Church Walk, Melbury Abbas

Harold George Oxford

Surname: Oxford
Other names: Harold George
Other people in this story:
Fred Oxford
Elizabeth Jane Oxford née Lovell
Alice Margaret Oxford née Wayman
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire
Fordingbridge, Hampshire
Gallipoli, Turkey
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey

Story:
Harold George Oxford was born in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1881 and baptised there on 5th June 1881, the son of Fred Oxford and Elizabeth Jane Oxford (née Lovell), a local family.   He lived his early childhood in Melbury Abbas but, by 1901, had moved to Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire, where his father had employment in the Docks.   Harold married Alice Margaret Wayman in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, in the Apr/Jun Quarter of 1915.  He had enlisted with the 10th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 10307).  He served at Gallipoli and was presumed killed in action on 10th August 1915 within weeks of his marriage.  He is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, and on the church screen at St. Mary the Virgin in Fordingbridge. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.

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Fontmell Magna Church

Gilbert James Jesse

Surname: Jesse
Other names: Gilbert James
Other people in this story:
William Sidney Jesse
Ada Jesse née Rideout
Joseph Isaac Jesse
Locations in this story:
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Barkestone, Leicestershire
France & Flanders
Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Pas-de-Calais, France
Bournemouth, Hampshire
Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Story:
Gilbert James Jesse was born in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1888 and baptised there on 19th November 1888, the son of William Sidney Jesse and Ada Jesse (née Rideout), a local family.  Gilbert spent his childhood in Fontmell Magna until, by 1901, the family had moved to Barkestone, Leicestershire.  Following his father's death in 1910 his mother moved to Lyndhurst, Hampshire. 

Gilbert enlisted and joined the 14th (Service) Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 22998).  He served in France and Flanders and died at the 30th General Hospital, France, on 27th June 1917.  He was at the time Acting Lance Corporal.   He was buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Pas-de-Calais, France, (Grave Ref: XXII.L.7A).   He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  His brother, Joseph Isaac Jesse, who had been living in Bournemouth, Hampshire, but was serving in the Royal Field Artillery, was eventually granted probate of Gilbert's estate.

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Sidney Butt

Surname: Butt
Other names: Sidney
Other people in this story:
George Butt
Annie Butt née Scott
Rosa May Butt née Hickman
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Semley, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Wandsworth, London, SW
Andover, Hampshire
Lychett Maltravers, Dorset
Blandford, Dorset
Arras, France

Story:
Sidney Butt was born in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 17th January 1886 and baptised there on 14th February 1886, the son of George Butt and Annie Butt (née Scott).    He spent his early life in Donhead St. Andrew before moving to Semley, Wiltshire.   He married Rosa May Hickman in Andover, Hampshire, on 10th September 1914 where they set up home.  There is no record of any children of the marriage.  Sidney enlisted on 11th December 1915 and was mobilized on 30th May 1916, joining the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 24809).  He served in France & Flanders. In action near Arras, France, he received a serious gun shot wound to the head and neck on 17th June 1917.  He was duly repatriated to the UK and by 25 Jun 1917 was a patient in the 3rd London Hospital, Wandsworth, London, SW.  He was declared physically unfit for further duty and discharged on 19th December 1917.  He was medically assessed and received a 100% war pension.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals plus the Silver War Badge No. 294620.   At the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Roseway, Begine Road, Lychett Maltravers, and was working as a skilled general builders assistant.  His death was recorded at the Blandford District Registry, Dorset, in 1946.

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Henry Frank Wilkins

Surname: Wilkins
Other names: Henry Frank
Other people in this story:
Henry Wilkins
Julia Wilkins née Mills
Emily Ethel Wilkins née Harborne
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Chickerell, Dorset
France & Flanders
Dozinghem Military Cemetery, West Flanders, Belgium
Milborne St. Andrew, Blandford, Dorset.
Camberwell, London

Story:
Henry Frank Wilkins was born in Farnham, Dorset, in 1887 and baptised there on 19th June 1887, the son of Henry Wilkins and Julia Wilkins (née Mills). He lived his early years in and around Farnham, Dorset.  He married Emily Ethel Harborne at St. Bartholemew's Church, Camberwell, London, on 5th March 1910 and they set up home at Chickerell, Dorset.  They went on to have two children.  Due to lack of military records it is not known when Henry enlisted for service but he was in France and Flanders as a Private with the 2nd Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 29739) when he died of wounds on 10th July 1917 in Belgium.  There is a note that he had previously been with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 15107).  He was buried at the Dozinghem Military Cemetery, West Flanders, Belgium. (Grave Reference l.B.15).  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  His wife was by then living at Milborne St. Andrew, Blandford, Dorset, and his name appears on the Village War Memorial there.

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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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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 Pearce Gray née Smith
Hughina Livingstone Gray née Asher
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Dorset
St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Portland, Dorset
Brambridge, Hampshire
France
Winchester, Hampshire
Southampton, Hampshire

Story:
Percy Gray was born on 5th May 1884 at Motcombe, Dorset, and baptised there on 15th June 1884, the son of Benjamin Gray and Susan Pearce 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 Livingstone Asher in the Southampton, Hampshire, Registration District. There were two children of the marriage. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Woodcroft Cottages, Brambridge, Winchester, Hampshire, and was working as a Private Chauffeur.   His death was registered in the Winchester, Hampshire, Registry in 1949. 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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