Melbury Abbas and Zig Zag Hill

Richard Charles Mullins

Surname: Mullins
Other names: Richard Charles
Other people in this story:
Charles R. Mullins
Elizabeth Mullins née Lucas
Elsie Mullins née Greenwood
Locations in this story:
Cann Common, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Ludwell, Wiltshire
Grove Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Richard Charles Mullins was born on 1st May 1895 at Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset and baptised there on 2nd June 1895, the son of Charles R. Mullins and Elizabeth Mullins (née Lucas). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Cann Common, Shaftesbury. He joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 560) but later transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery (Territorial Force) as a Gunner (Service No.334552). Following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Elsie Greenwood at Ludwell, Wiltshire, on 3rd April 1920 and they went on to have two children. The 1939 Register shows the family living at Grove Farm, Melbury Abbas, Dorset, where Richard was described as a Dairy Farmer. He died at Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 8th September 1973 and was later interred at Melbury Abbas alongside his wife who had predeceased him in 1966.

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Sidney Whitmarsh

Surname: Whitmarsh
Other names: Sidney
Other people in this story:
Ambrose John Whitmarsh
Maria Whitmarsh
Kate Whitmarsh née Lane
Charles Whitmarsh
Locations in this story:
White Pit Lane, Melbury Abbas, Dorset
France
Frederick Street, Aldershot, Hampshire
Burton Street, Marnull, Dorset

Story:
Sidney Whitmarsh was born at Melbury Abbas, Dorset in 1871, the son of Ambrose John Whitmarsh and Maria Whitmarsh (nee Lane). The family lived for a time at White Pit Lane, Melbury Abbas. He had enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1897.  He married Kate Lane at Melbury Abbas on 11th July 1898. He had been discharged from the army and according to the 1911 Census, when they were living at Burton Street, Marnull, Dorset, there was at least one child of the marriage. He re-enlisted as a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment on 17th August 1914 (Service No. 7373). He was transferred as a Gunner to the Royal Garrison Artillery on 1st January 1915 (Service No. 6720) and served with them in France. On 5th May 1917, having returned to the UK, he was transferred to the Labour Corps as a Private (Service No. 435341) and joined the 644th Agricultural Company. He was demobilized on 31st March 1920 and awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was obviously in some financial difficulty in 1923, when living at 1 Frederick Street, Aldershot, Hampshire, as he was trying to obtain copies of his military record in order to prove his need to the authorities. He died in Aldershot in 1936.   His brother, Charles Whitmarsh, also served but was discharged on 2 Apr 1918 being physically unfit due to gun shot wounds and died in 1920. Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Donhead St. Mary Church

John Morgan Snook

Surname: Snook
Other names: John Morgan
Other people in this story:
Thomas Snook
Emma Snook née Goddard
Bertha Snook née Fisher
Morris Snook
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Hong Kong
Wandsworth, London
Tisbury, Wiltshire
Lower Winchcombe, Wiltshire

Story:
John Morgan Snook was born in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, in 1870 and baptised there on 27th March 1870, the son of Thomas Snook and Emma Snook (née Goddard). He was living with his parents at Lower Winchcombe, Wiltshire at the time of the 1881 Census. He enlisted in the Dorsetshire Regiment on 6th May 1887 as a Private (Service No. 2373). The Army was reorganised in 1889 and he was transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 63403) on 1st July 1889 with a further transfer to the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 20501) on 23rd June 1903. He served in Hong Kong until placed on reserve. He had married Bertha Fisher on 22nd September 1897 at Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, and they went on to have five children. By the time of Word War 1 he had moved to Wandsworth, London, where he was employed by the London County Council as a Park Keeper. He was embodied on 6th August 1914 (Service No. 1596) and posted to the 3rd London General Territorial Hospital which was based in the Royal Victorian Patriotic School buildings in Wandsworth. He was however discharged on 16th October 1914 on the grounds that he should not have been called up. No medals were awarded. He died in 1931 (Tisbury, Wiltshire, Register) at the home of his son, Morris, who lived in Donhead St. Mary. Morris was his next-of-kin following the death on John's wife in 1916.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Norman Henry King

