Charles William Jelliffe's name on the Plymouth Naval Memorial

Charles William Jelliffe

Surname: Jelliffe
Other names: Charles William
Other people in this story:
Julia Jelliffe
Mark Myall
Locations in this story:
Compton Chamberlayne, Wiltshire
Devonport, Devon
Coronel, Chile
Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Plymouth, Devon

Story:
Charles William Jelliffe was born in Compton Chamberlayne, Wiltshire, on 9th March 1885 and baptised there on 17th May 1885, the son of Julia Jelliffe (baptismal records indicate she was a single woman).  He lived his early life in Compton Chamberlayne until he joined the Royal Navy at Devonport, Devon, on 2nd June 1904 as a Stoker 2nd Class (Service No. 306653).  He served on various ships and shore bases during his service and achieved the rank of Mechanician (Chief Petty Officer).  He was deployed to HMS Monmouth on 29th July 1914 and sailed for the South Pacific region where the ship was involved with the German Fleet which included the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau.  The Monmouth sank off the coast of Coronel, Chile, with the loss of all hands, on 1st November 1914.  Charles's death was officially recorded on 1st January 1915 and he was posthumously awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914 Star.  His name appears on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, on Panel 2.  He is also remembered on the All Saints Church war memorial, now in the Stour Row Village Hall. His mother had married Mark Myall on 13th December 1905, moving to Stour Row and, by 1919, was living at the Fox and Hounds Inn.

Photographs of Plymouth Naval Memorial by Paul Symons and Syd Symons

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Stanley Martin's name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Stanley Martin

Surname: Martin
Other names: Stanley
Other people in this story:
George Martin
Charlotte Martin (née Barnes)
Alice Julia Matilda Martin née Tilley
Charles Nithsdale
Locations in this story:
Stour Provost, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Dorchester, Dorset
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Sheerness, Kent
Gillingham, Kent

Story:
Stanley Martin was born in Stour Provost, Dorset, on 14th November 1879 and baptised there on 5th December 1879.  The birth was registered at Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He was the son of George Martin and Charlotte Martin (née Barnes).   He lived most of his early life at 7 Stour Lane, Stour Provost, until by 1901 he had moved to Dorchester, Dorset, where he was employed as a fitter and turner. He enlisted for 12 years and joined the Royal Navy initially as a Acting Electician (Service No. 345056).   He married Alice Julia Matilda Tilley at Portsmouth, Hampshire, Register Office on 29th November 1902. 

He was due for discharge after his 12 years but was, by then holding the rank of Chief Electrical Artificer Class 2, posted to the Dreadnought Battleship HMS Bulwark in early 1914 thus remaining in the service.  He had shortly after been awarded a bonus for inventing a combination lamp holder that would be used thereafter in the Royal Navy.  On the 26th November, 1914, whilst moored up off Sheerness, Kent,  there was an explosion in the vessel's boiler room and the ship sunk with all but 12 hands lost.  Various estimates of those lost vary from 733 men to 741 men.  The body of Stanley was not recovered and he is now remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Panel 5) and also on the local War Memorial at Gillingham, Kent.  His name is also mentioned on plaques inside St. Michaels Church, Stour Provost, and the All Saints Church war memorial, now in the Stour Row Village Hall. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914 Star.  His wife went on to re-marry Charles Nithsdale on 3rd June 1915.

Source: Photographs of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial taken by Richard Lunn.

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George Stokes Lodge

Surname: Lodge
Other names: George Stokes
Other people in this story:
William Lodge
Phoebe Lodge née Stokes
Ida Bessie Matilda Lodge née Curtis
Harry James Lodge
Locations in this story:
East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
West Bourton, Gillingham, Dorset
Abingdon, Berkshire

Story:
George Stokes Lodge was born in East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 25th October 1884, the son of William Lodge and Phoebe Lodge (née Stokes).  He lived most of his early life in Hartgrove, East Orchard. He had originally enlisted in 1901 as a Boy in the Royal Navy (Service No. 214764) but purchased his discharge shortly thereafter.  He married Ida Bessie Matilda Curtis in the Shaftesbury, Dorset, Registry District on 26th October 1910.  He enlisted during the First World War and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 201999). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but after his discharge on 27th April 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 6 West Bourton Road, West Bourton, Gillingham, Dorset, and was working as a Jobbing Gardener.   His death was recorded at the Abingdon, Berkshire, Registry in 1971. His brother, Harry James Lodge, also served in the conflict.

