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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

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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 at Church Hill or 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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John White

Surname: White
Other names: John
Other people in this story:
William White
Lydia White née Hillier
Minnie E. White née Davis
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Stendal, Germany
Sturminster Newton, Dorset
St. James Street, Shaftesbury
Layton Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury

Story:
John White, sometimes known as Jack, was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 23rd January 1890, the son of William White and Lydia White (née Hillier).  The family lived at 8 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, for many years.  Jack, who had worked as a Carpenter and Joiner, enlisted on 14th November 1915 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 143211).  He served in France and was reported missing on 30th March 1918 with a subsequent report on 1st April 1918 that he had become a Prisoner of War, eventually ending up at a camp in Stendal, Germany.   Following his repatriation after the armistice he was attached to the 'G' Depot Company RE and was diagnosed with rheumatism caused by conditions in the POW Camp.  He was discharged on 16th April 1919 and went back to live at 8 St. James Street.   He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Minnie E. Davis in Shaftesbury in 1930 and they had one child.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Winterton, Layton Lane, Shaftesbury, and was working as a Carpenter.  He died in the Sturminster, Dorset, Registration District in 1940.

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John Pearson

Surname: Pearson
Other names: John
Other people in this story:
Joseph Wild Pearson
Annie Pearson née Barker
Doris Pearson née Greenwood
Ralph Pearson
Sarah Hitchen
Locations in this story:
Norfolk Mount, Halifax, Yorkshire
Love Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Leeds, Yorkshire
High Street, Shaftesbury

Story:
John Pearson was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, on 16th January 1898 and baptised there on 10th February 1898, the son of Joseph Wild Pearson and Annie Pearson (née Barker).  Shortly after his baptism the family moved to Shaftesbury, Dorset, where his father carried on business as a Bookseller, Printer and Stationer at 11 High Street, Shaftesbury.  (John's mother had died in 1904 and his father re-married a Sarah Hitchens in Halifax in 1905.)   John was working for the Post Office when he enlisted on 2nd March 1916 and mobilized on 23rd October 1916 joining the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 127658).  Because of his expertise he trained as a Wireless Operator and served in France.  Whilst serving there with the East Divisional Signals Company he was gassed on 16th September 1917. He was demobilized on 14th October 1919 and gave his address as 11 High Street, Shaftesbury.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   

By 1927 John had moved back to Halifax where he married Doris Greenwood.  They appear to have had only one child.  By the 1939 Register John was living at 99 Norfolk Mount, Halifax, Yorkshire, and working as a Post Office Sorting Clerk. John's brother Ralph (b.1891) also served in the conflict, with the East Yorkshire Regiment and the King's African Rifles. John died in the Leeds Registry District in 1966. 

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Bertie Merefield

Surname: Merefield
Other names: Bertie
Other people in this story:
Frederick Merefield
Mary Ellen Merefield
Dorothy May P. Merefield née Yeatman
Locations in this story:
North Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Church Farm, West Stour, Dorset
France & Flanders
Pitts Lane, West Melbury, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Bertie Merefield was born on 27th November 1889 in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Frederick and Mary Ellen Merefield. The family lived in North Street, Fontmell, Magna, Dorset.  By the outbreak of war Bertie had moved to Church Farm, West Stour, Dorset, where he was employed as a Wheelwright.  He enlisted on 11th December 1915 but was not mobilized until 16th November 1916 when he joined the Royal Engineers (Service No. 212394).  He served in France and Flanders, eventually becoming an Acting Lance Corporal.  He was discharged on 14th October 1919. (Note his military records show him as Bertram but he was registered as Bertie.)  No medal records have been found though it is inconceivable he did not receive any awards.  He married Dorothy May P. Yeatman in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1928.  It is not known if there were any children of the marriage.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Restmor, Pitts Lane, West Melbury, Shaftesbury and was working as a General Carpenter.  He died locally in 1974.

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Percy Albert Mayo

Surname: Mayo
Other names: Percy Albert
Other people in this story:
Alfred Mayo
Eva Mayo née Warren
Mildred Kate Mayo née Day
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Wandsworth, London
Kempshott Lane, Basingstoke, Hampshire
High Street, Shaftesbury
St. James, Shaftesbury

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Percy Albert Mayo was born in 1895 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised at St. James Church on 7th April 1895, the son of Alfred Mayo and Eva Mayo (née Warren).  He lived with his parents at 93 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, and later at 1 High Street, Shaftesbury.   He enlisted on 20th Nov 1915 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Pioneer (Service No. 226291).  On being posted to France he joined the 312th Road Construction Unit and was allotted Service No. WR/22416. He was demobilized on 21st November 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Mildred Kate Day in Wandsworth, London, in 1923.   He was living at 105 Kempshott Lane, Basingstoke, Hampshire, when he died on 1st December 1949.