Surname: King
Other names: Norman Henry
Other people in this story:
Henry King
Sarah King
Nellie Mary King née Dunn
Locations in this story:
Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire
Porton Down, Wiltshire
Winterslow, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Norman Henry King was born at Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire, on 8th February 1893, the son of Henry and Sarah King. He enlisted on 3rd September 1914 and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 44725). He was discharged on 14th September 1914 (after only 11 days service) due to 'being unlikely to be an efficient soldier' as he only had one eye. He resumed his occupation of Farm Labourer and went on to marry Nellie Mary Dunn in 1922. They had four children. His last known address was 6 Council Houses, Winterslow, Salisbury, Wiltshire, per the 1939 Register, which shows him working as a Civil Defence Messenger at Porton Down Camp, Salisbury. He died in 1977.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter

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George Jenkins

Surname: Jenkins
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
Eli Jenkins
Sarah Ann Jenkins
Lavinia Violet Jane Jenkins née Smith
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Alton, Hampshire
Sierra Leone
Richmond Gardens, Hammersmith, London
Uxbridge, Middlesex
France

Story:
George Jenkins was born on 2nd April 1874 at Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, the son of Eli Jenkins and Sarah Ann Jenkins. He had enlisted on 10th March 1896 and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 14475). He served in many parts of the then Empire, including Sierra Leone, where he was at the time the War broke out. He was posted to France for a period and then back to the UK. His career in the Army was very distinguished and after the full 21 years he was duly discharged on 10th March 1918 with the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major. Apart for the Victory and British War medals and 1915 Star he was also the holder of the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. He married Lavinia Violet Jane Smith on 4th June 1918 in Alton, Hampshire, from which marriage there were no children. The last known address was 7 Richmond Gardens, Hammersmith, London, per the 1939 Register. George died in 1957 in the Uxbridge, Middlesex, Registration District.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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East Knoyle 1

George Garrett

Surname: Garrett
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
John Garrett
Mary Ann Garrett née Maidment
Ann Garrett née Venning
Locations in this story:
Summerleaze Farm, East Knoyle, Wiltshire
Egypt
France & Flanders
Newton Abbott, Devon
The Holloway, East Knoyle, Wiltshire

Story:
George Garrett was born at East Knoyle, Wiltshire in 1870, the son of John Garrett and Mary Ann Garrett (née Maidment). The family lived at Summerleaze Farm, East Knoyle, Wiltshire until George's father died in 1890. Following this, his mother moved to The Holloway, East Knoyle, Wiltshire, where she is recorded still living in the 1911 Census. George married Ann Venning on 14th September 1889 and there were 2 children of the marriage. George had previously served for a period in the Royal Garrison Artillery and had spent some time in Egypt. He re-enlisted on 2nd September 1914 and joined the 1st Service Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment (Special Reservists) where he eventually became a Lance Sergeant (Service No. 7223). He was at the time living in the Newton Abbott, Devonshire, area and working as a Groom. He had served in France & Flanders and was subsequently demobilized on 19th April 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He died in 1956 in the Newton Abbott Registration District.

Source: Based on earlier research by Ken Baxter

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Stoney Path

William Charles Abraham Burridge

Surname: Burridge
Other names: William Charles Abraham
Other people in this story:
Charles Burridge
Alice Bessie Burridge née Wilmott
Locations in this story:
Stoney Path, St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France

Story:
William Charles Abraham Burridge was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21st June 1897 the son of Frederick Burridge and Alice Bessie Burridge (née Wilmott). He enlisted on 21st October 1916 as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery attached to the R.A.E. Tank Corps serving in France (Service No. 125985).  He was demobilized on 14th October 1919 with a War Pension due to the effects of his service.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He re-enlisted for a period of one year in 1921 as a Territorial with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment.  He remained single and his last known address, per the 1939 Register, was 3 Stoney Path, St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He was employed as a Gardener.  William died in 1949 and was buried at St. James' Church on 16th September 1949. Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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William George Barter headstone 2

William George Barter

Surname: Barter
Other names: William George
Other people in this story:
Frederick Sidney Barter
Elizabeth Jane Barter nŽée Sims
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
Fulham Military Hospital, London, W.8.
St. Bartholomew's Church, Sutton Waldron, Dorset
Throop Farm, Christchurch, Hampshire
France & Flanders
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Hampstead, London
Fort Brockhurst, Gosport, Hampshire