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Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

William Henry Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: William Henry
Other people in this story:
James Chasey Gray
Susanna Kensell Gray née Norris
Edith Annie Gray née Fry
Locations in this story:
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Weymouth, Dorset
Chetnole, Dorset
Noad Road, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Watery Lane, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire

Story:
William Henry Gray was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 20th June 1896 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 12th July 1896, the son of James Chasey Gray and Susanna Kensell Gray (née Norris).  He lived his early life with the family at 8 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury and later on in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury. He enlisted with the Royal Navy on 31st January 1912 as a Boy Class II later becoming an Able Seaman (Service No. J15923). He served throughout the war and eventually bought himself out of the service subject to him agreeing to remain on the Reserves.  His last service date was 30th June 1923.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He had married Edith Annie Fry (who came from Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset) in 1917 and his address given on the Absent Voters List for 1918 was Noad Road, Ashmore.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Watery Lane, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, and was working as a Roadman.  He died in the Weymouth, Dorset, Registry District in 1988 and was buried at Chetnole, Dorset, on 13th April 1988.

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Eli Frederick Miles

Surname: Miles
Other names: Eli Frederick
Other people in this story:
Eli Miles
Bessie Eliza Miles née Wilmott
Violet Olive Miles née Henbest
Locations in this story:
Tisbury, Wiltshire
Victoria Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Eltham, Woolwich, London

Story:
Eli Frederick Miles was born in the Tisbury, Wiltshire, Registration area on 30th July 1896, the son of Eli Miles and Bessie Eliza Miles (née Wilmott).  His family had moved to 5 Victoria Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, by 1911.  Eli enlisted on 22nd July 1912 and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Class III (Service No. J/19087).  He served on many ships over his period of service and progressed through the ranks to become a Petty Office.  For his service in the war he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  Towards the end of his engagement on 1st October 1926 he was further awarded the Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.  He had married Violet Olive Henbest at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 1st January 1920.  By the time of the 1939 Register his wife and family were living at 487 Sidcup Road, Eltham, Woolwich, London.  Eli himself had re-enlisted in the Royal Navy on 7th January 1929 and continued in service as a Chief Petty Officer Instructor until demobilized on 10th September 1945.  He died in Eltham on 3rd September 1973.

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Alfred George Jenkins Case

Surname: Case
Other names: Alfred George Jenkins
Other people in this story:
Philip Charles Case
Mary Lavinia Case née Russell
May Case née Pope
Locations in this story:
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Branksome, Poole, Dorset
Port Said, Egypt
Ilchester, Somerset
Dorchester, Dorset

Story:
Alfred George Jenkins Case was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 13th September 1887 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 16th October 1887, the son of Philip Charles Case and May Lavinia Case (née Russell).  He spent his early life in Shaftesbury mainly at 40 Salisbury Street.  By 1911 he had moved to Branksome Police Station, Poole, Dorset, where he was a boarder and was working as a Policeman.  He enlisted on 6th July 1915 and joined the Royal Navy (Service No. F6313).  He served on land based establishments associated with the Royal Naval Air Service particularly in Port Said, Egypt, where he was promoted to Leading Mechanic with specific attention to the Kite Balloon Section.  He was transferred to the newly formed Royal Air Force on 31st March 2018 (Service No. 206313) with the same rank. He was discharged on 10th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married May Pope at St. Mary Major Church, Ilminster, Somerset, on 21st April 1919 and they went on to have two children.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 42 Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset and described as a Retired Policemen, although he was listed on the 1st Police Reserves for Dorset Constabulary. He died in Dorchester, Dorset, on 8th January 1960.

