Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury 2

Austin Henry Young

Surname: Young
Other names: Austin Henry
Other people in this story:
Henry Young
Martha Young née Critchell
Philip James Young
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Sturminster, Dorset
India

Story:
Austin Henry Young was born on 3rd June 1885 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Henry Young and Martha Young (née Critchell).  The family lived continuously at 26 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury.  Austin's younger brother Philip James (b.1889) was killed on 28th October 1918 while serving with the Devonshire Regiment in France. Austin enlisted on 7th September 1914 and joined the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Territorial Force) as a Private (Service No. 2544).  He served in India until he was discharged on 27th April 1915.    Austin re-enlisted on 11th December 1915 and was allotted to the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 22184).   However he was not embodied until 29th February 1916 when he was instructed to join the 7th Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 27558).  He served with them in France and whilst on duty received a severe injury to his foot on 23rd April 1917.  He was eventually transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps on 10th July 1918 and joined the General Headquarters Mechanical Transport Company (Service No. T/419350).  He was demobilized on 23rd August 1920 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   On the day of his discharge he applied for the position of Gardener's Labourer at a War Graves Commission site in France but there is no indication that he was successful.   By the 1939 Register he was still living at 26 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, and was described as Incapacitated.  His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, District Registry in 1955.

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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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Shaftesbury from St. Peter's Church

Cecil George Pickford Wareham

Surname: Wareham
Other names: Cecil George Pickford
Other people in this story:
George Wareham
Anna Wareham née Pickford
Gertrude A. Wareham née Pocock
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salonica, Greece
Hambledon, Surrey
Church Lane, Shaftesbury
Victoria Street, Shaftesbury
High Street, Shaftesbury

Story:
Cecil George Pickford Wareham was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 31st December 1893 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 5th February 1894, the son of George Wareham and Anna Wareham (née Pickford).  The family home throughout Cecil's early life was 8 Church Lane, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted on 16th August 1915 with the 3rd/1st Wessex Divisional Training Battalion as a Reserve Private (Service No. T1889).  He was embodied on the 15th April 1916 with the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service No. T4/185635).  He was posted to Salonica, Greece, and whilst there he had an accident in March 1918 resulting in the loss of his right middle finger.  He was discharged on 8th July 1919 with an eventual gratuity in lieu of pension for his disability.  There are no records of any medals.  

He married Gertrude A. Pocock at Hambledon, Surrey, in 1932 and there is evidence of at least two children.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 'Quinton', Victoria Street, Shaftesbury, and described as a Wool and Draper Shopkeeper. The Kelly's Directory for that year lists his business as a "wool shop" at 37a High Street. He died in Shaftesbury on 15th April 1975.

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  • Church Lane, Shaftesbury

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Reginald Nehemiah Love

Surname: Love
Other names: Reginald Nehemiah
Other people in this story:
George Edwin Love
Elizabeth Love née Lush
Beatrice Annie Love née Case
Locations in this story:
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Hartingdon Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Reginald Nehemiah Love was born in Shaftesbury on 27th August 1884, the son of George Edwin Love and Elizabeth Love (née Lush).  The family lived at 3 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury.  Reginald enlisted on 13th September 1914 with the 126th Company (Horse Transport) of the Army Service Corps as Driver (Service No. T2/10040).  He married Beatrice Annie Case on 15th December 1914 in Shaftesbury and she set up home at 95 St. James, Shaftesbury.  There are no known children of the marriage.  Reginald served only a few months and was discharged on 22nd March 1915 as his services were no longer required.  He however re-enlisted on 9th September 1918 and joined the 379th Company of the Labour Corps as a Private (Service No. 535326).  He served on both occasions in the UK only and was eventually demobilized on 22nd March 1919.  There are no medal records although this was queried on his Military Records without obvious resolution.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 18 Hartington Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, working as a Milk Tipper on a Milk Farm.   He died on 9th October 1978 in Newbridge Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

