Alfred John Webb

Surname: Webb
Other names: Alfred John
Other people in this story:
George Webb
Caroline Elizabeth Webb née Chapman
Elizabeth A. Webb née Turrington
Reginald Claude Eldon Webb
Charles Frederic Ratcliffe Webb
Locations in this story:
East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cardiff, Wales
France & Flanders
Slough, Buckinghamshire
Herne Bay, Kent
Hartgrove, Dorset

Story:
Alfred John Webb was born on 12th March 1895 at East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of George Webb (a Master at the National School, Hartgrove, Dorset) and Caroline Elizabeth Webb (née Chapman).  He lived most of his early life at East Orchard.  He had originally enlisted with the 5th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment (Service No. 1515) as a Territorial on 7th March 1913. He was mobilized for war on 5th August 1914 but discharged on 16th November 1914 being physically unfit for service.  He re-enlisted on 25th January 1915 and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No. 11278).  He served in France but was again discharged on 11th June 1916 because he was no longer physically fit due to tuberculosis.  He was awarded the Silver War Badge No. 203307 and in due time the Victory and British War medals. He married Elizabeth A. Turrington in Cardiff, South Wales, in 1931 and they went on to have three children.  By the 1939 Register, Alfred was living at 17 Glasmor Road, Slough, Buckinghamshire, working as a Male Nurse in a Public Assistance Institution.  He died in the Herne Bay, Kent, area in 1964.

Alfred's brother Charles Frederic Ratcliffe (b.1890) also served in the war, with the Dorsetshire Regiment. His half brother Reginald Claude Eldon (b.1898) was sadly killed in 1916 while attached to the Wiltshire Regiment in France.

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James Arkell Tayler

Surname: Tayler
Other names: James Arkell
Other people in this story:
Walter Harry Tayler
Elizabeth Tayler née Arkell
Walter Ramshaw
Locations in this story:
Northleach, Gloucestershire
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Oak Leigh, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

Story:
James “Jim” Arkell Tayler was born in 1896 in Northleach, Gloucestershire. He was the son of Walter Harry Taylor, a farmer, and Elizabeth Arkell. He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1909 to April 1912. In the 1911 Census he appears on the list of pupils boarding at Oak Leigh, Cann, the home Walter Ramshaw, a science master at the school. On leaving school he became a farmer.

In 1914 he joined the Gloucester Regiment (Service Nos. 240937 and 3047) as a Private. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was killed in action on 12th September 1917. His death was reported in the Shaftesbury Grammar School magazine: “Details of Jim Tayler’s death (recorded in our last number) have now been received. A shell pitched at the mouth of his dug-out; he lingered for half an hour and then died, probably more from shock than wounds. His mother received a delightful letter from his platoon sergeant, who said that his absolute unselfishness and cheerfulness under all circumstances made him the most popular man in the section.” His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

As a former pupil his name was recorded on the Shaftesbury Grammar School war memorial, now in Shaftesbury School.  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 Jim 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. An asterix can be seen next to Jim's name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

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Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, October 1914
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, November 1917
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, March 1918
First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces, September 1915

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  • List of Old Shastonians 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 4
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 7
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1

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Shastonian
James Padfield headstone

James Padfield

Surname: Padfield
Other names: James
Other people in this story:
Charles Padfield
Sarah Maria Padfield née Mussell
Albert Padfield
Levi Padfield
Locations in this story:
Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. Margaret's Church, Margaret Marsh
Bushy Gate, Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders

Story:
James Padfield was born in Margaret Marsh, Dorset in 1893. He was the son of Charles Padfield, a farm labourer, and Sarah Maria Padfield (née Mussell). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, was working as a farm labourer and living at Bushy Gate, Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  Their father died on 11th January, 1913.

James enlisted as a Private in the 8th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment (Service No. 22661) and arrived in France on 23rd March 1915. He later served in the 10th and 7th Battalions with a Service No.22361. He was discharged to the Reserves on 14th March, 1919 and awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died at home on 6th April 1919 and was buried in the main area in front of St. Margaret's Church, Margaret Marsh. He was accorded a War Grave headstone in remembrance of his service.

James' brothers Albert and Levi also served during the First World War.

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  • St.Margaret's Church Margaret Marsh 2
  • St.Margaret's Church Margaret Marsh 1

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Albert Padfield
Levi Padfield
Arthur John Parsons headstone 1

Arthur John Parsons

Surname: Parsons
Other names: Arthur John
Other people in this story:
John Parsons
Emily Catherine Parsons née Watts
George Thomas Parsons
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
Motcombe, Dorset
St. Mary's Church Extension Cemetery, Motcombe
Sunnyside, Motcombe, Dorset
Royds Hall War Hospital, Lindley, Huddersfield

Story:
Arthur John Parsons was born in Motcombe, Dorset, on 3rd July 1898 and baptised there on 27th July, 1898. He was the son of John Parsons, a Farmer, and Emily Catherine Parsons (née Watts). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a Scholar and living at Sunnyside, Motcombe, Dorset. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private in the 12th (Service) (Bristol) Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment (Service No. 38914). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He had been wounded in France and repatriated back to England. He died of his wounds after the war on 16th January, 1919, at Royds Hall War Hospital, Lindley, Huddersfield and was buried on 22nd January, 1919, in the Extension Cemetery of St. Mary's Church, Motcombe (grave id. B.3.I). He is remembered on the Motcombe War Memorial, Dorset. His brother, George Thomas Parsons, also apparently served towards the end of the conflict and survived.

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  • Motcombe War Memorial 03
  • Motcombe War Memorial 4
  • Motcombe War Memorial 2
  • Motcombe War Memorial 02
  • Arthur John Parsons headstone 2
  • PN411

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George Thomas Parsons
Names on Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial 01

Ernest Henry King

Surname: King
Other names: Ernest Henry
Other people in this story:
Frederick John King
Emma Jane King née Gray
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Canada Farm Cemetery, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Hargrove, Wardour, Tisbury, Wiltshire
Tisbury, Wiltshire
Wardour Lane, Donhead St. Andrew

Story:
Ernest Henry King was born in March, 1896, in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, and was baptised at the Parish Church on 5th April, 1896. He was the son of Frederick John King, a Farm Labourer, and Emma Jane King (née Gray). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Farm Labourer and living at Hargrove, Wardour, Tisbury, Wiltshire. His parents were living in Wardour Lane, Donhead St. Andrew. He enlisted in Tisbury, Wiltshire, as a Private and joined the 14th (Service) Battalion (West of England) of the Gloucestershire Regiment (Service No. 20694). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 1st November 1917 and was buried at Canada Farm Cemetery, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (grave id. III.F.14). He is remembered on the Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial.

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  • Donhead St. Andrew Church
  • Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial

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