St. Lawrence's Church, Farnham

Arthur Eldred Woolfries

Surname: Woolfries
Other names: Arthur Eldred
Other people in this story:
Francis Woolfries
Elizabeth Annie Woolfries née Jeans
Edwin Woolfries
Harry Woolfries
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Stroud Farm, Sturminster, Dorset

Story:
Arthur Eldred Woolfries was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 9th October 1892 and baptised there on 20th November 1892, the son of Francis Woolfries and Elizabeth Annie Woolfries (née Jeans).  He spent much of his early life in and around Farnham.  He enlisted on 9th December 1915 but was not mobilized until 8th February 1916 when he joined the 1st Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 33851).   He was transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry on 9th September 1916 (Service No. 21227) then on three other occasions to 10th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry (14th November 1916) (Service No. 33065), the Northumberland Fusiliers (14th July 1917) (Service No. 55155) and finally the 683rd Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (20th February 1918) (Service No. 528523).  Throughout his military service he was based in the UK.  He was finally discharged on 3rd April 1919 and went back to his parents home in Farnham.  No medal records have been found in this case.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Stroud Farm, Sturminster, Dorset, and described as a Farmer.  He remained single throughout his life and eventually died in 1961, being buried at Farnham on 1st March 1961.

Arthur had two brothers who served in the war: Harry (b.1891) in the Royal Field Artillery, and Edwin (b.1898) who sadly died at Gallipoli while serving with the Dorsetshire Regiment.

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Sidney Hawkins

Surname: Hawkins
Other names: Sidney
Other people in this story:
William Edward Hawkins
Georgina Hawkins
Mabel Rose Hawkins née Gray
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury,Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Sidney Hawkins was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 3rd February 1887 and baptised on 18th February 1887, the son of William Edward and Georgina Hawkins.   Sidney enlisted in the Territorial Volunteer Reserve of the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment on 1st April 1908 (Service No. 5236) and attended annual training camps.   He married Mabel Rose Gray at St. John's Church, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, on 26th June 1913.  They went on to have two children.  Sidney was called from the reserve and embodied on 4th August 1914 as a Private. He served in the UK until he was discharged on 31st March 1916 having completed the terms of his engagement.   It is evident that he re-joined at some time as there are records showing him with the 2nd Garrison Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers (Service No. 53455) and being discharged on 18th November 1919 due to being unfit by virtue of suffering from malaria.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he is shown living at 35 Bimport, Shaftesbury, working as a Carpenter.  He died locally in 1959.

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William Thomas Brown

Surname: Brown
Other names: William Thomas
Other people in this story:
Samuel Brown
Clara Brown née Moore
Cyril Brown
Constance Kate Brown née Gray
Obery Archibald Brown
Bertram George Brown
Harry Brown
Locations in this story:
Higher Blandford Road, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
India
France
Railway Terrace, Gillingham, Dorset
Wavering Terrace, Gillingham, Dorset

Story:
William Thomas Brown was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, on 7th March 1888 the son of Samuel Brown and Clara Brown (née Moore). William lived with his family in Higher Blandford Road, Cann, Shaftesbury, until enlisting in the 11th Hussars on 19th March 1906 (Service No. 5872). He was transferred shortly after to the 13th Hussars (Service No. 1177). He qualified as a Private (Shoeing Smith) and served in India. In March 1913 he was placed on Reserve during which time he became a Postman in the Shaftesbury area and married Constance Kate Gray in Gillingham, Dorset, on 10th December 1913. They went on to have four children. At the outbreak of war he was embodied on 5th August 1914 and re-joined his Regiment. On 17th June 1915 he was transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment (Service No. 3/20836) and posted to France. On the 16th September 1916 he was again transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers (Service No. 1073) and again to the Durham Light Infantry on 12th December 1916 (Service No. 25835). He spent his final few months of service from 30th June 1917 until his discharge (due to being unfit for further duty) on 19th November 1917 in the 378th Home Service Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 165859). He was awarded the Victory and British War medals along with the 1914/15 Star. On discharge he went to live at Railway Terrace, Gillingham, Dorset. By the 1939 Register William and family were living at 10 Wavering Terrace, Gillingham, Dorset. He died in Gillingham in 1961 and was buried there on 1st July 1961.

Two of William's brothers died in the war: Bertram George (b.1895) died on 4th April 1915 while a prisoner of war in Germany; Obery Archibald (b.1891) was killed in France on 19th March 1917 while serving with the East Kent Regiment. Two more brothers served in the war: Cyril (b.1894) in the Royal Navy and Harry (b.1885) with the Royal Army Service Corps.

