Tanyard Lane, St. James

Percival Frederick Hillier

Surname: Hillier
Other names: Percival Frederick
Other people in this story:
Frederick John Hillier (Senior)
Emma Jane Hillier née Upjohn
Ethel Mary Hillier née Brown
Frederick John Hillier
George Stephen Hillier
Robert James Hillier
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Tanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Laurel House, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Reigate, Surrey
Basingstoke, Hampshire

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Percival Frederick Hillier was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2nd February 1896 and baptised at St. James' Church, Shaftesbury, on 8th March 1896, the son of Frederick John Hillier and Emma Jane Hillier (née Upjohn).  He lived his early life in Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury, later moving to Laurel House, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He enlisted and served with the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry Division) as a Private (Service No. 101460).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory Medal.  (A note on the medal record states the medal itself remained undisposed of.)   Percival married Ethel Mary Brown in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 26th December 1931.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 1 Day Ball Cottage, Reigate, Surrey, and was working as a Cowman.  His death was recorded at the Basingstoke, Hampshire, Registry, on 9th Aug 1980.   His brothers, Frederick John, George Stephen and Robert James also served in the conflict.

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Robert James Hillier
George Stephen Hillier
St. James, Shaftesbury

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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Ernest Mayo

Surname: Mayo
Other names: Ernest
Other people in this story:
Edwin Mayo
Georgina Mayo née Mullins
Annie Maud Mayo née Hillier
Arthur Edwin Mayo
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. Rumbolds Road, Shaftesbury

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Ernest Mayo was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2nd September 1898 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 9th September 1898, the son of Edwin Mayo and Georgina Mayo (née Mullins).  He lived all his life in the Shaftesbury area apart from when on Military Service.  By 1911 the family were living at 44 St. James Street, Shaftesbury.   Ernest enlisted and served with the 34th Company of the Machine Gun Corps as a Private (Service No. 129888).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge on 15th October 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Annie Maud Hillier in Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 1925.  By the time of the 1939 Register Ernest was living at 25 St. Rumbolds Road, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a General Labourer.  He died in Cann, Shaftesbury, in 1962 and was buried at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 26th January 1962.

Ernest's brother Arthur Edwin (b.1895) also served in the war and sadly died in 1917 while serving with the Coldstream Guards in Flanders.

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Angel Lane, Shaftesbury

Howard Jesse Trowbridge

Surname: Trowbridge
Other names: Howard Jesse
Other people in this story:
John Trowbridge
Huldah Maria Trowbridge
Hilda May Trowbridge née Grenyer
Locations in this story:
Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Southgate, Middlesex
Bristol
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury
Angel Lane, Shaftesbury

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Howard Jesse Trowbridge was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 5th October 1889, the son of John Trowbridge and Huldah Maria Trowbridge.   He lived his early life in the St. James area of Shaftesbury.  By 1911 his address was given as The Cedars, Angel Lane, Shaftesbury.   He enlisted with the 1st/3rd Battalion of the Buckinghamshire Yeomanry (Royal Bucks Hussars) as a Private (Service No. 1667).  He served in France & Flanders and was transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps (Service No.165850) where he was promoted to Corporal.  He was discharged on 22nd February 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He gave his address on the Absent Voter List of 1918 and 1919 as 17A Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury.    He married Hilda May Grenyer in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1920 and they went on to have two children.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 149 Hedge Lane,  Southgate, Middlesex, described as a Departmental Secretary (Children's Homes and Orphanages).   His death was recorded at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, on 5th September 1967.

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Alfred Hillier

Surname: Hillier
Other names: Alfred
Other people in this story:
George Hillier
Sarah Annie Hillier (née Aldridge)
Matilda M. Hillier née Wright
Harold Sydney Hillier
Reginald George Hillier
Bertram Edgar Hillier
Clarence Fred Hillier
Locations in this story:
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Kurdistan
Kenton, Harrow, Middlesex

Story:
Alfred Hillier was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 24th August 1894, the son of George Hillier and Sarah Annie Hillier (née Aldridge).  He lived most of his early life at the family home at 12 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury.  His mother died in 1897 and his father re-married Matilda M. Wright in 1901.   Alfred enlisted with the Territorial Force of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 1538 & 8/3604).  In time he rose to the rank of Sergeant.  He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Service No. 62074) and, when on service in Kurdistan with the 130th Company, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal which was Gazetted on 12th February 1920.   Following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the Territorial Force War Medal.  The last local address per the Electoral Roll of 1923 was still 12 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury.  He was had been employed as a watchmaker's assistant.  His death was recorded in Kenton, Harrow, Middlesex, on 10th August 1972.  He remained single all his life. Alfred's brothers Harold Sydney, Reginald George, Bertram Edgar and Clarence Fred Hillier also served in the war and survived the conflict.

