Other names: Alfred William
Locations in this story: Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, DorsetGallipoli, TurkeyFrance & FlandersCorton Denham, Wincanton, SomersetMesopotamiaLeigh, Sherborne, Dorset
Story: Alfred William Wareham was born in Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th August 1889, the son of Charles Wareham and Susannah Wareham (née Brown). He spent all his early life at The Hollows, Iwerne Minster and later in Watery Lane, Iwerne Minster. He married Frances (aka Fanny) Elizabeth Boyte at Iwerne Minster on 26th December 1914. Alfred enlisted and served with the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment as a Private later becoming a Lance Corporal (Service No. 242103). He served in Gallipoli, Turkey, Mesopotamia and in France and Flanders. He was awarded the Military Medal whilst with the 7th Battalion in France (no citation found). On his discharge he was further awarded the Victory and British War medals. The 1921 Census shows he was living at Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset, working as a Dorset Council Road Foreman and had moved by the 1939 Register to 4 Beacon Hill View, Corton Denham, Wincanton, Somerset, and was still working as a Road Foreman for the Dorset County Council as well as being an ARP Warden. It has to be noted that his son, Walter, was killed in action serving with the Royal Navy in the Second World War on 25th November 1941. Alfred himself died at Wincanton on 28th February 1966. One of his other brothers, Percy John Wareham, also served in the conflict with the Royal Flying Corps (Royal Air Force) and both their names are on a Roll of Honour published privately in Iwerne Minster. Printed source: "Iwerne Minster Before, During, and After the Great War", edited by P. Anderson Graham, printed for Private Circulation only.