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  • St. James Street junction with Tanyard Lane

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Frederick George London

Surname: London
Other names: Frederick George
Other people in this story:
Charles Lill London
Mary Ann London née Mills
Alice Maud London née Fudge
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Britton Cottages, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
New Forest, Hampshire
Lymington, Hampshire
Tout Hill, Shaftesbury

Story:
Frederick George London was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 25th November 1888 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 20th January 1889, the son of Charles Lill London and Mary Ann London (née Mills). The family lived in and around Shaftesbury during Frederick's early years. He enlisted on 16th November 1914 and joined the Royal Army Service Corps (2nd Railway Transport Division, 66th Battery) rising in time to the rank of Sergeant (Service No. T/3/028608).   He served in France and Flanders and towards the end of his time had broken a foot falling off a horse which required substantial hospital treatment and for which there was a Board of Enquiry.  He was discharged on 9th November 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He then lived on Tout Hill, Shaftesbury.   He married Alice Maud Fudge in 1925 in the Lymington Registry Area, Hampshire.  There appeared to be no children of the marriage.  By the 1939 Register they were living at Britton Cottages, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, and Frederick was working as a groom.   He died in 1950 in the New Forest Registration Area, Hampshire.

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James Hopkins

Surname: Hopkins
Other names: James
Other people in this story:
Edwin Hopkins
Charlotte Ann Hopkins née Sanger
Emily Louise Hopkins née Reynolds
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Mount Atlas, Manchester, Jamaica
Mesopotamia
Pewsey, Wiltshire
Abbots Ann, Hampshire
France & Flanders
India

Story:
James Hopkins was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 13th March 1886 and baptised there at Holy Trinity Church on 4th April 1886, the son of Edwin Hopkins and Charlotte Ann Hopkins (née Sanger).  He lived his early life with his parents at 59 St. James, Shaftesbury.   He had previously joined the 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Reserves).  He formally enlisted on 20th February 1904 and joined the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 33311).  He was quickly transferred to the Army Service Corps on 22nd August 1904 as a Private (Service No. S22334).   He served in Jamaica during which time began his rise through the ranks to finally become a Staff Sergeant.  Whilst in Jamaica he met and married Emily Louise Reynolds at St. Andrews Church, Mount Atlas, Manchester, Jamaica, on 2nd April 1911.   They went on to have four children.  He returned to the UK giving 71 St. James, Shaftesbury as his wife's address.    At the outbreak of war he was posted to France followed by more postings to Mesopotamia and India.  He was finally discharged on 14th December 1918 being no longer physically fit for duty and awarded a pension, having reverted to the rank of Sergeant.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914 Star.   By the 1939 Register he was living in Pewsey, Wiltshire, and working as an Ordnance Clerk for the War Department.   He died in Abbots Ann, Hampshire, on 6th August 1967 aged 81 years.

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Edgar Hopkins

Surname: Hopkins
Other names: Edgar
Other people in this story:
Frank Hopkins
Caroline Eliza Hopkins née Extance
Mary Hopkins née Green
George Hopkins
Herbert Hopkins
Locations in this story:
Fountain Bank, Enmore Green, Motcombe, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Amesbury, Wiltshire
St. James, Shaftesbury
Breach Lane, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury

Story:
Edgar Hopkins was born in Enmore Green, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset on 20th June 1894, the son of Frank Hopkins and Caroline Eliza Hopkins (née Extance).   His brothers Herbert (b.1876) and George (b.1890) both served with the Royal Engineers during the war. His early life was spent at Fountain Bank (near the Fountain Inn), Enmore Green.  He was working as a Baker at the time of the 1911 Census.   Edgar enlisted on 24th October 1915 and joined the 47th Field Bakery of the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. S4/143874).   He later transferred to the 67th Field Bakery and, just prior to his demobilization, to the 'L' Supply Company.   His service was entirely in the UK.  He left the service on 19th August 1919 giving 71 St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset as his contact address.   There are no records of any awards. 

