Cann Church, Shaftesbury

Arthur Daniel Padfield

Surname: Padfield
Other names: Arthur Daniel
Other people in this story:
Harry Padfield
Flora Emily Padfield née Tucker
Dorothy Rose Padfield née Pike
Locations in this story:
Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
India
Poole, Dorset
Christchurch, Hampshire
St. Rumbold's Church, Cann

Story:
Arthur Daniel Padfield was born in Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Harry Padfield and Flora Emily Padfield (née Tucker).  He spent much of his life, apart from Military Service, in and around Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He enlisted with the 1st/7th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 45318).  He was at one time attached to the 1st Lancers and served on the North West Frontier of India.   He was discharged on 3rd January 1920 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the India General Service Medal with Clasp Afghanistan (North West Frontier).    He married Dorothy Rose Pike at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, on 25th October 1921 and they had one daughter.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 17 Curtis Road, Poole, Dorset, and was working as a Landscape Gardener.  His death was recorded at the Christchurch, Hampshire, Registry in 1961.

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Alwin Thomas Gibbs

Surname: Gibbs
Other names: Alwin Thomas
Other people in this story:
Edwin George Gibbs
Mary Gibbs née Matthews
Margaret Bertha Gibbs née Barnes
Claude Ivor Bertie Gibbs
Walter Matthews Gibbs
Lucius George Gibbs
Ada Prudence Gibbs
Locations in this story:
Blynfield Farm, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Colchester, Essex
Todber, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Edwards Farm, Foyle Hill, Shaftesbury
Tisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Alwin Thomas Gibbs was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 15th August 1888 and baptised at St. James' Church on 9th September 1888. He was the son of Edwin George Gibbs and Mary Gibbs (née Matthews) who lived at Blynfield Farm near Shaftesbury.  His siblings included Walter Matthews Gibbs, DCM, (b.1884) who served in the Dorset Yeomanry, Claude Ivor Bertie Gibbs (b.1897) who served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and Lucius George Gibbs (b. 1882) who served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment on receiving a commission in 1915 whilst his sister, Ada Prudence Gibbs, served with the Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corpsmen France. He lived all his early life in and around Shaftesbury until, by 1911, he had joined the 16th Lancers (The Queen's) (Service No. 5661) and was stationed in Colchester, Essex. At a later stage his Service No. was changed to L13212 and he was promoted to Sergeant. He was attached to the Corps of Hussars 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 Margaret Bertha Barnes at Todber, Dorset, on 5th December 1922 and they had one daughter.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Edwards Farm, Foyle Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, was and described as a Farmer.  His death was recorded in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 19th December 1975.

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Montague Smith

Surname: Smith
Other names: Montague
Other people in this story:
Harry Smith
Mary Smith
Eva Annie Smith née Wooders
Harry Sidney Smith
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Streatham, Surrey
Drayton Park, Willesden, Middlesex
Brent, Middlesex
France & Flanders
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury
South Africa

Story:
Montague Smith was born on 6th July 1889 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised on 21st November 1889 at Holy Trinity Church, the son of Harry and Mary Smith.  He lived his early life at 7 Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury, one of eleven children in the family.   He enlisted on 15th July 1907 and joined the 9th Lancers of Cavalry of the Line (Service No. 246) and later the 21st Lancers and served in South Africa.  He was discharged to reserves on 14th July 1914 only to be almost immediately embodied on 15th August 1914 as a Shoeing Smith Corporal (Service No. 41347).  He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) and joined the 2nd Machine Gun Squadron of the Royal Tank Corps on 27th June 1916 and served in France.   He was discharged on 14 Jul 1919 having completed the terms of his engagement.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He had married Eva Annie Wooders at St. Anselem Church, Streatham, Surrey, on 9th August 1917.  One child is recorded.  The 1939 Register shows him living at 86a Drayton Park, Willesden, Middlesex, working as a Bus Conductor.  He died on 21st November 1966 in the Brent, Middlesex, Registry area.

Montague's brother Harry Sidney (b.1869) also had a career in the army, with the Somerset Light Infantry.

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St. James from Park Walk

John Padfield

Surname: Padfield
Other names: John
Other people in this story:
John Padfield
Jane Padfield née Moore
Kate Padfield née Mahony
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
India
South Africa
France & Flanders
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Love Lane, Shaftesbury
Laundry Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury

Story:
John Padfield was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1878 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 30th June 1878 the son of John Padfield and Jane Padfield (née Moore).   He lived his early life in Love Lane, Shaftesbury.  He originally enlisted on 4th January 1898 and joined the 12th Lancers of the Corps of Lancers of the Line (Service No. 4356).  He served in India and South Africa gaining various campaign medals.  Whilst serving in the Army he married Kate Mahony at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury on 9th February 1903 and they set up home at 3 Laundry Lane, Shaftesbury.  They went on to have two children.  John was discharged to the reserves on 4th January 1905 having served five years with the colours.  He was mobilized on 4th August 1914 again with the 12th Lancers (New Service No. 5156).  He served in France and whilst there transferred to the 16th Lancers (Service No. 13129).  He had the rank of Private throughout his military service.  He was demobilized on 29th January 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was still at 3 Laundry Lane and working as a general labourer.  He died locally in 1941.

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