Shaftesbury Grammar School 3

Edward William Cuff

Surname: Cuff
Other names: Edward William
Other people in this story:
William J. Cuff
Amelia Cuff née Robbins
Edith Violet Mary Cuff née Sheldrake
Louie Cuff née Saltmer
Locations in this story:
Staines, Middlesex
Poplar, London
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Portishead, Somerset
Gibraltar
Wandsworth, Middlesex
Louth, Lincolnshire
Bournemouth, Hampshire
Whitchurch, Dorset

Story:
Edward William Cuff was born in Staines, Middlesex, on 12th February 1892, the son of William J. Cuff, (a Sub-Divisional Inspector of the Metropolitan Police) and Amelia Cuff (née Robbins) who were both originally from Whitchurch, Dorset.  Edward lived his early life with his family in Poplar, London, except for the period from 1905 to 1909 when he attended Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset. By the time of the 1911 Census he was boarding in Portishead, Somerset, where he was a Bank Clerk. He enlisted and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery (Transport Division) becoming a Lieutenant.  He served most of his time in Gibraltar and on discharge was awarded the British War Medal.  He married Edith Violet Mary Sheldrake in the Wandsworth, Middlesex, Registry area in 1931.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 4 Horncastle Road, Louth, Lincolnshire, and was still working as a Bank Clerk.  His wife died in 1962 in Bournemouth, Hampshire, and Edward re-married soon after to Louie Saltmer.  Edward died in Bournemouth in 1968.

A "First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces" was produced by Shaftesbury Grammar School in September 1915. It shows the regiment in which Edward served and the date and term in which he left school. Throughout the war a hand-written list was also compiled of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving in the armed forces. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

Printed Sources:
First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, October 1909
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, October 1914
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, February 1916
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1916
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, February 1917
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, November 1918

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  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys C
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 10
  • List of Old Shastonians 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 3

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Shastonian

Edgar William Merrifield

Surname: Merrifield
Other names: Edgar William
Other people in this story:
Henry John Merefield
Anne Stroud Merefield née Tanswell
Reginald Henry Merrifield
John Percival Merrifield
Victor Gerald Merrifield
Locations in this story:
Sutton Road, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bath, Somerset

Story:
Edgar William Merrifield (surname as registered) was born at Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1886 and baptised there on 8th August 1886, the son of Henry John Merefield (surname as registered) and Anne Stroud Merefield (née Tanswell).  He lived most of his life in and around Fontmell Magna except for Military Service.  By 1911 he was living with the family at 38 Sutton Road, Fontmell Magna.   He enlisted and served with the 472nd Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery eventually holding the rank of Acting Bombardier (Service No. 65021).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but after discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He died in Bath, Somerset, and was buried at Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2nd June 1938. 

His brother, Victor Gerald, also served but was killed, whereas, his other brothers, Reginald Henry Merrifield and John Percival Merrifield, also served but survived.

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Victor George Merrifield
Reginald Henry Merrifield
John Percival Merrifield

Harry Stone

Surname: Stone
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
William Stone
Julia Stone née Andrews
Annetta Bessie May Stone née Gray
Locations in this story:
Compton Abbas, Shaftesbuyr, Dorset
Drones Lane, Twyford, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Taunton, Somerset
Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Harry Stone was born in Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 31st March 1897, the son of William Stone and Julia Stone (née Andrews).  He spent nearly all his life in the Twyford, Shaftesbury, Dorset, area apart from his Military Service.   He enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 66660).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but he was attached at one time to the 141st Siege Battery.  Following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Annetta Bessie May Gray in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1929.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Drones Lane, Twyford, Shaftesbury, and was described as a Dairy Farmer.  His death was recorded at the Taunton, Somerset, Registry in 1982.

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Spring Cottage, Ashmore

Edward Isaac White

Surname: White
Other names: Edward Isaac
Other people in this story:
Isaac White
Sarah Elizabeth White née Street
Edith Bessie White née Tanswell
Locations in this story:
Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
Stoke sub Hamdon, Somerset

Story:
Edward Isaac White was born at Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 23rd November 1884 and baptised there on 15th February 1885. He was the son of Isaac White, a Carrier, and Sarah Elizabeth White (née Street).  He spent all his life, apart from Military Service, in the Ashmore area. He married Edith Bessie Tanswell at Stoke sub Hamdon, Somerset, on 5th January 1914.   He enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 239361).  It is not known where he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Laburnum Cottage, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a Gardener.  His death was registered at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry on 28th January 1966 and he was buried at Ashmore on 15th February 1966.

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George Reginald Belbin

Surname: Belbin
Other names: George Reginald
Other people in this story:
Harry Belbin
Elizabeth Belbin née Tucker
Frederick Belbin
Charles Belbin
William John Belbin
Locations in this story:
Blandford, Dorset
Victoria Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Egypt
St. James Street, Shaftesbury

Story:
George Reginald Belbin was born in Blandford, Dorset, in 1893 and baptised there on 15th October 1893, the son of Harry Belbin and Elizabeth Belbin (née Tucker). The family had moved to 11 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, by 1901. George enlisted on 26th January 1917 and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 136147).  He served in Egypt with the 10th Mountain Howitzer Battery and whilst there suffered shell splinter wounds to the neck as well having nasal problems which were aggravated by his service conditions, as a result of which he was awarded a short lived 10% pension.  He was discharged on 24th April 1920 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He had given 4 Victoria Street, Shaftesbury, on the 1918 Absent Voters List.  Regrettably he died in Shaftesbury during 1929. Of George's brothers', Charles Belbin and William John Belbin both lost their lives whereas Frederick Belbin survived the conflict.

