James Hunt Imber

Surname: Imber
Other names: James Hunt
Other people in this story:
Frank Imber
Mary Anna Imber née Hunt
Maria Louise Imber née Kitcherside
Mark Imber
Locations in this story:
St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Southampton Lodge, Paulton Ower, Nr. Romsey, Hampshire
Ford New Road, Esher, Surrey
France & Flanders
Calvin Road, Winton, Bournemouth, Hampshire

Story:
James Hunt Imber was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 4th March 1886. He was the son of Frank Imber and Mary Anna Imber (née Hunt) and brother to Mark Imber (b.1879) who died in 1915 while serving with the Household Cavalry in Ireland. They lived at 14 St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  James enlisted on 10th December 1915 but was not mobilized until 12th May 1916 when he joined the Hampshire Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 2220).  On 21st December 1916 he transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 33442) and served in France.  On 23rd August 1917 he was transferred to the 84th Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 629623).   He was found to have heart and chest problems occasioned by his service in the field which led to him to receiving a 30% Pension.  He was finally discharged on 10th February 1919 being physically unfit for further duty.  He gave his address at that time as Southampton Lodge, Paulton Ower, Nr, Romsey, Hampshire - this was a Military Convalescence Hospital.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  

He had married Maria Louise Kitcherside in Hampshire on 8th Oct 1918 and they went on to have one child who did not survive her first birthday.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 91 Ford New Road, Esher Surrey, working as a living-in chauffeur.   He died on 30th May 1959 at his home at 20 Calvin Road, Winton, Bournemouth, Hampshire.

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Mark Imber
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury 1

William Charles George Ginn

Surname: Ginn
Other names: William Charles George
Other people in this story:
William Ginn
Jane Ginn née Stroud
Emma Ginn née Yandell
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sea Road, Pokesdown, Hampshire
Christchurch, Hampshire
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Livingstone Road, Pokesdown, Hampshire

Story:
William Charles George Ginn was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9th October 1884 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 4th December 1884, the son of William Ginn and Jane Ginn (née Stroud).  William Charles lived with his family in Shaftesbury until 1891 when they moved from the area.  William married Emma Yandell on 21st September 1910 at Christchurch, Hampshire, and they had at least one child.  They lived by then at 53 Sea Road, Pokesdown, Hampshire, where William was working as a milkman.  

He enlisted on 8th December 1915 and was placed on reserve with the Worcestershire Regiment (Service No. 30350).  He was mobilized on 2nd June 1916 when he joined the 17th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 381018).  He was again transferred to the Army Service Corps on 28th December 1918 as a Driver (Service No. T/446804).  He was demobilized on 27th September 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 13 Livingstone Road, Pokesdown, Hampshire and was working in the Royal Navy Cordite Factory.  He died on the 1st November 1959 in Christchurch Hospital.

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Enmore Green. New Buildings in the foreground

Albert Charles Brickell

Surname: Brickell
Other names: Albert Charles
Other people in this story:
Albert Brickell
Emma Jane Brickell née Adams
Edith E. Brickell née Day
Locations in this story:
New Buildings, Enmore Green, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France
Oakley Lane, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Story:
Albert Charles Brickell was born on 27th September 1889 at Enmore Green, Motcombe, Dorset, the son of Albert Brickell and Emma Jane Brickell (née Adams). By the 1911 Census the family was living at New Buildings, Enmore Green, Motcombe. Albert married Edith E. Day on 10th May 1915 at Shaftesbury, Dorset. They went on to have three children. Albert enlisted on 12th December 1915 but was not embodied until 17th July 1917 when he joined the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 35975). He served in France and whilst there received two gunshot wounds - one to the left eyebrow and the other to the right thigh. These were sufficient for him to be eventually discharged and on the 20th June 1918 he received the King's Certificate No. 3500 and the Silver War Badge No. 414064. Later he also received the Victory and British War medals. Shortly after his discharge the family relocated to Basingstoke, Hampshire. The 1939 Register shows them living at 'Ashley', Oakley Lane, Basingstoke. Albert was then working as a coach painter. He died in March 1980 in Basingstoke at the age of 80 years.

