  It is noted he suffered from Malaria in 1919 though his theatre of war is not known.  Following discharge he was awarded the British War Medal only.  He had given 6 Bimport, Shaftesbury, as his address in the 1918 Absent Voters List.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 27 High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as an Ironmonger and Seedsman.   His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry, on 4th November 1966.

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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

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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
Ernest Frederick 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

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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. His other brothers, Frank (b.1882) served in the war with the Coldstream Guards and Edward Frederick (b. 1898) with the Inniskilling Fusiliers. 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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Harry Davis
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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,

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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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Victor Stanley Weldon

Surname: Weldon
Other names: Victor Stanley
Other people in this story:
Charles Weldon
Harriet Madonna Louisa Weldon née Roberts
Hilda Weldon née Smith
Montague Wyndham Weldon
Edgar Reginald Weldon
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury

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Victor Stanley Weldon was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1897 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 1st April 1897, the son of Charles Weldon and Harriet Madonna Louisa Weldon (née Roberts).   He lived most of his life, apart from Military Service, at the family home, Round House or Toll House, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He enlisted and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 17216).  He served with the 1st and the 6th Battalions though it is not known in which theatre of war he served.  He was discharged on 3rd March 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Hilda Smith in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1925 and they went on to have two children.  Regrettably Victor died on 22nd December 1936 at the Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury.  He was buried at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 26th December 1936.   His brothers, Montague Wyndham Weldon and Edgar Reginald Weldon, also served in the conflict.

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Edgar Reginald Weldon

Surname: Weldon
Other names: Edgar Reginald
Other people in this story:
Charles Weldon
Harriet Madonna Louisa Weldon née Roberts
Lily Weldon née Forse
Montague Wyndham Weldon
Victor Stanley Weldon
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Weymouth, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset

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Edgar Reginald Weldon was born at Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 1st December 1889 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 25th December 1889, the son of Charles Weldon and Harriet Madonna Louisa Weldon (née Roberts).  He lived all his life, apart from Military Service, at the family home, Round House or Toll House, Cann, Shaftesbury. He enlisted and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 2537) and later served with the 1st/4th Battalion (Service No. 200848).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but after his discharge on 24th April 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Lily Forse in Weymouth, Dorset, in 1921 and they went on to have a number of children.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was still living in the family home and was employed as a General Labourer.   His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1971.  His brothers, Montague Wyndham Weldon and Victor Stanley Weldon, also served in the conflict.

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Montague Wyndham Weldon

Surname: Weldon
Other names: Montague Wyndham
Other people in this story:
Charles Weldon
Harriet Madonna Louisa Weldon née Roberts
Victoria Weldon née Isaacs
Edgar Reginald Weldon
Victor Stanley Weldon
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury Road, Cann

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Montague Wyndham Weldon was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 24th April 1895, the son of Charles Weldon and Harriet Madonna Louisa Weldon (née Roberts).   He spent most of his life at the at the family home known as the Round House or Toll House, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He enlisted and joined the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 55127) but later transferred to the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 201898).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Victoria Isaacs in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1921 and they went on to have three children.   By the time of the 1939 Register Montague was living in a Caravan, Nr. Hedgeside Farm, Salisbury Road, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Wood Merchant. By 1943 he was called a Scrap Iron Dealer per his mother's probate.  He died at Shaftesbury on 11th February 1977.  His brothers, Edgar Reginald Weldon and Victor Stanley Weldon, also served in the conflict.

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