Story:
William George Barter was born in 1895 in the registration district of Shaftesbury. He was the son of Frederick Sidney Barter, an agricultural labourer, and Elizabeth Jane Barter (nŽée Sims). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a grocer and living at Throop Farm, near Christchurch, Hampshire. He enlisted at Fort Brockhurst, Gosport, Hampshire, and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 66659) and served with the Expeditionary Force in France. Moving from Battery to Battery he was eventually promoted to Bombardier and finished up with the 39th Brigade. On 29th September 1918 he returned to the UK for officer training with the Royal Air Force during which time he held a temporary commission. Shortly after his posting to RAF Flying School he contracted Cerebo Spinal Fever and was admitted to Fulham Military Hospital, Dunstans Road, London, W.8. where he died on 16th October 1918. He was buried in the churchyard to the north of St. Bartholomew's Church, Sutton Waldron, Dorset. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He is remembered on the Sutton Waldron section of the War Memorial at Iwerne Minster (the inscription gives Hampstead as his place of death.)

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  • Iwerne Minster War Memorial 03

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Arthur New

Surname: New
Other names: Arthur
Other people in this story:
Esan New
Ann New née Sanger
Tom New
Margaret Ethel New née Hill
Joseph Rideout
Locations in this story:
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
France & Flanders
Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension, Armentieres, France
Vale Farm, Sutton Waldron, Dorset
Dean End, Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset

Story:
Arthur New was born in 1877 in Sixpenny Handley and baptised there on 26th August, 1877. He was the son of Esan New, a Traction Engine Driver and Ann New (née Sanger). His siblings included Tom New, born in 1895, who also died in the war. The family lived at Vale Farm, Sutton Waldron, Dorset. On 23rd December, 1907, Arthur married Margaret Ethel Hill at St. Giles Church, Uley, Stroud, Gloucestershire. They had four children: 3 girls and a boy. At the time of the 1911 Census he was working as a Traction Engine Driver and living at Dean End, Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. His mother died in 1911 and his father in 1913. Arthur had enlisted on 9th March, 1899 and served with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 3987) and then the Royal Engineers. He was discharged from that engagement on 16th June, 1906, and placed on reserve. He was recalled to duty on 21st November 1914 and, after a short spell with the Royal Garrison Artillery, transferred as a Sapper to the Royal Engineers (Service No. 12918). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals. He was killed in action whilst serving with the 12th Field Company on 23rd March 1915 and was buried at Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension, Armentieres, France (grave id. III.C.15). He is remembered on the Sixpenny Handley War Memorial. His wife Margaret remarried, to Joseph Rideout on 2nd August, 1919.    

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Names on Fontmell Magna War Memorial 5

Thomas John Stone

Surname: Stone
Other names: Thomas John
Other people in this story:
John Stone
Eliza Elizabeth Stone nee Gale
Martha Alice Clist Stone née Chick
Cecil J. Day
Charles Henry Stone
Bertram Robert Stone
Locations in this story:
Shipton Gorge, Bridport, Dorset
France & Flanders
Artillery Wood Cemetery, Boezinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Parsonage Street, Fontmell Magna, Dorset
West Street, Bridport, Dorset
Fontmell Magna, Dorset
Weymouth

Story:
Thomas John Stone was born in 1890 in Shipton Gorge, Bridport, Dorset. He was the son of John Stone, an estate carpenter, and Eliza Elizabeth Stone (nee Gale). One of his siblings was brother Charles Henry (b. 1894) who also died in the war whilst Bertram Robert Stone survived the conflict. At the time of the 1911 Census John and Eliza were living in Parsonage Street, Fontmell Magna. Thomas (along with his brother, Charles,) was employed by his uncle as an ironmonger's assistant in the cycle business and living in West Street, Bridport. He married Martha Alice Clist Chick at Fontmell Magna, Dorset, on 10th March, 1916. There were no children of the marriage. He enlisted in Weymouth as a Gunner in the 111th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 165818). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 16th August 1917 and was buried at Artillery Wood Cemetery, Boezinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (grave id. V.B.13). His wife went on to re-marry Cecil J. Day in 1928 and they had one daughter and lived at Brach Farm, Twyford, Shaftesbury. Thomas is remembered on the Fontmell Magna War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

Printed Sources: "Fontmell Magna and the First World War", compiled by Chris Bellers, Fontmell Magna Village Archive Society, 2014.

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