Samuel George Alford

Surname: Alford
Other names: Samuel George
Other people in this story:
Samuel George Alford
Martha Alford née Hellier
Eliza Jane Alford née Oborne
Frederick George Thomas Alford
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
King's Arms Inn, Shaftesbury

Story:
Samuel George Alford was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1875 and baptised there on 27th February 1875, the son of Samuel George Alford and Martha Alford (née Hellier).  Samuel lived most of his life, apart from military service, in and around Shaftesbury.  At one time he was living at the Kings Arms Inn where his father was the licensee.  He married Eliza Jane Oborne in 1895 in Shaftesbury and they went on to have seven children.  Samuel joined the Royal Engineers (Service No. 168964) and at one time was with the 'A' Company Railway Troop.  No medal records have been found in this case.  Regrettably he died in 1932 in Shaftesbury.  It is noted that his son, Frederick George Thomas Alford, also served in the war, with the Wiltshire Regiment, and spent time as a Prisoner of War in Germany.

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Ernest King

Surname: King
Other names: Ernest
Other people in this story:
Augustus King
Anne King née Lewis
Kate King née Gibbs
Locations in this story:
Pigtrough Lane, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Swindon, Wiltshire
Birdbush, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Fovant, Wiltshire
Mere, Wiltshire

Story:
Ernest King was born at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 6th December 1886, the son of Augustus King and Anne King (née Lewis).  He spent his early life at the family home in Pig's Trough Lane, Donhead St. Andrew.  (Modern usage of the address is Pigtrough Lane).  He married Kate Gibbs in Swindon, Wiltshire, on 11th February 1911 and they went on to have five children.  By 1911 they were living at Birdbush, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire.  

Ernest enlisted on 27th February 1915 as a Private with the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 18895).  He transferred on the 13th March 1915 to the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment (Service No. 202423) and he served with them in France and Flanders where he suffered from shell shock and was repatriated to the UK.  He returned to France having transferred once again to the Royal Engineers (Service No. 359463) working with the Transport Section with the rank of Sapper.  He moved back to the UK and was posted to the Fovant Light Railway Training School, Fovant, Wiltshire, as a Lance Corporal (Service No. WR/284715).   He was eventually discharged on 27th May 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was back at Pig's Trough Lane, Donhead. St. Andrew, Wiltshire, working as a Journeyman Tailor.   His death is recorded at the Mere, Wiltshire, Registry in 1965.

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William Crutcher

Surname: Crutcher
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
William Crutcher
Mary Anne Crutcher née Witherington
Margaret Ellen Crutcher née Lane
Locations in this story:
Woodcutts, Sixpanny Handley, Dorset
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
France & Flanders
Deanland, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset

Story:
William Crutcher was born at Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 14th March 1888 and baptised at Sixpenny Handley on 6th May 1888, the son of William Crutcher and Mary Anne Crutcher (née Witherington).  He lived all his civilian life in and around Sixpenny Handley.  William enlisted on 11th December 1915 and was mobilized on 22nd May 1916 when he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 82122). He served in France & Flanders.  He was transferred to the No. 1 (RGA) Sussex Company (Service No. 374578) and then to the 368th Forestry Company, Royal Engineers as a Pioneer (Service No. 327932).  He was finally discharged on 20th October 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Margaret Ellen Lane at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 31st October 1921.  There are no records of children.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Deanland, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, and was working as a Woodman and Hurdle Maker. His death is recorded at Sixpenny Handley on 20th August 1968.

