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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Gilbert Frank Lodge

Surname: Lodge
Other names: Gilbert Frank
Other people in this story:
James Lodge
Emily Elizabeth Lodge née Brickell
Violet May Lodge née Crumpton
Cecil James Lodge
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Grove Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
West Ham, Essex
Waltham Forest, London
Chingford, Essex

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Gilbert Frank Lodge was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7th November 1893, the son of James Lodge and Emily Elizabeth Lodge (née Brickell).   He lived his early life in Cann and also at Grove Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He enlisted and joined the King's Royal Rifle Corps (Service No. 7136).  He served with them in France and Flanders where he became a Lance Corporal.  He later transferred to the Labour Corps (Service No. 447954) as a Corporal.  On his discharge on 4th March 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He married Violet May Crumpton in West Ham, Essex, on 19th June 1921.  They went on to have two children.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 28 Barnham Road, Chingford, Essex, and was working as a Carpenter and Joiner.  He died in the Waltham Forest Registry area in 1974.   His brother, Cecil James Lodge (b.1888) also served in the conflict.

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Henry John Ransom

Surname: Ransom
Other names: Henry John
Other people in this story:
James Ransom
Mary Hannah Ransom née Jeans
Violet Jane Gaskin Ransom née Roberts
Joseph Ransom
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Greenwich, London
Mampitts Cottage, Shaftesbury

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Henry John Ransom (sometimes spelt 'Ransome') was born at Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 31st May 1874 and baptised at Cann, Shaftesbury, on 28th June 1874, the son of James Ransom and Mary Hannah Ransom (née Jeans).  He lived his early life in and around Cann. He went for work in the Greenwich, London, area and met and married Violet Jane Gaskin Roberts at St. John the Baptist Church, Greenwich, London, on 21st October 1907 and they went on to have one child.  He was back in Shaftesbury when he enlisted on 25th August 1915 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Pioneer (Service No. 117595).  He served in France and Flanders where, on 14th October 1917, he received gunshot wounds to his right arm and right thigh.  He was transferred to the Labour Corps on 10th February 1918 (Service No. 292865) and served as a Private with the 609th Agricultural Company.  He was discharged in May 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Mampitts Cottage, (near Mampitts Farm),  Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was employed as a Carter.  He died in 1956 and was buried at Cann on 21st January 1956.    His brother, Joseph Ransom(e), also served in the conflict with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

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Richard Stacey

Surname: Stacey
Other names: Richard
Other people in this story:
Richard Stacey
Elizabeth Stacey née Arnold
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Alcester, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Dorchester, Dorset
St. James, Shaftesbury

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Richard Stacey was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 6th July 1874 and baptised at St. Peter's Church on 6th August 1874, the son of Richard Stacey and Elizabeth Stacey (née Arnold). Apart from his Military Service he lived all his life in the St. James/Alcester area of Shaftesbury.  He enlisted and joined the 642nd Labour Company of the Labour Corps as a Private (Service No. 190323). There are no evident medal records in this case. By 1931 he was living in the Men's Almshouses, Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, and, by the 1939 Register, had moved to the Public Assistance Institute, Alcester House, Alcester, Shaftesbury, where he was described as single and an Inmate (General Labourer Retired). His death is recorded at the Dorchester, Dorset, Registry in 1944.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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
Ernest William Oborn
Locations in this story:
Hammersmith, London
Horseshoe Inn, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Crism Cottage, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire

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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.   His brother, Ernest William Oborn, also served for a short time before being discharged as unfit fit further duty. 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.

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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

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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.

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