Donhead St. Mary Church

Thomas James Lucas

Surname: Lucas
Other names: Thomas James
Other people in this story:
Alfred Lucas
Julia Anne Cox Lucas née Reed
Emma Margaret Alice Lucas née Johnson
Alfred John Lucas
Locations in this story:
Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Middle East
Bournemouth, Hampshire
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Gallipoli, Turkey

Story:
Thomas James Lucas was born on 18th April 1898 in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, and baptised there on 22nd May 1898 (along with his twin brother Alfred John Lucas) the son of Alfred Lucas and Julia Anne Cox Lucas (née Reed).  He lived all his early life in Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary.  He enlisted on 5th September 1914 and joined the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 12873).  Very quickly thereafter he was transferred to the 6th (Service) Battalion of the Leinster Regiment (Service No. 6/1260) and posted to the Middle East.  He served at Gallipoli, Turkey, and was wounded.  He also suffered from enteritis plus being wounded a second time following which he lost a finger on his left hand.  His disability did not stop him being transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Service No. 73994) and thereafter attached to the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) until his discharge on 9th March 1919.  He had been awarded a gratuity as a result of the lost finger but no pension.   He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He married Emma Margaret Alice Johnson in Bournemouth, Hampshire, in 1929 and they went on to have at least one child.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 94 Castlemain Avenue, Bournemouth, Hampshire, working as an Engineer's Labourer.  He died in the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registration District in 1982.  His twin brother, Alfred John Lucas, also served in the conflict.

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Percy Leonard Hare

Surname: Hare
Other names: Percy Leonard
Other people in this story:
John Hare
Elizabeth Hare née Trowbridge
Rose Hare née King
Locations in this story:
Birdbush, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Tisbury, Wiltshire
Mere, Wiltshire
Gallipoli, Turkey
Salonika, Greece

Story:
Percy Leonard Hare (aka Leonard Hare) was born at Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 5th September 1893 and baptised there on 31st December 1893, the son of John Hare and Elizabeth Hare (née Trowbridge).  The family lived at Birdbush, Ludwell.  Leonard enlisted on 5th September 1914 and joined the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 12788).  He was swiftly transferred to the 6th (Reserve) Battalion of the Leinster Regiment (Service No. 6/1252).   He served in Salonika and Gallipoli where, on 5th August 1915, he was wounded and hospitalized.  After convalescence he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Service No. 48519) and joined the 67th Company.  He was finally demobilized on 2nd April 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He married Rose King in 1920 at Tisbury, Wiltshire, and they had one child.  By the 1939 Register Leonard was living at Leigh Court, Sans Lane, Tisbury, Wiltshire and described as a Painter (Buildings) as well as acting as an ARP Warden.   His death was registered in the Mere, Wiltshire, Registration District in 1946.

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Donhead St. Mary Church

William James Herbert Sansom

Surname: Sansom
Other names: William James Herbert
Other people in this story:
John Sansom
Amanda Sansom née Peters
Annie Victoria Samson née Wide
Locations in this story:
Jenkins Corner, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Kantara, Egypt
Wellington, Somerset

Story:
William James Herbert Sansom was born at Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 10th September 1890 the son of John Sansom and Amanda Sansom (née Peters). He had pre-war service with the Wiltshire Regiment (Service No. 12790) and was discharged to Reserve. He was embodied on 5th September 1914 and re-joined his Regiment but was transferred on 17th September 1914 to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and on 23rd September 1914 to the Leinster Regiment (Service No. 1843). He was later further transferred to the Royal Engineers (Railway Operating Division) on 20th November 1917 (Service No. 288555). After training at Kantara, Egypt, he qualified as an Operational Driver with the rank of Sapper. He was demobilized on 4th May 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Annie Victoria Wide at Wellington, Somerset, in 1927 and they went on to have one child. His last known address was Jenkins Corner, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, per the 1939 Register, where he was employed as a Motor Engineer. He died in 1970 and was buried at Donhead St. Mary on 9th April 1970.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Donhead St. Andrew Church

Herbert Sanger

Surname: Sanger
Other names: Herbert
Other people in this story:
Sarah Sanger
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Kantara, Egypt
Livingstone Road, Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Hampshire
Christchurch, Hampshire

Story:
Herbert Sanger was born at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire on 7th September 1890, the son of Sarah Sanger. (There was no father mentioned on the baptism record.) Before the war he had served with the Royal Engineers (Service No. 12875) and was on Reserve. He was embodied on 6th September 1914 and re-joined his Regiment but was soon transferred to the Leinster Regiment on 18th September 1914 (Service No. 1300). On the 16th November 1917 he was transferred back to the Royal Engineers (Railway Operating Division) (Service No. WR/288557). He underwent training at Kantara, Egypt, and qualified as a Petrol Engine Driver. On 3rd May 1919 he became a stores clerk with yet another change of Service No. 325435. He was demobilized on 7th July 1919 and eventually went to live at 15 Livingstone Road, Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Hampshire. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. He died in 1969 at Christchurch, Hampshire.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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