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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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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
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 brother Bertie Howard (b.1895) also served in the war, with the Dorsetshire Regiment.

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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
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' brother Frederick Henry (b.1888) also served in the war, with the Royal Army Service Corps.

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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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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

Story:
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

Story:
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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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

Story:
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

Story:
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

Story:
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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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

Story:
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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