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William Percy Norman

Surname: Norman
Other names: William Percy
Other people in this story:
William Norman
Louisa Elizabeth Norman
Eva Theresa Rose Broomfield
Frederick John Robert Broomfield
Edward William Broomfield
Arthur Broomfield
Ernest Broomfield
Harry Broomfield
Walter James Broomfield
Locations in this story:
Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Salonica, Greece
Epsom, Surrey
Christchurch, Hampshire

Story:
William Percy Norman was born in Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 16th February 1889, and baptised there at St. John the Baptist Church on 24th February 1889. He was the son of William and Louisa Elizabeth Norman.  He spent all his early life in and around Donhead St. Mary.  He enlisted on 5th August 1915 and joined the Royal Army Service Corps (Service Nos. DM2/112692 and S4/143706).   He served in Salonica and the Mediterranean Theatre of War where, in due time, he rose to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 and held the position of Acting Staff Sergeant Major.  He was discharged on 28th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  

He had married Eva Theresa Rose Broomfield at Ludwell on 22nd November 1915 and they went on to have at least one child.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 13 Lower Hill Road, Epsom, Surrey, and described as a Head Teacher.  His death was registered at the Christchurch, Hampshire, District Registry in 1964.  

Eva's brothers, Frederick John Robert Broomfield and Edward William Broomfield were both killed in the conflict whilst four other brothers served and survived: Arthur, Ernest, Harry and Walter James Broomfield.

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Arthur Broomfield

Surname: Broomfield
Other names: Arthur
Other people in this story:
Harry Jesse Broomfield
Fanny Matilda Broomfield née Cooke
Lilian Rose Dorothea Broomfield née Bealing
Eva Theresa Rose Norman née Broomfield
William Percy Norman
Frederick John Robert Broomfield
Edward William Broomfield
Ernest Broomfield
Harry Broomfield
Walter James Broomfield
Locations in this story:
Ellingham, Hampshire
Grove Arms, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Ireland
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury

Story:
Arthur Broomfield was born at Ellingham, Hampshire, on 26th January 1895, the son of Harry Jesse Broomfield and Fanny Matilda Broomfield (née Cooke).  He spent his early life with his family in the Hampshire and Dorset areas where, by 1911, his father had become the landlord of the Grove Arms, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire.  Arthur enlisted for the war and joined the Royal Army Service Corps (Service No. M/152385) with whom he served in France and Flanders.  He transferred to the Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. Following the end of the war he was posted to Ireland and was attached to the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary until it was disbanded in 1922.  He was finally discharged on 4th February 1922 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. 

Arthur married Lilian Rose Dorothea Bealing at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 24th June 1919 and they went on to have three children.  By 1939 Register he was shown living at 30 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, working as a Motor Mechanic.  It is understood that he also served for a period in the Second World War.  His death was recorded in the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registry in 1986. 

Arthur's brothers, Frederick John Robert Broomfield and Edward William Broomfield both served but were regrettably killed in action.  Three more brothers served and survived the war: Ernest, Harry and Walter James. His sister, Eva Theresa Rose Broomfield had married William Percy Norman who also served and survived.

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William Percy Norman
Ernest Broomfield
Edward William Broomfield
Frederick John Robert Broomfield
Harry Broomfield
Motcombe

Cyril Alfred Pitman

Surname: Pitman
Other names: Cyril Alfred
Other people in this story:
Ernest Alfred Pitman
Dorcas Pitman née Gray
Frances Charlotte Pitman née Stone
Locations in this story:
North End Lane, Motcombe, Dorset
Church Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Cyril Alfred Pitman was born at Motcombe, Dorset, on 22nd May 1900 and baptised there on 1st July 1900, the son of Ernest Alfred Pitman and Dorcas Pitman (née Gray).  He spent much of his life at the family home at 74 North End Lane, Motcombe, Dorset.   He enlisted on 22nd May 1918 and was mobilized on 24th June 1918, joining the 36th Recruit Distribution Battalion of the Training Reserve (Service No. TR/27244).  He was transferred to the 1156th (127th) LAMT Company of the Royal Army Service Corps on 15th November 1918 (Service No. M/398710).  He served in the United Kingdom only and was eventually demobilized on 11th December 1919.  There is no record of any medals being awarded.   He married Frances Charlotte Stone on 10th October 1923 at Motcombe, Dorset, and they went on to have three children.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 8 Church Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Butcher's Roundsman and Shop Assistant.  His death was recorded in the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registration District in 1982.