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Harry Brown
Obery Archibald Brown
Bertram George Brown
Names on Ludwell War Memorial 1

Claude Miles Hall

Surname: Hall
Other names: Claude Miles
Other people in this story:
William Hall
Annie Elizabeth Hall nee Miles
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Bray Military Cemetery, Bray-sur-Somme, France
Hillside Farm, Shaftesbury
Ludwell, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Dublin, Ireland

Story:
Claude Miles Hall was born in 1893 in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire. (Registry Office entry shows him as 'Claud'). He was the son of William Hall, a farmer, and Annie Elizabeth Hall (nee Miles). He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1905 to December 1907. When he left school he became a farmer and at the time of the 1911 Census he was single and living at Hillside Farm, Shaftesbury.

On a list of old boys who have recently joined up, the June 1917 edition of the Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine shows that Claude had enlisted in Dublin, Ireland, and joined the 8th (King’s Royal Irish) Hussars (Service No. H/35308). In March 1918 it is noted that he visited the school while home on leave. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. At the time of his death he was attached to the 1st Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers and held the rank of Private. He was killed in France on 22nd August 1918 and was buried at Bray Military Cemetery, Bray-sur-Somme, France (grave id. II.J.21). He is remembered on the war memorial at Ludwell and on the memorial at Shaftesbury School.

His name was also included on a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. An asterix can be seen next to Claude's name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum. 

Printed Sources: 
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1917
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, March 1918
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, November 1918

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  • Ludwell War Memorial
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 3

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Cann War Memorial

John Francis Joiner (Frank) Thompson

Surname: Thompson
Other names: John Francis Joiner (Frank)
Other people in this story:
John Thompson
Jane Mary Thompson
Samson Trowbridge
Locations in this story:
St. Augustine's Church, Paddington, London
France & Flanders
Wandsworth Cemetery, Earlsfield, London
Melbury Street, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury
Hendon, Middlesex
Thomas Road, Islington, London
Hill View, Cann Common, Shaftesbury

Story:
John Francis Joiner Thompson (known by all as 'Frank') was born in 1887 in Hendon, Middlesex, and baptised on 27th November, 1887 at St. Augustine's Church, Paddington, London. He was the son of John and Jane Mary Thompson. His father had died prior to 1894 and his mother was remarried in that year to Samson Trowbridge. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a labourer and living at 66 Thomas Road, Islington, London whilst his mother lived at 4 Melbury Street, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, later moving to Hill View, Cann Common, Shaftesbury.

He enlisted in London as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers (Service No. 1188). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals. He died on 24th September 1915 having previously been wounded in battle and repatriated home. He was buried at Wandsworth Cemetery, Earlsfield, London. This cemetery was used by the 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth. His name appears on the cemetery memorial (Screen Wall F.B.18.131) and he is remembered on the Cann War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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  • Names on Cann War Memorial
  • Cann memorial opening

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Leslie Reginald Wightman

Surname: Wightman
Other names: Leslie Reginald
Other people in this story:
James John Wightman
Agnes Emma Wightman nee Johnson
Winifred Mary Wightman nee Cripps
Henry Cleeve
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Sains-les-Marquion British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Derby Road, North End, Portsmouth, Hants
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Sunderland
St. Jude's Church, Portsea, Portsmouth

Story:
Leslie Reginald Wightman was born 0n 3rd August, 1890 in Shaftesbury and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 5th October, 1890. He was the son of James John Wightman, a commercial traveller, and Agnes Emma Wightman (nee Johnson) - Agnes was from Shaftesbury. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was working as a clerk salesman and living at 52 Derby Road, North End, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Leslie appeared before a Military Tribunal claiming exemption from Military Service but this was refused in February, 1916. On 25th April, 1916 he married Winifred Mary Cripps by licence at St. Jude's Church, Portsea, Portsmouth. He is described in the Register as a "Commercial Traveller, now Sapper, R.E." Up until this time he had been employed by Carr & Co, Biscuit Manaufacturer of Sunderland. Leslie's father died in 1916 in Portsmouth. Leslie had enlisted in Portsmouth as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers (Service No. 2798). He transferred to the 8th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers (Service No. 47062) and is shown on all records as a Lance Corporal except on the WGC records. He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 27th September 1918 whilst serving with the 25th Company of the 8th Battalion and was buried at Sains-les-Marquion British War Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France (grave id. I.C.23). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His wife went on to remarry a Henry Cleeve in Fareham, Hampshire, in 1920. There were no children of either marriage.  

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  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03
  • 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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