Cecil George Fisher

Surname: Fisher
Other names: Cecil George
Other people in this story:
Henry Fisher
Sarah Harriet Fisher née Baker
William Henry Fisher
Locations in this story:
Iwerne Courtney, Blandford, Dorset
Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Childe Okeford, Dorset

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Cecil George Fisher was born at Iwerne Courtney, Blandford, Dorset, on 3rd June 1896 and baptised there on 2nd August 1896, the son of Henry Fisher and Sarah Harriet Fisher (née Baker). He spent most of his life at the family home at The Brickyard, Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He enlisted and served with the 443rd Labour Company of the Labour Corps as a Private (Service No. 134792).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served nor is there any record of medals being awarded.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Brickyard Cottages, Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, Dorset, was described as a Smallholder and was still single.   He death was recorded in Childe Okeford, Dorset, in 1980.

Cecil's brother William Henry (b.1893) also served in the war but sadly died of a fever in 1916 while serving with the Wiltshire Regiment in Mesopotamia.

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Bertram Robert Stone

Surname: Stone
Other names: Bertram Robert
Other people in this story:
John Stone
Eliza Elizabeth Stone née Gale
Elizabeth Ann Stone née Cake
Charles Henry Stone
Thomas John Stone
Locations in this story:
Shipton Gorge, Dorset
Parsonage Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset
Bournemouth, Hampshire
Mesopotamia
India

Story:
Bertram Robert Stone was born at Shipton Gorge, Dorset, on 4th October 1898, the son of John Stone and Eliza Elizabeth Stone (née Gale).  By 1901 the family had moved to Parsonage Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where Bertram spent his early life.  He enlisted on 13th November 1915 and was mobilized on 20th January 1916, joining the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 16354).  He served in Mesopotamia and then India, rising to the rank of Lance Corporal.  He was returned to the UK on compassionate grounds on 20th November 1917 due to the death of his two brothers, Charles Henry Stone and Thomas John Stone.  He was transferred to the  449th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 546444) on 31st March 1918 and eventually discharged on 8th March 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Elizabeth Ann Cake at Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset, on 21st December 1924.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 108 Strouden Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, and was working as a Hire Motor Car Driver as well as being a volunteer with the ARP.  His death was recorded in Bournemouth, Hampshire, in 1988.

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John Stephen Lodge

Surname: Lodge
Other names: John Stephen
Other people in this story:
Edward George Lodge
Amelia Jane Lodge née Bown
Emily Jane Lodge née Curtis
Margaret Emma Mary Lodge née Joyce
Locations in this story:
Hartgrove, East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Woodbridge Lane, Bedchester, Shaftesbury, Dorset

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John Stephen Lodge was born at Hartgrove, East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21st April 1877, the son of Edward George Lodge and Amelia Jane Lodge (née Bown).  He married Emily Jane Curtis at Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 20th May 1903 and by 1911 they were living at 85 Woodbridge Lane, Bedchester, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   John enlisted and joined the 6th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 12702).  He served in France and Flanders and later transferred to the 449th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps.  On his discharge on 4th March 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Gear's Mill, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Farmer.  His wife, Emily, died in 1947 and John re-married Margaret Emma Mary Joyce in 1949.   John's death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry on 18th May 1958 and he was buried at Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, on 21st May 1958.

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Harry Jeanes

Surname: Jeanes
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
Henry Jeanes
Sarah Jane Jeanes née Stokes
Thirza Mary Jeanes née Russell
Phyllis Joyce Jeanes née Frampton
Locations in this story:
Church Road, Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset
West Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Sturminster, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Harry Jeanes was born in Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21st September 1873, the son of Henry Jeanes and Sarah Jane Jeanes (née Stokes).  He lived all his life in the area apart from time on Military Service.  He married Thirza Mary Russell in the Shaftesbury, Dorset, Registration area in 1900. They set up home in Church Road, Margaret Marsh.   Harry enlisted and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 13021).  He served in France and Flanders until he was transferred to the 449th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 432009).  His address on the Absent Voters List for 1918 was 60 West Street, Fontmell Magna. He was discharged on 8th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  His wife, Thirza, died in early 1932 and he went on to re-marry Phyllis Joyce Frampton in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in December 1932.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was still living at 60 West Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as an Occasional Council Worker and also an ARP Warden.   His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry on 13th March 1958.

