Green Lane, Ashmore

Edwin James Fry

Surname: Fry
Other names: Edwin James
Other people in this story:
Charles Fry
Eliza Fry née Kelly
Edith Mary Fry née West
Locations in this story:
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Green Lane, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Edwin James Fry was born at Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, on 16th March 1879, the son of Charles Fry and Eliza Fry (née Kelly).  By the time he was 12 years of age his family had moved to Green Lane, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and he spent the rest of his life in the area apart from his time in the Army.   He married Edith Mary West at Ashmore in 1899.  He enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 2484) and later transferred to the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 202886).  He transferred again to the Royal Engineers (Service No. 495986) and was discharged from their service on 6th March 1919 having been declared unfit for further duty due to arthritis and rheumatism (both attributable to his service) for which he received a pension.  He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Freak's Coppice, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Forestry Worker.  He died in Ashmore in 1962 and was buried there on 15th February 1962.

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Robert Beman Minchin

Surname: Minchin
Other names: Robert Beman
Other people in this story:
William Beman Minchin
Helen Emmitt Minchin née Tayler
May Doris Minchin née Jeffreys
Vivian Florence Fraser Minchin née Scott
Locations in this story:
Hazelton, Gloucestershire
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Horsham, Sussex
Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex
Widford, Essex

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Robert Beman Minchin was born at Hazelton, Gloucestershire, on 20th November 1892 and baptised there on 8th January 1893, the son of William Beman Minchin and Helen Emmitt Minchin (née Tayler).   He spent his early life in Hazelton where his father was a Farmer. In 1907 he became a pupil at Shaftesbury Grammar School where he thrived academically and represented the school at football, cricket and athletics competitions. In 1911, having completed his education as a pupil, he joined the teaching staff at the school.  

Mr. Minchin enlisted at the outbreak of war in 1914 and joined the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry as a Private (Service Nos. 2765 and 200702).  He served in France and Flanders during which time he transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.  On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.   He resumed his career at Shaftesbury Grammar School and, on 20th March 1921, married May Doris Jeffreys at St. Mary's Church, Widford, Essex.  There were two children of the marriage before May died in 1925.  Robert subsequently went on to marry Vivien Florence Fraser Scott on 1st August 1935 at St. Saviour's Church, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.  They also had two children.  By the time of the 1939 Register, Robert was living at Shaftesbury Grammar School and was now the Headmaster.   His death is recorded in Horsham, Sussex, in 1971.

A "First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces" was produced by Shaftesbury Grammar School in September 1915. It shows the regiment in which Robert Minchin served and the date on which he left school. Throughout the war a hand-written list was also compiled of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving in the armed forces. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

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  • List of Old Shastonians 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 3
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 10
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 5

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Albert Edwin Littlewood

Surname: Littlewood
Other names: Albert Edwin
Other people in this story:
George Hutton Littlewood
Elizabeth Littlewood née Harrison
Lilian Nesta Littlewood née Bowman
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Newmarket, Cambridgeshire
France & Flanders
Tenterden, Kent
Battle, Sussex

Story:
Albert Edwin Littlewood was born at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 25th September 1893 and baptised there on 11th November 1893, the son of George Hutton Littlewood and Elizabeth Littlewood (nee Harrison).  He lived all his early life in Donhead St. Andrew.  He enlisted on 11th September 1914 and was mobilized on 4th November 1914, joining the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 2328).  He served in France and Flanders and rose to the rank of Corporal.  He was transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Queen's (Royal West Kent) Regiment on 1st April 1918 (Service No. 207993).  At some time he received a gunshot wound to the chest and was discharged on 10th March 1919 as being permanently disabled and granted a 30% pension.  He received the Silver War Badge No. B166224 and was also awarded the Victory and British War medals and the 1915 Star.   He married Lilian Nesta Bowman in Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, on 22nd December 1923 at the Parish Church.  They went on to have one daughter.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Unity Cottages, Tenterden, Kent, and was working as a gardener in private service.  He died on 19th September 1967 in Battle, Sussex.

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Reginald Southgate

Surname: Southgate
Other names: Reginald
Other people in this story:
Ernest Southgate
Sarah Sally Southgate née Dawson
Ernest Harold Southgate
Florence Mahalia Southgate née Bennett
Locations in this story:
Charlton, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Landsley Farm, Higher Coombe, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Knaphill, Woking, Surrey
Honiton, Devon

Story:
Reginald Southgate was born at Higher Coombe, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 21st November 1899 and baptised at St. John the Baptist Church, Charlton, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 2nd June 1901, the son of Ernest Southgate and Sarah Sally Southgate (née Dawson). (Reginald's elder brother, Ernest Harold Southgate, was baptised on the same day and also served in the war.)  Reginald lived most of his early life at Landsley Farm, Higher Coombe.  He enlisted on 27th December 1917 and joined the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 30521).  He later transferred to the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars on 29th March 1918 (Service No. 67043).  He served in the UK only and was discharged on 10th February 1919.  There are no medal records.   Reginald married Florence Mahalia Bennett at Charlton, Donhead St. Mary, in 1923 and they went on to have two children.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 34 Herbert Crescent, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey, working as a Wholesale Dairy Producer.  He died in the Honiton, Devon, Registry District in 1982.

