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Walter Thomas Buckland

Surname: Buckland
Other names: Walter Thomas
Other people in this story:
William Thomas Buckland
Emma Buckland née Guy
Francis Hannen Buckland
Locations in this story:
Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Reading, Berkshire
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
Egypt
France & Flanders
Parchin, Germany
Hampstead, London
Hammersmith, London

Story:
Walter Thomas Buckland was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16th June 1883, the son of William Thomas Buckland, a Coal Merchant and Auctioneer, and Emma Buckland (née Guy).   He spent his early life in Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury, until by 1901 he had moved to Reading, Berkshire, where he was boarding out and working as an Apprentice Drapers Assistant.  The Census of 1911 shows he was then lodging at 21 Kitsbury Road, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and was working as a Wholesale Millinery Warehouseman.   

He enlisted and joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 83321).  He was posted to Egypt and served with the 68th Brigade, rising to the rank of Bombardier.  Whilst there he was hospitalized with dysentry and piles.  He was transferred to France and Flanders where he joined the 86th Brigade.  On 21st March 1918 the Germans had launched their Spring Offensive in the Somme area near Saint-Quentin.  Whilst the offensive did not succeed, Walter was taken prisoner on the 21st Mar 1918 at Templeux-Le Guerard, a nearby village.  He was held in a Prisoner of War camp at Parchin, Germany, until the end of hostilities.  He was repatriated and eventually discharged and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He promptly re-enlisted on 10th June 1919 and joined the Royal Army Service Corps as a Corporal (Service No. A/451055).  He was finally discharged under Kings Regulation 322 (XXV) as being surplus to requirements on 10th May 1920. 

At the time of the 1939 Registry he was living at 34 Constantine Road, Hampstead, London, was single, and working as a Civil Service Clerk at the Ministry of Supply.   His death was recorded at the Hammersmith, London, Registry in 1964.    His brother, Francis Hannen Buckland, also served in the conflict.

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Francis Hannen Buckland

Richard FitzGerald Glyn

Surname: Glyn
Other names: Richard FitzGerald
Other people in this story:
Richard George Glyn
Frances Geraldine Glyn née FitzGerald
Edith Hilda Glyn née Hamilton-Gordon
Locations in this story:
St. Georges, Hanover Square, Middlesex
Chelsea, London
France & Flanders
Cross House, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Poole, Dorset
Millbank Military Hospital, London
Hinton Parva, Dorset

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Sir Richard FitzGerald Glyn, Bt. was born at St. Georges, Hanover Square, Middlesex, on 13th May 1875, the son of Sir Richard George Glyn, Bt. and Frances Geraldine Glyn (née FitzGerald).   He lived most of his civilian life in the Dorset area.  He was with the Royal Dragoons as early as 1893 and served throughout, gaining many decorations and awards including the Distinguished Service Order.  He married Edith Hilda Hamilton-Gordon at Holy Trinity, Chelsea, London, on 12th December 1906 and they went on to have five children.  His service in the First World War in France and Flanders is noted for his being Mentioned in Dispatches twice as well as for being wounded and spending over a month at the Millbank Military Hospital, London.  He was a Staff Officer with the rank of Captain attached to the Army Service Corps as well as A.D.C. to the Commanding Officer of the 6th Cavalry Brigade.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He lived for a period at Cross House, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury.  He died in the Poole, Dorset, area on 23rd March 1960 and was buried at Hinton Parva, Dorset, on 26th March 1960.

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Maurice William Wright

Surname: Wright
Other names: Maurice William
Other people in this story:
Sylvester Wallace Wright
Laura Wright née Young
Gladys M. Wright née Thorpe
Rebbick Leonard Wright
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. Pancras, London
Paddington, London
France & Flanders
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Half Moon Inn, Shaftesbury

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Maurice William Wright was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th November 1887 and baptised at St. James Church on 25th December 1887, the son of Sylvester Wallace Wright and Laura Wright (née Young).  He spent his early years at the Half Moon Inn where his father was the licensee.  By 1911 he had moved to 11 Gower Place, St, Pancras, London, where he was employed as a House Porter in a business house.  He enlisted with the 3rd Battalion of the London Regiment as a Private (Service No. 253772) later transferring to the Army Service Corps on 22 Oct 1917 and joining the 1029th Company (Motor Transport).  He served in France and Flanders and following his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Gladys M. Thorpe in 1925 in St. Pancras, London.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 47 Grafton Way, St. Pancras, London, and was working as a Department Store Catering Storekeeper.   His death was registered in the Paddington, London, Registry in 1952.   Maurice's brother, Rebbick Leonard Wright, also served in the conflict.

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Percy Jesse Thorne

Surname: Thorne
Other names: Percy Jesse
Other people in this story:
William John Thorne
Fanny Thorne née Heath
Clara Thorne née Taylor
Locations in this story:
Frome, Somerset
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Percy Jesse Thorne was born in Frome, Somerset, on 15th June 1887, the son of William John Thorne and Fanny Thorne (nee Heath).   He spent his early life in Frome before moving to Shaftesbury, Dorset, just prior to the outbreak of war and lived at 12 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted and joined the Army Service Corps as a Private, eventually being promoted to Corporal (Service No. R4/066292).  He served in France and Flanders with the 4th B R D Remounts Section.  He was discharged on 19th May 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He married Clara Taylor at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, in 1919 and they went on to have five children.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 15 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a Gardener.  He died at the Newbridge Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 10th October 1960.

