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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Sidney Charles Morgan

Surname: Morgan
Other names: Sidney Charles
Other people in this story:
George Morgan
Emily Morgan née Brockway
Annie Louisa Morgan
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury

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Sidney Charles Morgan was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22nd December 1885, the son of George Morgan and Emily Morgan (née Brockway).  Apart from Military Service he spent all his life in and around Shaftesbury.    He married Annie Louisa Morgan at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 8th October 1910 and they went on to have one son.  He enlisted and joined, successively, the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 20090), the Royal Engineers (Transport) as a Sapper (Service No. T/2903) and the Royal Engineers (Service No. 508483).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 56 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a Fitter and Turner (Agricultural Work).   He died in the Newbridge Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 14th April 1961.

Sidney's brother Percival Stewart (b.1887) also served in the war, with the King's Dragoon Guards.

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Reginald Charles Humphries

Surname: Humphries
Other names: Reginald Charles
Other people in this story:
Samuel Humphries
Mary Humphries née Young
Alice B. Humphries née Mullins
Stanley Frank Humphries
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Tisbury, Wiltshire
High Street, Shaftesbury

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Reginald Charles Humphries was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22nd June 1889, the son of Samuel Humphries and Mary Humphries (nee Young).  He lived all his life, apart from Military Service, in Shaftesbury.   He enlisted on 1st January 1916 and joined the Royal Engineers (Signals) being promoted in time to Corporal (Service No. 148678).  He served in France and Flanders and whilst with the 9th Signal Troop was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal given for gallantry in the field.  Following his discharge on 20th February 1919 he was further awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Alice B. Mullins in the Tisbury, Wiltshire, Registration District in 1921 and they went on to have one daughter.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 54B High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Cycle and Motor Mechanic.   He died at the Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury, on 27th June 1960.

Reginald's brother Stanley Frank (b.1896) also served during the war, with the Royal Naval Division.

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Albert Padfield

Surname: Padfield
Other names: Albert
Other people in this story:
Charles Padfield
Sarah Maria Padfield née Mussell
Phoebe Maud Padfield née Coombes
James Padfield
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Wandsworth, London
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Albert Padfield's birth was registered at Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1883, the son of Charles Padfield and Sarah Maria Padfield (née Mussell).  He lived his early life in Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He married Phoebe Maud Coombes at Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 23rd March 1911 and they went on to have one daughter.  Within weeks of his marriage he had moved to Wandsworth, London, to live with his brother-in-law.  He enlisted in December 1916 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Pioneer (Service No. 226294).  He served in France and Flanders and at some time transferred to the 312th Road Construction Company RE as a Lance Corporal (Service No. WR/40245).  He was discharged on 13th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  His wife and daughter had moved back to Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1918.  There is no record of him in the 1939 Register or of an obvious death record.

Albert's brother James also served in the war, with the Gloucestershire Regiment, and sadly died at home in 1919.

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Charlie Jesse

Surname: Jesse
Other names: Charlie
Other people in this story:
William Jesse
Kate Rose Jesse née Jeanes
Frank Jesse
Locations in this story:
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cosford Grange, Shifnal, Shropshire
Sheffield, Yorkshire
France & Flanders

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Charlie Jesse was born at Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1898 and baptised there on 20th March 1898, the son of William Jess and Kate Rose Jesse (née Jeanes).  He lived his early life in and around Fontmell Magna and later at Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School with his younger brother Frank, who sadly died in 1918 while serving with the Royal Berkshire Regiment in France.

Charlie enlisted on 18th October 1916 and joined the City of London Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 6968), seeing service with the 2/8th Battalion.  He was transferred to the 1st London Field Battalion (Service No. 373821) in France and Flanders.  He was later transferred again to the Royal Engineers with the rank of Sapper and served as a Clerk.   He was declared no longer physically fit for service and discharged on 12th September 1918 and awarded the Silver Badge No. 448645 along with the Victory and British War medals.   By the 1939 Register he was living and working at The Piggeries, Cosford Grange, Shifnal, Shropshire.  His death was recorded at the Sheffield, Yorkshire, Registry on 12th February 1971.

Charlie's name was included on a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. An asterix can be seen next to Frank's name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

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William Doggrell

Surname: Doggrell
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
William Doggrell
Tamar Doggrell née Smith
Phyllis Elaine Doggrell née Power
Locations in this story:
Warnford, Hampshire
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Egypt
Taunton, Somerset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Kenton Farm, Semley, Wiltshire
Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury
St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury

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William Doggrell was born in Warnford, Hampshire, in 1889, the son of William Doggrell and Tamar Doggrell (née Smith).  The family moved to Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, by 1901 and later to Kenton Farm, Semley, Wiltshire.   William enlisted on 13th July 1915 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 108339).   He served in Egypt with the M Signal Company as a Telegraphist.  He was discharged on 13th June 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Phyllis Elaine Power in Taunton, Somerset, in 1923.  He died at the Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 5th January 1934 and was buried at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, on 8th January 1934 aged only 36 years.

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Henry John Ransom

Surname: Ransom
Other names: Henry John
Other people in this story:
James Ransom
Mary Hannah Ransom née Jeans
Violet Jane Gaskin Ransom née Roberts
Joseph Ransom
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Greenwich, London
Mampitts Cottage, Shaftesbury

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Henry John Ransom (sometimes spelt 'Ransome') was born at Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 31st May 1874 and baptised at Cann, Shaftesbury, on 28th June 1874, the son of James Ransom and Mary Hannah Ransom (née Jeans).  He lived his early life in and around Cann. He went for work in the Greenwich, London, area and met and married Violet Jane Gaskin Roberts at St. John the Baptist Church, Greenwich, London, on 21st October 1907 and they went on to have one child.  He was back in Shaftesbury when he enlisted on 25th August 1915 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Pioneer (Service No. 117595).  He served in France and Flanders where, on 14th October 1917, he received gunshot wounds to his right arm and right thigh.  He was transferred to the Labour Corps on 10th February 1918 (Service No. 292865) and served as a Private with the 609th Agricultural Company.  He was discharged in May 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Mampitts Cottage, (near Mampitts Farm),  Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was employed as a Carter.  He died in 1956 and was buried at Cann on 21st January 1956.    His brother, Joseph Ransom(e), also served in the conflict with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

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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

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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

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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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