Bimport, Shaftesbury 1

William Richard Gamlin

Surname: Gamlin
Other names: William Richard
Other people in this story:
Richard Gamlin
Elizabeth Gamlin née Parrott
Phyllis Gamlin née Moody
Locations in this story:
Magdalene Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Hanover Square, London
Suez Canal, Egypt
Cowes, Isle of Wight
Osborne, Isle of Wight
Bimport, Shaftesbury

Story:
William Richard Gamlin was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 3rd October 1865 and baptised at St. Peter's Church, as Richard Willie, on 25th October 1865, the son of Richard Gamlin and Elizabeth Gamlin (née Parrott).  He lived his early life in the family home in Magdalene Lane, Shaftesbury.  By 1881 he had moved to serve the Jolliffe family as a footman at 43 Charles Street, St. George's Hanover Square, London.  He enlisted on 7th May 1886 and joined the Royal Marines Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 3543) and by 1901 was serving in the Suez Canal Zone, Egypt.  He married Phyllis Moody at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 2nd November 1905 and they went on to have two children.  He transferred to the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman (Service No. J101935) on 14th April 1921, and served at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, Isle of Wight, following which he was discharged on 9th September 1922.   He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. Throughout this time the family lived at 23 Bimport, Shaftesbury.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 71 Adelaide Grove, Cowes, Isle of Wight, and was working as a General Labourer, but also noted as a Royal Marine pensioner. His death was recorded on the Isle of Wight in 1952.

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  • Magdalene Lane, Shaftesbury

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John Crofts

Surname: Crofts
Other names: John
Other people in this story:
George Arthur Crofts
Lavinia Crofts née Parsons
Ellen Jane Crofts née Rose
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Mere, Wiltshire
St. James, Shaftesbury
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Story:
John Crofts was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 4th January 1898 and baptised at St. James' Church on 23rd January 1898, the son of George Arthur Crofts and Lavinia Crofts (née Parsons).  Apart from Military Service, John spent the whole of his life in the St. James area of Shaftesbury.   He enlisted on 22nd May 1916 and joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 2368).   He served some of his time in France and Flanders and on discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Ellen Jane Rose at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22nd January 1932.  They went on to have two children.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 12 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was employed as a Builder's Labourer.  His death was registered in 1966 at the Mere, Wiltshire, Registry.

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Semley War Memorial 03

Ernest Leslie Butt

Surname: Butt
Other names: Ernest Leslie
Other people in this story:
James Butt
Elizabeth Ann Butt née Kelly
Wilfrid James Butt
Edwin Albert Butt
Locations in this story:
Semley, Wiltshire
Arras Memorial, France
Barkers Hill, Semley, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley, Wiltshire

Story:
Ernest Leslie Butt was born in Semley, Wiltshire, in 1889. He was the son of James Butt, a Farm Labourer, and Elizabeth Ann Butt (née Kelly). His siblings included Wilfrid James Butt, born in 1896, who also died in the war as well as Edwin Albert Butt who served and survived. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Farm Labourer and living at Barkers Hill, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted on 29th July, 1916, as a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Marine Light Infantry (Service No. CH/1612(S)). He went missing presumed killed whilst with the 'C' Company, 10th Platoon of the 2nd RMLI on 28th April 1917 and his name appears on the Arras Memorial in France (Bay 1). He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was included on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church.

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  • Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque
  • Semley War Memorial 3
  • Semley War Memorial 02

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Wilfrid Butt
Reginald Brine

Reginald Henry Brine

Surname: Brine
Other names: Reginald Henry
Other people in this story:
Thomas Brine
Bessie Matilda Brine née Courtenay
Albert Brine
Frank Brine
Douglas Harold Brine
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Isle of Hoy, Orkney
Sherborne Causeway, Enmore Green

Story:
Reginald Henry Brine was born on 7th January 1900, in Shaftesbury. He was the son of Thomas Brine, a farmer, and Bessie Matilda Brine (née Courtenay). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single and described as a farmer's son, living on Sherborne Causeway, Enmore Green. He enlisted on 17th January 1917, as a Private in the Royal Marine Light Infantry (Service No. PLY/19355) and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He served on board HMS Lion and died on board on 22nd March 1918. He was buried at Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Isle of Hoy, Orkney Isles (grave id. B.78). He is remembered on the war memorials at Motcombe and Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.

Reginald's cousin Douglas Harold Brine also served in the Royal Navy but survived the war. Sadly Douglas' brothers Albert and Frank died in the conflict.

Source: Photograph of Reginald Brine provided by Nigel Garrett.

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  • Reginald Brine
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 02
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 03
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 02
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 01
  • Motcombe War Memorial 4
  • Motcombe War Memorial 3
  • Names on Motcombe War Memorial 1
  • Motcombe War Memorial 02

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Douglas Harold Brine
Frank Brine
Albert Brine