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George Richard Freer

Surname: Freer
Other names: George Richard
Other people in this story:
John James Freer
Lucy Freer née Brooks
Mary Ellen Freer née Mason
Locations in this story:
Barton Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Warsop, Nottinghamshire
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

Story:
George Richard Freer was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21st October 1894 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 11th April 1895, the son of John James Freer and Lucy Freer (née Brooks).   He lived his early life at 4 Barton Hill, Shaftesbury, apart from time in the Military.   He enlisted with the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. M2/101129).  He served in France & Flanders where he was awarded the Military Medal.  He was eventually discharged on 3rd August 1919 and further awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He married May Ellen Mason at Warsop, Nottinghamshire, on 12th October 1918 and they went on to have five children.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 62 Victoria Street, Warsop, Nottinghamshire, and was working as a Motor Mechanic.   He died at the Victoria Hospital, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on 20th August 1974.

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Albert John Hillier

Surname: Hillier
Other names: Albert John
Other people in this story:
Albert John Hillier
Alice Jane Hillier née White
Violet Beatrice Hillier née Mowlem
Frances A. Hillier née Fulcher
Locations in this story:
Holnest, Dorset,
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Sherborne Causeway, Shaftesbury

Story:
Albert John Hillier was born at Holnest, Dorset, on 8th June 1888 and baptised there on 1st September 1889, the son of Albert John Hillier and Alice Jane Hillier (née White). By 1891 he and his family had moved to Sherborne Causeway, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He married Violet Beatrice Mowlem in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1909 and they went on to have seven children.  He enlisted and joined the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service No. T4/059625).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 88 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a Hotel Cellarman.  His wife died in 1949 and he re-married Frances A. Futcher at Sturminster Newton Registry Office, Dorset, in 1952.  He died in Shaftesbury on 3rd January 1965.

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Sidney Ernest Bridle

Surname: Bridle
Other names: Sidney Ernest
Other people in this story:
William Bridle
Ellen Eliza Bridle née Arnold
Kate Ann Bridle née Imber
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Wardour, Tisbury, Wiltshire
High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury

Story:
Sidney Ernest Bridle was born in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 28th June 1881, the son of William Bridle and Ellen Eliza Bridle (née Arnold).  He lived his very early life at Wardour, Tisbury, Wiltshire.    He married Kate Ann Imber at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 4th June 1906 and took up residence at 24 High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, as a hairdresser.  He enlisted on 8th December 1915 but not mobilized until the 14th March 1917 when he joined the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. M/300929).  He served in France and Flanders with, among others, the 305th Siege Battery as a Lorry Driver.  He was discharged on 21st March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was still living at 22/24 High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Master Hairdresser.   He died in the Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury, on 29th December 1951 and was buried at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 2nd January 1952.

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Reginald Stevens

Surname: Stevens
Other names: Reginald
Other people in this story:
William Edward Stevens
Kate Stevens née Spong
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Weymouth, Dorset

Story:
Reginald Stevens was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 11th January 1889 and baptised at Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 6th October 1889, the son of William Edward Stevens and Kate Stevens (née Spong).  He lived his life mainly in the Cann and Shaftesbury area.   He enlisted and joined the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. M2/188217).  It is not know what theatre of war he served in but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He death is recorded in the Weymouth, Dorset, Registry in 1975.

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Percy William Gatehouse

Surname: Gatehouse
Other names: Percy William
Other people in this story:
Morgan Gatehouse
Elizabeth Gatehouse née Lodge
Annie Violet Gatehouse née Little
Locations in this story:
Cann Farm, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Bristol
Chippenham, Wiltshire

Story:
Percy William Gatehouse was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 27th March 1889, the son of Morgan Gatehouse and Elizabeth Gatehouse (née Lodge).  He spent his early life in and around Cann Farm, Cann.  He enlisted and joined the South Lancashire Regiment as Private (Service No. 32451).  He served in France and Flanders with both the 1/5th and 2/5th Battalions before transferring to the Royal Army Service Corps (Service No. DM2/163548).  On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Annie Violet Little at Chippenham, Wiltshire in 1938 and they went on to have two children.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 45 Richmond Road, Bristol, and was working as an Aircraft Fitter.   He died in Cann, Shaftesbury, in 1980 and was buried there on 1st Oct 1980.

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Harry Brown

Surname: Brown
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
Samuel Brown
Clara Brown née Moore
William Thomas Brown
Obery Archibald Brown
Bertram George Brown
Cyril Brown
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Chard, Somerset
Mediterranean Theatre
Poole, Dorset

Story:
Harry Brown was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1885, the son of Samuel Brown and Clara Brown (née Moore).  He lived his early life at the family home in Higher Blandford Road, Cann, until, by 1901, he had moved to Chard, Somerset, as a Journeyman Baker.  By 1911 he had joined the (Royal) Army Service Corps (Service No. S/18687) and was serving as a Lance Corporal in the Mediterranean area.  He later became a Staff Sergeant with the 21st Company Field Bakery.  Following discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He died in the Poole, Dorset, Registration District in 1961.

Two of Harry's brothers died in the war: Bertram George (b.1895) died on 4th April 1915 in a German prisoner of war camp; 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: William Thomas (b.1888) and Cyril (b.1894).

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