Gerald John James Andrews

Surname: Andrews
Other names: Gerald John James
Other people in this story:
Edwin Walter Andrews
Lucy Beatrice Andrews née Day
Ruby Ada Andrews née Lear
Locations in this story:
Marnull, Dorset
Tarrant Keynston, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Poole, Dorset
Woolcotts Farm, Sherborne Causeway, Shaftesbury

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Gerald John James Andrews was born in Marnull, Dorset, on 2nd July 1894, the son of Edwin Walter Andrews and Lucy Beatrice Andrews (née Day).  He lived his early life at Dairy House, Tarrant Keynston, Dorset.  He enlisted as a Territorial on 9th February 1911 and joined the 'C' Squadron of the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 508).  He attended regular annual training camps but was embodied on 5th August 1914 eventually becoming a Corporal.  He was discharged having completed his service time with his unit on 8th February 1916 but he re-enlisted and joined the Royal Engineers as a Driver (Service No. 152684).   He served in the UK only and on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   His marriage to Ruby Ada Lear was registered at the Shaftesbury, Dorset, Registry on 29th Aug 1929.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Woolcotts Farm, Sherborne Causeway, Shaftesbury, Dorset, described as a Dairy Farmer.   His death was recorded in Poole, Dorset, on 21st January 1966.

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Edgar Still

Surname: Still
Other names: Edgar
Other people in this story:
Emily Still
Edith May Still née Martin
Locations in this story:
Church Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Asia
Sherborne, Dorset
Plympton St. Mary, Devonshire
Podymore, Ilchester, Somerset

Story:
Edgar Still was born in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 13th August 1889, the son of Emily Still.  No father was recorded.  He lived his early life with his mother and grandparents in Church Street, Fontmell Magna.   He enlisted and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 1437).  He served in the Asiatic Theatre of War and transferred to the Railway Operations Department of the Royal Engineers (Service No. WR/195579) only to transfer back to the Yeomanry later on (Service No. H/231587) and be attached to the 1/1st Hussars.  On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He married Edith May Martin in the Sherborne, Dorset, Registry area in 1925.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Myrtle Cottage, Plympton St. Mary, Devonshire, and was working as a Jobbing Gardener.   At some time later he had moved back to 701 Podymore, Ilchester, Somerset, where he died on 2nd November 1971.

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Benjamin George Chick

Surname: Chick
Other names: Benjamin George
Other people in this story:
Thomas Edward Chick
Sarah Ann Chick née Clist
Phyllis Margherita Chick née Burden
Thomas Chick
Locations in this story:
Hemyock, Devonshire
Dunkeswell, Devonshire
Blandford's Farm, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset,
Egypt
Palestine
Poole, Dorset

Story:
Benjamin George Chick was born at Hemyock, Devonshire, on 15th December 1896, the son of Thomas Edward Chick and Sarah Ann Chick (nee Clist). He lived his very early life in Dunkeswell, Devonshire, intil 1906 when his father came to Blandford's Farm, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, to take over the tenancy from his brother who had recently died.   Benjamin enlisted on 27th May 1915 and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 1436).  He served in Palestine and Egypt mainly with various signals units.  He transferred to the Royal Engineers and was promoted to Corporal (Service No. A/517855).  He was employed as a Motor Cyclist Dispatch Rider.  He later transferred back to the Dorset Yeomanry (Service No. 230697).  He was discharged on 31st August 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He married Phyllis Margherita Burden in Poole, Dorset, in 1928.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was himself the tenant of Blandford's Farm, West Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, and was described as a Dairy Farmer.  He died on 14th September 1968 and was buried at St. Andrew's Church, Fontmell Magna.

Benjamin's brother Thomas (b.1888) also served in the war, with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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Green Lane, Ashmore

Edwin James Fry

Surname: Fry
Other names: Edwin James
Other people in this story:
Charles Fry
Eliza Fry née Kelly
Edith Mary Fry née West
Locations in this story:
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Green Lane, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Edwin James Fry was born at Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, on 16th March 1879, the son of Charles Fry and Eliza Fry (née Kelly).  By the time he was 12 years of age his family had moved to Green Lane, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and he spent the rest of his life in the area apart from his time in the Army.   He married Edith Mary West at Ashmore in 1899.  He enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 2484) and later transferred to the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 202886).  He transferred again to the Royal Engineers (Service No. 495986) and was discharged from their service on 6th March 1919 having been declared unfit for further duty due to arthritis and rheumatism (both attributable to his service) for which he received a pension.  He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Freak's Coppice, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Forestry Worker.  He died in Ashmore in 1962 and was buried there on 15th February 1962.

