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

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

Story:
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

Story:
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

Story:
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

Story:
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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Herbert Darrell King

Surname: King
Other names: Herbert Darrell
Other people in this story:
Mark King
Kate King née Stanley
Locations in this story:
Alvediston, Wiltshire
Salonika, Greece
France & Flanders
Elcombe Lane, Mere, Wiltshire
Southampton, Hampshire

Story:
Herbert Darrell King was born on 23rd December 1896 at Alvediston, Wiltshire, the son of Mark King and Kate King (née Stanley).  He lived all his early life in Alvediston.  He enlisted as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery on 8th September 1914 and served with various units in Salonika and France & Flanders (Service No. 44773).   Whilst in France he suffered gas poisoning and later a severe gunshot wound which led to him being discharged as unfit for further duty on 29th March 1918.   He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He was also issued with the Silver War Badge No. 372725.  In time he was also granted a Pension.  By the 1939 Register he was living in Elcombe Lane, Mere, Wiltshire and working as a Farm Tractor Driver.  He remained single throughout his life and died in the Southampton, Hampshire, Registration District in 1948.

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Henry George Brown

Surname: Brown
Other names: Henry George
Other people in this story:
George Brown
Emma Brown née Rideout
Edith Annie Brown née Keay
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
France & Flanders
India
Bromsden, Henley, Oxfordshire
Bloxwich, Staffordshire

Story:
Henry George Brown was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 26th August 1884, the son of George Brown and Emma Brown (née Rideout).   He lived most of his early life in and around Farnham.  He married Edith Annie Keay on the 11th April 1914 in Bloxwich, Staffordshire, where he was working as an Under Game Keeper.  They went on to have five children.   He enlisted on 6th June 1916 and was placed on reserve with the 5th Reserve Brigade (Territorial Force) of the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner. (Service No. 126248).  He was mobilized on 30th October 1916 and posted to France.  He was transferred on 11th June 1917 to the 4th Mountain Battery of the RGA in India (Service No. 301744).  He was fully discharged on 31st March 1920 and awarded the British War Medal and the India General Service Medal with Clasp (Afghanistan 1919).  By the 1939 Register he was living at West Lodge, Bromsden, Henley, Oxfordshire, and described as a Head Gamekeeper.  He died in Oxfordshire on 22nd April 1964.

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Harry Percival Holly

Surname: Holly
Other names: Harry Percival
Other people in this story:
Mark Holly
Harriett Holly née Smith
Clara Holly née Beedles
Herbert John Holly
Ernest Walter Holly
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Chippenham, Wiltshire
Pembridge, Weobley, Herefordshire

Story:
Harry Percival Holly was born on 1st September 1891 in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset and baptised there on 13th December 1891, the son of Mark Holly and Harriett Holly (née Smith).   He lived his early life in and around Melbury Abbas.  He enlisted on 30th October 1915 and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 57735).  He served for some of the time in France with the 25th Fire Command and whilst there sustained a service injury to his right hand which eventually led to the amputation of his index finger.  This event led to him being in hospital for nearly three months.   He married Clara Beedles on 26th June 1917 in Chippenham, Wiltshire, and they went on to have two children.  He was eventually demobilized on 1st March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Stockmoor, Pembridge, Weobley, Herefordshire, and was described as a Munitions Worker.  He died on 3rd April 1983 in the Hereford Registration District.  

Harry's brothers also served in the war: Herbert John (b.1892) with the Dorsetshire Regiment, the Devonshire Regiment and the Hampshire Regiment; Ernest Walter (b.1895) died on 27th December 1918 while serving with the Royal Army Service Corps in Greece.

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Herbert John Holly

Frederick James Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Frederick James
Other people in this story:
William Gray
Jane Gray
Elizabeth Anne Gray née Haskett
Locations in this story:
Semley, Wiltshire
Buscot House, Farringdon, Berkshire
Mitford Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire
The Rhine, Germany
France
St. Osmond's Church, Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Frederick James Gray was born in Semley, Wiltshire, on 19th July 1888 and baptised there on 16th September 188, the son of William and Jane Gray.  His early life is recorded in the Semley Workhouse until the 1911 Census when he is shown as working as a Gardener at Buscot House, Farringdon, Berkshire.  By 1913 he had moved to Salisbury, Wiltshire, and married Elizabeth Anne Haskett on 29th July 1913 at St. Osmond's Church, Salisbury.  They appear to have had only one child.   Frederick enlisted on 6th December 1915 but was not embodied until 29th May 1916 when he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 91304).  He served with various units in France including the 185th Siege Battery and ended his service at the Rhine Army Control Camp, Germany.  He was finally demobilized on 4th October 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 26 Mitford Street, Salisbury, and described as a Restaurant Proprietor.  He died in Salisbury on 6 Oct 1944.

Frederick's brother Ernest William also served in the war and was sadly killed in 1917 while serving with the Dorsetshire Regiment in France.

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Harold Cecil Weldon

Surname: Weldon
Other names: Harold Cecil
Other people in this story:
William Weldon
Frances Mary Weldon née Cass
Frederick Weldon
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Bimport, Shaftesbury
Alcester House, Shaftesbury

Story:
Harold Cecil Weldon was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9th February 1884 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 9th March 1884, the son of William Weldon and Frances Mary Weldon (née Cass).  The family lived in and around the Bimport area for many years.  Harold enlisted on 11th December 1915 and joined the Coldstream Guards as a Private (Service No. 20489).  He was transferred at a later date to the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 225765).  He served in France and was eventually discharged as being physically unfit for further duty on 3rd June 1919.  He was awarded a short-term pension due to his disability.  He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals.   By 1922 he was working as a Hawker and living in Brickhill (now Church Hill), Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.  By the 1939 Register he was shown as 'Cecil' Weldon and residing in Alcester House, Shaftesbury and described as a General Labourer.  He remained single according to the Register.  He died in Shaftesbury in 1948 and was buried in St. James Churchyard on 6th September 1948. 

Harold Cecil's brother Frederick (b.1877) also served in the war, with the Royal Army Medical Corps and the Royal Army Service Corps.

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