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Edward James Emm

Surname: Emm
Other names: Edward James
Other people in this story:
George Emm
Linda Emm née Barter
Violet May Emm née Warman
Locations in this story:
Broad Chalke, Wiltshire
Water Street, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Poona, India
Flamestone, Wilton, Wiltshire
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Edward James Emms was born in Broad Chalke, Wiltshire on 23rd April 1898 and baptised there on 22nd May 1898, the son of George Emm and Linda Emm (née Barter).  The family had moved to Water Street, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire, by 1911 and from there Edward enlisted on 13th May 1916. He was mobilized on 11th January 1917, joining the Royal Engineers becoming a Sapper (Shoeing Smith) (Service No. 222108).  He served in Poona, India, and was eventually discharged on 21st January 1920.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Violet May Warman in Wilton, Wiltshire, in 1921.  There are no records of children.  By the 1939 Register he was living at the Cottage, Flamestone, Wilton Wiltshire.  His death is recorded at the Salisbury, Wiltshire, District Registry in 1972.

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Archelaus Myall

Surname: Myall
Other names: Archelaus
Other people in this story:
Thomas Myall
Eliza Myall née Pike
Bertha Annie Myall née Tucker
Locations in this story:
Stour Provost, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire
South Africa

Story:
Archelaus Myall was born at Stour Provost, Dorset, in 1868 and baptised there on 11th June 1868, the son of Thomas Myall and Eliza Myall (née Pike).  He lived most of his life in and around the Stour Provost and Stour Row, Dorset, area.   He married Bertha Elizabeth Tucker in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in January 1906 and they went on to have two children.   He had enlisted with the Territorial Unit of the 4th Dorsetshire Regiment on 17th March 1886 (Service No. 2202) and served in South Africa, (for which he was awarded the 1900-1901 South Africa medal and seven clasps) and was then placed on Reserve.   He re-enlisted on 26th September 1914 and joined the Royal Engineers (Service No. 1634) rising to the rank of Lance Corporal.  He moved from Company to Company within the UK, with Service No. 516322 when attached to the Royal Defence Corps.   He was eventually discharged on 22nd October 1918 being physically unfit for further service due to Rheumatic Arthritis aggravated by his service and was granted a small pension.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and issued with the Silver War Badge No. B31665.  His death was recorded at the Salisbury, Wiltshire, District Registry in 1937.

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Walter George Bugler

Surname: Bugler
Other names: Walter George
Other people in this story:
Thomas Bugler
Elizabeth Bugler née Mabey
Ellen Louise Bugler née Scammel
Locations in this story:
Winfrith, Dorset
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Mere, Wiltshire
France

Story:
Walter George Bugler was born in Winfrith, Dorset, on 23rd December 1888 and baptised at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire on 16th May 1889, the son of Thomas Bugler and Elizabeth Bugler (née Mabey). By 1911 his family had moved to Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire where he married Ellen Louise Scammel on 14th April 1913.  They went on to have four children.  

He enlisted on 6th November 1914 with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (with whom he had served as a Territorial earlier) as a Private (Service No. 3138 updated to 3730). He was immediately discharged on 7th November 1914 as being medically unfit for service.  He re-enlisted on 22nd November 1915 and was accepted into the 13th Battalion of the Princess Charlotte of Wales (Royal Berkshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 30947).  He served in France before being transferred to the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 308716) then again to the Labour Corps (Service No. 98541).  He was eventually discharged on 22nd March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Jenkins Corner, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, and was working as a Stone Mason.  His death is recorded at the Mere, Wiltshire, District Registry in 1968.

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Richard Henry Baker

Surname: Baker
Other names: Richard Henry
Other people in this story:
Edward John Baker
Lillian Maria Baker née Hart
Eileen Gwen Baker née Mumford
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Marlborough, Wiltshire
Military Hospital, Bangor, North Wales
Swindon, Wiltshire

Story:
Richard Henry Baker was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 24th September 1898, the son of Edward John Baker and Lillian Maria Baker (nee Hart).  He lived all his early life in and around Shaftesbury, Dorset.  His father was in business at 47 & 49 High Street, Shaftesbury.   Richard enlisted on 21st September 1916 but was not mobilized until 7th May 1918 when he joined the Royal Engineers (Signals) as a Pioneer (Service No. 349937).   He served in the UK only. He was latterly treated at the Military Hospital, Bangor, North Wales, for Rheumatic Fever and was discharged being no longer physically fit for service on 24th January 1919.  He was granted a reduced pension.  There are no medal records.   He married Eileen Gwen Mumford in Shaftesbury in 1928.  There is no record of children.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 133 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, described as a Chemist Shopkeeper and Optician.  He died in the Swindon, Wiltshire, Registry District in 1985.