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Charles Lemon

Surname: Lemon
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
George Thomas Lemon
Eliza Lemon née Dibben
Florence Mabel Lemon née Foyle
Samuel Lemon
Locations in this story:
East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
West Knoyle, Wiltshire
Blandford, Dorset
France & Flanders
Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richbourg-L'Avoue, Pas de Calais, France
Wilton, Wiltshire

Story:
Charles Lemon was born at East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset in 1886, the son of George Thomas Lemon and Eliza Lemon (née Dibben).  He lived his early life in and around East Orchard. He married Florence Mabel Foyle in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1911 and they had two daughters.  On his marriage he moved to West Hill Cottage, West Knoyle, Wiltshire.   Charles enlisted at Blandford, Dorset, and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 14795).  Whilst serving with the 35th Heavy Battery in France and Flanders he died, according to the reports, 'of apoplexy whilst on active service' on 20th February 1916.  He was buried at the Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-l'Avoue, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, (Grave ref: III.D.15).  His parents had died prior to his death and his wife had moved to Wilton, Wiltshire, with her brother.  No other memorial has been identified in this case.  Charles's older brother, Samuel, also served in the conflict but survived.

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Samuel Lemon
St. James Street junction with Tanyard Lane

Arthur Stainer

Surname: Stainer
Other names: Arthur
Other people in this story:
George Theodore Stainer
Jane Stainer née Young
Florence Ethel Stainer née Brickell
Walter Charles Stainer
Harold George Stainer
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Lyemarsh Farm, Mere, Wiltshire
St. James, Shaftesbury
Bimport, Shaftesbury

Story:
Arthur Stainer was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 1st December 1896, the son of George Theodore Stainer and Jane Stainer (née Young).  He spent his early life with the family at 83 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, until, by 1911, he was living and working with his uncle at Lyemarsh Farm, Mere, Wiltshire.   He enlisted and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 762) but later transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 334553).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Florence Ethel Brickell in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 26th December 1921. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 17 Bimport, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a Cabinet Maker.  His death was recorded in Shaftesbury during 1983.

Two of Arthur's siblings served in the war: Walter Charles (b.1893) with the Royal Field Artillery, and Harold George (b.1888) with the Devonshire Regiment, Labour Corps and Royal Flying Corps.

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Harold George Stainer
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Layton Lane 1

Charles Roberts

Surname: Roberts
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
James (Senior) Roberts
Emma Jane Roberts née Lane
James Roberts
George Roberts
Locations in this story:
Layton Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Abertillery, Monmouthshire, South Wales
France & Flanders

Story:
Charles Roberts was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1888, the son of James Roberts and Emma Jane Roberts (née Lane).  He grew up in the family home at 13 Layton Lane, Shaftesbury.  By 1911 he was boarding at 30 Alma Street, Abertillery, Monmouthshire, working in the mines as a Timberman (Underground).   He enlisted and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 47976). He served in France and Flanders and following his discharge on 16th January 1919 was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  His address on the 1918 Absent Voters List had been given as 1 Layton Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset. 

Two of Charles' brothers also served in the war, James (b.1879) with the Dorsetshire Regiment and George (b.1887) with the South Wales Borderers and the Monmouthshire Regiment.

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George Roberts
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Thomas Lionel Hull

Surname: Hull
Other names: Thomas Lionel
Other people in this story:
Wareham Hull
Ann Hull née Tapp
Olive Hull née Oxford
Locations in this story:
Stoke St. Mary, Somerset
High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Tisbury, Wiltshire
Weymouth, Dorset

Story:
Thomas Lionel Hull was born in Stoke St. Mary, Somerset, on 12th September 1884 and baptised there on 2nd November 1884, the son of Wareham Hull and Ann Hull (née Tapp).  He spent his early years with his family in Stoke St. Mary before eventually arriving by 1911 in Shaftesbury, Dorset,  boarding and working at 45 High Street, Shaftesbury, as an assistant ironmonger.  He enlisted and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 75477).  He rose to the rank of Sergeant and served in France and Flanders with the 324th Siege Battery.  Whilst there he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.  He was discharged on 3rd June 1919 and further awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Olive Oxford in the Tisbury, Wiltshire, Registration District in 1930.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was in business as an Ironmonger at 35 High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  His death was recorded at the Weymouth, Dorset, Registry in 1970.

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Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury 1

Frederick James Snook

Surname: Snook
Other names: Frederick James
Other people in this story:
Robert Snook
Ellen Snook née Denness
Eva Snook née Field
Locations in this story:
East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Manston, Dorset
Compton Dundon, Somerset
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bournemouth, Hampshire

Story:
Frederick James Snook was born at East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 30th August 1878, the son of Robert Snook and Ellen Snook (née Denness).  He spent his early life at Manston, Dorset, before moving to Shaftesbury some time before 1901.   He married Eva Field at Compton Dundon, Somerset, on 20th December 1903 and they went on to have two children.  By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 20 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury.   He enlisted and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 129605).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but he was with the 328th Siege Battery towards the end of his time.  Following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 10 Alumhurst Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, and was described as a Grocer.  He died in Bournemouth on 17th November 1947.

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