Percival James Harding

Surname: Harding
Other names: Percival James
Other people in this story:
Rudolph James Harding
Mary Harding née Down
Eva Lucy Harding née Freer
Harold George Harding
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Coventry, Warwickshire
Birmingham, Warwickshire
Solihull, Warwickshire
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bleke Street, Shaftesbury

Story:
Percival James Harding was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7th August 1890 and baptised at Cann, Shaftesbury, on 31st August 1890, the son of Rudolph James Harding and Mary Harding (née Down).  He lived his early life with the family at 4 Bleke Street, Shaftesbury. By 1911 he had moved to 36 Smithford Street, Coventry, Warwickshire, to work with a Chemist and Druggist. 

He enlisted and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 23094) and later transferred to the Labour Corps (Service No. 622879).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but after discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Eva Lucy Freer in the Birmingham South, Warwickshire, Registration District, in 1925 and they went on to have one son.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 84 Burman Road, Solihull, Warwickshire, and was described as a Finance Representative.  His death was recorded at the Banbury, Oxfordshire, Registry in 1977.

Percival's brother Harold George (b.1878) also served in the war, with the Dorsetshire Regiment.

Images:

Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Enmore Green, The Knapp

Walter Adams

Surname: Adams
Other names: Walter
Other people in this story:
Albert Adams
Alice Mary Adams née Feltham
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bournemouth, Hampshire
France & Flanders

Story:
Walter Adams was born at Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1888, the son of Albert Adams and Alice Mary Adams (née Feltham), themselves from local families.  He lived his early life in and around Shaftesbury until by 1911 his family had moved to Bournemouth, Hampshire.  He enlisted and joined the Devonshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 17423) and possibly served in France & Flanders.  He was transferred at some time to the Labour Corps (Service No. 116112) and died in the UK from consumption on 16th August 1917.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  There is no record on the War Graves Commission site as to the whereabouts of his grave.

Images:

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

William Edward Pike

Surname: Pike
Other names: William Edward
Other people in this story:
Edward Pike
Ann Pike née Foot
Eleanor Elizabeth Pike née Witt
Locations in this story:
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Fordingbridge, Hampshire
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
France & Flanders
Latchfield, Hampshire
Christchurch, Hampshire
Deanland, Sixpenny Handley

Story:
William Edward Pike was born at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 16th August 1875 and baptised there on 24th October 1875, the son of Edward Pike and Ann Pike (nee Foot).   He spent his early life in Deanland, Sixpenny Handley.  He married Eleanor Elizabeth Witt at Fordingbridge, Hampshire, on 31st July 1901 and they set up home at Iwerne Minster, Dorset, from where they went on to have four children.   William enlisted on 11th December 1915 and was mobilized on 15th June 1916, joining the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 4099).   Within days he had been transferred to the Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 40664).  On the 20th September 1916 he was again transferred to the 155th Labour Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. (92804).  He served in France & Flanders and was eventually discharged on 10th April 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  Around the time of his discharge he made a claim for the effects of Rheumatism, which was partly caused by service conditions, for which he received a 20% pension.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Latchfield, Hampshire, and was working as a Woodman and Hurdle Maker.  His death is recorded at Christchurch, Hampshire, in 1960.

Images:

Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives

Henry Arthur Oborn

Surname: Oborn
Other names: Henry Arthur
Other people in this story:
Arthur Oborn
Emily Jane Oborn née Smith
Mabel Oborn née Young
Emily Beatrice Oborn
Locations in this story:
Hammersmith, London
Horseshoe Inn, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Crism Cottage, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire

Story:
Henry Arthur Oborn was born in Hammersmith, London, on 2nd June 1882, the son of Arthur Oborn (a Police Constable originally from Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire) and Emily Jane Oborn (née Smith).  By 1911 Henry's father had retired and moved back to his birthplace and become landlord of the Horseshoe Inn, Ebbesbourne Wake.  Henry married Mabel Young at the Parish Church on 2nd May 1914 and they went on to have four children.   Henry enlisted on 11th December 1915 and was mobilized on 3rd June 1916, joining the 13th Works Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 2648).  He was transferred to the 312th Home Service Works Company of the Labour Corps on 28th April 1917 (Service No. 172906).  He served in the UK and was eventually discharged on 15th July 1919.  There are no medals recorded.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Crism Cottage, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire, working as Carpenter.  He died on the 29th December 1961 in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Henry's sister Emily Beatrice (b.1886) also served in the war, with the Voluntary Aid Detachment in a number of military hospitals around the UK.

