Melbury Abbas and Zig Zag Hill

Joseph Isaac Jesse

Surname: Jesse
Other names: Joseph Isaac
Other people in this story:
William Sidney Jesse
Ada Jesse née Rideout
Sophia M. Jesse
Lilian M. Jesse née Ashton
Gilbert James Jesse
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Lyndhurst, Hampshire
Islington, Middlesex
France & Flanders
Crosby, Merseyside
Liverpool

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Joseph Isaac Jesse was born at Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1895 and was baptised at Lyndhurst, Hampshire, on 4th March 1898, the son of William Sidney Jesse and Ada Jesse (née Rideout). The family had moved following the death of Joseph's father in 1910, to Wiverley Lodge, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, where his mother was the Gatekeeper.  He enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery as a Driver (Service No 58589) and served with them in France and Flanders.  On discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He remained single until 1948 when he married Sophia M. (surname unknown) in Islington, Middlesex. In 1964 he married for a second time, in Crosby, Merseyside, to Lilian M. Ashton.  His death was recorded in Liverpool North Registration District in 1969. 

Joseph's brother Gilbert James also served in the war, but sadly died in 1917 while serving with the Hampshire Regiment in France.

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Salisbury Guildhall Memorial

William Charles Knight

Surname: Knight
Other names: William Charles
Other people in this story:
Charles Knight
Elizabeth Ann Knight née Gray
Locations in this story:
Semley, Wiltshire
St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium
St. Leonard's Church, Semley

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William Charles Knight was born in Semley, Wiltshire, in 1898 and baptised at St. Leonard's Church, Semley, on 20th February 1898, the son of Charles Knight and Elizabeth Ann Knight (née Gray).  He lived in Semley and St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset, until, by 1911, his family had moved to Salisbury, Wiltshire. He enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 176400) but later transferred to the 11th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers with the rank of Fusilier (Service No. 33489).  He was killed in action in Flanders on 10th April 1918. He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium (Panel 4) and on the Salisbury Guildhall Memorial in Salisbury, Wiltshire. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

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King John Hotel, Tollard Royal

Reginald James Coombs

Surname: Coombs
Other names: Reginald James
Other people in this story:
John Langhorn Coombs (Senior)
Amelia Coombs née Clarke
Annie Amelia Coombs née Hart
John Langhorn Coombs
Leonard Coombs
Locations in this story:
Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Salonika, Greece

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Reginald James Coombs was born at Berwick St. John, Wiltshire, in 1895, the son of John Langhorn Coombs and Amelia Coombs (née Clarke).  He lived much of his early life in the Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, area.   He had enlisted on 7th December 1915 and was mobilized on 29th February 1916, joining the Royal Field Artillery as a Driver.  He served in Salonika and received wounds which eventually qualified him for a pension following his discharge on 25th June 1919.  (During his service he had moved from Battery to Battery and received Service Nos. 1025, 132620 and 169422).  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

It is to be noted that his elder brother, John Langhorn Coombs (b.1894), served with the Middlesex Regiment and was awarded the Military Medal. Another brother, Leonard (b.1899) also served in the war, with The Hussars and the Tank Corps. Reginald married Annie Amelia Hart in 1921 at Tollard Royal, Wiltshire.  There were no recorded children of the marriage.  Reginald died in Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 1926.

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Arthur John Harding

Surname: Harding
Other names: Arthur John
Other people in this story:
George Arthur Harding
Annie Harding née Bleathman
Rosena Ellen Harding née Bonnieface
Locations in this story:
Sedgehill, Wiltshire
Cocking, Midhurst, Sussex
France & Flanders
Heyshott, Midhurst, Sussex
Midhurst, Sussex
Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Grimsby, Lincolnshire

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Arthur John Harding was born on 11th May 1893 in Sedgehill, Wiltshire and baptised there on 3rd September 1893, the son of George Arthur Harding and Annie Harding (née Bleathman).  He lived his early life in Sedgehill and Berwick St. John, Wiltshire, before moving with his family to Crypt Cottage, Cocking, Midhurst, Sussex, by 1911.  At the outbreak of war Arthur was living with his grandmother in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, where he enlisted on 30th August 1914 and joined the 2/1st North Midland Battery of the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 98547).  (His military records show him as John Arthur Harding as the family knew him as John.)  He served in France & Flanders and was discharged on 18th April 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  At some time shortly after discharge he returned to Cocking to join his family.   He married Rosena Ellen Bonnieface in Midhurst, Sussex, in 1925 and they went on to have two children.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 251 The Barracks, Heyshott, Midhurst, Sussex, and was working as a Farm Carter.   His death is recorded in Midhurst in 1966.

