Charles John Hiscock

Surname: Hiscock
Other names: Charles John
Other people in this story:
Charles John Hiscock
Sarah Jane Hiscock née Plummer
Alice Maud Hiscock née Webber
Locations in this story:
Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Jordan Cottages, Preston, Weymouth, Dorset
France

Story:
Charles John Hiscock was born at Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, on 14th April 1895, the son of Charles John Hiscock and Sarah Jane Hiscock (née Plummer). By the 1911 Census the family had moved to Preston, Weymouth, Dorset. Charles enlisted on 1st September 1914 and joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Driver) and served most of his time in France with the 4th Divisional Ammunition Company (Service No. 10748). He was demobilized on 31st March 1920 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He married Alice Maud Webber in Weymouth on 29th October 1927 and they went on to have one child. His last known address was Jordan Cottages, Preston, Weymouth, Dorset, per the 1939 Register. He died in Weymouth in 1979.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Edgar John Dibben

Surname: Dibben
Other names: Edgar John
Other people in this story:
Edwin John Dibben
Ellen Dibben née Pike
Elizabeth Ellen Dibben née Harris
Beatrice M. Dibben née Hilton
Locations in this story:
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
France
Greensward, Wokingham, Berkshire
Bradford Street, Bolton, Lancashire
Shillingstone Lodge, The Chalk, Iwerne Minster, Dorset.
Deptford, London

Story:
Edgar John Dibben was born at Iwerne Minster, Dorset, on 27th March 1883, the son of Police Constable Edwin John Dibben and Ellen Dibben (née Pike).  He spent his early childhood at Shillingstone Lodge, The Chalk, Iwerne Minster, Dorset.  He enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery on 31st August 1914 and achieved the rank of Lance Bombardier (Service No. 98037).  He served in France on attachment to the 60th (Reserve) Battery though, on his return to the UK prior to discharge, he was serving as a Gymnastic Instructor.  He married Elizabeth Ellen Harris on 5th March 1918 at Deptford.  He was demobilized on 17th February 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals and the 1915 Star.  The 1939 Register shows him living at The Cottage, Greensward, Wokingham, Berkshire and working as a Private Gardener.  His wife, Elizabeth died in 1942 and he remarried Beatrice M. Hilton in 1943.  There were no children of either marriage.  Edgar died on 9th February 1955 at his then home, 145 Bradford Street, Bolton, Lancashire.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Ernest James Day

Surname: Day
Other names: Ernest James
Other people in this story:
Elizabeth Sarah Day
Locations in this story:
Semley, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Semley Baptist Chapel Yard
Balas Cottages, Semley, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley
Fargo Hospital, Durrington, Wiltshire

Story:
Ernest James Day was born in Semley, Wiltshire, on 9th March, 1888. He was the son of Elizabeth Sarah Day - known as Sarah. (No father recorded on the birth certificate). His mother died in 1888 and he lived mainly with his grandmother thereafter. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Railway Porter and living at Balas Cottages, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a gunner in the 57th 3 'A' Reserve Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 273336). There is no record of medals being awarded. He died in the Fargo Hospital, Durrington, Wiltshire, on 9th November 1918 and was buried in Semley Baptist Chapel Yard (grave id. O.207). He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was included on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church.

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  • Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque
  • Names on Semley War Memorial
  • Semley War Memorial 3
  • Semley War Memorial 1

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Wilfred Harry Merefield

Surname: Merefield
Other names: Wilfred Harry
Other people in this story:
James Merefield
Amelia Merefield nee Merefield
Louisa Gertrude Merefield née Woodrow
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, West Flanders, Belgium
Compton Abbas, Dorset
St. Leonard's Church, Semley, Wiltshire
Devizes, Wiltshire
Bridgend, Glamorgan
Semley, Wiltshire

Story:
Wilfred Harry Merefield was born in Compton Abbas, Dorset, in 1882. He was the son of James Merefield and Amelia Merefield (nee Merefield). (NB Confirmed on marriage certificate.) Though by 1901 he was living in Bridgend, Glamorgan, working as a coal miner, he returned to Semley and married Louisa Gertrude Woodrow on 18th January, 1904 at St. James's Church, Shaftesbury. They had three children - two boys and one girl. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was working as a Cowman on a Farm and they were living at Compton Abbas, Dorset. By the time of his enlistment they were living at 229 Gutch Common, Semley, Wiltshire. His father had died in 1909 and his mother in 1913. He enlisted in Devizes, Wiltshire, and joined 'C' Battery, 82nd Brigade, of the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 57938). He served in France & Flanders and he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 1st August 1917 and was buried at Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, West Flanders, Belgium (grave id. II.F.14). He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was included on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church.    

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  • Names on Semley War Memorial
  • Semley War Memorial 3
  • Semley War Memorial 01

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Asker Edgar Hubbard

Surname: Hubbard
Other names: Asker Edgar
Other people in this story:
Thomas Henry Hubbard
Georgina Hubbard née Coaston
Sydney Samuel Hubbard
Locations in this story:
Houghton, Docking, Norfolk
Landour General Cemetery, Bengal, India
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Mesopotamia
Station Hospital, Landour, India
Weymouth, Dorset
Madras 1914-1918 War Memorial, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Story:
Asker Edgar Hubbard was born in 1896 in Houghton, Docking, Norfolk. He was the son of Thomas Henry Hubbard, a gamekeeper, and Georgina Hubbard (née Coaston). His siblings included Sidney Samuel, born in 1891. At the time of the 1911 Census Asker was single, working as a gamekeeper and living at Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He enlisted in Weymouth, Dorset, as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 860454) and was in 1086 Battery, 215th Brigade. He served in Mesopotamia and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died of pneumonia on 20th July 1918 at Station Hospital, Landour and was buried at Landour General Cemetery, Bengal in India (grave id. Plot 8. Grave 6). He is remembered on the Iwerne Minster War Memorial, Shaftesbury and on the Madras 1914-1918 War Memorial, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Printed Source:
Iwerne Minster Before, During, and After the Great War. Edited by P. Anderson Graham.