Images:

Links to related web content / sources:
Emily Beatrice Oborn
The National Archives
Donhead St. Andrew Church

Walter George Bugler

Surname: Bugler
Other names: Walter George
Other people in this story:
Thomas Bugler
Elizabeth Bugler née Mabey
Ellen Louise Bugler née Scammel
Locations in this story:
Winfrith, Dorset
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Mere, Wiltshire
France

Story:
Walter George Bugler was born in Winfrith, Dorset, on 23rd December 1888 and baptised at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire on 16th May 1889, the son of Thomas Bugler and Elizabeth Bugler (née Mabey). By 1911 his family had moved to Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire where he married Ellen Louise Scammel on 14th April 1913.  They went on to have four children.  

He enlisted on 6th November 1914 with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (with whom he had served as a Territorial earlier) as a Private (Service No. 3138 updated to 3730). He was immediately discharged on 7th November 1914 as being medically unfit for service.  He re-enlisted on 22nd November 1915 and was accepted into the 13th Battalion of the Princess Charlotte of Wales (Royal Berkshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 30947).  He served in France before being transferred to the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 308716) then again to the Labour Corps (Service No. 98541).  He was eventually discharged on 22nd March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Jenkins Corner, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, and was working as a Stone Mason.  His death is recorded at the Mere, Wiltshire, District Registry in 1968.

Images:

Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives

Henry John Tuffin

Surname: Tuffin
Other names: Henry John
Other people in this story:
Frederick James Tuffin
Sarah Anne Tuffin née Mullins
Locations in this story:
The Street, Sutton Waldron, Dorset
France & Flanders
Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Story:
Henry John Tuffin was born in Sutton Waldron on 23rd January 1877 and baptised there on 1st April 1877, the son of Frederick James Tuffin and Sarah Anne Tuffin (née Mullins).  He spent all his civilian life in Sutton Waldron.   He enlisted on 18th November 1915 and was mobilized on 24th March 1916, joining the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 24987). Almost immediately he was transferred with the same Service No. to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry with whom he served in France & Flanders.  He was again transferred and attached to the 1039th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps on 6th May 1917 (Service No. 93437).   He was discharged on 15th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.   By the 1939 Register he was living at his old family home at 17 The Street, Sutton Waldron, Dorset, working as an Agricultural Labourer.  He remained single throughout his life and died in 1967. His death was registered at the Sturminster Newton District Registry, Dorset and he was buried at Sutton Waldron on 30th November 1967.

Images:

Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives

Alfred John Toogood

Surname: Toogood
Other names: Alfred John
Other people in this story:
George Levi Toogood
Mary Toogood née Haines
Harriet Sarah Kate Toogood née Trowbridge
Locations in this story:
Gutch Common, Semley, Wiltshire
Reading, Berkshire

Story:
Alfred John Toogood was born on 16th May 1884 in Semley, Wiltshire, and baptised there on 13th July 1884, the son of George Levi Toogood and Mary Toogood (née Haines).  He lived all his early life at Gutch Common, Semley, Wiltshire.   He enlisted on 7th April 1916 and joined the Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 21463) as a Private.  On 30th March 1917 he transferred to the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment, Agricultural Company, (Service No. 34284) and again on the 30th June 1917 to the 442nd Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 263189).  He was transferred yet again to the Motor Transport Section of the Royal Army Service Corps on 1st December 1918 (Service No. M/410835).  Throughout this period he served solely in the UK.  He was discharged on 17th February 1919.  There are no evident medal records.  He married Harriet Sarah Kate Trowbridge in Semley in 1929 and they went on to have one child.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 16 Valentine Court, Reading, Berkshire, working as a Road Labourer.  He died in Reading on 19th December 1964.

