St. Lawrence's Church, Farnham

Harry (John) Woolfries

Surname: Woolfries
Other names: Harry (John)
Other people in this story:
Francis Woolfries
Elizabeth Anne Woolfries
Ellen Lydia Woolfries née Bailey
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
France
Tarrant Hinton, Dorset

Story:
Harry Woolfries, known in the military records and some electoral registers as John, was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 30th January 1891 and baptised there on 19th April 1891, the son of Francis and Elizabeth Anne Woolfries. Right up until the outbreak of war he lived with his parents in Farnham. He enlisted as a Driver and Shoeing Smith in the Royal Field Artillery on 29th March 1915 (Service No. 98228). He served with both the 19th (Reserve) Battery and the 17th Battery in France. He was demobilized on 27th May 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Ellen Lydia Bailey during 1919 and had at least one child. The 1939 Register shows him living at Tarrant Hinton, Dorset, working as a Licencee. He died on 17th December 1957 and is buried at St. Lawrence Church, Farnham, Dorset.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Donhead St. Mary Church

John Morgan Snook

Surname: Snook
Other names: John Morgan
Other people in this story:
Thomas Snook
Emma Snook née Goddard
Bertha Snook née Fisher
Morris Snook
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Hong Kong
Wandsworth, London
Tisbury, Wiltshire
Lower Winchcombe, Wiltshire

Story:
John Morgan Snook was born in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, in 1870 and baptised there on 27th March 1870, the son of Thomas Snook and Emma Snook (née Goddard). He was living with his parents at Lower Winchcombe, Wiltshire at the time of the 1881 Census. He enlisted in the Dorsetshire Regiment on 6th May 1887 as a Private (Service No. 2373). The Army was reorganised in 1889 and he was transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 63403) on 1st July 1889 with a further transfer to the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 20501) on 23rd June 1903. He served in Hong Kong until placed on reserve. He had married Bertha Fisher on 22nd September 1897 at Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, and they went on to have five children. By the time of Word War 1 he had moved to Wandsworth, London, where he was employed by the London County Council as a Park Keeper. He was embodied on 6th August 1914 (Service No. 1596) and posted to the 3rd London General Territorial Hospital which was based in the Royal Victorian Patriotic School buildings in Wandsworth. He was however discharged on 16th October 1914 on the grounds that he should not have been called up. No medals were awarded. He died in 1931 (Tisbury, Wiltshire, Register) at the home of his son, Morris, who lived in Donhead St. Mary. Morris was his next-of-kin following the death on John's wife in 1916.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Robert Patience

Surname: Patience
Other names: Robert
Other people in this story:
Joseph Patience
Sarah Patience
Ellen Patience née Blackman
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Dorset
India
Egypt
France
Terrace Stock, Ingatestone, Sussex

Story:
Robert Patience was born in 1871 in Motcombe, Dorset, (according to military records), the son of Joseph or Joshua or Josiah (differs in each Census) Patience and Sarah Patience. He enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment on 10th September 1890 (Service No. 3098). He transferred to the Royal Field Artillery on 24th January 1901 (Service No. 22158) and served in India and Egypt. He was awarded the India Medal 1901 and Clasp 'Tirah - North West Frontier'. He was discharged to the reserves on 9th September 1902. He married Ellen Blackman on 18th December 1904 and they had four children. Robert was re-embodied on 19th November 1914 as a Driver and served in France with the 30th Brigade, RFA. He sustained gunshot wounds to the left thigh during his service which counted towards an eventual pension. He was demobilized on 31st March 1920 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. His last known address in 1920, per his discharge documents, was 1 Terrace Stock, Ingatestone, Sussex. It is not know when he died.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Enmore Green, The Knapp

Frank Phillips

Surname: Phillips
Other names: Frank
Other people in this story:
Edward Phillips
Edith Phillips née White
Lucy Alice Phillips née Morgan
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Wardour, Wiltshire
Tisbury, Wiltshire
Braishfield, Romsey, Hampshire

Story:
Frank Phillips was born at Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset in 1885, the son of Edward Phillips and Edith Phillips (née White). By 1901 he was living at Wardour, Wiltshire. He enlisted with the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment on 28th March 1901 (Service No. 6635). He transferred to the Royal Field Artillery on 3rd November 1902 (Service No. 27222) until discharged to the reserves on 2nd November 1905. He was mobilized on 5th August 1914 but discharged on 9th November 1915 having completed his term of service. He married Lucy Alice Morgan at Tisbury on 1st February 1916 (no known children) but was later recalled to duty the same year and served through until demobilization on 19th February 1919 with the rank of Bombardier. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914 Star. His last known address was Braishfield, Romsey, Hampshire. His date of death is unknown.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Charles Ernest Miles

Surname: Miles
Other names: Charles Ernest
Other people in this story:
Frederick R. Miles
Sophia Miles
Mary Miles née Prendergast
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Dorset
Waterford, Ireland
France
Beckford Lodge, Warminster, Wiltshire
Amesbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Charles Ernest Miles was born in Motcombe, Dorset in 1880, the son of Frederick R. Miles and Sophia Miles. He had enlisted on 15th May 1899 and joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Driver (Service Nos. 34986 and 1036630). He had married Mary Prendergast in Waterford, Ireland, on 25th September 1905. They went on to have seven children. During Charles's service his wife had lived in Amesbury, Wiltshire. He served in France during which time he was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. He was finally discharged (with pension) as being physically unfit due to Tuberculosis on 13th March 1922. He was then sent to Beckford Lodge Sanatorium, Warminster, Wiltshire, where he died on 13th November 1922. His wife later received his Victory and British War medals along with the 1914/15 Star.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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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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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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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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