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Joseph Henry Pitman

Surname: Pitman
Other names: Joseph Henry
Other people in this story:
Walter Pitman
Sarah Adelaide Pitman née Bugden
Locations in this story:
Bittles Green, Motcombe, Dorset
India
Chester, Cheshire
Muswell Brook, New South Wales, Australia
Canada

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Joseph Henry Pitman was born in Bittles Green, Motcombe, Dorset, on 27th August 1880 and baptised at Motcombe Parish Church on 22nd September 1880, the son of Walter Pitman and Sarah Adelaide Pitman (née Bugden).  He lived all his early life at home in Bittles Green.  The 1911 Census indicates he had enlisted as a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 4174) and was stationed in India.  On discharge at the end of the war he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star and he went to live with his sister in Australia.  Whilst there he re-enlisted on 6th September 1919 with the 1st Australian Imperial Force (Army Service Corps) (Service No. S/10000) on a one year short service term.  He was discharged from this unit whilst in England on 5th September 1920.   By 1921 he was back in Australia and living at 'Hillside', Foley Street, Muswell Brook, New South Wales.  There is no record that he ever married.  At some time he moved to Canada where he died on 29th February 1940.

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The Well, Farnham

Albert Bennett

Surname: Bennett
Other names: Albert
Other people in this story:
Charles Bennett
Annie Bennett
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
France & Flanders
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Brighton, Sussex.
Deanland, Nr. Wimborne, Dorset

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Albert Bennett was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 19th February 1878 and baptised there on 17th April 1878, the son of Charles and Annie Bennett.  Whilst the family moved around the area during his early years he was mainly associated with the Farnham area.  He had enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment in 1905 but had bought himself out within a few days of joining.  He again enlisted on 6th December 1915 and joined the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service No. T4/160362).  He was posted to France and joined the 128th Company on 14th December 1917.  He also served with the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 220813).  He was taken ill in France and invalided back to the UK, spending some time in the Brighton War Hospital, Sussex.  He was demobilized on 28th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Deanland, Nr. Wimborne, Dorset, working as a Contractors Labourer.  He died in 1947 and was buried at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 5th May 1947.

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Reginald John Creed

Surname: Creed
Other names: Reginald John
Other people in this story:
Charles Edmund Creed
Cymbriana Green Creed née Berry
Mary L. Creed née Williams
Locations in this story:
Semley, Wiltshire
Tisbury, Wiltshire
India
Stockbridge Road, Winchester, Hampshire

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Reginald John Creed was born in Semley, Wiltshire, on 8th September 1891 and baptised there on 6th December 1891, the son of Charles Edmund Creed and Cymbriana Green Creed (née Berry).  He lived with his family near Church Farm, Semley, Wiltshire.  He was a Wheelwright and Carpenter when he enlisted on 7th December 1915 and mobilized on 4th March 1916, joining the Royal Field Artillery 3/3rd Brigade. (Service No. 2951).  He served in India joining the 9th (Secunderabad) Division of the British Indian Army (Service No. 861184).  He again transferred to the 1103rd Battery of the 227th Brigade on 1st January 1917 (Service No. 288402).  Throughout he was a Gunner in rank though his wheelwright skills were well used.  He was released early to work with his father's business at Semley on 23rd February 1919.  He was awarded the British War Medal.  He married Mary L. Williams in the Tisbury Registry area in 1926 and they went on to have one son. Regrettably his wife died in 1929.  By the 1939 Register he was living as a widower at 25 Stockbridge Road, Winchester, Hampshire, and was described as an Allotments Secretary (Disabled).  He died at Winchester on 10th August 1957.