Images:

Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives

Jack Parsons

Surname: Parsons
Other names: Jack
Other people in this story:
Fred Parsons
Emma Maria Parsons née Gray
Elizabeth Laura Parsons née Parham
Locations in this story:
Semley, Wiltshire
Wardour, Semley, Wiltshire
Duck Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire
Mere, Wiltshire
France & Flanders

Story:
Jack Parsons was born on 21st August 1896 in Semley, Wiltshire, and baptised on 20th September 1896, the son of Fred Parsons and Emma Maria Parsons (née Gray).  He lived his early life in the Semley and Wardour, Wiltshire, area.  He enlisted on 15th February 1916 as a Private with the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 23671).  He served with both the 3rd and 1st Battalions in France & Flanders.  At a medical examination on 29th July 1917 he was found to have defective vision and was shortly after transferred to the 447th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 496005).  He was discharged on 26th April 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Elizabeth Laura Parham in the Tisbury, Wiltshire, area in 1921 and they went on to have two children.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 125 Duck Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, and was working as a Roadman for the Wiltshire County Council.   He died in the Mere, Wiltshire, Registration District on 19th October 1959.

Images:

Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives

Frederick Read

Surname: Read
Other names: Frederick
Other people in this story:
William Read
Selina Read née Fletcher
Minnie Read née Ayres
Locations in this story:
Church Hill, East Knoyle, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Blandford, Dorset
Meharicourt, France

Story:
Frederick Read was born on 16th January 1871 in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, the son of William Read and Selina Read (née Fletcher).  He lived in and around East Knoyle for all of his early life including 2 Church Hill.   He had served as a reserve with the Dorsetshire Regiment from 21st January 1892 until discharged on 5th January 1906.  He re-enlisted on 27th April 1915 with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 14337) as a Private. He served in France & Flanders with 1st, 3rd and 2nd Battalions.  He was transferred on 14th December 1916 to the 11th Garrison Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (Service No. 38395).   On the 21st November 1917 he was transferred to the 166th Labour Company followed by the 651 Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 99317).  During his service he received bomb wounds at Meharicourt, France, on 21st April 1917.  He was discharged on 1st March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Minnie Ayres in 1924 who regrettably died in 1927.  There appear to be no children of the marriage.  By the 1939 Register Frederick was living at 17d Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a casual labourer.  He died in 1952 in the Blandford, Dorset, Registration District.

Images:

Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Compton Abbas 1

Frederick Tom Sharp

Surname: Sharp
Other names: Frederick Tom
Other people in this story:
Tom Sharp
Eliza Emmeline Sharp née Hibbs
Dorothy M. Sharp née Ware
Locations in this story:
Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Farnham, Dorset
Sussex
Lewes, Sussex
France & Flanders
Egypt

Story:
Frederick Tom Sharp was born at Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th May 1894, the son of Tom Sharp and Eliza Emmeline Sharp (née Hibbs).  He lived most of his early life at Farnham, Dorset, until moving to Sussex with his family by 1911.   He enlisted on 15th November 1915 and joined the 2nd/5th (Cinque Ports) Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment as a Private (Service No. 5/3492).  He was posted to France on 22nd April 1916 and almost immediately caught rheumatic fever and had to be sent back to the UK on 24th June 1916 for treatment.  Following his recovery he was attached to the 4th Battalion (T.F. Reserve) (Service No. 4/5281) and posted to Egypt on 1 Nov 1916.  He was transferred to the 800th Agricultural Employment Company of the Labour Corps on 8th December 1917 (Service No. 361819).   He was discharged with a small pension due to the earlier indisposition and also awarded the Victory and British War medals.  Frederick married Dorothy M. Ware in 1924 and they went on to have one known child.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 26 St John Street, Lewes, Sussex, working as a fitter and agricultural engineer.  He died in 1967.

Images:

Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives