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Frederick Percy Walter Belbin

Surname: Belbin
Other names: Frederick Percy Walter
Other people in this story:
John Belbin
Clementine Amelia Belbin née Maidment
Louisa Mabel Mitford Belbin née Wagstaff
Harold John Belbin
Arthur Mervin Belbin
Locations in this story:
High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Freemantle, Southampton, Hampshire
France & Flanders
Steyning, Sussex
Southwick, Brighton, Sussex
Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Story:
Frederick Percy Walter Belbin was born in Shaftesbury on 15th April 1890, the son of John Belbin and Clementine Amelia Belbin (née Maidment).  He lived his early life with the family at 63 High Street, Shaftesbury.  By 1911 he had moved to Freemantle, Southampton, Hampshire, where he was boarding and working as a Carpenter and Joiner.   He enlisted and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No. 65085).  He served in France and Flanders and, whilst there, suffered gun shot wounds to the Right Leg for which he eventually received a small pension.  He was discharged on 25th March 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Louisa Mabel Mitford Wagstaff in Steyning, Sussex, in 1922 and they went on to have one daughter.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 86 Southwick Road, Southwick, Brighton, Sussex, working as a Carpenter and Joiner.  His death was recorded in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, on 25th August 1975.  Frederick's brothers, Harold John Belbin and Arthur Mervin Belbin, also served in the conflict.

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Harold John Belbin
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Edwin William Dare

Surname: Dare
Other names: Edwin William
Other people in this story:
William Edward Dare
Pearl Dare née Daubney
Agnes Catherine Dare née Marsh
Locations in this story:
Crown Hotel, High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Mediterranean Area
Sturminster, Dorset
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury

Story:
Edwin (sometimes called Edward) William Dare was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset on 15th June 1896, the son of William Edward Dare and Pearl Dare (née Daubney).  He lived all his life, apart from Military Service, in the Shaftesbury area.  Much of his early life was living at the Crown Hotel, 40 High Street, Shaftesbury, where his father was the proprietor.  He enlisted with the Territorial Unit of the Dorsetshire Regiment on 5th September 1912 as a Private (Service No. 1669).  He was embodied on 4th August 1914 and transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps (Service No. 461597).  He served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force where he contracted malaria for which he eventually received a small pension.   Following his discharge on 26th March 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the Territorial Force War Medal.  He married Agnes Catherine Marsh in Shaftesbury, Dorset in 1927.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 49 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Driver Mechanic (Heavy Goods).   His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry, in 1969.

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Reginald Storey

Surname: Storey
Other names: Reginald
Other people in this story:
Loftus Storey
Ellen Storey née Parsons
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Wareham, Dorset
Mill Hill, London

Story:
Reginald Storey was born in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1895 and baptised there on 4th August 1895, the son of Loftus Storey, (a local schoolmaster), and Ellen Storey (née Parsons).   He lived most of his early life at 1 Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, after his father died in 1900.   He enlisted and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No. 44173).  He served in France and Flanders and following his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He gave 1 Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, as his address on the Absent Voters List of 1918 but by 1919 was living at 10 Victoria Road, Mill Hill, London, NW.  The last known address was in 1927 when he was living at 1 East Street, Wareham, Dorset, and was still single.  No other information has been found.

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William Edward Southernwood Smith

Surname: Smith
Other names: William Edward Southernwood
Other people in this story:
William Robert Smith
Elizabeth Dennis Smith née Purnell
Locations in this story:
Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Southsea, Hampshire
Essex

Story:
William Edward Southernwood Smith was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2nd July 1882 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 6th August 1882, the son of William Robert Smith and Elizabeth Dennis Smith (née Purnell).  He lived his early life in Shaftesbury, attending Shaftesbury Grammar School for some of his education, until, by 1911, he had moved to premises at 54-66 Kings Road, Southsea, Hampshire, where he was a living-in Drapery Assistant.  His mother meanwhile had died and his father had re-married and was living in the family home at 12 Bell Street, Shaftesbury. William enlisted and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, becoming a Staff Sergeant (Service No. 45284). He served in France and Flanders and following his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 11 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, was still single and was employed as a Drapery Salesman.  He is thought to have died in the Essex South Western Registry area in 1960.

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Sidney Wright

Surname: Wright
Other names: Sidney
Other people in this story:
James Wright
Julia Wright née Peters
Locations in this story:
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salonika, Greece
Balkans

Story:
Sidney Wright was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1891, the son of James Wright and Julia Wright (née Peters).  He lived most of his known life at 7 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, apart from his Military Service.   He enlisted with the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No. 95604).   He served in Salonika and the Balkans and he was treated for malaria in August and September 1918 at the 28th General Hospital.  He was discharged from service on 9th December 1919 and he made a claim for a pension due to defective eyesight.  This was refused.  He was however awarded the Victory and British War medals.  There is no obvious information beyond this time.

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Charles Henry Brickell

Surname: Brickell
Other names: Charles Henry
Other people in this story:
James Brickell
Lucy Elizabeth Brickell née Andrews
Ethel M. Brickell née Davis
Victor Brickell
Locations in this story:
Butts Knap, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bournemouth, Hampshire
Kensington, London
Chelsea, London
New Windsor, Berkshire
Windsor, Berkshire

Story:
Charles Henry Brickell was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7th June 1885 and baptised there on 5th July 1885, the son of James Brickell and Lucy Elizabeth Brickell (née Andrews).  He spent his early years in and around Butts Knap, Cann.  By 1901 he had moved to Bournemouth, Hampshire, where he was a scullery boy at the Hawthornes Hotel.  By 1911 he had again moved to 33 Brompton Square, Kensington, London, where he was a domestic servant (Waiter).   

