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Sidney Gilbert Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Sidney Gilbert
Other people in this story:
Thomas Gray
Alice Lavinia Gray née Brickell
Locations in this story:
Halfpenny Lane, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Scotts Hill, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Wimereux, Near Boulogne, Pas de Calais, France
Eastleigh, Hampshire

Story:
Sidney Gilbert Gray was born in Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 25th April 1898, the son of Thomas Gray and Alice Lavinia Gray (née Brickell).  He lived his early life in Halfpenny Lane, Ashmore and, from 1905, at Pyle Oak Cottage, Scotts Hill, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire.  He enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 148433).  He served in France and Flanders as a signaller with the 153rd Brigade where was wounded in action.  He died from the wounds on 31st May 1918 and was buried in the Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Near Boulogne, Pas de Calais, France, (Grave ref. XI. G. 4A).  (His parents were by then residing in Eastleigh, Hampshire, but the local war memorial does not contain names.)

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Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury 2021

Walter Thomas Buckland

Surname: Buckland
Other names: Walter Thomas
Other people in this story:
William Thomas Buckland
Emma Buckland née Guy
Francis Hannen Buckland
Locations in this story:
Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Reading, Berkshire
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
Egypt
France & Flanders
Parchin, Germany
Hampstead, London
Hammersmith, London

Story:
Walter Thomas Buckland was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16th June 1883, the son of William Thomas Buckland, a Coal Merchant and Auctioneer, and Emma Buckland (née Guy).   He spent his early life in Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury, until by 1901 he had moved to Reading, Berkshire, where he was boarding out and working as an Apprentice Drapers Assistant.  The Census of 1911 shows he was then lodging at 21 Kitsbury Road, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and was working as a Wholesale Millinery Warehouseman.   

He enlisted and joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 83321).  He was posted to Egypt and served with the 68th Brigade, rising to the rank of Bombardier.  Whilst there he was hospitalized with dysentry and piles.  He was transferred to France and Flanders where he joined the 86th Brigade.  On 21st March 1918 the Germans had launched their Spring Offensive in the Somme area near Saint-Quentin.  Whilst the offensive did not succeed, Walter was taken prisoner on the 21st Mar 1918 at Templeux-Le Guerard, a nearby village.  He was held in a Prisoner of War camp at Parchin, Germany, until the end of hostilities.  He was repatriated and eventually discharged and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He promptly re-enlisted on 10th June 1919 and joined the Royal Army Service Corps as a Corporal (Service No. A/451055).  He was finally discharged under Kings Regulation 322 (XXV) as being surplus to requirements on 10th May 1920. 

At the time of the 1939 Registry he was living at 34 Constantine Road, Hampstead, London, was single, and working as a Civil Service Clerk at the Ministry of Supply.   His death was recorded at the Hammersmith, London, Registry in 1964.    His brother, Francis Hannen Buckland, also served in the conflict.

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Egbert Joseph Hiscox

Surname: Hiscox
Other names: Egbert Joseph
Other people in this story:
Henry James Hiscox
Maria Louisa Hiscox née Smith
Olive Irene Hiscox née Dent
Locations in this story:
Pitts Cottages, Bedchester, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Egypt
Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire
Sodbury, Gloucestershire
Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
Fontmell Magna, Dorset

Story:
Egbert Joseph Hiscox was born in Bedchester, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 18th May 1897 and baptised at Fontmell Magna, Dorset, on 21st November 1897, the son of Henry James Hiscox and Maria Louisa Hiscox (née Smith).  He lived his early life at Pitts Cottages, Bedchester, Shaftesbury. He enlisted and served with the Royal Field Artillery as, firstly, a Gunner and latterly, as a Driver. (Service Nos. 79301 & 79031).  He served in Egypt and on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  

He married Olive Irene Dent in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, in 1928.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 3 Hambrook Road, Sodbury, Gloucestershire, and was working as a Labourer.  His death was recorded at the Forest of Dean Registry, Gloucestershire, in 1967.   His father, Henry James Hiscox, also served with the RASC during the conflict and survived.  (N.B. The surname is also spelt 'Hiscocks' in some records but 'Hiscox' predominates.)

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Tanyard Lane, St. James, 2020

Frederick John Hillier

Surname: Hillier
Other names: Frederick John
Other people in this story:
Frederick John Hillier
Emma Jane Hillier née Upjohn
George Stephen Hillier
Percival Frederick Hillier
Robert James Hillier
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Tanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Laurel House, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sutton Waldron, Dorset

Story:
Frederick John Hillier was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 20th October 1898, the son of Frederick John Hillier and Emma Jane Hillier (née Upjohn). He lived his early life with the family in Tanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset, later moving to Laurel House, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted and joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 248802).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  There is no obvious record in the 1939 Register but he was buried on 11th May 1985 at Sutton Waldron, Dorset.  His brothers, George Stephen, Robert James and Percival Frederick also served in the conflict.

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George Stephen Hillier
Percival Frederick Hillier
Robert James Hillier
Tanyard Lane, St. James

Frederick Frank Hillier

Surname: Hillier
Other names: Frederick Frank
Other people in this story:
Robert Hillier
Blanche Elizabeth Lucy Hillier née Stainer
Bessie Violet Mary Gurd née Taylor
Locations in this story:
Tanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
St. James Street, Shaftesbury

Story:
Frederick Frank Hillier was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 3rd August 1888 and baptised at St. James' Church on 2nd September 1888, the son of Robert Hillier and Blanche Elizabeth Lucy Hillier (née Stainer). Frederick lived his early life at 6 Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He enlisted and joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 183702). It is not know in which theatre of war he served but following his discharge he was awarded the British War Medal. He married Bessie Violet Mary Gurd (neeTaylor) in Shaftesbury on 3rd August 1926.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 10 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a Bricklayer.  His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1963.

