Sidney William Coward

Surname: Coward
Other names: Sidney William
Other people in this story:
William Coward
Blanche Sarah Coward née Hayter
Blanche Coward née Gray
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Tanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury

Story:
Sidney William Coward was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 26th December 1882 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 21st January 1883, the son of William Coward and Blanche Sarah Coward (née Hayter),  He lived all his life, apart from when on Military Service, in the St. James, Shaftesbury, area.  He married Blanche Gray in Shaftesbury on 26th December 1908 and they went on to have one daughter. He enlisted and served as a Private sucessively with 10th Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 35868), the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment (Service No. 16167) and the 7th/8th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Service No 44258).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 7 Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a Cabinet Maker.  He died at the Odstock Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 12th May 1950.

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Claude Ivor Bertie Gibbs

Surname: Gibbs
Other names: Claude Ivor Bertie
Other people in this story:
Edwin George Gibbs
Mary Gibbs née Matthews
Ella Blanche Gibbs née Pickford
Alwin Thomas Gibbs
Walter Matthews Gibbs
Lucius George Gibbs
Ada Prudence Gibbs
Stanley William Gibbs
Locations in this story:
Blynfield Farm, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Culverhouse Farm, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
France & Flanders
Germany
Tisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Claude Ivor Bertie Gibbs was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th Jun 1897 and baptised on 22nd August 1897. He was the son of Edwin George Gibbs and Mary Gibbs (née Matthews), who lived at Blynfield Farm near Shaftesbury. He enlisted on 29th February 1916 but was not mobilized until 10th January 1917 when he joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers as a Private (Service No. 41862). He served with both the 2nd and 8th Battalions in France and Flanders where he received a gunshot wound to the left thigh on 16th August 1917 and at the same time was taken prisoner.  He spent time in a POW Camp in Germany where his wounds were treated.  He was released from captivity on 2nd December 1918 and was discharged on 15th October 1919.   He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as a small limited period pension. He married Ella Blanche Pickford at Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 1st October 1929 and they went on to have one daughter.  By the time of the 1939 Register, Claude was living at Culverhouse Farm, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Dairy Farmer.  His death is recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry on 3 Aug 1972. His brothers, Alwin Thomas Gibbs, Walter Thomas Gibbs, DCM, Stanley William Gibbs and Lucius George Gibbs, also served in the conflict whilst his sister, Ada Prudence Gibbs, served with the Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps in France.

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Walter Matthews Gibbs
Alwin Thomas Gibbs
Cann and Shaftesbury from Melbury Hill

Richard Miles Alner

Surname: Alner
Other names: Richard Miles
Other people in this story:
Samuel Alner
Kezia Ann Alner née Miles
Sarah Ann Alner née Gosling
Locations in this story:
Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Asia
Sherborne, Dorset

Story:
Richard Miles Alner was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 18th November 1881 and was baptised at Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, on 25th December 1881, the son of Samuel Alner and Kezia Ann Alner (née Miles). He spent his all his life, apart from Military Service, in and around Cann. By 1911 he was serving with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 7986).  He was known to be in the Asiatic Theatre of war by 6th November 1914, the date of his medal qualification.  He also served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Service No. G/25327).  Following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He married Sarah Ann Gosling in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1926.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was employed as an Agricultural Contractor's Labourer.   He died in the Yeatman Hospital, Sherborne, Dorset, on 8th April 1956 and was buried at Sherborne on 12th April 1956.

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Park Walk War Memorial 1

Alfred Stainer

Surname: Stainer
Other names: Alfred
Other people in this story:
George Stainer
Sarah Ann Stainer nee Hanham
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Tyne Cot Memorial
St. James, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Dorchester
Ypres

Story:
Alfred Stainer was born in 1881 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of George Stainer, a mason, and Sarah Ann Stainer (nee Hanham). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a cabinet maker and living at 80 St. James, Shaftesbury. He enlisted in Dorchester as a Private in the 8th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Service No. 41708). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 16th June 1916 and his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 70 to 72). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial, and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. He is also remembered on a cross/kerb (B77) in St. James's Churchyard with the words "Gave his life that we might live. Died at Ypres".

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  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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The National Archives
Cann War Memorial

Robert Fowles

Surname: Fowles
Other names: Robert
Other people in this story:
Charles Fowles
Caroline Sarah Fowles née Hunt
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Boyne Dairy, Cann, Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Tyne Cot Memorial, France
Southampton, Hampshire

Story:
Robert Fowles was born in 1896 in Cann. He was the son of Charles Fowles, a dairy farmer, and Caroline Sarah Fowles (née Hunt). At the time of the 1911 Census he was living and working on his father's farm, Boyne Dairy, Cann, Shaftesbury. He enlisted in Southampton as a Private in the Royal Army Service Corps (Service No. T/38882). He later transferred to the 2nd Battalion  of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Service No. 42469). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He died on 29th November 1917 and his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial in France (Panel 70 to 72). He is remembered on the Cann War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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  • Cann War Memorial
  • Unveiling of Cann War Memorial

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission
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