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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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The Well, Farnham

William Frederick Conway

Surname: Conway
Other names: William Frederick
Other people in this story:
Frederick Charles Conway
Annie Conway née Whitlock
Rebecca Conway née Bramston
Harry Edward Conway
Albert Charles Conway
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Aldershot, Hampshire
St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
William Frederick Conway was born at Farnham, Nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 29th November 1890 and baptised there on 25th January 1891, the son of Frederick Charles Conway and Annie Conway (née Whitlock). He lived his early life at Farnham until, by 1901, his family had moved to Melbury Waters, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He enlisted and served with the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service No. T/30335).  His war service record has not survived but following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He married Rebecca Bramston at Farnham, Dorset, in 1921.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 12 Whyte Avenue, Aldershot, Hampshire, and was working as a Boiler Cleaner Powder Salesman.  He died in Aldershot on 19th October 1958. 

William's brothers Harry Edward (b.1892) and Albert Charles (b.1888), also served in the conflict. Sadly Albert died in 1915 while serving with the Dorsetshire Regiment in Mesopotamia. Their names appear on the St. James Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, Roll of Honour of those serving as published in November 1918 in the Parish Magazine.

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Albert Charles Conway

Alfred Edward Lock

Surname: Lock
Other names: Alfred Edward
Other people in this story:
William John Lock
Elizabeth Lock
Clara Lock née Read
Locations in this story:
Hinton Martell, Dorset
Witchampton, Dorset
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Sutton Road, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
St. Thomas, Devon
Blandford, Dorset
Poole, Dorset

Story:
Alfred Edward Lock was born in Hinton Martell, Dorset, on 9th July 1893 and baptised at Witchampton, Dorset, on 3rd September 1893, the son of William John and Elizabeth Lock. By 1901 the family had moved to Iwerne Lodge, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, and later, by 1911, to 38 Sutton Road, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  Alfred enlisted and served with the Army Service Corps as a Private (later an Acting Corporal) (Service No. M2/097569).  He served in France and Flanders and after his discharge on 9th February 1919 was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He married Clara Read at St. Thomas, Devonshire, in 1919.  The 1939 Register shows him living at 61 Salisbury Street, Blandford, Dorset, and working as a Motor Mechanic as well as an ARP Driver.  His death was recorded at the Poole, Dorset, Registry on 16th March 1955 and his burial on 19th March 1955.

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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

Story:
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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Alfred Montague Ryall

Surname: Ryall
Other names: Alfred Montague
Other people in this story:
Alfred Ryall
Emma Jane Ryall
Locations in this story:
Eastleigh, Hampshire
Otterbourne, Hampshire
Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Africa

Story:
Alfred Montague Ryall was born at Eastleigh, Hampshire, on 17th January 1898 and baptised at Otterbourne, Hampshire, on 6th March 1898, the son of Alfred and Emma Jane Ryall. Shortly after 1907 the family moved to Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where the father managed the Temperance Hotel.  Alfred enlisted on 7th June 1916 and was embodied on 20th September 1916, joining the Royal Army Service Corps as Private (Service No. M2/223383).  He apparently served some time in East and South Africa but was invalided out on 19th August 1918 due to 'feeble mindedness'.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the Silver War Badge No. 439133.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was an inmate at the Old Manor Mental Institute, Wilton Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, where he was described as 'incapacitated - former lorry driver'.  He died at the Institution on 17th February 1980.

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William John Farris

Surname: Farris
Other names: William John
Other people in this story:
Charles Farris
Celia Jane Hoskins Farris née Mayo
Olive Rachel Farris née Hanney
Locations in this story:
Haimes Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France
Russia
Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Story:
William John Farris was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 3rd June 1898 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 3rd July 1898, the son of Charles Farris and Celia Jane Hoskins Farris (née Mayo).  He lived his early life with the family at 17 Haimes Lane, Shaftesbury.   William enlisted on 2nd June 1916 and served with, in succession, the Dorsetshire Regiment, the Army Service Corps, the Essex Regiment (Service No. 39586) and the Yorkshire Regiment (Service No. 33829).  He became in time a Lance Corporal and served in France as well as Russia.  He was discharged on 3rd July 1919, being physically unfit to serve due to debility and defective vision.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Olive Rachel Hanney in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, in 1923.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 19 Haimes Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as an Agricultural Engineer (Works Manager) as well as being a volunteer with the local Fire Brigade.  He died in Shaftesbury on 1st October 1975.

