Church Walk, Melbury Abbas

Harry Jolliffe

Surname: Jolliffe
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
John Jolliffe
Eliza Jolliffe
Eliza Jolliffe née Parham
Locations in this story:
East Knoyle, Wiltshire
Pills Lane, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France
Orchard Street, Rainham, Kent
Gillingham, Kent
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire

Story:
Harry Jolliffe was born at East Knoyle, Wiltshire on 8th May 1873 and baptised there on 1st June 1873, the son of John and Eliza Jolliffe. By 1891 he was living with his parents in Pills Lane, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He married Eliza Parham at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire on 8th April 1895 and they went on to have at least one child. Harry enlisted with the 3rd Dorsetshire Regiment on the 1st January 1898. He served until 1904, having completed six years service, after which he became a reservist (Service No. 2099). He had moved to 39 Orchard Street, Rainham, Kent by the outbreak of war and was working as a Baker for Glass & Son, Bakers of Rainham. He re-enlisted as a Private on the 28th September 1914 and was posted to the Army Service Corps as a baker in the field - mainly in France (Service No. 1029). He was discharged on 28th July 1916 having become physically unfit to continue in service. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and the 1914 Star. His last known address was 39 The Bungalow, Gillingham, Kent, (1939 Register), where he was described as a Retired Fitter's Labourer and a widower. He died in 1952.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury 1

Albert Hayter

Surname: Hayter
Other names: Albert
Other people in this story:
Henry M. Hayter
Emily Georgina Hayter née Harris
Locations in this story:
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Albert Hayter was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 10th April 1893, and baptised there on 21st May 1893, the son of Henry (Harry) M. Hayter and Emily Georgina Hayter (née Harris). Their address throughout was Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset. Albert, a Market Gardener, enlisted as a Private in the Territorial Force of the Army Service Corps on 8th May 1912 (Service No. T182) but was not embodied until 5th August 1914 (New Service No. T4/247397). He did not serve abroad but was eventually discharged 'being no longer fit for service' due to Tubercular Laryngitis on 2nd April 1917. There is no record of any awards. He had remained single and died in Shaftesbury on 24th August 1918.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Green Lane, Ashmore

Reginald Taylor Gifford

Surname: Gifford
Other names: Reginald Taylor
Other people in this story:
William Gifford
Sarah Ann Gifford née Taylor
Locations in this story:
Green Lane, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Norwich, Norfolk

Story:
Reginald Taylor Gifford was born at Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset on 16th May 1888, the son of William Gifford and Sarah Ann Gifford (née Taylor). He was a Baker by trade. He enlisted on 3rd March 1916 but was not embodied until 26th February 1917 and joined as a Private with the 57th Field Bakery, Army Service Corps, near Norwich. (Service No. S/306788) He was demobilized on 17th December 1919. There are no medal records. He was living with the Taylor family at Green Lane, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset at the time of the 1939 Register. He died in Ashmore and was buried there on 26th April 1977.

Source: Based on earlier research by Ken Baxter.

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  • Ashmore Pond

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Donhead St. Andrew Church

Frederick George Dewey

Surname: Dewey
Other names: Frederick George
Other people in this story:
Michael Thomas Dewey
Louisa Dewey née Scammell
Mabel N. Dewey née Pickford
Locations in this story:
Mansfield Farm, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
France
Tisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Frederick (Fred) George Dewey was born at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire in 1888, the son of Michael Thomas Dewey and Louisa Dewey (née Scammell).  He had served in the military from 13th August 1909 with the Army Service Corps (Service Nos. T118 and T4247356).  He eventually held the rank of Farrier Staff Sergeant.  He served mainly in the UK and France.  He was demobilized on 25th February 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Mabel N. Pickford in 1920 (Registered at Tisbury, Wiltshire) and they had one child.  His last known address was Mansfield Farm, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, per the 1911 Census which shows him working as a blacksmith.  He died in 1926 (Registered at Tisbury).