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Charles Brickell

Surname: Brickell
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
George Brickell
Sarah Brickell née Dennis
Thomas Dennis Brickell
Samuel Brickell
Locations in this story:
St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset

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Charles Brickell was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 5th November 1889 and baptised at St. James' Church on 15th December 1889, the son of George Brickell and Sarah Brickell (née Dennis).   He spent all his life, apart from Military Service, at the family home at 86 St. James Street, Shaftesbury.   He enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 226251).  He served as a driver with the 79th Battery.  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but after his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was still at 86 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, single, and working as a General Labourer.   His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1946.  His brothers, Thomas Dennis Brickell (b.1877) and Samuel (b. 1881) also served in the conflict. Regrettably Samuel was killed in action in 1918.  Charles' name also appears on the Roll of Honour published in the St. James' Church Parish magazine in Nov 1918.

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St. James Street junction with Tanyard Lane

Walter Charles Stainer

Surname: Stainer
Other names: Walter Charles
Other people in this story:
George Theodore Stainer
Jane Stainer née Young
Florence Mabel Stainer née Garrett
Arthur Stainer
Harold George Stainer
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Mere, Wiltshire
St. James, Shaftesbury
Christys Lane, Shaftesbury

Story:
Walter Charles Stainer was born in Shaftesbury on 23rd June 1893 and baptised at St. James' Church on 16 Jul 1893 the son of George Theodore Stainer and Jane Stainer (née Young).   He lived his early life with his family at 83 St. James Street, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted and joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 135301).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Florence Mabel Garrett in the Mere, Wiltshire, Registry District in 1918.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Restville, St. James Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Builder.  He had moved to Fairview, Christys Lane, Shaftesbury, by the time of his death on 26th January 1979. 

Two of Walter's siblings served in the war: Arthur Stainer (b.1896) the Dorset Yeomanry and Royal Garrison Artillery, and Harold George (b.1888) with the Devonshire Regiment, Labour Corps and Royal Flying Corps.

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Harold George Stainer
Layton Lane 2

Leonard Charles Imber

Surname: Imber
Other names: Leonard Charles
Other people in this story:
John Imber
Elizabeth Ann Imber née Lodder
Ethel Grace W. Imber née Annis
Bertie Howard Imber
Sidney William Imber
Locations in this story:
Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Loddon, Norfolk
France & Flanders
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Layton Lane, Shaftesbury

Story:
Leonard Charles Imber was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7th August 1896, the son of John Imber and Elizabeth Ann Imber (née Lodder).  He grew up in the family home at 2 Layton Lane in Shaftesbury.  He enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 128398). He was with the 31 Division Ammunition Column when he was awarded the Military Medal.  At the time of his discharge he was with the Y/31 Trench Mortar Battery and was further awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Ethel Grace W. Annis in Loddon, Norfolk, on 17th May 1923.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 57 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a Postman.  His death was recorded in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 20th March 1981 and he was buried in the churchyard of St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 25th May 1981. Leonard's brothers, Bertie Howard, was killed in action serving with the Dorsetshire Regiment whereas Sidney William Imber served and survived.

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Charles Lill London

Surname: London
Other names: Charles Lill
Other people in this story:
Charles Lill London
Mary Ann London née Mills
Laura London née Noble
Frederick George London
Jasper Hopkins London
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shfatebury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Haimes Lane, Shaftesbury
St. Rumbold Road, Shaftesbury

Story:
Charles Lill London was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 27th August 1897 and baptised at St. James Church on 3rd October 1897 the son of Charles Lill London and Mary Ann London (née Mills).  He lived all his life, apart from Military Service, in the Shaftesbury area.  He enlisted on 10th December 1915 but was not mobilized until 15th March 1917 when he joined Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 212668).  He served with the 19th/67th Brigade though it is not known in which theatre of war.  The Absent Voters List of 1918 gives his then address as 19 Haimes Lane, Shaftesbury.  On his discharge in 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Laura Noble in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1929.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 6 St. Rumbold Road, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a Taxi Driver.  His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1969 and he was buried at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 9th December 1969. Charles' brothers, Frederick Henry London and Jasper Hopkins London, also served in the conflict.  All their names appear on a Roll of Honour published in the St. James' Church Parish Magazine in Nov 1918.

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Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury 1

Amos John Caudle

Surname: Caudle
Other names: Amos John
Other people in this story:
John Perkins Caudle
Martha Caudle née Crew
Ellen Mary Caudle née Bound
Locations in this story:
Sheffield, Yorkshire
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Yeovil, Somerset
Kingsman Lane, Shaftesbury

Story:
Amos John Caudle was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, on 16th August 1884, the son of John Perkins Caudle and Martha Caudle (née Crew).  Amos lived his early years in the Yorkshire area until, by 1911, he had moved to Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was living at 3 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, and was working as a Grocer's Assistant.  He married Ellen Mary Bound in Shaftesbury on 18th August 1915 and they had one son. 

Amos enlisted on 2nd December 1915 but was not embodied until 31st May 1917 when he joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 239630).  On 27th November 1917 he transferred to the 4th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment as Private (Service No. 56698). He served in France and Flanders. On 15th July 1918 he transferred to the Labour Corps (Service No. 573057).  He was discharged on 16th October 1919 and, though no medal record can be found, his Service papers show he was entitled to the Victory and British War medals. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 4 Kingsman Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset, described as a Hardware and Furnishing Manager.  His death was recorded at the Yeovil, Somerset, Registry in 1953.

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