St. James' Church

Harold George Stainer

Surname: Stainer
Other names: Harold George
Other people in this story:
George Theodore Stainer
Jane Stainer née Young
Kate Mary Stainer née King
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. James, Shaftesbury

Story:
Harold George Stainer was born on the 30th September 1888 in Shaftesbury, Dorset and baptised at St. James' Church on 28th October 1888 the son of the George Theodore Stainer and Jane Stainer (née Young).  He lived his whole life, apart from during Military Service, in St. James, Shaftesbury.    He married Kate Mary King at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, on 10th October 1914.  There are no records of any children.   He enlisted on the 7th June 1916 but was not mobilized until 12th March 1917 when he joined the Devonshire Regiment (Labour Company) as a Private (Service No. 59879).  Shortly after he was transferred to the Labour Corps 3rd Reserve Battalion and was posted to the 303rd Labour Company (Service No. 290276).   On the 13th October 1917 he was transferred to the 191 Training Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps (which became the Royal Air Force on 1st April 1918) (Service No. 104964).  He held the rank of Air Mechanic II and was employed as an Aero Rigger.   He was discharged, having served the whole time in the UK, on 12th April 1919 as being unfit for further service and received the Silver War Badge.  There are no other medal records.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 18 Layton Lane, Shaftesbury, and working as a Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer.   He died in Shaftesbury on 1st April 1955 and was buried in St. James Churchyard on 6th April 1955.

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Bell Street, Shaftesbury

Frederick John Bown

Surname: Bown
Other names: Frederick John
Other people in this story:
Frederick John Bown
Ellen Bown née Wareham
Violet Annie Bown née Courtney
Locations in this story:
Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Fishertone Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Blandford, Dorset
France
Gigant Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Frederick John Bown was born on 13th March 1895 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Frederick John Bown and Ellen Bown (née Wareham). The family lived at 8 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, moving, by 1911, to Park Road, Blandford, Dorset. Frederick enlisted on the 23rd February 1916 and joined the Royal Flying Corps eventually holding the rank of Corporal (Service No. 23420). On 23rd March 1918 he was compulsorily transferred to the 6th Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps (Service No. 46196) quickly followed by a further transfer to the 5th (Reserve) Battalion of the Guards Machine Gun Regiment (Service No. 2155) finally holding the rank of Sergeant. Whilst with the RFC he had served in France; otherwise he was based at home. He was demobilized on 18th July 1919 and took up residence at 161 Fisherton Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire. He was awarded the Victory and British medals. He married Violet Annie Courtney in 1925 and they went on to have three children. By the 1939 Register the family had moved to 125 Gigant Street in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where Frederick was employed as a Motor Engineer. He died in Salisbury on 16th January 1970.

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Bimport, Shaftesbury 2

Howard William Highman

Surname: Highman
Other names: Howard William
Other people in this story:
George Highman
Elizabeth Highman
Florence Amelia Agnes Highman née Hyde
Locations in this story:
Fieldings, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bournemouth, Hampshire
Stour Provost, Dorset
Gillingham, Dorset
Salonika, Greece
Egypt
Bimport, Shaftesbury

Story:
Howard William Highman was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 27th January 1897, the son of George and Elizabeth Highman. He lived at 25 Bimport, Shaftesbury, up until he volunteered for war service. He enlisted on 8th December 1915 and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment (7th Reserve Battalion) as a Private (Service No. 17605). He transferred shortly after to the Royal Irish Rifles (Service No. 10074). Having served in Salonika he returned to England and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 2nd January 1918 (later the Royal Air Force from 1st April 1918) (Service No. 138549) and served in Egypt. He achieved the rank of AC1 and remained until demobilized on 21st May 1920. He was awarded the Victory and British medals. He re-enlisted in the RAF (Service No. 138519) on 18th April 1931 and served through until placed on Reserve on 18th April 1939. He had married Florence Amelia Alice Hyde in 1928 (Bournemouth District Register). There were possibly two children of the marriage. The family lived at 12 Fieldings, Shaftesbury at the time of the 1939 Register and, once no longer serving with the RAF, Howard became an Automobile Association Road Patrolman. He died in Gillingham, Dorset, on 8th December 1976.

