Fontmell Magna Church

Samuel Lemon

Surname: Lemon
Other names: Samuel
Other people in this story:
George Thomas Lemon
Eliza Lemon née Dibben
Priscilla Jane Lemon née Plowman
Charles Lemon
Locations in this story:
Hartgrove, West Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
South Africa
France & Flanders
Broadway, Gloucestershire
West Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Neuve Chapelle, France

Story:
Samuel Lemon was born at Hartgrove, West Orchard, Shaftesbury, on 23rd November 1875, the son of George Thomas Lemon, an agricultural labourer and Eliza Lemon (née Dibben) who came from Fontmell Magna.  The family lived in East and West Orchard during his younger days.  Samuel had previous service as a reservist with the 1st Dorset Volunteer Reserves but formally enlisted on 14th May 1894 and joined the Scots Guards (Service No. 414).    He served in South Africa and received a number of campaign medals along with the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.  He had a distinguished career, rising to Acting Company Sergeant Major.   He married Priscilla Jane Plowman on 21st February 1903 at Christ Church, Broadway, Gloucestershire.  It is not known if there were any children of the marriage.

On 5th October 1914, after the outbreak of the First World War, Samuel was posted to France. While there he received gun shot wounds to the thigh in March 1915. He was repatriated to the UK to recuperate and on the 1st June 1915 it was announced in the London Gazette that he had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. The citation read: "Corporal S. Lemon, 2nd Battalion Scots Guards - For gallant conduct and devotion to duty at Neuve Chapelle from 10th-14th, March, 1915. In dressing the wounded under fire and directing the stretcher bearers. He was himself wounded whilst performing this duty." He was finally discharged on a pension on 13th May 1916, having completed the term of his engagement - 22 years service.   He was also in receipt of the Victory and British War medals.

He took up residence at 9 West Orchard, Shaftesbury. By the 1939 Register he was living at 54 West Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury and was employed as a General Labourer. During the Second World War he served in the Fontmell Magna Home Guard, retiring in 1942, aged 66. He died on 25th December 1953 and was interred in St. Lawrence Churchyard, Fontmell Magna. 

Samuel's youngest brother, Charles (b.1886) also served in the conflict but was killed in action in 1916 while serving in France with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

Printed Source:
"A Local Hero. Samuel Lemon DCM (1875-1953)" by Dave Hardiman

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Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Charles Lemon
Names on Ludwell War Memorial 2

Edward William Broomfield

Surname: Broomfield
Other names: Edward William
Other people in this story:
Harry Jesse Broomfield
Fanny Broomfield née Cook
Frederick John Robert Broomfield
Arthur Broomfield
Ernest Broomfield
Harry Broomfield
Eva Theresa Rose Norman née Broomfield
Percy William Norman
Locations in this story:
Broomfield
France
Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Ludwell, Wiltshire
Chichester

Story:
Edward William Broomfield was born in 1886 in Harbridge, Ringwood, Hampshire. He was the son of Harry Jesse Broomfield, a Gamekeeper, and Fanny Broomfield (née Cook). His siblings included Frederick John Robert, born in 1884, who also died in the war. The family lived at Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Gamekeeper and living in Melbury Abbas, Dorset. He enlisted in Chichester and joined the 7th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment (Service No. G/2674) and at the time of his death held the rank of Lance Corporal. He served in British Expeditionary Force in France and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 20th November 1917 and his name appears on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France (Panel 7.). He is remembered on the war memorial at Ludwell.  

Edward's other siblings were also involved in the conflict: Arthur, Ernest and Harry all served but survived as did Percy William Norman, the husband of his sister, Eva Theresa Rose.

Images:
  • Ludwell War Memorial

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Ernest Broomfield
Arthur Broomfield
William Percy Norman
Frederick John Robert Broomfield
Harry Broomfield
Walter James Broomfield