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Percy William Burden

Surname: Burden
Other names: Percy William
Other people in this story:
Herbert William Burden
Mary Augusta Burden née Coombes
Minnie G. Burden née Shackleford
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Black House, Sedgehill, Wiltshire
Yew Tree Farm, Whiteparish, Salisbury, Wiltshire
France
Bockner End, Nr. Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Swallowfield, Berkshire
Wokingham, Berkshire

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Percy William Burden was born at Sedgehill, Wiltshire, (registered at Shaftesbury, Dorset) in 1898, the son of Herbert William Burden and Mary Augusta Burden (née Coombes). The family were living at Black House, 2 Sedgehill, Wiltshire in 1901 but had moved away prior to the 1911 Census. Percy enlisted on 25th July 1916 but was not embodied until 14th Feb 1917 when he joined the 93rd Reserve Training Battalion as a Private (Service No. TR/7/7265). After appropriate training he was transferred to the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 30005) and posted to France. He was frequently in hospital due to debility and this possibly led him to be transferred to the 77th Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 396700) on 5th October 1917. He was demobilized on 9th March 1919 giving has address as Yew Tree Farm, Whiteparish, Salisbury, Wiltshire. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Minne G. Shackleford in 1936 in the Wokingham, Berkshire, Registry area. It is not known if they had children. By the 1939 Register he was living at Bockner End, Nr. Marlow, Bucks, working as a Cowman on a farm. He died at Swallowfield, Berkshire, in 1967.

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Edwin John Durrant

Surname: Durrant
Other names: Edwin John
Other people in this story:
James Arthur Durrant
Isabella Durrant née Williams
Sidney Frank Durrant
Locations in this story:
Stourton Caundle, Dorset
France & Flanders
Merville Communal Cemetery, Merville, Pas de Calais, France
Shaftesbury Road, East Knoyle, Wiltshire
East Knoyle, Wiltshire

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Edwin John Durrant was born in 1895 in Stourton Caundle, Dorset. He was the son of James Arthur Durrant, a carter on a farm, and Isabella Durrant (née Williams). His father died in 1907 and was buried at East Knoyle on 20th October, 1907. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Farm Labourer and living at Shaftesbury Road, East Knoyle, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 1978). He later transferred to the 2nd/1st Bucks Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (New Service No. 5416). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War War medals. He died of wounds on 20th July 1916 and was buried at Merville Communal Cemetery, Merville, Pas de Calais, France (grave id. XI.A.37). He is remembered on the East Knoyle War Memorial. His mother died in 1919.  His brother, Sidney Frank Durrant, also served in the conflict but survived.

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  • East Knoyle War Memorial

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Donhead St. Mary Church

Nicholas Weatherby Hill

Surname: Hill
Other names: Nicholas Weatherby
Other people in this story:
Henry Leonard Gauntlett Hill
Mary Ann Hill née Weatherby
Locations in this story:
Weeke, Winchester
France & Flanders
Courcelette British War Cemetery, Somme, France
St. Andrew's Church, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Winchester College, Winchester, Hampshre
Donhead Cottage, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire

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Nicholas Weatherby Hill was born on 7th August, 1896, in Weeke, Winchester, Hampshire. He was the son of Henry Leonard Gauntlett Hill, an Architect, and Mary Hill (née Weatherby). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single and a student boarding at Winchester College, Winchester, Hampshire, where he attended from 1909 to 1915. He enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and at the time of his death held the rank of Lieutenant (Acting Captain). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Military Cross in 1916 just a few months before his death as well as the Victory and British War medals. He was killed at Courcelette by shell fire whilst on his way to the trenches on 16th January 1917 and was buried at Courcelette British War Cemetery, Somme, France (grave id. I.D.13). He is remembered on a brass tablet and wooden cross inside St. Andrew's Church at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, also on the Winchester College War Cloister, Area F.1. His parents were living at Donhead Cottage, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, at the time.  

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Ernest Henry Lawes

Surname: Lawes
Other names: Ernest Henry
Other people in this story:
Henry Lawes
Julia Lawes née Cross
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew
France & Flanders
Anneux British Cemetery, Nord, France
West End, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Reading
Cambrai
Flot Farm Cemetery, Marcoing,

Story:
Ernest Henry Lawes was born on 6th January, 1899 in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, and baptised in the Parish Church on 5th February, 1899. He was the son of Henry Lawes, a General Mason, and Julia Lawes (née Cross). He was registered for admission to Donhead St. Andrew C of E School in 1902. At the time of the 1911 Census he was still at school but also working as a Grocer's Errand Boy and living at West End, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire.

He enlisted in Reading as a Private and joined the 4th Reserve Battalion of the Oxfordfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 30249). During his time in the army he served with the 2nd/4th Battalion and finally the 2nd Battalion. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was killed at Cambrai on 1st October 1918 and interred along with 33 other members of the Battalion in one grave in the Flot Farm Cemetery, Marcoing. Following the Armistice his body along with all the others was re-interred at the Anneux British War Cemetery, Nord, France (grave id. III.D.17). He is remembered on the Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial.

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  • Donhead St. Andrew Church
  • Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial

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