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Robert Moody

Surname: Moody
Other names: Robert
Other people in this story:
Thomas Henry Moody
Emma Moody née Case
Kathleen Irene Moody née Abbott
Tyrell William Moody
Locations in this story:
Bimport, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
Coppice Street, Shaftesbury
India
Mesopotamia

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Robert Moody was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, according to Parish Records, on 10th June 1894 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 19th August 1894, the son of Thomas Henry Moody and Emma Moody (née Case).  He lived most of his early life apart from Military Service at 23 Bimport, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 2505) and served with the 4th Battalion in India and Mesopotamia. While serving he sustained injuries to his hand and leg. He later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Service No. 62085) and on his discharge on 4th June 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  According to the Absent Voters List 1918 he also had a Service No. 200824 which is not recorded on his medal record or any other surviving service details.  He married Kathleen Irene Abbott at Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1932. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 47 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a Painter and Decorator.  His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1970.

Robert's brother Tyrell (b.1883) also served in the war, with the Royal Army Service Corps.

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Victor Douglas Tucker

Surname: Tucker
Other names: Victor Douglas
Other people in this story:
Gideon Tucker
Mary Elizabeth Tucker née Foot
Martha Annie Tucker née Woodrow
George Farley Tucker
Sidney Wilfred Tucker
Howard Tucker
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Charminster, Dorset
St. James Street, Shaftesbury
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury
Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury

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Victor Douglas Tucker was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16th January 1888 and baptised at St. James' Church on 12th February 1888, the son of Gideon Tucker and Mary Elizabeth Tucker (née Foot).  He grew up in the family home at 25 St. James Street in Shaftesbury. It is recorded in family records that he enlisted with the Dorset Volunteers in 1905 later transferring to the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment in a Territorial capacity.  He married Martha Annie Woodrow at the Independent Chapel, Shaftesbury, on 25th April 1909 and they went on to have four children. He re-enlisted at the outbreak of the war and joined the Machine Gun Corps (Motors Unit) as a Private (Service No. 57580).  He served in France and Flanders where, at one of the Battles of the Somme serving with the 32nd Reserve Company, he received gunshot wounds to the right leg and left hand.  He was eventually discharged on 17th February 1919 and was awarded a grant of £70 in lieu of pension. He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 24 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Master Tailor.  He died at the Harrison Hospital, Charminster, Dorset, on 2nd January 1961 and was later interred at the Congregational Independent Chapel, Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury, on 5th January 1961.  The family records also refer to his membership of the Shaftesbury Town Band for over 52 years. Three of Victor's brothers also served in the war: Sidney Wilfred (b.1894) with the Dorsetshire Regiment, George Farley (b.1890) with the Somerset Light Infantry and Howard (b. 1886) with the Army Service Corps.

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Melbury Abbas and Zig Zag Hill

Cecil James Lodge

Surname: Lodge
Other names: Cecil James
Other people in this story:
James Lodge
Emily Elizabeth Lodge née Brickell
Barbara Emily Longman Lodge née Hodgson
Gilbert Frank Lodge
Edith M. Lodge née Rumary
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Grove Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Westcliff on Sea, Essex
Hailsham, Sussex
France & Flanders

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Cecil James Lodge was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th February 1888 and baptised there on 13th May 1888, the son of James Lodge and Emily Elizabeth Lodge (née Brickell).  He lived his early life in Cann until, by 1911, he had moved with his family to Grove Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He enlisted and joined the King's Royal Rifle Corps (Service No. 240) and served in France and Flanders.  He later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps as a Sergeant (Service No. 13393).  On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He had married Barbara Emily Longman Hodgson at St. Alban the Martyr Church, Westcliff on Sea, Essex, on 4th September 1915 and they had three children.  Regrettably Cecil's wife died in 1934.   He subsequently married Edith M. Rumary at Hailsham, Sussex, in 1937 and they had one daughter.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Dumbeck, Hailsham, Sussex, and was working as a Cowman.  He died at Hailsham on 28th October 1962.   His brother, Gilbert Frank Lodge (b.1893) also served in the conflict.

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Charles Whitmarsh

Surname: Whitmarsh
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
Ambrose John Whitmarsh
Maria Whitmarsh née Lane
Huldah Amelia Whitmarsh née Hacker
Sidney Whitmarsh
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bath, Somerset
Watchet, Somerset

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Charles Whitmarsh was born in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 12th April 1877, the son of Ambrose John Whitmarsh and Maria Whitmarsh (née Lane).  He lived his early life in Melbury Abbas.  He had served in the Army from 1896 until his discharge on 13th March 1906.   He married Huldah Amelia Hacker at St. James' Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 23rd October 1906 and moved to Watchet, Somerset.  They went on to have four children.  Charles re-enlisted on 21st December 1914 as a Private with the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service Nos. 4320 & 8790).  While serving in France & Flanders he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Service No. 3/16372); soon after he received a gunshot wound which left him physically unfit for further duty.  He was discharged on 2nd April 1918 and eventually awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He died in Bath, Somerset, on 29th September 1920.  His brother, Sidney Whitmarsh, also served in the conflict and survived, eventually dying in 1936.

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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

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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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