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Jesse Bradley

Surname: Bradley
Other names: Jesse
Other people in this story:
Thomas Edward Bradley
Sarah Ann Bradley née Rose
Harry Bradley
Locations in this story:
Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Parsons Lane, East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Kimberley House, Gillingham, Dorset
Manston, Sturminster, Dorset

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Jesse Bradley was born at Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 12th August 1882, the son of Thomas Edward Bradley and Sara Ann Bradley (née Rose).   He lived for a significant period of his life, except for Military Service, in the Hartgrove, East Orchard, area.   He enlisted on 11th December 1915 and was embodied on 18th March 1916 in the 3/1st Battalion of the Buckinghamshire Regiment as a Private but very quickly was transferred to the Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire) Regiment (Service No. 30518).  He served in France and Flanders where he received a severe grenade wound on 15th May 1917 which necessitated the amputation of a leg as well as leaving him with a fracture of his left arm.  He was repatriated and spent time recovering at the Red Cross facility at Kimberley House, Gillingham, Dorset.  On recovery he was transferred to the Southern Counties Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 97893).  He was eventually assessed as no longer physically fit for service and discharged on 9th August 1918.   He was granted a pension and was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the Silver War Badge No. 431205.  He returned to East Orchard, living in Parsons Lane.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Red House, Manston, Sturminster, Dorset, and was described as a Roadman (Disabled).  There is no confirmed date of his death.  His brother, Harry Bradley, also served in the conflict.

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Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Reginald James Woods

Surname: Woods
Other names: Reginald James
Other people in this story:
Charles John Woods
Harriet Woods née Pickford
Frances May Woods née Beeston
John Charles Woods
Locations in this story:
St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Bath, Somerset
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

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Reginald James Woods was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 17th January 1898 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 10th February 1898, the son of Charles John Woods and Harriet Woods (née Pickford).  He lived his early life at various addresses in the St. James District of Shaftesbury and at 16 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted and joined the 10th Battalion of the South Wales Borderers as a Private (Service No. 21369).  He served with his Unit in France and Flanders until he was transferred to the Labour Corps (Service No. 327709).   He was discharged on 18th May 1918 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  (As there are no service records, and he was discharged before the end of the war, it can be assumed he had become unable to serve for some unknown reason.)   Reginald returned to his family now at 45 St. James Street, Shaftesbury.   He married Frances May Beeston in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1920.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 32 Maybrick Road, Bath, Somerset, and was working as a Telecommunication Linesman.   He died in the Woodside Rest Home, Bathwick Hill, Bath, Somerset, on 27th February 1995.

Reginald's father Charles John Woods also served in the conflict, with the Dorsetshire Regiment and is brother John Charles (b.1900) with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

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Thomas George Pike

Surname: Pike
Other names: Thomas George
Other people in this story:
Mark Pike
Eliza Pike née Elliott
Edith Ann Pike née Taylor
Locations in this story:
Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
St. James, Shaftesbury
Christys Lane, Shaftesbury

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Thomas George Pike was born at Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1893, the son of Mark Pike and Eliza Pike (née Elliott).  He lived his early life with the family at Fir Tree Cottage, Stour Row, until, later on, they moved to 63 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  Thomas enlisted and joined the Machine Gun Corps as a Private (Service No. 6371) but later transferred to the Mobile Graves Registration Unit of the Labour Corps (Service No. 418623).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but when he was discharged he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Edith Ann Taylor at St. James' Church, Shaftesbury, on 12th January 1921. By the time of the 1939 Register his wife and children were living at 5 Christys Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, but there was no mention of Thomas at this time.  His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1967.

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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

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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.

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Francis Tom Wareham

Surname: Wareham
Other names: Francis Tom
Other people in this story:
John Wareham
Elizabeth Wareham née Francis
Fanny Wareham née Lintern
Frederick Wareham
Locations in this story:
Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Semley, Wiltshire
Sturminster, Dorset

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Francis Tom Wareham was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 18th April 1879 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 18th May 1879, the son of John Wareham and Elizabeth Wareham (née Francis).  Francis lived all his life in the Shaftesbury area.   He married Fanny Lintern at Semley, Wiltshire, on 13th May 1903 and they went on to have two children.  Francis enlisted and joined the Labour Corps as a Private (Service No. 202542).  He was attached to the Garrison Guard Company and served in the UK only.  There are no medal records.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 24 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a Master Painter and Decorator.   His death is recorded in the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1963.

Francis' brother Frederick (b.1864) also served in the war, with the Dorsetshire Regiment and the Royal Defence Corps.

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Herbert Ransome

Surname: Ransome
Other names: Herbert
Other people in this story:
James Ransome
Mary Hannah Ransome née Jeans
Jane Ransome née Curtis
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Higher Blandford Road, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
The Balkans
New York, USA
Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Herbert Ransome was born in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 6th February 1890, the son of James Ransome and Mary Hannah Ransome (née Jeans).  He lived his early life mainly in Higher Blandford Road, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He enlisted and served mainly in the Dorsetshire Regiment with various units (Service Nos. 11766, 0698 and S (or 5) 119355).  This last number was used on his promotion to Sergeant.  He also served for a period with the Labour Corps (Service No. 133448).  He saw service in the Balkans Theatre of war and, on discharge, was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He married Jane Curtis in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 4th March 1924.  They emigrated to the USA arriving in New York on 19th August 1931.  Both Herbert and Jane took out American Citizenship on 9th March 1938 and by 1940 they were living in Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA, and Herbert was described as a Secretary/Valet.   He died in Culver City in 1968.   (N.B. His wife was called Jean on one record but on all others, including the application for US Citizenship, she is known as 'Jane'.)

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