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Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial

Charles Henry Morris Platt

Surname: Platt
Other names: Charles Henry Morris
Other people in this story:
Arthur William Platt
Annie Sophia Platt née Morris
Kathleen Platt
Locations in this story:
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Zuydcoote Military Cemetery, France
Middleton Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire

Story:
Charles Henry Morris Platt was born on 4th August 1898 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. He was the son of Arthur William Platt, a schoolmaster, and Annie Sophia Morris. Sadly, Charles’ father died on 13th November 1898 and his mother in 1905. He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from January 1909 to December 1914 and appears on the 1911 Census as a boarder. While at the school he was a keen sportsman and played for the cricket team in 1913 and 1914. He was also member of the school football team in 1912, 1913 and 1914. In the Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine he was described as “Centre Half. – After playing forward for two years, changed to centre half, and was a great success. Tackles well, and feeds his forwards with judgment. A good shot. Wants a little more pace.”

On leaving school Charles went to Sandhurst. He passed out in 1916 and received a commission in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Flying Corps Section, with the rank of 2nd. Lieutenant. He trained as a pilot and having “got his wings”, was posted to France. He died there on 23rd November 1917, having “collided with another machine on the edge of a cloud,” according to the school magazine. He was buried at Zuydcoote Military Cemetery (grave. Id. II.D.25). His effects and medals (Victory and British War) were sent to his sister Kathleen Platt, who was living at Middleton Hall, Leeds at the time.

As a former pupil his name is recorded on the Shaftesbury Grammar School memorial in Shaftesbury School. Throughout the war a hand-written list was compiled of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving in the armed forces. An asterix can be seen next to Charles’s name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

Printed Sources:
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, March 1915
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1917
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, March 1918

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  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 11
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • 1913 Shaftesbury Grammar School Football Team
  • 1914 Shaftesbury Grammar School Football Team

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Shastonian
Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial

Jack Wallis Gauntlett

Surname: Gauntlett
Other names: Jack Wallis
Other people in this story:
George Farmer Gauntlett
Florence Mary Gauntlett
Robert Gauntlett
Locations in this story:
South Grove Farm, Burbage, Pewsey, Wiltshire
Stapleford, Pewsey, Wiltshire
Middleton Farm, Norton Bavant, Bishopstrow, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Military Hospital, Warminster, Wiltshire
All Saints Churchyard, Norton Bavant, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Jack Wallis Gauntlett was born in 1898 in Stapleford, Pewsey, Wiltshire. He was the son of George Farmer Gauntlett, a farmer, and Florence Mary Gauntlett. In 1901 the family were living at South Grove Farm, Burbage, Pewsey. By the time of the 1911 Census they had moved to Middleton Farm, Norton Bavant, Bishopstrow, Wiltshire. Jack attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1913 to April 1915 and was a member of the 1914 football team. On leaving school became a farmer.  

He enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps (Service No. 52597) becoming an Air Mechanic 2nd Class. In 1917 he went home on leave and directly after returning to camp developed measles, followed by acute broncho-pneumonia. He died at the Military Hospital, Warminster, Wiltshire on 11th May 1917. Sadly, when Jack was at home on leave he passed the measles infection on to his brother Robert, who also died, aged 2 years.

Jack was buried with full military honours in All Saints Churchyard, Norton Bavant, Wiltshire. He is remembered on the Norton Bavant War Memorial and on the Shaftesbury Grammar School memorial in Shaftesbury School. Throughout the war a hand-written list was compiled of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving in the armed forces. An asterix can be seen next to Jack’s name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

Printed Sources: Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1917

Images:
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 9
  • 1914 Shaftesbury Grammar School Football Team

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Shastonian