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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Frank Moore

Surname: Moore
Other names: Frank
Other people in this story:
Harry William Moore
Elizabeth Jane Moore (née Moore)
Beatrice Moore née Rideout
Arthur Charles Moore
Harry Philip Moore
Locations in this story:
West Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bowling Green Farm, East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Manston, Nr. Blandford, Dorset
Wimborne, Dorset
Christchurch, Hampshire
Mesopotamia
India

Story:
Frank Moore was born at West Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 11th October 1883, the son of Harry William Moore and Elizabeth Jane Moore (née Moore).  He lived his early life in and around East and West Orchard, Shaftesbury.   He married Beatrice Rideout at Manston, Nr. Blandford, Dorset, on 4th February 1903.  By 1911 they were living at Bowling Green Farm, East Orchard, Shaftesbury.  Frank enlisted on 17th May 1915 and joined the 7th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 14562).  He served in Mespotamia and later in India where he transferred to the 3rd Garrison Battalion of the Essex Regiment on 25th March 1918 (Service No. 33378).  He was discharged on 12th January 1920 with a small pension for deafness which was attributable to his service conditions.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 'Duncliffe', Christchurch Road, Wimborne, Dorset, and was working as a Public Works Contractor's Labourer.   His death was recorded at the Christchurch, Hampshire, Registry in 1968.

His brothers Arthur Charles and Harry Philip also served in the war.

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Arthur Charles Moore
Harry Philip Moore

William John Farris

Surname: Farris
Other names: William John
Other people in this story:
Charles Farris
Celia Jane Hoskins Farris née Mayo
Olive Rachel Farris née Hanney
Locations in this story:
Haimes Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France
Russia
Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Story:
William John Farris was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 3rd June 1898 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 3rd July 1898, the son of Charles Farris and Celia Jane Hoskins Farris (née Mayo).  He lived his early life with the family at 17 Haimes Lane, Shaftesbury.   William enlisted on 2nd June 1916 and served with, in succession, the Dorsetshire Regiment, the Army Service Corps, the Essex Regiment (Service No. 39586) and the Yorkshire Regiment (Service No. 33829).  He became in time a Lance Corporal and served in France as well as Russia.  He was discharged on 3rd July 1919, being physically unfit to serve due to debility and defective vision.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Olive Rachel Hanney in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, in 1923.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 19 Haimes Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as an Agricultural Engineer (Works Manager) as well as being a volunteer with the local Fire Brigade.  He died in Shaftesbury on 1st October 1975.

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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
George Reginald Belbin
Charles Belbin
William John Belbin
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. Of Frederick's brothers, George Reginald Belbin,  also served and survived but regrettably both Charles Belbin and William John Belbin died during the conflict.

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Compton Abbas 1

Harold Joseph Garland

Surname: Garland
Other names: Harold Joseph
Other people in this story:
George Garland
Caroline Garland née Baker
Locations in this story:
Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Parkstone, Dorset
France & Flanders
Pernes British Cemetery, Pernes-en-Artoir, Pas de Calais, France

Story:
Harold Joseph Garland was born at Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1899, the son of George Garland and Caroline Garland (née Baker), a local family.  He lived his early childhood in Compton Abbas until, by 1911, his family had moved to Parkstone, Dorset.   Harold enlisted with the Norfolk Regiment (Service No. 37331) and later, at the time of his death, was a Private with the 2nd Battalion of the Essex Regiment (Service No. 42717).  He was serving in France and Flanders when he died of his wounds on 22nd April 1918 when only 18 years old.   He was buried in the Pernes British Cemetery, Pernes-en-Artoir, Pas de Calais, France, (Grave Ref: I.D.10). He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

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Francis George Wareham

Surname: Wareham
Other names: Francis George
Other people in this story:
George Wareham
Emma Georgina Wareham
Edward Wareham MM
Frederick Wareham
Locations in this story:
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
India
Mesopotamia
France
South Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Francis George Wareham was born on 6th October 1889 at Iwerne Minster, Dorset, and baptised there on 2nd February 1890, the son of George and Emma Georgina Wareham. He enlisted on 7th Sep 1914 as a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No 1403). He later transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Essex Regiment (Service No. 33393). He served in France and Mesopotamia during which time he received gunshot wounds (25th March 1917). He was transferred to the Garrison Battalion on 28th March 1918 and posted to India. Whilst in India he suffered with influenza and was hospitalized for 20 days. He was eventually demobilized on 20th January 1920 with a 70% pension due to his previous wounds. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. There is confusion as to whether he remained single or married, and consequently this will not be remarked upon in this story. He died in 1961 and was recorded as living at South Street, Fontmell Magna, Dorset.  Francis' brothers, Edward Wareham, MM, and Frederick Wareham, also served in the conflict. Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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