Source: Based on original research by Ken Baxter.

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Bell Street, Shaftesbury

John Richard Davis

Surname: Davis
Other names: John Richard
Other people in this story:
James John Davis
Maria Davis née Russell
Ethel Gertrude Davis née Mitchell
Locations in this story:
Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France
Sturminster, Dorset

Story:
John Richard Davis was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 29th November 1893, the son of James John Davis and Maria Davis (née Russell).  He enlisted on 13th November 1914 but was not embodied until 2nd June 1915, when he joined the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. S4/111324).  He was attached to the 18th and 14th Field Bakery in France.  He was demobilized on 26th May 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals and the 1914/15 Star.   He married Ethel Gertrude Mitchell in 1926 but there was no children of the marriage.  His last known address was 4 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset (per the 1939 Register) which shows him working as a Baker.  His death in 1955 was registered in Sturminster, Dorset.

Source: Based on original research by Ken Baxter.

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  • Bell Street, Shaftesbury

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Bertie James Brown

Surname: Brown
Other names: Bertie James
Other people in this story:
Frederick Brown
Emily Maria Brown née Mullens
Ada Blanche Brown née Weston
Locations in this story:
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Marylebone, London
Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Story:
Bertie James Brown was born in Iwerne Minster, Dorset in 1891, the son of Frederick Brown and Emily Maria Brown (née Mullens).  He enlisted on 7th October 1914 and joined the Army Service Corps, eventually becoming a Saddler Staff Sergeant (Service No. TS/3080). He was demobilized, with a pension due to contracting cystitis during his service, on 6th April 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals and the 1914 Star.  During the war he had married Ada Blanche Weston in Marylebone, London, on 11th April 1917. There were two children of the marriage. The last know address (per the 1939 Register) was 3 Stevenage Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where Bertie was working as a civilian cook for the RAF. Bertie died in 1970.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Charles Hunt Blackwell in the Dorset Yeomanry

Charles Hunt Blackwell

Surname: Blackwell
Other names: Charles Hunt
Other people in this story:
Henry Blackwell
Harriet Blackwell
Ada Blackwell née Arnold
Locations in this story:
Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Bozley Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
France

Story:
Charles Hunt Blackwell was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on 10th July 1875, the son of Henry and Harriet Blackwell. He married Ada Arnold on 19th August 1900 at Iwerne Minster, Dorset.  There were three children of the marriage.  Charles had served previously with the Dorset Yeomanry and had been discharged to the Reserves. He was mobilized on 15th December 1914 and served as a Private in the Army Service Corps (Service No. M2/002083).  He served in France with the BEF finally ending up with the 77th Company ASC (27th Divisional Supply Corps).  He was demobilized on 5th March 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1914/15 Star.   His last known address, per the 1939 Register, was Spring Cottage, Bozley Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where he is shown working as a Chauffeur/Gardener.  Charles died in Shaftesbury in March, 1942.

Source: Based on original research by Ken Baxter.

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  • Medals received by Charles Hunt Blackwell
  • Medals received by Charles Hunt Blackwell 2

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1913 Shaftesbury Grammar School Football Team

William Jeffery

Surname: Jeffery
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
James Jeffery
Elizabeth Jeffery née Lampon
Locations in this story:
Charlton, Andover, Hampshire
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Dardanelles, Turkey
Andover Cemetery, Hampshire
Chelsea, London

Story:
William Jeffery was born in 1897 in Charlton, Andover, Hampshire. He was the son of James Jeffery, a farmer and cattle dealer, and Elizabeth Lampon. “Willie” attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from November 1908 to December 1913 and he appears in the 1911 Census as a boarder at the school. He was a member of 1911, 1912 and 1913 football teams and a member of 1912 and 1913 cricket teams. In 1913 he was Head Prefect and passed the Cambridge Senior Locals Examination in July. On leaving school he returned to Hampshire to work on the family farm.

