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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Alfred John Webb

Surname: Webb
Other names: Alfred John
Other people in this story:
George Webb
Caroline Elizabeth Webb née Chapman
Elizabeth A. Webb née Turrington
Reginald Claude Eldon Webb
Locations in this story:
East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cardiff, Wales
France & Flanders
Slough, Buckinghamshire
Herne Bay, Kent
Hartgrove, Dorset

Story:
Alfred John Webb was born on 12th March 1895 at East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of George Webb (a Master at the National School, Hartgrove, Dorset) and Caroline Elizabeth Webb (née Chapman).  He lived most of his early life at East Orchard.  He had originally enlisted with the 5th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment (Service No. 1515) as a Territorial on 7th March 1913. He was mobilized for war on 5th August 1914 but discharged on 16th November 1914 being physically unfit for service.  He re-enlisted on 25th January 1915 and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No. 11278).  He served in France but was again discharged on 11th June 1916 because he was no longer physically fit due to tuberculosis.  He was awarded the Silver War Badge No. 203307 and in due time the Victory and British War medals. He married Elizabeth A. Turrington in Cardiff, South Wales, in 1931 and they went on to have three children.  By the 1939 Register, Alfred was living at 17 Glasmor Road, Slough, Buckinghamshire, working as a Male Nurse in a Public Assistance Institution.  He died in the Herne Bay, Kent, area in 1964.

Alfred's half brother Reginald Claude Eldon (b.1898) also served in the war and was sadly killed in 1916 while attached to the Wiltshire Regiment in France.

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Harry Lucas

Surname: Lucas
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
Thomas Lucas
Bessie Lucas née Matcham
Flora Lucas née Booth
Locations in this story:
Tollard Royal. Wiltshire
Farnham, Dorset
Richmond Gardens, Bournemouth, Hampshire

Story:
Harry Lucas was born in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, on 5th June 1895, the son of Thomas Lucas and Bessie Lucas (née Matcham). He lived much of his life around Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, and Farnham, Dorset.  His parents ran the Post Office at Farnham for many years and Harry eventually became a postman.  He enlisted on 3rd March 1916 but was not mobilized until 4th April 1917 when he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No. 110442).  He served in the UK only, being based for a time at the 3rd Western General Hospital.   He was demobilized on 8th December 1919.  There are no medal records for Harry.   He had married Flora Booth in Poole, Dorset, on 4 May 1918 and they had at least one child.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 20 Richmond Mansions, Richmond Gardens, Bournemouth, Hampshire, working as a Shop Assistant (Newsagent & Tobacconist).  No record of his death can be found at this time.

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Richard William Brown

Surname: Brown
Other names: Richard William
Other people in this story:
Fredercik Brown
Emily Brown née Polden
Grace Lilian Brown née Herbert
Locations in this story:
Sutton Waldron, Nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Highworth Road, Lower Stratton, Swindon, Wiltshire
Weymouth, Dorset

Story:
Richard William Brown was born in Sutton Waldron, Nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1886 and baptised there on 22nd August 1886, the son of Frederick Brown and Emily Brown (née Polden).  He lived his early life in and around Sutton Waldron and Fontmell Magna, Dorset.  He enlisted as a Territorial Reservist with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 1985) prior to the outbreak of war.  He married Grace Lilian Herbert at Lower Stratton, Wiltshire on 4th December 1912 and they went on to have two children.  He was mobilized on 14th June 1915 with the Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial Force) (Service No. 88407) and joined the 77th Field Ambulance serving in France.  He received a gun shot wound in the left thigh on 25th May 1918 and was repatriated to the UK on 26th July 1918, receiving treatment in various military hospitals until 2nd January 1919.  He was discharged on 8th March 1919 and gave his address as 12 Highworth Road, Lower Stratton, Swindon, Wiltshire.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals plus a limited pension.  By the 1939 Register he had moved house to 16 Highworth Road, Lower Stratton, and was described as a Pattern Store Manager (GWR).  His death was registered in the Weymouth, Dorset, Registry in 1963.

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Frederick Weldon

Surname: Weldon
Other names: Frederick
Other people in this story:
William Weldon
Frances Mary Weldon née Cass
Harold Cecil Weldon
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Kempton Park, Surrey
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Bimport, Shaftesbury
Magdalen Lane, Shaftesbury
St. James Street, Shaftesbury
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Frederick Weldon was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 14th February 1877 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 4th March 1877, the son of William Weldon and Frances Mary Weldon (née Cass).  The family lived in and around the Bimport area of Shaftesbury for many years.  Frederick, who was working as a Dealer, enlisted on 3rd March 1916 but was not embodied until 18th June 1917 when he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No. 120913) and was posted to the 6th Company.  On 8th January 1918 he was transferred to the Western Command Labour Company, then part of the Army Service Corps (Service No. 506097).  He was again transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps (Motor Transport Division) on 20 Feb 2018 (Service No. M/376837).  His final transfer was to the VR Depot at Kempton Park (Horse Transport Company) (Service No. T/406598).  Throughout his service he was posted within the UK only.  His only medical problem appeared to be a case of vertigo which was reported on 16th August 1918.   He was discharged on 4th March 1919 and went to live at 13 Magdalen Lane, Shaftesbury, working as a Fish Hawker.  There are no medal records in this case.  By the 1939 Register he is shown living at 17 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, employed as a General Labourer.  He remained single all of his life and died in the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registration District in 1951. 

Frederick's brother, Harold Cecil Weldon (b.1884) also served in the war, with the Coldstream Guards and the Royal Garrison Artillery.

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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 C. Dare née Marsh
Locations in this story:
Crown Inn, High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Mediterranean Area
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Edwin William Dare was born in Shaftesbury in 1896, the son of William Edward Dare (the Licensee of the Crown Inn, High Street, Shaftesbury) and Pearl Dare (née Daubney). Edwin enlisted as a Private in the Reserve of the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment in September 1912 (Service No. 1669). He was embodied on 4th August 1914 and served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force until 29th March 1918 when he transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps (Service No. 461597). He was discharged on 26th March 1919 due to being surplus to requirements and having suffered impairment due to malaria. For this he was awarded a pension. He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals, the 1914/15 Star and the Territorial Force Medal. He received the King's Certificate No. T.4109. He married Agnes C. Marsh in July, 1927. There are no records of children. By the 1939 Register he and his wife were living at 49 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and employed as a Driver/Mechanic. He died in 1969.

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Percy Brockway

Surname: Brockway
Other names: Percy
Other people in this story:
Walter George Brockway
Martha Brockway née Barter
Nellie Charlotte Mabel Brockway née Farnfield
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France

Story:
Percy Brockway was born at Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset in 1896, the son of Walter George Brockway and Martha Brockway (née Barter). He enlisted on 22nd November 1914 and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service Nos. 2237 and 461450). He served in France with the 2nd/3rd Wessex Field Ambulance as a Stretcher Bearer and Water Carrier and as a result he suffered from a severe hernia due to heavy lifting. He was demobilized on 15th February 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Nellie Charlotte Mabel Farnfield in 1927 and there was one child of the marriage. Percy's last known address was 1 Hillside Cottages, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset (per the 1939 Register). He was in employment as a Cowman. He died in January 1964 and was buried at Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset on 31st January 1964. Source: Based on original research by Ken Baxter.

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