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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Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque

Ernest Edward Hibberd

Surname: Hibberd
Other names: Ernest Edward
Other people in this story:
Frank Hibberd
Ellen Hibberd nee Chubb
Locations in this story:
Semley, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Ploegsteert Memorial, Ploegsteert, Hainaut, Belgium
Dairy Cottages, Semley, Wiltshire
Southampton
St. Leonard's Church, Semley, Wiltshire
Winchester Road, Shirley, Southampton

Story:
Ernest Edward Hibberd was born in 1899 in Semley, Wiltshire, and baptised there on 30th July, 1899. He was the son of Frank Hibberd, a Milk Factory Hand, and Ellen Hibberd (nee Chubb). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a Scholar and living at Dairy Cottages, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Southampton as a Private and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 41320). He noted on enlistment he was living at 48 Winchester Road, Shirley, Southampton. (His name was reversed on Military Records). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 13th April 1918 and his name appears on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Ploegsteert, Hainaut, Belgium (Panel 6). He is remembered on the War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, Semley, Wiltshire, and the Semley Baptist Chapel plaque, now in St. Leonard's Church.

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Names on Fontmell Magna War Memorial 1

Wesley Harry Warren Mowlem

Surname: Mowlem
Other names: Wesley Harry Warren
Other people in this story:
Robert William Mowlem
Rosetta Mowlem nee Warren
Locations in this story:
Holnest, Sherborne, Dorset
France & Flanders
Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
West Street, Fontmell Magna, Dorset

Story:
Wesley Harry Warren Mowlem was born on 5th November, 1894, in Holnest, Sherborne, Dorset, and baptised in the parish church on 25th November, 1894. He was the son of Robert William Mowlem, an estate woodman, and Rosetta Mowlem (nee Warren). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a farm labourer and living at 58 West Street, Fontmell Magna. He enlisted at Shaftesbury as a Private and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 31744). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 30th October 1917 and was buried at Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, (grave id. V.D.6). He is remembered on the Fontmell Magna War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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  • Names on Fontmell Magna War Memorial 4
  • Fontmell Magna War Memorial 1

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Herbert Charles Davidge headstone

Herbert Charles Davidge

Surname: Davidge
Other names: Herbert Charles
Other people in this story:
Harry Charles Davidge
Ellen Ann Davidge nee Foster
Edward Henry Davidge
Locations in this story:
Winterbourne Zelston, Dorset
St. Lawrence's Church, Farnham
Farnham, Blandford, Dorset
Andover, Hampshire

Story:
Herbert Charles Davidge was born in 1891 in Winterbourne Zelston, Dorset, and baptised there on 17th March, 1891. He was the son of Harry Charles Davidge, a Domestic Groom, and Ellen Ann Davidge (nee Foster). His siblings included Edward Henry, born in 1899, who also died in the war. At the time of the 1911 Census Herbert was single, working as a groom and living at Farnham, Blandford, Dorset. He enlisted in Andover, Hampshire, as a Private and joined the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 27131) and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died at the Regimental Depot on 20th July 1918 and was buried in St. Lawrence's Church churchyard in Farnham, Dorset, (north-west of the church). He is remembered on the Farnham War Memorial inside the church.

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  • Farnham churchyard
  • Farnham churchyard
  • Farnham churchyard
  • Farnham War Memorial

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Cann War Memorial

Cossley John B. Hunt

Surname: Hunt
Other names: Cossley John B.
Other people in this story:
John Thomas Hunt
Wilhelmina Augusta Hunt née Knight
Locations in this story:
Western European Theatre
Bedford House Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Cann , Shaftesbury
Dorchester, Dorset

Story:
Cossley John B. Hunt was born in 1898 in Cann. He was the son of John Thomas Hunt, a farm labourer, and Wilhelmina Augusta Hunt (née Knight).  At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, was a student and living at Cann, Shaftesbury. He enlisted in Dorchester as a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 29223). He served in the Western European Theatre and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died in on 4th October 1917 and was buried at Bedford House Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (Enclosure No. 4, VIII.C.7). His grave is situated in Enclosure No. 4 which is described as 'the largest (site) which was used from June 1916 to February 1918 largely by the 47th (London) Division and after the Armistice it was enlarged when 3,324 graves were brought in from other burial grounds and from the battle fields of the Ypres Salient. Almost two-thirds of the graves are unidentified'. Cossley is remembered on the Cann War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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  • Cann War Memorial
  • Unveiling of Cann War Memorial

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Names on Cann War Memorial

William Frank White

Surname: White
Other names: William Frank
Other people in this story:
George White
Sarah White née Lush
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Arras Memorial, France
Higher Blandford Road, Cann, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury

