Bell Street, Shaftesbury

Frederick John Bown

Surname: Bown
Other names: Frederick John
Other people in this story:
Frederick John Bown
Ellen Bown née Wareham
Violet Annie Bown née Courtney
Locations in this story:
Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Fishertone Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Blandford, Dorset
France
Gigant Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Frederick John Bown was born on 13th March 1895 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Frederick John Bown and Ellen Bown (née Wareham). The family lived at 8 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, moving, by 1911, to Park Road, Blandford, Dorset. Frederick enlisted on the 23rd February 1916 and joined the Royal Flying Corps eventually holding the rank of Corporal (Service No. 23420). On 23rd March 1918 he was compulsorily transferred to the 6th Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps (Service No. 46196) quickly followed by a further transfer to the 5th (Reserve) Battalion of the Guards Machine Gun Regiment (Service No. 2155) finally holding the rank of Sergeant. Whilst with the RFC he had served in France; otherwise he was based at home. He was demobilized on 18th July 1919 and took up residence at 161 Fisherton Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire. He was awarded the Victory and British medals. He married Violet Annie Courtney in 1925 and they went on to have three children. By the 1939 Register the family had moved to 125 Gigant Street in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where Frederick was employed as a Motor Engineer. He died in Salisbury on 16th January 1970.

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Reginal Charles John Head headstone, Donhead St. Andrew

Reginald Charles John Head

Surname: Head
Other names: Reginald Charles John
Other people in this story:
William Head
Thirza Jane Head nee Biddiscombe
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Northamptonshire War Hospital, Duston, Northamptonl
St. Andrew's Church, Donhead St. Andrew
Lowndes Square, Chelsea, London
Ludwell, Wiltshire

Story:
Reginald Charles John Head was born in 1898 in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, and was baptised there on 16th October, 1898. He was the son of William and Thirza Jane Head (nee Biddiscombe). His father died in 1905 and in 1907 his mother remarried a Reginald Andrews and they set up home at Birdbush, Ludwell, Wiltshire. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, and living in Ludwell but by 1917 was working as an Indoor Servant and living at 43 Lowndes Square, Chelsea, London. He enlisted in London on 3rd March, 1917, as a Private and joined the 19th Training Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps (Service No. TR/13/14596 (later shortened to 14596)). At the time of his death his mother was living at The Rambler, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire. He contracted Lobar Pneumonia and died in the Northamptonshire War Hospital, Duston, Northampton, on 8th April 1917 and was buried in the north-west part of St. Andrew's churchyard, Donhead St. Andrew. He is remembered on the Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial.

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  • Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial
  • Names on Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial 02

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Cann memorial opening

Henry Steel

Surname: Steel
Other names: Henry (Harry)
Other people in this story:
Edwin George Steel
Elizabeth Mary Steel
Locations in this story:
Bromley, Kent
France & Flanders
Thiepval Memorial, France
Ash Cottage, Cann Common, Shaftesbury
Woodside, Surrey
Stroud Road, Croydon, Surrey

Story:
Henry Steel was born in 1894 in Bromley, Kent. He was the son of Edwin George Steel, a market gardener, and Elizabeth Mary Steel. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was living at Ash Cottage, Cann Common, Shaftesbury. He enlisted in Croydon, Surrey, on 18th July 1915 as a Rifleman joining the 18th (Service) Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps (Service No. C//6415). At the time of his enlistment he gave his address as 16 Stroud Road, Woodside, Surrey. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 15th September 1916 and his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier & Face 13A and 13B). He is remembered on the Cann War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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  • Cann War Memorial
  • Names on Cann War Memorial

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Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2

Frederick Miller

Surname: Miller
Other names: Frederick
Other people in this story:
Frederick Nichols Miller
Edith Miller nee Hedges
Locations in this story:
Whitfield, Northants
France & Flanders
Mesnil Communal Cemetery Extension, Mesnil, Somme, France
Broad Street, Syresham, Brackley, Northants
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Frederick Miller was born in 1899 in Whitfield, Northants. He was the son of Frederick Nichols Miller, a Grocer, and Edith Miller (nee Hedges). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a scholar and living at Broad Street, Syresham, Brackley, Northants. He enlisted in Coventry (giving Shaftesbury as his residence) as a Private in the 35th T.R. Battalion of the Dorsethsire Regiment (Service No. 31498). He later transferred as a Rifleman to the 1st Battalion of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps (New Service No. 44994). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 1st April 1918 and was buried at Mesnil Communal Cemetery Extn., Mesnil, Somme, France (grave id. II.C.14). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.  

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  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Cann War Memorial

Bertram George Brown

Surname: Brown
Other names: Bertrand "Bertram" George
Other people in this story:
Samuel Brown
Clara Brown née Moore
Obery Archibald Brown
Frederick Sheppard
Frederick Brown
Cyril Brown
William Thomas Brown
Harry Brown
Locations in this story:
Cann Common, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Hamburg Cemetery, Germany
Pamphill Dairy, Wimborne, Dorset
Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Dorchester, Dorset

Story:
Bertram Brown was born in 1895 in Cann and his name was registered as "Bertrand George Brown". He was the son of Samuel Brown, a miller's labourer, and Clara Brown (née Moore) who died in 1899. The family lived at Cann Common, Shaftesbury. By the time of the 1911 Census he had left home and had become known as "Bertram". He was single, working as a dairyman on a farm, Pamphill Dairy, Wimborne and was living at the home of the owner, Frederick Sheppard.

He enlisted in Dorchester as a Rifleman in the 1st Battalion of the King's Royal Rifles Corps (Service No. 11140). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the 1914 Star, Victory and British War medals. He died as a Prisoner of War on 4th April 1915 in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. In 1923 his body was transferred to Hamburg Cemetery (grave id. I.G.9). He is remembered on the Cann War Memorial, Shaftesbury. His father, Samuel, sadly died in 1917 leaving Bertram's brother Frederick as his representative.

One of his brothers, Obery Archibald (b.1891) also died in the war on 19th March 1917 while serving with the East Kent Regiment in France. Three other brothers also served in the war: Harry (b.1885), William Thomas (b.1888) and Cyril (b.1894)

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  • Cann War Memorial 01
  • Unveiling of Cann War Memorial

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Obery Archibald Brown
Cyril Brown
William Thomas Brown
Harry Brown