Henry John Tuffin

Surname: Tuffin
Other names: Henry John
Other people in this story:
Frederick James Tuffin
Sarah Anne Tuffin née Mullins
Locations in this story:
The Street, Sutton Waldron, Dorset
France & Flanders
Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Story:
Henry John Tuffin was born in Sutton Waldron on 23rd January 1877 and baptised there on 1st April 1877, the son of Frederick James Tuffin and Sarah Anne Tuffin (née Mullins).  He spent all his civilian life in Sutton Waldron.   He enlisted on 18th November 1915 and was mobilized on 24th March 1916, joining the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 24987). Almost immediately he was transferred with the same Service No. to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry with whom he served in France & Flanders.  He was again transferred and attached to the 1039th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps on 6th May 1917 (Service No. 93437).   He was discharged on 15th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.   By the 1939 Register he was living at his old family home at 17 The Street, Sutton Waldron, Dorset, working as an Agricultural Labourer.  He remained single throughout his life and died in 1967. His death was registered at the Sturminster Newton District Registry, Dorset and he was buried at Sutton Waldron on 30th November 1967.

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Fred Richard Godden

Surname: Godden
Other names: Fred Richard
Other people in this story:
William George Godden
Susanna Godden née Whitmarsh
Florence Godden née Parsons
Locations in this story:
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Bradford Peverell. Dorset
France & Flanders
Dorchester, Dorset
High Street, Yeovil, Somerset
Sutton, Surrey
Arras, France

Story:
Fred Richard Godden was born on 10th April 1899 at Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, the son of William George Godden and Susanna Godden (née Whitmarsh).  By 1901 he had moved with his parents to Bradford Peverell, Dorset, where he spent most of his early life.  He enlisted on 6th February 1917 but was not mobilized until 7th May 1917 when he joined the 34th/35th Training Reserve Battalion as a Private (Service No. 8/55876).  He was later attached to the Somerset Light Infantry (Training Reserve) (Service No. 40987).  He was transferred yet again to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 38951) and served in France & Flanders.  He received shrapnel wounds at Arras, France, on 23rd August 1918 and was hospitalized both in the field and in the UK.  He was eventually discharged on 8th February 1919 being no longer physically fit for service and received a life pension.   No medal award records have been found.    He married Florence Parsons in Dorchester, Dorset, in 1922.  There are no known children of the marriage.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 342 High Street, Yeovil, Somerset, working as a road rolling machine driver.  He died on 6th October 1993 in Sutton, Surrey, at the age of 94 years.

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Fred Hardiman

Surname: Hardiman
Other names: Fred
Other people in this story:
William Hardiman
Sarah Jane Hardiman née Moxham
Priscilla Mary Williams Hardiman née Everett
Locations in this story:
Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire
Long Stratford, Salisbury, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Chilhampton, Salisbury, Wiltshire
South Newton, Wiltshire

Story:
Fred Hardiman was born on 24th January 1879 at Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire, the son of William Hardiman and Sarah Jane Hardiman (née Moxham).  He lived most of his early life in and around Ebbesbourne Wake. He married Priscilla Mary Williams Everett on 11th December 1915 at Long Stratford, Salisbury, Wiltshire, and they went on to have one child. Fred enlisted on 25th March 1916 and joined the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 25191) with whom he saw service in France & Flanders.  He was transferred to the Labour Corps (Service No. 93810) and served with various units with the (Home Service) Employment Company.  He was demobilized on 26th February 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Chilhampton, Salisbury, Wiltshire working as a Labourer.  He died on 3rd May 1956 and was buried at St. Andrew's Church, South Newton, Wiltshire.

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  • Ebbesbourne Wake Memorial 06

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Arthur Eldred Woolfries

Surname: Woolfries
Other names: Arthur Eldred
Other people in this story:
Francis Woolfries
Elizabeth Annie Woolfries née Jeans
Edwin Woolfries
Harry Woolfries
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Stroud Farm, Sturminster, Dorset

Story:
Arthur Eldred Woolfries was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 9th October 1892 and baptised there on 20th November 1892, the son of Francis Woolfries and Elizabeth Annie Woolfries (née Jeans).  He spent much of his early life in and around Farnham.  He enlisted on 9th December 1915 but was not mobilized until 8th February 1916 when he joined the 1st Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 33851).   He was transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry on 9th September 1916 (Service No. 21227) then on three other occasions to 10th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry (14th November 1916) (Service No. 33065), the Northumberland Fusiliers (14th July 1917) (Service No. 55155) and finally the 683rd Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (20th February 1918) (Service No. 528523).  Throughout his military service he was based in the UK.  He was finally discharged on 3rd April 1919 and went back to his parents home in Farnham.  No medal records have been found in this case.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Stroud Farm, Sturminster, Dorset, and described as a Farmer.  He remained single throughout his life and eventually died in 1961, being buried at Farnham on 1st March 1961.

Arthur had two brothers who served in the war: Harry (b.1891) in the Royal Field Artillery, and Edwin (b.1898) who sadly died at Gallipoli while serving with the Dorsetshire Regiment.

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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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Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury 2

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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George Burridge

Surname: Burridge
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
Charles Burridge
Agnes Burridge
Ellen Burridge née Sheridan
Locations in this story:
Frenchmill Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France
Malta
India
St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury

Story:
George Burridge was born in 1874 at Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Charles and Agnes Burridge. The family lived in Frenchmill Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury. He had originally enlisted on 13th June 1898 with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 5701) and had served in Malta and India. He was discharged to reserves on 12 Jun 1910. At the outbreak of war he re-enlisted on 26 Aug 1914 with the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 7652). He was transferred on numerous occasions - 3rd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (S/n 19923), 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (S/n 14683), The Labour Corps (S/n 451361) and finally, the 39th Garrison Company, 43rd (G) Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (S/n G/105488). He served in France and received gunshot wounds in July 1916. He was eventually discharged on 23rd February 1917 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He gave his home address then as Hawkesdene Cottage, Cann, Shaftesbury. He married Ellen Sheridan at Shaftesbury on 13th September 1917 and they had one daughter. George died in 1924 and was buried in St. Rumbold's Churchyard, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 19th June 1924.

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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
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
George Henry Maskell was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 10th January 1871 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 22nd March 1871, the son of Charles Maskell and Eliza Maskell (neé Hoskins). He enlisted as a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 2614) on 31st January 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 29th January 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 2nd September 1914 and joined his old Regiment (Service No. 7859) as a Private.  He was transferred on 1st April 1915 to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 20041) and served with the 1st Battalion in France.  On the 15th October 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.

He was demobilized on 4th February 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 27th July 1946.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter and on private family papers lodged in the paper files at 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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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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  • Fontmell Magna War Memorial 1

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