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  • Iwerne Minster War Memorial 03
  • Iwerne Minster War Memorial 02

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James Weeks

Surname: Weeks
Other names: James
Other people in this story:
Edward Jesse Weeks
Sarah Ann Weeks nee Avery
Sidney Weeks
Locations in this story:
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
France & Flanders
St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France
Farnham, Blandford, Dorset
Bournemouth
Rouen, France

Story:
James Weeks was born in 1897 in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, and baptised there on 15th April, 1898. He was the son of Edward Jesse Weeks, a Game Keeper, and Sarah Ann Weeks (nee Avery). His siblings included Sidney, born in 1887, who also died in the war. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was single, working as a Farm Labourer and living at Farnham, Blandford, Dorset. He enlisted in Bournemouth as a Driver with the Territorial Force of the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 645269). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. At the time of his death he was serving with the RFA (3rd Army Reinforcements) and died of an unspecified illness in Rouen on 26th June 1918 and was buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France (grave id. Q.II.C.11). He is remembered on the Farnham War Memorial in St. Lawrence's Church.

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Herbert Joseph Wellstead

Surname: Wellstead
Other names: Herbert Joseph
Other people in this story:
Fred Wellstead
Ellen Mary Wellstead nee Reeks
Jane Wellstead née Haines
Joan Elsie Wellstead
Locations in this story:
Fulham, Middlesex
Western Europe
Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Pas de Calais, France
Brook Hill, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Galloway Road, Shepherds Bush, London.
Donhead St. Andrew
Merton, Surrey

Story:
Herbert Joseph Wellstead was born in 1896 in Fulham, Middlesex. He was the son of Fred Wellstead, a Stone Quarryman, and Ellen Mary Wellstead (nee Reeks). At the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Brook Hill, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire. In 1915 he married Jane Haines and they had a daughter called Joan Elsie. He enlisted in London as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. L/46669). He served in Western Europe and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. At the time of his death on 20th October 1918 he was serving with the 33rd Div. Ammunition Company and was buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Pas de Calais, France (grave id. LXVII. K. 7). At the time of his death his wife was living at 42 Galloway Road, Shepherds Bush, London. He is remembered on the Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial. His father died in 1919. His wife did not re-marry and by 1939 was living in Merton, Surrey.

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  • Names on Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial 01
  • Donhead St. Andrew Church

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Ernest Edwin Trowbridge

Surname: Trowbridge
Other names: Ernest Edwin
Other people in this story:
William Trowbridge
Lucina Trowbridge
Kathleen Mary Trowbridge  née McGaharan
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Caudry British Cemetery, Cambrai, Nord, France
Crookham, Hampshire
Cann, Shaftesbury
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury
Hartley Whitney, Hampshire
Cavan, Ireland

Story:
Ernest Edwin Trowbridge was born in 1873 in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury. He was the son of William and Lucina Trowbridge. In 1905 he married Kathleen Mary McGaharan in Cavan, Ireland. They had five children: one boy and four girls. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was a career soldier with the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 8358) and living in army accommodation near Crookham, Hampshire. The family were in married quarters at the Artillery Barracks, Hartley Whitney. At the time of his death he held the rank of Acting Warrant Officer II. He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War, 1915 Star and Distinguished Conduct (DCM) medals. The citation for the DCM stated 'for conspicuous and consistent good work, notably with anti-aircraft guns'. He died whilst serving with 'A' Battery, 158th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery as their Battery Sergeant Major on 27th November 1918 and was buried at Caudry British Cemetery, Near Cambrai, Nord, France, (grave id. II.D.28). He is remembered on the Cann War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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  • Cann War Memorial
  • Cann memorial opening

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Ernest John Foot

Surname: Foot
Other names: Ernest John
Other people in this story:
William Foot
Sarah Emily Foot nee Hoskings
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, Somme, France
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Ernest John Foot was born on 9th June, 1892 in Shaftesbury and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 10th July, 1892. He was the son of William Foot, a postman, and Sarah Emily Foot (nee Hoskings). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a cabinet maker and living at 50 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury. He enlisted as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 238241). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 27th August 1918 whilst serving with 'B' Battery, 122nd Brigade, RFA, and was buried at Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, Somme, France (grave id. V.A.8). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.  

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  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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John Thomas Highman

Surname: Highman
Other names: John Thomas
Other people in this story:
William Charles Highman
Emily Mary Highman nee Rideout
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Theipval Memorial, Somme
Laundry Lane, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Camberwell, London, S.E.
Poland Street, Oxford Stree, London, W.

Story:
John Thomas Highman was born in 1892 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of William Charles Highman, a carman, and Emily Mary Highman (nee Rideout). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a porter and boarding out at Little Poland Street, Oxford Street, London, W. His parents were living at 8 Laundry Lane, Shaftesbury. He enlisted in Camberwell, London, S.E. as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. L/15240). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died whilst attached to 'B' Company, 157th Brigade, RFA, on 21st July 1916 and his name appears on the Theipval Memorial, Somme (Pier/Face 1A & 8A). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James' war memorials, Shaftesbury. His name also appears on the memorial scroll inside St. James' Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.  

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  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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