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Melbury Abbas and Zig Zag Hill

William Frank Tapper

Surname: Tapper
Other names: William Frank
Other people in this story:
James Thorne Tapper
Emma Tapper née Merrifield
Annie May Andrews Tapper née Hansford
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Dorset
New Borough, Wimborne, Dorset
Poole, Dorset
Long Burton, Dorset
France

Story:
William Frank Tapper was born on 8th January 1883 at Melbury Abbas, Dorset, the son of James Thorne Tapper and Emma Tapper (née Merrifield). By 1891 the family had moved to Long Burton, Dorset. William enlisted with the Hampshire Regiment as a Private on 10th January 1902, later transferring to the Dragoons of the Line (Service No. 5911). He was discharged to the reserves on 9th January 1914 and took up employment as a Baker. He had married Annie May Andrews Hansford at Wimborne, Dorset, on 2nd April 1911. They went on to have two children. He was re-embodied on 5th September 1914 and joined the Dragoon Guards (2nd Queen's Bays) as a Private. (Service Nos. GS7970 and DR13349). After serving in France he was eventually demobilized on 1st May 1919 but not before a spell in hospital with influenza. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. By the 1939 Register he was living at 25 New Borough, Wimborne, Dorset, and working as an Assurance Agent. He died on 12th July 1959 (Registered at Poole, Dorset).

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Percy Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Percy
Other people in this story:
Benjamin Gray
Susan Gray née Smith
Hughina L. Gray née Asher
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Dorset
St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Portland, Dorset
Brambridge, Hampshire
France

Story:
Percy Gray was born on 5th May 1884 at Motcombe, Dorset, the son of Benjamin Gray and Susan Gray (née Smith). The 1901 Census shows him living with the family at 53 St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset, but by 1911 he had moved to 11 Moorfield Road, Portland, Dorset. He had served previously in the Hampshire Regiment from 3rd January 1903 and, during 1911, he had joined the Territorial Reserves. He was embodied on 5th August 1914 and joined the 1st Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment as an Acting Corporal (Service No. 6722). He received gunshot wounds whilst serving in France and he was discharged on 2nd January 1916, having come to the end of his period of service. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. During 1916 he married Hughina L. Asher. There were two children of the marriage. His last known address was Woodcroft Cottages, Brambridge, Hampshire. His date of death is not known.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Horace William Brown

Surname: Brown
Other names: Horace William
Other people in this story:
Edward Brown
Elizabeth Brown nee Goddard
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Cologne Southern Military Cemetery, Germany
Bow Marsh Cottage, Semley, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley
Hendon, Middlesex
Winchester
Petersfield, Hampshire
Tisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Horace William Brown was born Hendon, Middlesex in 1893 but the birth was registered in Tisbury, Wiltshire. (The family moved to Semley before 1911.) He was the son of Edward Brown, a cowman on a farm, and Elizabeth Brown (nee Goddard). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a cowman on a farm and living at Bow Marsh Cottage, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Winchester as a Private and joined the 1st Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 18167). he gave his residence at the time as Petersfield, Hampshire. He also served with the 14th Battalion but was with the 2nd Battalion when taken prisoner. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 16th November 1918 whilst in captivity and was buried at Cologne Southern Military Cemetery in Germany (grave id. XVII.A.4). The cemetery was used not only for original burials but also for men who died in prison camps elsewhere and were re-interred after the Armistice. He is remembered on the War Memorial in St. Leonard's Churchyard, Semley, and the Semley Baptist Chapel plaque, now in St. Leonard's Church.

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  • Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque
  • Semley War Memorial 03
  • Semley War Memorial 3
  • Semley War Memorial 01

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Alfred Fanner

Surname: Fanner
Other names: Alfred
Other people in this story:
James Fanner
Louisa Fanner nee Ingram
Locations in this story:
Ludwell, Wiltshire
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Charlton, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France
Southampton

Story:
Alfred Fanner was born in 1891 in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, and baptised there on 28th October, 1891. He was the son of James Fanner and Louisa Fanner (nee Ingram). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single and working as a cowman on a farm and living with his brother in Charlton, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Southampton as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 10944). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals. He died on 17th June 1918 and was buried at the Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France (grave id. 1.A.23). His home address at the time of death was Hill View, 28 Charlton, Donhead St. Mary and he is remembered on the war memorial at Ludwell.      

