Donhead St. Andrew Church

Henry Jeffery

Surname: Jeffery
Other names: Henry
Other people in this story:
George Jeffery
Ellen Jeffery née Pardy
Dorothy Irene Jeffery née Glass
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
France
Iraq
India
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Newport Street, Swindon, Wiltshire

Story:
Henry Jeffery was born on 9th June 1896 at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, the son of George Jeffery and Ellen Jeffery (née Pardy). They lived at Higher Berry Court Farm, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire. Henry was recorded as a Boarder at Shaftesbury Grammar School in the 1911 Census and, on enlistment, as an 'Ironmonger's Apprentice'. He enlisted with the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry on 5th September 1914, later transferring to the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry Section). He was attached to the 15th Squadron of the Tank Corps and achieved the rank of Acting Sergeant, serving in France, Iraq and India. He was demobilized on 3rd January 1920 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals, the 1914/15 Star and the India General Service Medal (Afghanistan & N.W. Frontier Clasps) 1919. He married Dorothy Irene Glass in Salisbury on 1st September 1925 and they went on to have one child. His last known address was 3 Newport Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, (per the 1939 Register) where he had an Ironmongery business. He died at Swindon in 1968.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Melbury Abbas War Memorial

William Mark Henstridge

Surname: Henstridge
Other names: William Mark
Other people in this story:
William George Henstridge
Emily Eliza Henstridge nee Lane
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Thiepval Memorial, France
Melbury Abbas, Dorset

Story:
William Mark Henstridge was born in Melbury Abbas, Dorset in 1896 and baptised there on 9th August, 1896. He was the son of William George Henstridge, a farm labourer, and Emily Eliza Henstridge (nee Lane). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a scholar and living at 7 Melbury Abbas, Dorset. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 12701) but later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) (new Service No. 73046). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 2nd April 1917 and his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial in France (Pier and Panel 5 C and 12 C). He is remembered on the Melbury Abbas War Memorial.

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Farnham War Memorial

Reginald James Wilkins

Surname: Wilkins
Other names: Reginald James
Other people in this story:
George Frank Wilkins
Constance Catherine Emma Wilkins nee Smith
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
France & Flanders
Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France
Blandford

Story:
Reginald James Wilkins was born in 1899 in Farnham, Dorset. He was the son of George Frank Wilkins, a Baker & Grocer, and Constance Catherine Emma Wilkins (nee Smith). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a scholar and living in the family home at Farnham, Blandford, Dorset. His mother died on 4th July 1915. He enlisted in Blandford as a Private in the 6th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment (Service No. 42975) and later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Service No. 20588). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 22nd October 1918 and his name appears on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in France (Panel 5). He is remembered on the Farnham War Memorial.

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  • Farnham churchyard

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St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John 01

Reginald George Bennett

Surname: Bennett
Other names: Reginald George
Other people in this story:
Thomas Bennett
Annie Bennett nee Witt
Bertie Harold Bennett
Thomas William Bennett
Walter Sam Bennett
Locations in this story:
St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Mesopotamia
Amara War Cemetery, Iraq
Ashcombe, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Church of St. Peter and Vincula, Tollard Royal
Southampton

Story:
Reginald George Bennett was born in 1897 in Berwick St. John, Wiltshire. He was the son of Thomas Bennett, a Game Keeper, and Annie Bennett (nee Witt). His siblings included Bertie Harold, Thomas William and Walter Sam, born in 1889, 1894, 1885, respectively, who all died in the war. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single and living in the family home at Ashcombe, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Southampton and joined the 134th Company of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) (Service No. 33138) and he served in Mesopotamia.  At the time of his death he held the rank of Lance Corporal. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 24th February 1917 and was buried at Amara War Cemetery in Iraq (grave id. XVII.H.13). He is remembered on the war memorial inside the church at Berwick St. John.

He is also remembered as "R.G. Bennett M.G.C" on the Tollard Royal War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour inside the Church of St. Peter and Vincula in the village.  

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  • Berwick St. John War Memorial
  • Tollard Royal War Memorial

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Alvediston War Memorial base

George Grace

Surname: Grace
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
George Grace
Ellen Grace nee Merritt
Locations in this story:
Shrewton, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Englefontaine British Cemetery, Nord, France
Crook Hill, Alvediston, Wiltshire
Tilshead, Wiltshire

Story:
George Grace was born in 1899 in Shrewton, Wiltshire and was baptised in Tilshead, Wiltshire on 10th September, 1899. He was the son of George and Ellen Grace (nee Merritt). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single and living at Crook Hill, Alvediston, Wiltshire. He enlisted at Alvediston in the 17th Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) (Service No. 134718). He served in France & Flanders and at the time of his death on 4th November 1918 held the rank of Lance Corporal. He was buried at Englefontaine British Cemetery, Nord, France (grave id. D37). He is remembered on the Alvediston War Memorial.

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Leslie Robert Gutsell

Surname: Gutsell
Other names: Leslie Robert
Other people in this story:
Robert Gutsell
Mary Ann Gutsell nee Godly
Locations in this story:
Dorchester
France & Flanders
Theipval Memorial, Somme
Greenslede, Basingstoke
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
High Street, Shaftesbury
Coventry
Gueudecourt

Story:
Leslie Robert Gutsell was born in 1896 in Dorchester. He was the son of Robert Gutsell, a draper, and Mary Ann Gutsell (nee Godly). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single and living at Greenslede, Basingstoke. Between the Census and the outbreak of war he had moved to Shaftesbury and become a Teacher (as well as a Scoutmaster). (His mother was living at 34 High Street, Shaftesbury by 1918.) He enlisted in Coventry as a Gunner in the Machine Gun Corps (Service No. 2518) and later transferred to the Motor Machine Gun Service Royal Artillery in 'D' Company, No. 1 Section. He served in France and Flanders and was assigned to some of the very earliest tanks used in the war and became a gunner in Tank D5 (Dolphin). He was killed in action in his vehicle at approximately 10 a.m. on 15th September, 1916, during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette near the village of Gueudecourt. His body was recovered later by his comrades and buried in the vicinity but, due to further hostile activity, the site was lost and his remains were not recovered for proper burial. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and his name appears on the Theipval Memorial (Pier/Face 5C & 12C). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.  

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  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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