Story:
William Frank White was born in 1888 in Cann, Shaftesbury. He was the son of George White and Sarah White (née Lush). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a bricklayer and living in Higher Blandford Road, Cann, Shaftesbury. His mother died in 1912 and his father in 1917. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private in the 10th Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 24763). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 25th March 1918 and his name appears on the Arras Memorial (Bay 6). He is remembered on the Cann War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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  • Cann War Memorial
  • Cann memorial opening

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Names on St. James' War Memorial 3

Charles Parsons

Surname: Parsons
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
George Parsons
Emily Parsons nee Wright
Alfred Parsons
Sidney George Parsons
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Arras Memorial, Arras, Pas de Calais, France
Long Cross, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Sillito Road, Poole, Dorset

Story:
Charles Parsons was born in 1882 in Shaftesbury and baptised at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, on 4th June 1882. He was the son of George Parsons, a railway carman, and Emily Parsons (nee Wright). His siblings included Alfred, born in 1873, and Sidney George, born in 1890, both of whom died in the war. In 1903 Charles married Ellen Arnold. There were three children of the marriage - two boys and one girl. At the time of the 1911 Census Charles working as a railway carman and living at 5 Shillito Road, Poole, Dorset. His parents lived at Long Cross, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury. He enlisted as a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 16888) but later transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (New Service No. 31773). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 23rd April 1917 and his name appears on the Arras Memorial, Arras, Pas de Calais, France (Bay 6). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ War Memorials. He also appears on the Roll of Honour in St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.    

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  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Names on St. James' War Memorial 3

Frank White

Surname: White
Other names: Frank
Other people in this story:
Henry Charles White
Thirza White nee Mayo
Edith Jane Batt
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Tyne Cot Memorial
St. James, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Stoneham, Hampshire

Story:
Frank White was born on 28th January, 1885 in Shaftesbury and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 19th February, 1885. He was the son of Henry Charles White, (known as Charles), a mason's labourer, and Thirza White (nee Mayo). The father died in 1911 just prior to the Census. At the time of the 1911 Census Frank was working as a Painter and living at 68 St. James, Shaftesbury. In 1913 he married Edith Jane Batt in Stoneham, Hampshire, and records show that they had one son. He enlisted as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 26256). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 4th October 1917 and his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 80 to 82 & 163A). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St James’ War Memorials. He also appears on the Roll of Honour in St James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. Edith White remarried William Harding in 1922.    

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  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 02
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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St. James' War Memorial

Thomas William Wright

Surname: Wright
Other names: Thomas William
Other people in this story:
Henry Wright
Eliza Wright nee Foot
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Aval Wood Military Cemetery, Vieux-Berquin, Nord, France
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
St. James, Shaftesbury,
Tan Yard, St. James, Shaftesbury

Story:
William Thomas Wright was born in 1899 in Shaftesbury and baptised at St. James's Church, Shaftesbury, on 30th July, 1899. He was the son of Henry (Harry) Wright, a "Groom to Horse Dealer", and Eliza Wright. The family lived at 7 Tan Yard, St. James, Shaftesbury. By the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a scholar and living at 72 St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. (Service No. 41253). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 30th June 1918 and was buried at Aval Wood Military Cemetery, Vieux-Berquin, Nord, France (grave id. I.BB.14). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ War Memorials. He also appears on the Roll of Honour inside St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

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  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 02
  • Names on St. James' War Memorial 3
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Walter William Henry Hodder memorial 1

Walter William Henry Hodder

Surname: Hodder
Other names: Walter William Henry
Other people in this story:
William Henry Hodder
Elizabeth Hodder nee Fall
Mary Alice Hodder

Locations in this story:
Thorncombe, Dorset
France & Flanders
Tyne Cot Memorial
Brandon House, Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Walter William Henry Hodder was born in 1887 in Thorncombe, Dorset. He was the son of William Henry Hodder, a builder, and Elizabeth Hodder (nee Fall). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a law clerk and living at 3 Brandon House, Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury. His father died in 1912 and was buried at Holy Trinity Church on 16th May, 1912. His mother also died in 1915. He enlisted with the Somerset Light Infantry (Service No. 22185) as a Private and later transferred to the 6th Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (New Service No. 27746). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was killed in action on 23rd August 1917 and his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 80 to 82 and 163A). His next of kin following his death was his sister, Mary Alice Hodder. He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

He is also remembered on the headstone (grave no. 60) of his parents WILLIAM HENRY HODDER AND ELIZABETH HIS WIFE  in the Holy Trinity churchyard. The inscription reads:
ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF WALTER WILLIAM HENRY THE ONLY SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT YPRES AUGUST 23RD 1917, AGED 30 YEARS.  

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 4
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03
  • Walter William Henry Hodder memorial 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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