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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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Percy Arthur Gurd

Surname: Gurd
Other names: Percy Arthur
Other people in this story:
Henry Gurd
Mary Ann Gurd née Davis
Olive Eugenie Gurd née Mackeeg
Gurd Alfred Joseph
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Edmonton, London
Bournemouth, Dorset
Aldershot, Hampshire
St. James, Shaftesbury
Lambeth, London

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Percy Arthur Gurd was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 8th January 1894 and baptised at St. James' Church on 25th March 1894, the son of Henry Gurd and Mary Ann Gurd (née Davis).   His father died in 1899 and by 1901 he was living with his mother at 10 St. James Street, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted on 17th January 1916 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Driver (Service No. 141177).  During training at Aldershot, Hampshire, in the handling of mules, he was admonished for leaving his unattended on one occasion.  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Olive Eugenie Mackeeg at Lambeth, London, in 1922.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 46 Westerham Avenue, Edmonton, London, and was working as a Grocery and Provisions Assistant.  He had moved to Bournemouth, Hampshire, by 1981 where he died on 31st May in that year.

Percy's brother Alfred Joseph (b.1891) also served in the war, With the Bedfordshire Regiment.

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Harold Tuffin

Surname: Tuffin
Other names: Harold
Other people in this story:
Henry John Tuffin
Mary Tuffin née Yeatman
Kathleen M. Tuffin née Bowley
Locations in this story:
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Croydon, Surrey

Story:
Harold Tuffin was born in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9th September 1896, the son of Henry John Tuffin and Mary Tuffin née Yeatman.  He lived his early life in Fontmell Magna until, by 1911, the family had moved to 47 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as Private (Service No. 1677).  He later transferred to the Rifle Brigade (Service Nos. 2350 & 207220) and then to the Royal Engineers as a Pioneer joining the 75th Signal Company.  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  In 1928 he married Kathleen M. Bowley in Croydon, Surrey. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 31 Pawsons Road, Croydon, and was working as a Lorry Driver.  He died in Croydon on 6th January 1967.

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James Henry Russell

Surname: Russell
Other names: James Henry
Other people in this story:
Mark Russell
Mary Ann Russell née Fry
Gwendolyne Gladys Irene Russell née Alldritt
Locations in this story:
Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Shefford, Bedfordshire
Woking, Surrey

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James Henry Russell was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2nd December 1885 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 21st January 1886, the son of Mark Russell and Mary Ann Russell (née Fry).   He lived his early life in and around the area and by 1911 the family home was at 13 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted and joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 71198).  He served with the Lines of Communication Signal Services in France and Flanders. Following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Gwendolyne Gladys Irene Alldritt at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Shefford, Bedfordshire, in 1920.  They went on to have four children.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 157 York Road, Woking, Surrey, and was working as a GPO Sorting Clerk and Telegraphist.  His death was recorded on 15th December 1950 at Woking, Surrey.

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Walter Richard Trowbridge

Surname: Trowbridge
Other names: Walter Richard
Other people in this story:
Isaac Trowbridge
Sarah Ann Trowbridge née Ellis
Locations in this story:
Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Honiton, Devon
Chesham, Buckinghamshire
Amersham, Buckinghamshire

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Walter Richard Trowbridge was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 25th March 1884 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 27th April 1884, the son of Isaac Trowbridge and Sarah Ann Trowbridge (née Ellis).  He lived his early life at the family home at 17 Bell Street, Shaftesbury.   By 1911 he had moved as a boarder to Honiton, Devonshire, where he was working as an upholsterer apprentice.   He enlisted on 2nd March 1916 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Private (Service No. M/320118).  He was discharged on 14th July 1918 being no longer physically fit for service.  No medal records have been found in this case.  He returned at this time to 17 Bell Street, Shaftesbury.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 16 Gladstone Road, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, working as a upholsterer and had remained single.  His death was recorded at the Amersham, Buckinghamshire, Registry on 10th December 1962.

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William Henry Brockway

Surname: Brockway
Other names: William Henry
Other people in this story:
Thomas Brockway
Emma Jane Brockway née Foot
Locations in this story:
Barton Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset

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William Henry Brockway was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22nd October 1893 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 16th November 1893, the son of Thomas Brockway and Emma Jane Brockway (née Foot).  He lived all his life, apart from Military Service, at 6 Barton Hill, Shaftesbury.   He enlisted with the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 143210).  It is not known which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register he was still at 6 Barton Hill and was described as a Master Builder and was still single.  He death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1973.

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