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  • Ludwell War Memorial

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Berwick St John War Memorial 02

Thomas William Bennett

Surname: Bennett
Other names: Thomas William
Other people in this story:
Thomas Bennett
Annie Bennett née Witt
Bertie Harold Bennett
Reginald George Bennett
Walter Sam Bennett
Frederick Harry Bennett
Locations in this story:
St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Vlamertiinghe Military Cemetery, Belgium
Ashcombe, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Church of St. Peter and Vincula, Tollard Royal
Southampton

Story:
Thomas William Bennett was born in 1894 in Berwick St. John, Wiltshire. He was the son of Thomas Bennett, a Game Keeper, and Annie Bennett (née Witt). His siblings included Bertie Harold, Reginald George and Walter Sam, born in 1889, 1897, 1885, respectively, who all died in the war. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Farm Labourer and living in the family home at Ashcombe, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Southampton as a Private 2nd Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 29510). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was killed in action in Flanders on 10th September 1916 and was buried at Vlamertiinghe Military Cemetery in Belgium (grave id. IV.D.12).

He is remembered on war memorial inside the church at Berwick St. John. He is also remembered in Tollard Royal as "T.W. Bennett" on the War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour inside the Church of St. Peter and Vincula in the village. Of the five Bennett brothers only one survived the war. Frederick Harry (b.1889) served in the Somerset Light Infantry and the Devonshire Regiment during the war. He had a successful career as a gamekeeper and died in 1968.

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  • St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John 01
  • Berwick St John War Memorial 03
  • Tollard Royal War Memorial

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Frederick Harry Bennett
Walter Sam Bennett
Bertie Harold Bennett
Reginald George Bennett
Berwick St. John War Memorial

Bertie Harold (Harry) Bennett

Surname: Bennett
Other names: Bertie Harold (Harry)
Other people in this story:
Thomas Bennett
Annie Bennett née Witt
Reginald George Bennett
Thomas William Bennett
Walter Sam Bennett
Mabel Mary Bennett née Gray
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium
Ashcombe, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Flanders
Church of St. Peter and Vincula, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Andover, Hampshire

Story:
Bertie Harold (Harry) Bennett was born in 1884 in Donhead St. Mary. He was the son of Thomas Bennett, a Game Keeper, and Annie Bennett (née Witt). His siblings included Reginald George, Thomas William and Walter Sam, born in 1897, 1894, 1885, respectively, who all died in the war. In 1910 he married Mabel Mary Gray. They had two children, both boys. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was working as a Game Keeper and living at Ashcombe, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Andover, Hampshire, as a Private in the 14th (Service) Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 32568). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was killed in action in Flanders on 26th Sep 1917 and his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 88 to 90 and 162).

He is remembered as "Harry" on the memorial plaque inside the church at Berwick St. John. The name "B.H. Bennett" is also marked in Tollard Royal, on the War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour inside the Church of St. Peter and Vincula. On both he is recorded as "Missing" on 6th September 1917, and official records show that he died on 26th September. Of the five Bennett brothers only one survived the war. Frederick Harry (b.1889) served in the Somerset Light Infantry and the Devonshire Regiment during the war. He had a successful career as a gamekeeper and died in 1968.

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  • St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John 01
  • Berwick St John War Memorial 03
  • Tollard Royal War Memorial

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Frederick Harry Bennett
Walter Sam Bennett
Reginald George Bennett
Thomas William Bennett
St. James' War Memorial

Edwin Arthur Meaden

Surname: Meaden
Other names: Edwin Arthur
Other people in this story:
Albert Meaden
Martha Meaden (Rose)
Locations in this story:
Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset
France & Flanders
Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Ypres, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Edwin Arthur Meaden was born in 1899 in Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset. He was the son of Albert Meaden, a farmer, and Martha Meaden (nee Rose). He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from 1909 to 1913. His address in the 1911 Census was 97 St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  After leaving school he became a farmer.  He enlisted in Dorchester as a Private in the 15th (Service) Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 28759) and served in France & Flanders. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 3rd Oct 1918, having been badly wounded the previous day. He was buried at Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (grave id. IV.E.1). He is remembered on the St. James' War Memorial, on the Roll of Honour in St. James' Church, Shaftesbury. His name also appears on the Shaftesbury Grammar School memorial 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 Arthur served and the date and term in which he left school. His name was also included on a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. An asterix can be seen next to Arthur's name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum. 

Printed Sources: 
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, March 1919 
First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces, September 1915 

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  • Names on St. James' War Memorial 2
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial
  • List of Old Shastonians 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 3
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 5

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