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Albert James Lodge

Surname: Lodge
Other names: Albert James
Other people in this story:
Charles Lodge
Sarah Ann Lodge née Hunt
Rose E. Lodge née Hopkins
Locations in this story:
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Felixstowe, Suffolk
Scilly Isles
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Old Boundary Road, Cann, Shaftesbury

Story:
Albert James Lodge was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th May 1894, the son of Charles Lodge and Sarah Ann Lodge (née Hunt).  He lived his early life at 28 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury.   He enlisted on the 2nd August 1917. He joined the Royal Navy and was attached to the Royal Naval Air Service as a Air Mechanic Class 1 (Service No. F34975).  He served at Felixstowe, Suffolk, until 31st March 1918 when he was transferred to the Royal Air Force with the same rank (Service No. 234795). He served with the 234th Squadron on the Scilly Isles until his discharge on 22nd March 1919.  He was awarded the British War Medal.  He married Rose E. Hopkins in Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 1919 and they went on to have two children.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 12 Pauls Dean Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, and was working as a Carpenter and Joiner.  He had moved back to 12 Old Boundary Road, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, by the time of his death in the Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury, on 21st March 1954.

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Edgar Charles Toogood

Surname: Toogood
Other names: Edgar Charles
Other people in this story:
Albert Charles Toogood
Selina Maud Toogood née Munday
Doris Gertrude Toogood née Branson
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Hounslow, Middlesex
Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Edgar Charles Toogood was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22nd December 1899 and baptised at St. John's Church on 14th January 1900, the son of Albert Charles Toogood and Selina Maud Toogood (née Munday).  He lived his early life at The Bartons, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted with the Royal Navy on 25th January 1918 (Service No. F47909) but only remained with them until 31st March 1918 when he was transferred to the newly named Royal Air Force (as from 1st April 1918) as an Aircraftsman Class 2 (Service No 247909).  It is not known in which theatre he served but he was discharged on 7th May 1919.   No medal records have been found in this case.   His marriage to Doris Gertrude Branson was recorded at the Sturminster Newton, Dorset, Registry in 1926.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 13 Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a Painter and Decorator.  He died in Hounslow, Middlesex, on 1st April 1975.

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William John Bench

Surname: Bench
Other names: William John
Other people in this story:
William John Bench
Elizabeth Ann Bench née Belbin
John Belbin
Locations in this story:
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Alvediston, Wiltshire
High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery
Alcester, Shaftesbury

Story:
William John Bench was born in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 10th June 1882 and was baptised at Alvediston, Wiltshire, on 19th November 1882, the son of William John Bench and Elizabeth Ann Bench (nee Belbin).  He spent much of his early life in and around Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire with his mother, as his father had died in 1886.  His mother remarried and William lived for a time with his step-father but eventually joined the Royal Navy on 10th June 1899 (Service No. 192728). He served in many ships and establishments throughout his service and achieved the rank of Petty Officer.  He died whilst still serving on HMS Cormorant at the Royal Naval Hospital, Gibraltar, on 24th February 1920.  He was buried at the Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery (Grave Ref: E. 4678) as recorded on the War Graves Commission site. 

William's mother had died in the Public Institution, Alcester, Shaftesbury, Dorset, (Previously the Workhouse) in 1913.  His Electoral Registration in 1918 was 63 High Street, Shaftesbury, the home of her brother, John Belbin. William was awarded the  Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He remained single throughout.

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Ernest William Case

Surname: Case
Other names: Ernest William
Other people in this story:
Henry George Case
Emily J. Case née Dean
Elsie Clara Case née Gatehouse
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
West Indies
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Osborne, Whippingham, Isle of Wight, Hampshire
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Petersfield, Hampshire
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Guys Marsh Farm, Shaftesbury

Story:
Ernest William Case was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 12th March 1880 and baptised at St. James' Church on 2nd May 1880, the son of Henry George Case and Emily J. Case (née Dean).  He lived his early life at Guys Marsh Farm, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where his father was the Farmer.  He enlisted in the Royal Navy on 20 Jul 1899 (Service No. 342812) and served at various establishments and ships during his service.   He  married Elsie Clara Gatehouse at Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 18th August 1906.   He rose to the rank of Shipwright Class 1 and, by 1911, was serving at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, Whippingham, Isle of Wight, Hampshire.  At the outbreak of war he joined HMS Leviathan, a Drake Class armoured cruiser, which was the Flagship of the North American and West Indies Station.  He was discharged with pension on 21st July 1921 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 56 Abingdon Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, and was described as a Carpenter.  His death was recorded at the Petersfield, Hampshire, Registry on 9th October 1954.

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