He joined the Army Service Corps soon after the outbreak of war (Service No. T4/1856030) and he appears on the Roll of Honour published in the Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine in October 1914. By March 1915 he had been promoted to the rank of Sergeant and the June edition of the magazine reported: “W.Jeffery visited the school on March 31st. Owing to an attack of mumps he was unable to sail with his regiment to the Dardanelles, and is now applying for a commission with the A.S.C.”

William received a commission and served in France as a Second Lieutenant in the 5th Rifle Brigade. The Grammar School Magazine reported: “William Jeffery was wounded in the eye and sent over to a hospital at Chelsea. For a time he made splendid progress, but had a relapse and died suddenly.” He died on 7th October 1917.  The death was recorded as a civilian death in the Chelsea Registry, but he was buried in the military section of Andover Cemetery. He is remembered on the Andover Cenotaph and on the Shaftesbury Grammar School Memorial, now in 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 William served and the date and term in which he left school. Throughout the war a hand-written list was also compiled of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving in the armed forces. An asterix can be seen next to William's name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

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First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces, September 1915
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, October 1914
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, March 1915
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1915
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, November 1917

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  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial
  • List of Old Shastonians 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 3
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 4

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Shastonian
Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque

Charles Score

Surname: Score
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
Levi George Score
Prudence Kate Score nee Haines
Mary Ann Score née Tomblinson
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3, , Ypres, Belgium
Barkers Hill, Semley, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley
London Road Cemetery Memorial, Salisbury
Hove, Sussex
Steyning, Sussex

Story:
Charles Score was born in 1888 in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire. He was the son of Levi George Score, a Farm Labourer, and Prudence Kate Score (nee Haines). At the time of the 1911 Census he had left home and was working as a Carman and boarding at 32 Montgomery Street, Hove, Sussex. His parents were living at Barkers Hill, Semley, Wiltshire. In 1913 he married Mary Ann Tomblinson (Registered at Steyning, Sussex). (There is no record of any children of the marriage). He enlisted in Hove, Sussex, as a Private in the Army Service Corps (Service No. M2/184202). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was serving with the 70th Auxiliary Petrol Company at the time he died on 18th September 1917 and was buried at Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3, Yores, Belgium (grave id. I.F 9). He is remembered on the Semley Baptist Chapel plaque, now in St. Leonard's Church, the War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, Semley, Wiltshire, and on the London Road Cemetery Memorial, Salisbury.  

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Semley War Memorial 3

Walter Vernon Stainer

Surname: Stainer
Other names: Walter Vernon
Other people in this story:
Walter George Stainer
Mary Emma Stainer nee Pavitt
Locations in this story:
Bradford Abbas, Dorset
France & Flanders
Tourcoing (Pont-Neuville) Communal Cemetery, Tourcoing, Pas de Calais, France
Church Green, Semley, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley
Grove Park, Greenwich

Story:
Walter Vernon Stainer was born in Bradford Abbas, Dorset in 1892 and was baptised there on 16th October, 1892. He was the son of Walter George Stainer, a Foreman Platelayer, and Mary Emma Stainer (nee Pavitt). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Domestic Gardener and living at Church Green, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted at Grove Park, Greenwich, on 7th December, 1915 but was not mobilized until 23rd August, 1916 as a Private in the Royal Army Service Corps (Service No. M2/203030). He served in many differing Units in both the UK and France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. At the time of his death he had just returned to France from leave and was admitted to the 43rd Field Ambulance on 2nd February, 1919 with influenza. This condition worsened over the next few days and he died on 11th February 1919 and was buried at Tourcoing (Pont-Neuville) Communal Cemetery, Tourcoing, Pas de Calais, France (grave id. L.8). He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was recorded as "Vincent Stainer" on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church.

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  • Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque
  • Semley War Memorial 2
  • Semley War Memorial 03

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