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View from Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Frederick George Saunders

Surname: Saunders
Other names: Frederick George
Other people in this story:
Henry Saunders
Jane Saunders née Legg
Locations in this story:
Wareham, Dorset
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Hammersmith, London

Story:
Frederick George Saunders was born in Wareham, Dorset on 25th October 1885 and baptised there on 31st January 1886 the son of Henry Saunders and Jane Saunders (née Legg).  He spent his early years in Wareham but, by 1911, had moved to 20 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He enlisted with the Army Service Corps rising to the rank of Sergeant (Service No. M2/150045).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 23 Anley Road, Hammersmith, London, and was working as an Engine Fitter.  No record of his death has been found.

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St. James Street junction with Tanyard Lane

Frank Sims

Surname: Sims
Other names: Frank
Other people in this story:
Edwin Sims
Emily Sims née Gray
Ida M. Sims née Adams
William Sims
Locations in this story:
Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bournemouth, Dorset
Egypt
Christchurch, Dorset
St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Frank Sims was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22nd November 1887 and baptised at Cann on 1st January 1888, the son of Edwin Sims and Emily Sims (née Gray).  He lived with his family during his early life in Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury.  By the time he enlisted the family had moved to 77 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He enlisted with the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 35925).  He later transferred to the 922nd Heavy Transport Company of the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service No. T4/071058).  He served some of his time in Egypt and was eventually discharged on 28th September 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He had given 77 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, as his address on the Absent Voters List for 1918/1919.  He married Ida M. Adams in Christchurch, Dorset, in 1920.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 8 Madeira Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, and was working as an Antique China Restorer. He died in Bournemouth on 17th May 1980.

Frank's brother William also served in the war, with the Dorsetshire Regiment and the Lancashire Fusiliers.

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Andrews Yard, St. James, Shaftesbury

Ernest George Hardiman

Surname: Hardiman
Other names: Ernest George
Other people in this story:
Charles Hardiman
Martha Ann Hardiman née Brockway
Ethel Jane Hardiman née Brigden
Decimus Hardiman
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire
Wimbledon, Surrey
France & Flanders
St. James, Shaftesbury
Pancras, London

Story:
Ernest George Hardiman was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 30th April 1890 and baptised at St. James' Church on 25th May 1890 the son of Charles Hardiman and Martha Ann Hardiman (née Brockway).  He lived his early life with the family at 37 Andrews Yard, St. James Street, Shaftesbury.  By 1911 he had moved for work as a chauffeur to Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire, where he enlisted on 11th October 1914, joining the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service No. T1/025721).  He had envisaged driving motor vehicles but was told there were only openings for horse transport.  This resulted in him being discharged on 19th November 1914.  He went on to re-enlist and joined the Royal Engineers as a Driver (Service No. 32516).  He served in France and Flanders being eventually discharged on 21st January 1920 and being awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He married Ethel Jane Brigden in Pancras, London, in 1929 and they went on to have three children.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 18 Cromwell Road, Wimbledon, Surrey, and was still working as a Chauffeur.  His death was recorded in Surrey in 1972.  His brother, Decimus Hardiman, also served but was killed in action.

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Magdalene Lane, Shaftesbury

Hubert George Sharp

Surname: Sharp
Other names: Hubert George
Other people in this story:
George Sharp
Frances Sarah Sharp née Weldon
Kathleen Helen Sharp née Hounsell
Locations in this story:
Magdalene Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Butts Knap, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Hubert George Sharp was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16th March 1898 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 8th April 1898, the son of George Sharp and Frances Sarah Sharp (née Weldon).  He lived his early life with his family at 4 Magdalene Lane, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted with the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 34280). (The absent voters list show his Service No. as 18966 which may have been a later unrecorded transfer.)  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He re-enlisted with the Territorial Force of the Royal Army Service Corps on 27th January 1923 for a period of four years (Service No. A/461218).  He married Kathleen Helen Hounsell at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 18th May 1937.  By the time of the 1939 Register his wife was living at Butts Knap, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, but Hubert had by then rejoined the Army with the Royal Regiment of Artillery (Service No. 748866) for service in the Second World War.  He was eventually discharged as being no longer physically fit for further service on 18th March 1944.  His death was recorded at the North Dorset Registry in 1983.

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