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

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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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Frederick Charles Blucke

Surname: Blucke
Other names: Frederick Charles
Other people in this story:
Harry Frederick Stokes Blucke
Elizabeth Harriet Blucke née Collins
Antionette L. Blucke
William Alexander Stewart Blucke
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Cann Lodge, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Staines, Middlesex
Singapore

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Frederick Charles Blucke was born in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 10th August 1897 and baptised there on 2nd September 1897, the son of Dr. Harry Frederick Stokes Blucke and Elizabeth Harriet Blucke (née Collins).  Frederick's father was the local Doctor and they lived at Donhead St. Andrew until, by 1911, they had moved to Cann Lodge, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  

Frederick had enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 157936).   He was promoted to Lieutenant and the Service No. dropped from his record.  Following discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He was married at sometime, possibly not in the UK, to Antoinette. L. Blucke (maiden name not known).  By the 1939 Register he was living at 27A Brightside Avenue, Staines, Middlesex, and was described as a Cleaner Sales Supervisor. His death was recorded in Singapore on 31st October 1951.  

His brother, William Alexander Stewart Blucke also served in the war, with the Dorsetshire Regiment and the Royal Air Force.

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Victor Thomas Burden

Surname: Burden
Other names: Victor Thomas
Other people in this story:
James John Rideout Burden
Sarah Ann Burden née Elliott
Annie Emily Burden née Hawkins
William Ernest Burden
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Guy's Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

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Victor Thomas Burden was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16th November 1887 and baptised at St. James' Church, Shaftesbury, on 18th December 1887, the son of James John Rideout Burden and Sarah Ann Burden (née Elliott).  Victor spent all his early life in Guy's Marsh, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted on 27th November 1915 but, before he was mobilized, married Annie Emily Hawkins at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 27th December 1915. They went on to have three children. 

Victor was eventually mobilized on 29th February 1916 and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 65016).  He served in France and Flanders with the 166th, 201st and 196th heavy batteries where he suffered back troubles and was eventually discharged as being unfit for further service on 17th January 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as a small short-lived pension.  By the 1939 Register he was living in a cottage at Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and working as a Public Works Contractor's Labourer. He died at Hartgrove in 1970.

Victor's brother William Ernest also served in the war, with the Dorset Yeomanry and the Corp of Hussars.

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Thomas Fooks Oliver

Surname: Oliver
Other names: Thomas Fooks
Other people in this story:
Henry John Oliver
Elizabeth Mary Oliver née Hussey
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Tisbury, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Motcombe Street, Shaftesbury

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Thomas Fooks Oliver was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 27th August 1886 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 7th November 1886, the son of Henry John Oliver and Elizabeth Mary Oliver (née Hussey).  He lived his early life in Shaftesbury until 1901 when he was boarding in Tisbury, Wiltshire, whilst apprenticed to a hairdresser.  He had returned to Shaftesbury by 1911 to work on his own account as a Hairdresser.  He enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 65010).  He served in France and Flanders during which time he was gassed.  He was discharged on 6th September 1919 and received a short-term limited pension for his disability.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 48 Motcombe Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, single and working as a Hairdresser.  His death is recorded in the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registry in 1953.

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Frederick John Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Frederick John
Other people in this story:
Alfred Gray
Elizabeth Jane Gray née Toomer
Elizabeth Gray née Fry
Jasper James Gray
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

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Frederick John Gray was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 26th July 1882 and was not baptised until 29th May 1883 at Holy Trinity Church, the son of Alfred Gray and Elizabeth Jane Gray (née Toomer).  Apart from Military Service, he spent all his life in and around Shaftesbury. He married Elizabeth Fry in Shaftesbury in 1910.   He enlisted and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 203668).  It is not known where he served during the war period.  On discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  Regrettably he died in Shaftesbury in 1935.

Frederick's brother Jasper James (b.1871) also served in the war, with the Royal Army Service Corps.

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William Crutcher

Surname: Crutcher
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
William Crutcher
Mary Anne Crutcher née Witherington
Margaret Ellen Crutcher née Lane
Locations in this story:
Woodcutts, Sixpanny Handley, Dorset
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
France & Flanders
Deanland, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset

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William Crutcher was born at Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 14th March 1888 and baptised at Sixpenny Handley on 6th May 1888, the son of William Crutcher and Mary Anne Crutcher (née Witherington).  He lived all his civilian life in and around Sixpenny Handley.  William enlisted on 11th December 1915 and was mobilized on 22nd May 1916 when he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 82122). He served in France & Flanders.  He was transferred to the No. 1 (RGA) Sussex Company (Service No. 374578) and then to the 368th Forestry Company, Royal Engineers as a Pioneer (Service No. 327932).  He was finally discharged on 20th October 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Margaret Ellen Lane at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 31st October 1921.  There are no records of children.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Deanland, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, and was working as a Woodman and Hurdle Maker. His death is recorded at Sixpenny Handley on 20th August 1968.

