St. James' War Memorial

John Thomas Oborne

Surname: Oborne
Other names: John Thomas
Other people in this story:
Frederick Oborne
Elizabeth Oborne nee Roberts
Emily Oborne née Philips
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Tyne Cot Memorial
Poor Yard, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
23 Aynhoe Road, Brook Green, Hammersmith, London
St. Marylebone, London

Story:
John Thomas Oborne was born on 10th March, 1883, in Shaftesbury and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 16th May, 1884. He was the son of Frederick Oborne, a Mail Cart Driver, and Elizabeth Oborne (nee Roberts). By 1901 John had left home and was working as a Labourer in St. Marylebone, London. He was married on 5th September, 1903 to Emily Phillips in the Paddington Registry Area, London. They had four children: two sons and two daughters. At the time of the 1911 Census he was working as a Road Labourer and living at 23 Aynhoe Road, Brook Green Hammersmith, London. His parents meantime were living at Poor Yard, Shaftesbury. His father died in 1912. He enlisted in Hammersmith, London, as a Rifleman in the 12th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own) (Service No. S/21923). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 17th Aug 1917 and his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panels 145 to 147). He is remembered on the St. James' War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour in St. James' Church, Shaftesbury. His wife received a widow's pension the equivalent of £1.43p. per week.    

Images:
  • Names on St. James' War Memorial 3
  • St. James' Roll of Honour

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Park Walk War Memorial 4

Percy Hussey

Surname: Hussey
Other names: Percy
Other people in this story:
George Hussey
Annie Hussey nee White
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
High Street, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
London
Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury

Story:
Percy Hussey was born in 1894 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of George Hussey, a bus driver, and Annie Hussey (nee White). His father died in 1910. At the time of the 1911 Census he was working as a Domestic Stable Boy and living with his mother and two siblings at 9 Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury. He moved to London obtaining work as a Hotel Employee and enlisted there joining the 9th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own) (Service No. B/2809). His mother had by then moved to High Street, Shaftesbury. He served in France and Flanders and where he died on 25th September 1915. It is noted his sister had to write to his unit on 16th October, 1915 asking if there was any news of his whereabouts - three weeks after his death. There is no copy of the Miltary reply remaining. He was awarded the British War, Victory and 1915 Star medals. His name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium (Panel 46-48 & 50). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.  

Images:
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • 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

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1

Frederick Thomas Atkinson

Surname: Atkinson
Other names: Frederick Thomas
Other people in this story:
William Joseph Atkinson
Selina Atkinson née Lowman
Joseph Atkinson
Locations in this story:
Crewkerne, Somerset
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Ladywell Cemetery, Brockley, Kent
High Street, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Ypres, Flanders
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Frederick Thomas Atkinson was born in 1892 in Crewkerne, Somerset. He was the son of William Joseph Atkinson, a printer & stationer, and Selina Atkinson (née Lowman). His father died on 12th July, 1903 and probate was granted to his widow, Selina, on 27th November,1903. "Tommy" attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1903 until August 1907. On 26th March 1911, just short of the 1911 Census, Frederick's mother also died. At the time of the Census he was single, living at 42 High Street, Shaftesbury, with his sister Agnes Bailey, herself a widow at 28 years of age, along with four other brothers, two sisters and two nephews. He was working as a stockbroker's clerk. When the war broke out he was working with a firm of solicitors in London.

He enlisted as a Private on 9th September, 1914, in the East Surrey Regiment and was posted abroad on 9th October, 1914. He soon transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) as a Rifleman (Service No. Z/2711). In the June 1915 edition of the Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine it was reported that he had been "severely wounded in the fighting around Ypres. He was repatriated to England and it was found necessary to amputate his left leg." He was reported to have died of wounds on 3rd July 1915 and was buried at Ladywell Cemetery, Brockley, Kent. His name appears on the cemetery memorial (Screen Wall D 3196). His older brother Joseph was given as next-of-kin. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His name also appears on the war memorial at Shaftesbury School.

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 Tommy served and the date and term in which he left 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 Tommy's name, indicating that he had died. He was the first Old Shastonian to die in the war. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum. 

Printed Source:
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1915
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, October 1915
First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces, September 1915 

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • 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
  • List of Old Shastonians 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 2
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 2
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Shastonian