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Walter John Lane

Surname: Lane
Other names: Walter John
Other people in this story:
John Lane
Maria Lane née Alner
James Lane
Mary Ann Lane née Furnell
Charles Lane
Locations in this story:
Brickhill, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset.
France & Flanders
St. John, New Brunswick, Canada
Liverpool
Toronto, Canada

Story:
Walter John Lane was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 18th January 1892, the son of John Lane and Maria Lane (née Alner). His siblings included Charles (b.1878) and James (b.1883), both of whom served in the Royal Engineers during the conflict). The family lived in Brickhill (now Church Hill), Enmore Green, Shaftesbury. Walter married Mary Ann Furnell on 1st March 1913 in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.  It is not known if there were any children of the marriage. 

Walter enlisted on 7th June 1916 as a reservist with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 4928). He was mobilized on 21st November 1916 and joined the Royal Engineers (Railway Troops), (Service No. 221243), but one day later transferred again to the RE (Road Construction Unit) with revised Service No. WR/25388.   He served in France and Flanders and was finally demobilized on 4th October 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By this time he was living at 6 Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.   He and his wife sailed from Liverpool on 8th March 1920 on the SS Melita and travelled to St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, with the intention of permanently settling there.  No more information is available except there is a memorial plate in St. John's Church, Enmore Green, stating he died on 21 Feb 1967 in Toronto, Canada. 

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James Lane

Surname: Lane
Other names: James
Other people in this story:
John Lane
Maria Lane née Alner
Florence Ellen Lane née Scammell
Walter John Lane
Charles Lane
Locations in this story:
Brickhill, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Mere, Wiltshire
Chapel Cottages, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury

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James Lane was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, on 15th November 1883 and baptised there on 10th February 1884. He was the son of John Lane and Maria Lane (née Alner). His siblings included Charles (b.1878) and Walter John (b.1892), both of whom served with the Royal Engineers during the conflict. The family lived at Brickhill (now Church Hill), Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset. James married Florence Ellen Scammell in Shaftesbury, on 9th April 1910.  They had one child.  

James enlisted on 12th May 1916 but was not mobilized until 4th December 1916 when he joined the 36th Training Battalion as a Private (Service No. TR/8/12450).  He was transferred to the Royal Engineers (Road Construction Company) as a Sapper (Service No. 221332).  He served in France and Flanders, during which time he had a fracture of his foot which left him with a limp.  He was transferred again to the Royal Engineers (Transportation Branch) (Service No. 40132) but was soon discharged on 1st August 1918 being physically unfit for further duty.   He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.    By the 1939 Register he was living at 2 Chapel Cottages, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, and working as a Roadman.   He died in 1947 in the Mere, Wiltshire, Registration District. 

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George Hopkins

Surname: Hopkins
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
Frank Hopkins
Caroline Eliza Hopkins née Extance
Edgar Hopkins
Louisa Anne Rose Hopkins née Dyke
Herbert Hopkins
Locations in this story:
Fountain Bank, Enmore Green, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Alverstoke, Hampshire
Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
St. James, Shaftesbury

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George Hopkins was born in Enmore Green, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1890 the son of Frank Hopkins and Caroline Eliza Hopkins (née Extance).  His siblings included Herbert (b.1874) who served in the Royal Engineers and Edgar (b.1894) who served in the Royal Army Service Corps during the war. His early life was spent with his parents at Fountain Bank (near The Fountain Inn), Enmore Green.  By 1911 he was boarding with his brother-in-law in Alverstoke, Hampshire and working as a Motor Cycle Mechanic.  He enlisted on 5th September 1915 and joined the Royal Engineers, eventually becoming a Corporal (Service No. 73215).  He served in France and Flanders with the 8th Divisional Signal Company as a Despatch Rider. He was demobilized on 13th April 1919, giving 71 St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset as his contact address.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.

He had married Louisa Anne Rose Dyke at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 1st August 1917 and they went on to have three children. He died in the Grove House Nursing Home, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, in 1939 and was buried in St. Rumbold's Churchyard, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 17th April 1939.

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Frank Hillier

Surname: Hillier
Other names: Frank
Other people in this story:
Thomas Hillier
Catherine Hillier née Hopkins
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cardiff
Gallipoli, Turkey
India
Mesopotamia
Iraq
Abernant Road, Markham Villages, Nr. Holly Bush, Monmouthshire
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Tanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury

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Frank Hillier was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1893 and baptised at St. James' Church on 16th April 1893, the son of Thomas Hillier and Catherine Hillier (née Hopkins).  Frank lived with his family at 5 Tanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury.   He enlisted in Cardiff on 12th August 1914 and joined the Welch Regiment as a Private (Service No. 11311).  He served with the Middle East Expeditionary Force and took part in the Gallipoli campaign where he received gun shot wounds to his side and leg on 12th April 1915.  Following treatment he was sent to India for recuperation.  He eventually returned to Mesopotamia and on 18th February 1918 was attached to the Royal Engineers (Railway Division) as a platelayer in Iraq where, on 23rd November 1918, he was hospitalized with malaria.  After further convalescence he returned to England and was discharged on 1st April 1919, giving 5 Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury, as his forwarding address.   He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and the 1914/15 Star.  His Star Medal was sent to an address in 1920 at 26 Abernant Road, Markham Villages, Nr. Holly Bush, Monmouthshire.  This is the last record that can be found for him.  He cannot be found on the 1939 Register or in any death record.

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