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Charles Green

Surname: Green
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
John Green
Maria Green née Lever
Locations in this story:
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Newington, Kent
France & Flanders
Riseden Farm, Hawkhurst, Kent

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Charles Green was born in Iwerne Minster, Dorset, on 22nd May 1881 and baptised there on 3rd June 1881, the son of John Green and Maria Green (née Lever).   He lived his early life in and around Iwerne Minster until, by 1901, he had moved to Newington, Kent.   He enlisted on 13th November 1915 and was mobilized on 28th March 1916 when he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 71006).  He served in France & Flanders and received gun shot wounds on three occasions.  He finally ended up with the 332nd Siege Battery from where he was discharged on 2nd July 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Riseden Farm, Hawkhurst, Kent, working as a Farm Foreman.  He remained single all his life and died in the Cottage Hospital, Hawkhurst, Kent, on 12th June 1964.

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William James Brooks

Surname: Brooks
Other names: William James
Other people in this story:
Thomas Brooks
Elizabeth Brooks
Elizabeth Mary Brooks née Newcombe
Locations in this story:
Church Hill, Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Fulham, London, SW
France & Flanders
Poole, Dorset

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William James Brooks was born in Iwerne Minster, Dorset, on 30 May 1882 and baptised there on 6th August 1882, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Brooks.  He lived most of his life in Iwerne Minster.  He married Elizabeth Mary Newcombe on 6th August 1904 at Fulham Registry Office, Fulham, London, SW, and they went on to have two children.   William enlisted on 6th December 1915 and was mobilized on 1st June 1916 when he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 91270).  He was posted to France and joined the 154th (Hampshire) Heavy Battery with a new Service No. 353926.  He was demobilized on 8th September 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living in Church Hill, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, working as a Builder's Labourer.  He died in Poole, Dorset, Registration District in 1967.

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William Alfred Snook

Surname: Snook
Other names: William Alfred
Other people in this story:
John Edward Snook
Anna Mary Snook née Scammell
Florence Ida Snook née Greenan
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, Hampshire
Collingwood, Isle of Wight, Hampshire
Kingston, Portsmouth, Hampshire
France & Flanders
Italy
Water Lane, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire

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William Alfred Snook was born in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16th February 1882 and baptised there on 9th April 1882, the son of John Edward Snook and Anna Mary Snook (née Scammell).   He lived his early life in Melbury Abbas and later in Water Lane, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire.  He married Florence Ida Greenan in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, on 17th June 1907 and they went on to have four children.  William had already enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery on 6th February 1899 (Service No. 33500), serving in the UK and various places abroad until placed on reserve on 5th February 1907 and finally discharged on 5th February 1911.   He re-enlisted on 7th September 1914 with the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service Nos.2572 & 277572) and served in France & Flanders as well as Italy.  He rose to the rank of Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (WOII) which rank he held when discharged on 25th March 1919.  He received a pension with regard to his length of service and was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  By the 1939 Register he was shown living at Ommanney Road, Collingwood, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, working as a Scavanging Contractor as well as an ARP Warden.  He died in St. Mary's Hospital, Kingston, Portsmouth, Hampshire, on 9th June 1950.

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William Stephen Maidment

Surname: Maidment
Other names: William Stephen
Other people in this story:
Stephen Maidment
Prudence Maidment née Miles
Beatrice Bessie Maidment née Hills
Locations in this story:
The Green, Semley, Wiltshire
Hasting, Sussex
Chesswood Road, Worthing, Sussex

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William Stephen Maidment was born in Semley, Wiltshire, on 20th May 1886, the son of Stephen Maidment and Prudence Maidment (née Miles).  He lived his early life with the family at The Green, Semley, Wiltshire.  He enlisted on 24th June 1916 but was not mobilized until 24th February 1917 when he joined the Records Section of the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 144518).  His entire service was in the UK being promoted to Lance Bombadier.  He married Beatrice Bessie Hills in Hastings, Sussex, on 23rd June 1917.  There were three children of the marriage.  William was discharged from the Army on 18th February 1919.  There are no medal records in this case.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 1 Chesswood Road, Worthing, Sussex, described as a Wholesale Grocer and Baker's Sundries.  He died in Worthing in 1971.

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