He enlisted with the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No. 61549).  It is not known where he served but on discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  His marriage in 1924 to Elsie M. Davis is recorded in the Chelsea, London, Registry.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 64 Oxford Road, New Windsor, Berkshire, and was employed as a Chef.  (His wife was a Lady's Maid living-in in Fulham, London.)   His death is recorded in the Windsor, Berkshire, Registry in 1967.

Charles's brother Victor (b.1896) also served in the war and was sadly killed in 1917 while serving with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in Dorsetshire Regiment in France.

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Stanley E. Saunders

Surname: Saunders
Other names: Stanley E.
Other people in this story:
Frederick Saunders
Mary J. Saunders
Mildred Saunders née Sutherland
Locations in this story:
Barnet, Hertfordshire
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Cheam, Surrey
Hammersmith, London

Story:
Stanley E. Saunders was born at Barnet, Hertfordshire on 7th March 1899, the son of Frederick Saunders and Mary J. Saunders.  By 1911 the family had moved to Iwerne Minster where Stanley's father was employed as an Estate Carpenter and Stanley was a Hall Boy at Iwerne Minster House.  He originally enlisted in the Royal Navy on 27th January 1916 (Service No. J49351) but he was discharged on 9th June 1916 as unfit for service.   He re-enlisted on 12th March 1917 and was mobilized on 23rd April 1917, joining the Royal Army Medical Corps as Private (Service No. 112382). He was posted to the 329th (Lowland) Field Ambulance, serving in the UK only.  He was discharged on 12th February 1919.  No medal records have been found.   He married Mildred Sutherland at Cheam, Surrey, on 30th March 1936 (he was described as a Butler) and there is possibly one child of the marriage.   His death is not confirmed but could have been in Hammersmith, London, in 1967.    

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Ernest Edwin Merrifield

Surname: Merrifield
Other names: Ernest Edwin
Other people in this story:
Samuel Merrifield
Mary Ann Merrifield née Polden
Locations in this story:
Sutton Waldron, Dorset
Fontmell Magna, Dorset
Christchurch, Hampshire
Bournemouth, Hampshire
Ham Hill, Sutton Waldron

Story:
Ernest Edwin Merrifield was born at Sutton Waldron, Dorset on 26th August 1874 and baptised at Fontmell Magna, Dorset, on 25th October 1874, the son of Samuel Merrifield and Mary Ann Merrifield (née Polden).  He spent his childhood at Ham Hill, Sutton Waldron, Dorset with his parents. By 1891, he had moved to Christchurch, Hampshire, and later to Bournemouth, Hampshire, where he was a Motor Man for the Co-operative Society.   He enlisted on 22nd February 1915 and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No 55951). He later transferred to the Cheshire Regiment (Service No. 3/28219).   He served only in the UK and was discharged on 18th November 1919 as being medically unfit for which he received a small pension.  He was awarded the British War Medal.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 3 Roberts Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, and was working as a Gardener.  He remained single throughout his life and died in Bournemouth in 1942.

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Charles Kingsbury

Surname: Kingsbury
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
George KIngsbury
Melina Kingsbury née Northover
Eliza Kingsbury née Reeves
Locations in this story:
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Lindfield, Sussex
Haywards Heath, Sussex
Cuckfield, Sussex
Lewes, Sussex

Story:
Charles Kingsbury was born in Iwerne Minster, Dorset, on 19th May 1875 and baptised there on 1st August 1875, the son of George Kingsbury and Melina Kingsbury (née Northover).   He lived his early life in Iwerne Minster but by 1891 had moved to Lindfield, Sussex.  Here he married Eliza Reeves on 8th June 1901 and they went on to have five children.  By 1911 he had moved to Haywards Heath and was working as a Commercial Traveller.  He enlisted on 8th December 1915 but his mobilization was delayed until 21st June 1918 when he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as Private (Service No. 154264).  He served in the UK only at the 'C' Company Depot and was discharged on 31st January 1919.  There are no medal records.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 31 Queens Road, Cuckfield, Sussex, and was working as a Grocer's Assistant.  His death is recorded in the Lewes, Sussex, Registry in 1957.

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Frederick John Marchant

Surname: Marchant
Other names: Frederick John
Other people in this story:
Henry Thomas Marchant
Elizabeth Marchant née Burt
Edith Marchant née King
Locations in this story:
St. Leonard's Church, Semley, Wiltshire
Holt, Wimborne, Dorset
Cranbourne, Dorset
Poole, Dorset
Egypt
The Glebe, Semley

Story:
Frederick John Marchant was born in Semley, Wiltshire, on 3rd November 1881 and baptised at St. Leonard's Church on 6th January 1882, the son of Henry Thomas Marchant and Elizabeth Marchant (née Burt).  His early life was spent with his family at the The Glebe, Semley, Wiltshire.   He married Edith King on 9th April 1913 in Holt, Wimborne, Dorset and they went on to have one child. 

Frederick enlisted on 27th June 1916 with the 1st Garrison Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 18657).  He then was attached to the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 27863) serving in Egypt then returning to the Dorsetshire Regiment.   On 19th April 1917 he was attached to the 1st Garrison Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders, then on 28th July 1917 to the Worcestershire Regiment (Service No. 48995) and then again on 17th October 1917 to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (Service No. 37618).  He was assessed with poor eye sight and finally transferred, on 12th March 1918, to the 36th Field Ambulance of the Royal Army Medical Corps (Service No. 145481).  He was discharged on 4th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register he was living at The Stores, Cranbourne, Dorset, and was described as a Master Grocer as well as being an ARP Warden.  He died in 1961 in the Poole, Dorset, Registration District.

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