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  • Church Lane, Shaftesbury

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Albert Kiddle

Surname: Kiddle
Other names: Albert
Other people in this story:
James Kiddle
Rose Kiddle née Whitlock
Dorcas Emily Kiddle née Miller
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
France & Flanders
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Alverstoke, Hampshire
Gosport, Hampshire

Story:
Albert Kiddle was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 14th May 1894, the son of James Kiddle and Rose Kiddle (née Whitlock).  He lived most of his early life around Farnham and Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. He enlisted on 15th April 1915 and joined the Royal Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. M2/077250).  He served in France and Flanders where he contracted malaria in June 1916. This led to him receiving a small pension in due time. The effects of the disease were still evident from various medicals received up until 1923.  He was demobilized on 29th April 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Dorcas Emily Miller in 1923 at Alverstoke, Hampshire.  They went on to have four children.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 10 Whitworth Road, Gosport, Hampshire, and was working as a Bus Driver.  He died in Gosport in 1973.

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George James Harrison

Surname: Harrison
Other names: George James
Other people in this story:
James George Harrison
Sarah Ann Harrison née Parsons
Jane Barnes Harrison née Cole
Mabel Annie Harrison née Burden
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Gussage St. Michael, Wimborne, Dorset
Holt, Dorset
Germany
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Gussage All Saints, Dorset

Story:
George James Harrison was born in Farnham, Dorset, in 1880 and baptised there on 13th June 1880, the son of James George Harrison and Sarah Ann Harrison (née Parsons).  He lived much of his life in and around Farnham and Gussage St. Michael, Dorset.   He married Jane Barnes Cole at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset on 30th September 1902 and they went on to have five children.  Sadly Jane died on 11th November 1918 whilst in an Isolation Hospital.  He had enlisted on 21st December 1914 and joined the 206th Company of the Royal Army Service Corps (Motor Transport) as a Driver (Service No. T4/038896).  He served in France and Flanders where, at some stage, he received shrapnel wounds which eventually led him to receiving a small pension. He also served as part of the occupying forces in Germany and was eventually discharged on 20th June 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/1915 Star.  He re-married, to Mabel Annie Burden on 18th May 1920 at Holt, Dorset, and they had four children.  George died at Gussage All Saints on 14th April 1936.

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Albert Bennett

Surname: Bennett
Other names: Albert
Other people in this story:
Charles Bennett
Annie Bennett
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
France & Flanders
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Brighton, Sussex.
Deanland, Nr. Wimborne, Dorset

Story:
Albert Bennett was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 19th February 1878 and baptised there on 17th April 1878, the son of Charles and Annie Bennett.  Whilst the family moved around the area during his early years he was mainly associated with the Farnham area.  He had enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment in 1905 but had bought himself out within a few days of joining.  He again enlisted on 6th December 1915 and joined the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service No. T4/160362).  He was posted to France and joined the 128th Company on 14th December 1917.  He also served with the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 220813).  He was taken ill in France and invalided back to the UK, spending some time in the Brighton War Hospital, Sussex.  He was demobilized on 28th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Deanland, Nr. Wimborne, Dorset, working as a Contractors Labourer.  He died in 1947 and was buried at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 5th May 1947.

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Bartley Hiscock

Surname: Hiscock
Other names: Bartley
Other people in this story:
Albert Hiscock
Sarah Hiscock née Bartley
Mary Margaret Hiscock née Stevenson
Locations in this story:
East Knoyle, Wiltshire
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Lambeth, Surrey
Union Street, Aldershot, Hampshire
France & Flanders
Mesopotamia
Manor Farm, East Stour, Dorset

Story:
Bartley Hiscock was born at East Knoyle, Wiltshire, on 3rd July 1881 and baptised at the Methodist Chapel, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21st August 1881, the son of Albert Hiscock and Sarah Hiscock (née Bartley).  During his early life he lived with his family at Manor Farm, East Stour, Dorset.   He moved from place to place from the age of 20, learning his trade as a Butcher.  He married Mary Margaret Stevenson at Lambeth, Surrey, Registry Office on 9th August 1911 and they went on to have four children, two of whom died shortly after birth.  Bartley enlisted on 9th December 1915 but was not mobilized until 18th May 1917 as Private with the Army Service Corps (Motor Transport) 970th Company (Service No. M322460).  He served in Mesopotamia and France, being eventually demobilized on 13th August 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  The 1939 Register shows him living at 9-11 Union Street, Aldershot, Hampshire, described as a Registered Butcher's Shop Keeper.  He died in the Surrey South Western Registration District in 1968.