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Henry King

Surname: King
Other names: Henry
Other people in this story:
Alfred King
Elizabeth King née Lewis
Agnes Jane King née Dixon
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Bournemouth, Hampshire
Tarrant Hinton, Dorset
Deganwy, Conway, Wales

Story:
Henry King (sometimes referred to as 'Harry') was born on 15th December 1876 in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, and baptised there on 28th January 1877, the son of Alfred King and Elizabeth King (née Lewis).  By 1891 the family had moved to Tarrant Hinton, Dorset.  Henry married Agnes Jane Dixon in Bournemouth, Hampshire, on 11th April 1896 and they went on to have three children.  Henry (known as Harry on Military Records except for the Silver Badge Record) enlisted and was deemed mobilized on 24th June 1916, joining the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 286481).  He served in the UK only at Depot TC Deganwy.  He was deemed physically unfit for further service and discharged on 11th January 1918.  There are no medal records but he was awarded the Silver Badge No. 453719.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 14 Oakwood Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, and was described as Secretary of a Registered Friendly Society.  He died in Bournemouth on 3rd June 1947.

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Charles Lane

Surname: Lane
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
John Lane
Maria Lane
Rachel Lane née Hicks
James Lane
Walter John Lane
Locations in this story:
Church Hill, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Bourton, Dorset
Sally King's Lane, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury

Story:
Charles Lane was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, (Parish of Motcombe), on 3rd June 1878 and baptised there on 18th August 1878, the son of John and Maria Lane.  He lived his early life in Enmore Green on Church Hill and in Sally King's Lane.  He married Rachel Hicks at Enmore Green on 2nd October 1902 and there were three children of the marriage.  He enlisted on 14th December 1915 but was not mobilized until 26th February 1917 when he joined the 336th Road Construction Company, Royal Engineers, as a Pioneer (Service No. 240500).   He later transferred to the Railway Construction Company (Service No. WR25169).  He served in France, eventually being demobilized on 25th February 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He then went to live at Glen Cottage, Bourton, Dorset, and was registered there in 1939 working as a Permanent Way Charge Hand on the railways.  The date of his death is unknown.

Charles' brothers Walter John (b.1892) and James (b.1883) also served with the Royal Engineers in the war.

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Ernest John Biddiscombe

Surname: Biddiscombe
Other names: Ernest John
Other people in this story:
Henry Biddiscombe
Emma Biddiscombe née Smart
Rose Biddiscombe née Park
Arthur James Biddiscombe
Locations in this story:
Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Sherborne, Dorset
Mere, Wiltshire
Salisbury Road, Ludwell

Story:
Ernest John Biddiscombe was born on 3rd August 1879 in Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, the son of Henry Biddiscombe and Emma Biddiscombe (née Smart).  Apart from his war service Ernest spent his whole life in and around Ludwell.   He married Rose Park in Sherborne, Dorset, on 20th June 1906 and they went on to have three children.  Ernest's brother Arthur James (b.1877) joined the Welsh Regiment and died in Flanders on 6th November 1914.

Ernest enlisted on 7th December 1915 and was issued with a Reservist's Khaki Armband No. 57825 to wear until mobilized on 17th August 1916 when he joined the Royal Engineers (Service No. 185119).  On 1st January 1917 he was transferred to the 445th (Welsh) Company, Railway Operating Division, and was posted to France on 23rd March 1917 (New Service No. 448719).  He then transferred again to the R.E. (ROD) with a new Service No. WR/282836 on 9th September 1917.  He was discharged on 13th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  His address throughout was consistently shown as Hope Cottage, Salisbury Road, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, and was so registered in 1939 when he was described as a Builder.  He death was registered at the Mere, Wiltshire, Registry on 16th May 1959.

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