Austin Frederick Stainer

Surname: Stainer
Other names: Austin Frederick
Other people in this story:
Gideon Stainer
Emily Stainer née Sims
Elsie Kathleen Stainer née Goodfellow
Francis Hubert Stainer
Ernest Stainer
Harry Gilbert Stainer
William Edgar Stainer
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Tisbury, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Poole, Dorset
France & Flanders

Story:
Austin Frederick Stainer was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 8th July 1891, the son of Gideon Stainer and Emily Stainer (née Sims).  Apart from his Military Service and in later retirement, he lived all his life in the Shaftesbury area. He had enlisted in the Royal Navy on 5th December 1911 but only served until 5th September 1912 when he was discharged due to his health.  He then re-enlisted in the war and joined The King's (Liverpool) Regiment (Service No. 89253). He later transferred to 3rd Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (Service No. 14375).  During this time he was promoted to Lance Corporal and served in France and Flanders.  On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He married Elsie Kathleen Goodfellow in the Tisbury, Wiltshire, Registration District in 1924.  They went on to have two children.    By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 50 High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Baker and Confectioner.    He was living at 8 Birds Hill Road, Poole, Dorset, in retirement when he died on 8th June 1976.  His brothers, Ernest Stainer, Francis Hubert Stainer, William Edgar Stainer and Harry Gilbert Stainer, all served during the conflict.

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Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Francis Hubert Stainer
Ernest Stainer
Harry Gilbert Stainer
Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial

Neils John Tunnington

Surname: Tunnington
Other names: Neils John
Other people in this story:
John Tunnington
Anna Berthine Tunnington
Locations in this story:
Ripley, Knaresborough, Yorkshire
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Church Road, Wavertree, Liverpool
Thiepval Memorial, France
All Hallows Church, Allerton, Liverpool

Story:
Neils John Tunnington was born in 1891 in Ripley, Knaresborough, Yorkshire. He was the son of John Tunnington, a domestic gardener, and Anna Berthine Tunnington, who was Danish. He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from January 1905 to December 1908. He played for the school football and cricket teams of 1906, 1907 and 1908, captaining the cricket team in 1908. He passed the Cambridge Junior Locals in July 1907 (II Class Honours, distinguished and top boy in England in Physical Geography). After leaving school he was articled to a Liverpool firm of Chartered Accountants, and passed his final Institute of Chartered Accountants examination shortly before war broke out. He was living at 21 Church Road, Wavertree, Liverpool.

By October 1914 he had joined the King’s Liverpool Regiment (Service No. 16098) and at the time of his death held the rank of Corporal. He died at the Somme on 30th July 1916 and his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 1 D, 8 B and 8 C). He was also remembered on the memorial at All Hallows Church, Allerton, Liverpool. He was awarded the 1915 Star, Victor and British War medals.

His death was recorded in the Shaftesbury Grammar School magazine and his character described: “N.J. Tunnington was an old boy who kept very closely in touch with the School after he left. While here he was good at work and games, straight as a die, and a general favourite with everybody. He was a first class shot, and was “sniper” to his platoon. His commanding officer speaks of him as ‘a fine soldier, trustworthy to the utmost degree, and of great personal charm and character.’ He last visited the School on October, 1915, shortly before going out to France.”

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 Niels 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 Niels' name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum. 

Printed Sources: 

Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, October 1914
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, November 1916
First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces, September 1915 

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

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Shastonian