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

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, successively, 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.  The 1921 Census and the 1939 Register both show him living at 7 Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Cabinet Maker for G.L. Johnson, Cabinet Makers, of High Street, Shaftesbury.  He died at the Odstock Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 12th May 1950 and later buried at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, on 17 May 1950.


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The National Archives
Names on St. James' War Memorial 3

Walter Charles Thorne

Surname: Thorne
Other names: Walter Charles
Other people in this story:
Charles Stephen Thorne
Agnes Charlotte Thorne née Stevens
Wilfred Henry Thorne
Cecil Bernard Longman Thorne
Locations in this story:
Midsomer Norton, Somerset
Suvla Bay, Gallipoli
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Layton Lane, Shaftesbury,
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Walter Charles Thorne was born in 1895 in Midsomer Norton, Somerset, and baptised there on 8th December, 1895. He was the son of Charles Stephen Thorne, a grocer's carter, and Agnes Charlotte Thorne (nee Stevens). (NB Up until the 1911 Census the family name was spelt 'Thorn' the 'e' was added for all purposes thereafter.) At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Caker's Lad and living at Layton Lane, Shaftesbury. He enlisted in the 5th Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment (Service No. 1035) and at the time of his death he held the rank of Lance Corporal. He served at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He was presumed killed in action on 16th August 1915 and his name appears on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey (Panel 55). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ War Memorials. He also appears on the Roll of Honour inside St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His name also appears on the Irish Roll of Honour.  His father received a pension and his financial effects in due course. Walter's brothers Wilfred Henry Thorne and Cecil Bernard Longman Thorne, also served in the war and survived the conflict.    

  • Park Walk War Memorial 3
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • 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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Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Wilfred Henry Thorne