Nathaniel Sidney Stacey

Surname: Stacey
Other names: Nathaniel Sidney
Other people in this story:
Samuel Stacey
Caroline Stacey
Margery Stacey née Coleman
Locations in this story:
Shorts Green, Motcombe, Dorset
Ilfracombe, Devon
Germany

Story:
Nathaniel Sidney Stacey was born in Motcombe, Dorset, on 27th May 1887, the son of Samuel and Caroline Stacey.  He lived his early life in Shorts Green, Motcombe, Dorset.   He enlisted on 11th December 1915 and was mobilized on 18th May 1916, joining the 35th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (Service No. 151426).   Shortly after he transferred on 1st July 1916 to 29th TW Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment (Service No. 31881).  He was transferred yet again to the Labour Corps ('F' Company) and became part of the army of occupation in Germany at the end of the war. He had been promoted to Corporal and was eventually discharged on 22nd September 1920.  There is no information about any medals being awarded. He had married Margery Coleman in Ilfracombe, Devon, on 1st February 1916 and they went on to have one child.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 2 Merridan Terrace, Ilfracombe, Devon working as a Jobbing Gardener.  There is no current information on his date of death.

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George Burridge

Surname: Burridge
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
Charles Burridge
Agnes Burridge
Ellen Burridge née Sheridan
Locations in this story:
Frenchmill Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France
Malta
India
St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury

Story:
George Burridge was born in 1874 at Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Charles and Agnes Burridge. The family lived in Frenchmill Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury. He had originally enlisted on 13th June 1898 with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 5701) and had served in Malta and India. He was discharged to reserves on 12 Jun 1910. At the outbreak of war he re-enlisted on 26 Aug 1914 with the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 7652). He was transferred on numerous occasions - 3rd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (S/n 19923), 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (S/n 14683), The Labour Corps (S/n 451361) and finally, the 39th Garrison Company, 43rd (G) Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (S/n G/105488). He served in France and received gunshot wounds in July 1916. He was eventually discharged on 23rd February 1917 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He gave his home address then as Hawkesdene Cottage, Cann, Shaftesbury. He married Ellen Sheridan at Shaftesbury on 13th September 1917 and they had one daughter. George died in 1924 and was buried in St. Rumbold's Churchyard, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 19th June 1924.

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Enmore Green War Memorial 03

Frederick Cecil Bowles

Surname: Bowles
Other names: Frederick Cecil
Other people in this story:
Sarah Ann Bowles
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Varennes Military Cemetery, Varennes, Somme, France
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury
Motcombe, Dorset
Heywood Garage, Westbury, Wiltshire
Lower Langham, Gillingham, Dorset
Gillingham, Dorset
Rochester, Kent
Shaftesbury Workhouse, Breach Lane

Story:
Frederick Cecil Bowles was born and registered in 1895 in Shaftesbury as Cecil Frederick Bowles but was baptised in Gillingham on 17th January, 1896 with the christian names reversed. His mother, Sarah Ann Bowles, was described in the Parish Register as a 'single'woman'. By 1901 Sarah was living at Lower Langham, Gillingham with her father and her three children. At the time of the 1911 Census Frederick was boarding and working as a domestic gardener at Heywood Garage, Westbury, Wiltshire, whilst his mother had by then entered Shaftesbury Workhouse in Breach Lane. He enlisted in Rochester, Kent, as a Private in the 8th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (Service No. G/1906). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals. He died of wounds on the Somme on 5th August 1916 and was buried at Varennes Military Cemetery, Varennes, Somme, France, (grave id. I.A.5). He is remembered on the war memorials at Motcombe and Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.

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  • Names on Enmore Green War Memorial
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 01
  • Names on Motcombe War Memorial 1
  • Motcombe War Memorial 4
  • Motcombe War Memorial 01
  • Motcombe War Memorial 02

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Names on East Knoyle War Memorial

Oliver Snooke

Surname: Snooke
Other names: Oliver
Other people in this story:
Edward Wilberforce Snooke
Alice Mary Snooke nee Barnard
Locations in this story:
East Knoyle, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, France
Bishop's Fonthill, Wiltshire
Holloway, East Knoyle
Lonodn

Story:
Oliver Snooke was born in 1892 in East Knoyle and baptised there on 6th November, 1892. He was the son of Edward Wilberforce Snooke, a Bricklayer, and Alice Mary Snooke (nee Barnard). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Stable Helper and living at 64 Holloway, East Knoyle. He enlisted in London and joined the 12th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment (Service No. 5150). He served in France & Flanders and at the time of his death held the rank of Sergeant. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 6th December 1916 and was buried at Philosophe British War Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Nord Pas de Calais, France (grave id. I.K.36). By the time of his death his parents had moved to The Lodge, Bishop's Fonthill, Wiltshire. He is remembered on the East Knoyle War Memorial.

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  • East Knoyle War Memorial

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