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Motcombe Methodist Chapel and the Royal Oak Inn

William James Arnold

Surname: Arnold
Other names: William James
Other people in this story:
Thomas Arnold
Thirza Arnold née Case
Christina Arnold née Haddock
Mary Arnold née Vokins née Gill
Robert Vokins
Locations in this story:
The Street, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Canterbury, Kent
India
York, Yorkshire
Birmingham, Warwickshire
Brighton, Sussex

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William James Arnold was born in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1876 and baptised in Motcombe on 3rd September 1876, the son of Thomas Arnold and Thirza Arnold (née Case).  He lived with his parents in The Street, (adjacent to the old Royal Oak Inn), Motcombe, until by 1901 he had joined the 1st Battalion of the Royal Dragoon Guards (Service No. 4464).   By 1901 he was stationed in Canterbury, Kent, from where he did service in India.  He married Christina Haddock in York, Yorkshire, on 18th November 1903 and, by 1911, he was on Reserve and living at 9 Ped Buildings, Ped Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire, working as a Railway Carman.  His wife died on 18th July 1915 (leaving three children) shortly after he had enlisted on 5th May 1915 and joined the Royal Field Artillery, 64th Brigade, No. 4 Depot, as a Shoeing Smith (Service No. 98883).  He served in France and whilst there, on 10th August 1918, he was diagnosed with a tumour on his chest.  He was repatriated to the UK on 15th August 1918 and admitted to the 18th General Hospital, Brighton, Sussex.  On the 12th October 1918 he re-married, to Mary Vokins (née Gill) (widow of Robert Vokins) at Holy Trinity, Micklegate, York.  He was eventually discharged on 14th March 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.    He went to live at 1 The Avenue, Ellen Street, Spring Hill, Birmingham, and died there in 1938 aged 61 years.

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Alfred Henry Adcock

Surname: Adcock
Other names: Alfred Henry
Other people in this story:
James Alfred Adcock
Sarah Annie Adcock née Scott
Kate Elizabeth Adcock née Watkins
Locations in this story:
Market Place, Warminster, Wiltshire
Bristol, Gloucestershire
Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
High Street, Shaftesbury

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Alfred Henry Adcock was born in Warminster, Wiltshire, on 24th May 1894, the son of James Alfred Adcock and Sarah Annie Adcock (née Scott).  He lived his early years with his parents at 8 Market Place, Warminster, Wiltshire.   At some time between 1901 and 1911 he moved to 3 Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He enlisted on 3rd January 1916 and joined the 44th Reserve Battalion of the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 128208).  He married Kate Elizabeth Watkins at St. Gabriel's Church, Bristol, Gloucestershire, on 14th May 1916.  There were two children of the marriage.  Alfred served in the UK only, rising to the rank of Acting Bombardier.  He was demobilized in February 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register Alfred was living at 18 High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Boot Shop Manager.   He died in the Sturminster, Dorset, Registration District in 1968.

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Enmore Green from Castle Hill 2

Philip Ernest Silcox

Surname: Silcox
Other names: Philip Ernest
Other people in this story:
Edwin James Silcox
Emma Jane Silcox née Weldon (m. Coward)
Gladys Violet Louisa Silcox née Dean
Nora Fanny Silcox née Wetherall
Harry Silcox
Edwin James Silcox
Albert Coward
Locations in this story:
Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Motcombe, Dorset
Kensington Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury, Bucks

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Philip Ernest Silcox was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 15th December 1897 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 13th January 1898, the son of Edwin James Silcox and Emma Jane Silcox (née Weldon). They lived in Bleke Street, Shaftesbury. The father, Edwin, died in 1900 and his wife went on to re-marry Albert Coward. The family went to live at Barton Cottage, Enmore Green, Motcombe. Philip became a Postman in March 1914 in Shaftesbury just prior to the outbreak of war. He enlisted on 15th May 1916 and joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service Nos. 153169 and TF725954). He was discharged at some time around March 1917 for an unknown reason but was appointed as a Postman at Portsmouth at that time. He had been awarded the Victory and British medals. He married Gladys Violet Louisa Dean in Portsmouth, Hampshire, in 1922 but she regrettably died in 1926. Philip went on to re-marry Nora Fanny Wetherall in July 1928 in Portsmouth, Hants. They went on to have two children. Philip and family were living at 160 Kensington Road, Portsmouth at the time of the 1939 Register and Philip was working as an Assistant Postal Inspector as well as being an Air Raid Warden. He died in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, Bucks, on 9th March 1954.   His brothers, Harry Silcox and Philip Ernest Silcox, also served in the conflict.

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