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John George Day

Surname: Day
Other names: John George
Other people in this story:
Charles Day
Jane Day née Cookman
Emily Agnes Day née Martin
Adelaide Ellen Day née Rogers
Locations in this story:
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Woodyates, Pentridge, Dorset
France & Flanders
Penn Hill Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset

Story:
John George Day was born at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, in 1874, the son of Charles Day and Jane Day (née Cookman).  He lived most of his early life in and around Sixpenny Handley and nearby Woodyates, Pentridge, Dorset.  He married Emily Agnes Martin on 6th October 1897 at Pentridge and they had one child.  Regrettably Emily died in 1909.  John went on to marry Adelaide Ellen Rogers at Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, on 12th November 1910.  There were no children of this marriage.  John enlisted on 24th June 1916 but was not mobilized until 14th June 1918 when he joined the Royal Army Service Corps (Motor Transport) as a Driver (Service No. T/422713).  He served in France and was demobilized on 4th March 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  At the time of his death on 25th June1930 he was living at Prestbury, Penn Hill Road, Parkstone, Dorset.

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Leo Bennett Reeves

Surname: Reeves
Other names: Leo Bennett
Other people in this story:
Walter William Reeves
Emily Reeves née Bennett
Frances Reeves née Harris
Cecil John Reeves
Locations in this story:
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salonika, Greece
Weymouth, Dorset
Pimperne, Dorset
University Road, Southampton, Hampshire

Story:
Leo Bennett Reeves was born on 15th August 1893 in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised there on 8th October 1893, the son of Walter William Reeves and Emily Reeves (née Bennett). He lived with his family during his early years in West Street, Fontmell Magna. By 1911 he had moved to Weymouth, Dorset, working as a baker.  At the outbreak of war his firm were making bread for the military.  He enlisted on 11th February 1915 and was embodied on 2nd November 1915 joining the 21st Field Bakery of the Army Service Corps (Service No. S4/145269).  He served in Salonika and was eventually demobilized on 19th August 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Frances Harris in Pimperne, Dorset, on 25th August 1920.  In 1984 he was living at 141 University Road, Southampton, Hampshire, where he died on 14th Aug 1984 aged 91 years.

Leo's brother Cecil John (b.1888) also served as a baker with the Army Service Corps, but sadly died in a military hospital in Suffolk on 9th May 1917.

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William John Barter

Surname: Barter
Other names: William John
Other people in this story:
Ebenezer Barter
Bessie Ann Barter née Down
Lucy Gladys Barter née Trowbridge
Locations in this story:
Grove Inn, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
South Dulwich, London
Upper Norwood, London, S.E.
Luxted Road, Downe, Kent
High Street, Sheppey, Kent

Story:
William John Barter was born in Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire on 3rd October 1876, the son of Ebenezer Barter and Bessie Ann Barter (née Down).  He lived with his parents most of his early life at the Grove Inn, Ludwell, where his father was the licensee.   He married Lucy Gladys Trowbridge at St. Stephen's Church, South Dulwich, London, on 23rd April 1914 and they went on to have one child.  William was living at 15 Colby Road, Upper Norwood, London, S.E. when he was enlisted on 3rd August 1916 and joined the Army Service Corps 2/1st Kent Cyclist Battalion (Service No. 2644).  His unit eventually came under the command of the Royal West Kent Regiment (New Service No. 266568).  He served in the UK only and was eventually discharged on 19th February 1919.  There are no medal records for his service.  During his time in the Army he had moved his residence to The Stores, Luxted Road, Downe, Kent, where he carried on the business of a shopkeeper.  By the 1939 Register he had moved to 92 High Street, Sheppey, Kent, and was described as a Tobacconist and Confectioner.  He died in Sheppey, Kent, in 1945.

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