Edgar had married Mary Green on 18th March 1918 at the Amesbury Registry Office, Wiltshire and they went on to have two children.  By the 1939 Register Edgar was living at 74 St. James, Shaftesbury, working as a Cabinet Maker and at the time of his death, on 20th January 1974, was residing at 18 Breach Lane, Shaftesbury.

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Jasper James Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Jasper James
Other people in this story:
Alfred Gray
Elizabeth Jane Gray née Toomer
Emily Elizabeth Gray née Petty
Martha Anne Gray née Weldon
Sarah Ann Gray née Lambert
Frederick John Gray
Locations in this story:
Bimport, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Jasper James Gray was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 17th December 1871, the son of Alfred Gray and Elizabeth Jane Gray (née Toomer).   He married Emily Elizabeth Petty in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, on 24th December 1899.  They had one child in 1901 before Emily died in 1912.  Jasper remarried on 1st January 1913 to Martha Ann Weldon at Holy Trinity, Shaftesbury.  There were no recorded children of the marriage. 

Jasper enlisted on 1st November 1918 as a Private with the 3rd Battalion, 73rd Squadron, of the Royal Army Service Corps (Service No. R/444948).  He served in the UK only and was discharged on 21st June 1919.  There were no medal records found. His brother Frederick John also served in the war, with the Royal Garrison Artillery.


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Henry Isaac Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Henry Isaac
Other people in this story:
Samuel Gray
Sarah Ann Gray née Oxford
Elizabeth Gray née Cotton
Locations in this story:
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
The Cross Keys Inn, Devizes, Wiltshire
Salonika, Greece
Coombe Lodge, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire
St. Martin's Church, Salisbury, Wiltshire
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Henry Isaac Gray was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 19th November 1886 and baptised at St. James' Church on 12th December 1886, the son of Samuel Gray and Sarah Ann Gray (née Oxford).  He lived with his family on Gold Hill, Shaftesbury for most of his early life until his marriage to Elizabeth Cotton at St. Martin's Church, Salisbury, on 23rd October 1907.  They went on to have four children.  By 1911 Henry was living at the Cross Keys Inn, Devizes, Wiltshire.   He enlisted on 19th November 1915 and was immediately placed on reserve and not mobilized until 27th April 1917 when he joined the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. M/316796).  He served in Salonika as a lorry driver.  He was discharged on 27th March 1919 being 'no longer physically fit for service' due to malaria.   He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register he was shown living at Coombe Lodge, Salisbury Road, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire.  He died in Wilton, Wiltshire on 25th May 1982 and was buried in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Shaftesbury, aged 95 years.

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William Charles George Ginn

Surname: Ginn
Other names: William Charles George
Other people in this story:
William Ginn
Jane Ginn née Stroud
Emma Ginn née Yandell
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sea Road, Pokesdown, Hampshire
Christchurch, Hampshire
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Livingstone Road, Pokesdown, Hampshire

Story:
William Charles George Ginn was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9th October 1884 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 4th December 1884, the son of William Ginn and Jane Ginn (née Stroud).  William Charles lived with his family in Shaftesbury until 1891 when they moved from the area.  William married Emma Yandell on 21st September 1910 at Christchurch, Hampshire, and they had at least one child.  They lived by then at 53 Sea Road, Pokesdown, Hampshire, where William was working as a milkman.  

He enlisted on 8th December 1915 and was placed on reserve with the Worcestershire Regiment (Service No. 30350).  He was mobilized on 2nd June 1916 when he joined the 17th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 381018).  He was again transferred to the Army Service Corps on 28th December 1918 as a Driver (Service No. T/446804).  He was demobilized on 27th September 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 13 Livingstone Road, Pokesdown, Hampshire and was working in the Royal Navy Cordite Factory.  He died on the 1st November 1959 in Christchurch Hospital.

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