William George Wilmot

Surname: Wilmot
Other names: William George
Other people in this story:
John Richard Wilmot
Martha Ann Wilmot née Weldon
Elizabeth Georgina Wilmot née Beeston
Locations in this story:
Magdalene Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset,
Sturminster, Dorset
Gillingham, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury

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William George Wilmot was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 23rd October 1896, and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 27th December 1896, the son of John Richard Wilmot and Martha Ann Wilmot (née Weldon).  He lived all his early life at the family home at 2 Magdalene Lane, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted and joined the 1st/4th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 201750), later transferring to the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 210924).  It is not known which theatre of war he served in but following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He married Elizabeth Georgina Beeston at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 4th August 1924 and they went on to have one child.   By the time of the 1939 Register, William was living at 37 Station Road, Sturminster, Dorset, and was working as a Gasworks Manager.   His death was registered in Gillingham, Dorset, on 15th June 1969.

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Wilfred Stanley George Hibberd

Surname: Hibberd
Other names: Wilfred Stanley George
Other people in this story:
Emma Hibberd
Bertha Hibberd née Hunt
Locations in this story:
South Newton, Wiltshire
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Moorside, Marnull, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset

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Wilfred Stanley George Hibberd was born in South Newton, Wiltshire, on 5th November 1877 and baptised there on 16th December 1877, the son of Emma Hibberd.  Wilfred lived with his grandparents at South Newton until, by 1901, he had moved to the Post Office and Shop at Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset where he met and married Bertha Hunt in 1912.  By this time he was living at 20 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He enlisted with the 11th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry and was promoted in time to Corporal (Service No. 265596).  It was not known in which theatre of war he served but after his discharge on 11th March 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at the General Stores, Moorside, Marnull, Dorset and was described as an Outfitter's Traveller. It was also noted that he was a Methodist Lay Preacher.  His death was recorded in the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1973 and he was buried at Marnull on 24th October 1973.

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Sidney William Imber

Surname: Imber
Other names: Sidney William
Other people in this story:
John Imber
Elizabeth Ann Imber née Lodder
Maude Ellen Rhoda Imber née Anderson
Locations in this story:
Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Poole, Dorset
Churchill Road, Parkstone, Dorset
Hinton Parva, Dorset
St. James, Shaftesbury

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Sidney William Imber was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 15th July 1891, the son of John Imber and Elizabeth Ann Imber (née Lodder).  He lived his early life in and around the St. James area of Shaftesbury, Dorset. By 1911 he had moved to Poole, Dorset, to live with his cousin, following the death of his mother in 1900. His father died in 1912. He married Maude Ellen Rhoda Anderson at St. Osmund's Church, Parkstone, Dorset, on 14th November 1915.  

Sidney enlisted and joined the 1st/5th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 55086), later transferring to the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 202147).  It is not known which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge on 25th October 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  The 1939 Register shows him living at 39 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Butcher.  By the time of his death on 3rd June 1966 he had moved to 124 Churchill Road, Parkstone, Dorset.  His ashes were interred at the church in Hinton Parva, Dorset, on 22nd July 1966.

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Montague Wyndham Weldon

Surname: Weldon
Other names: Montague Wyndham
Other people in this story:
Charles Weldon
Harriet Madonna Louisa Weldon née Roberts
Victoria Weldon née Isaacs
Edgar Reginald Weldon
Victor Stanley Weldon
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury Road, Cann

Story:
Montague Wyndham Weldon was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 24th April 1895, the son of Charles Weldon and Harriet Madonna Louisa Weldon (née Roberts).   He spent most of his life at the at the family home known as the Round House or Toll House, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He enlisted and joined the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 55127) but later transferred to the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 201898).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Victoria Isaacs in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1921 and they went on to have three children.   By the time of the 1939 Register Montague was living in a Caravan, Nr. Hedgeside Farm, Salisbury Road, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Wood Merchant. By 1943 he was called a Scrap Iron Dealer per his mother's probate.  He died at Shaftesbury on 11th February 1977.  His brothers, Edgar Reginald Weldon and Victor Stanley Weldon, also served in the conflict.

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Enmore Green from Castle Hill 2

William John Parsons

Surname: Parsons
Other names: William John
Other people in this story:
John Parsons
Elizabeth Harriet Parsons née Pike
Louisa Parsons née Alford
Charles Douglas Parsons
Henry Stanley Parsons
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
William John Parsons was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22nd June 1894, the son of John Parsons and Elizabeth Harriet Parsons (née Pike).   He lived all his life, except for Military Service, in and around the Shaftesbury area.   He enlisted and joined the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 242261).  He was later transferred to the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 200037).  It is not known in which theatre he served but on discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Louisa Alford at Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 12th May 1920 and they went on to have three children.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 7 Melbury Street, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a County Council Roadman.  He died in 1967 and was buried at Melbury Abbas on 9th October 1967.  His brothers, Charles Douglas Parsons and Harry Stanley Parsons, also served in the conflict.

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Harry Stanley Parsons

Surname: Parsons
Other names: Harry Stanley
Other people in this story:
John Parsons
Elizabeth Harriet Parsons née Pike
Dora Ivy Parsons née Hunt
Charles Douglas Parsons
William John Parsons
Locations in this story:
Westbury, Wiltshire
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Warminster, Wiltshire

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Harry Stanley Parsons was born at Westbury, Wiltshire, on 21st April 1899 and baptised there on 30th April 1899, the son of John Parsons and Elizabeth Harriet Parsons (née Pike).  He lived his early life in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, and Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He enlisted with the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 40426).   He was posted to the 7th Battalion though it is not known which theatre he served in.  On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Dora Ivy Hunt at Westbury, Wiltshire in 1927.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Penleigh Farm, Westbury, Wiltshire, and was described as a Dairy Farmer.   His death is recorded at the Warminster, Wiltshire, Registry in 1990 and he was buried at Westbury.  His brothers, Charles Douglas Parsons and William John Parsons, also served in the conflict.

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Harry Sidney Smith

Surname: Smith
Other names: Harry Sidney
Other people in this story:
Harry Smith
Mary Smith née Mitchell
Harriet Smith née Fanner
Montague Smith
Locations in this story:
Wilton, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Hawkesdene, Cann, Shaftesbury

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Harry Sidney Smith was born in Wilton, Wiltshire, in 1869 and baptised there on 29th November 1869, the son of Harry Smith and Mary Smith (née Mitchell).  By 1871 the family had moved to Shaftesbury, Dorset. Harry had married Harriet Fanner in Shaftesbury in 1870 and they went on to have two children.  Harry had obvious extended service with the military but the only information found is that he is listed on the Absent Voters list for 1918 as being Company Quartermaster Sergeant with the 13th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry (Service No. 265708).  His last known address was in Hawkesdene, Cann, Shaftesbury and his death was recorded at Shaftesbury in 1934.

Harry's brother Montague (b.1889) also had a career with the army, with the Lancers, the Machine Gun Corps and the Royal Tank Corps.

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Henry John Tuffin

Surname: Tuffin
Other names: Henry John
Other people in this story:
Frederick James Tuffin
Sarah Anne Tuffin née Mullins
Locations in this story:
The Street, Sutton Waldron, Dorset
France & Flanders
Sturminster Newton, Dorset

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Henry John Tuffin was born in Sutton Waldron on 23rd January 1877 and baptised there on 1st April 1877, the son of Frederick James Tuffin and Sarah Anne Tuffin (née Mullins).  He spent all his civilian life in Sutton Waldron.   He enlisted on 18th November 1915 and was mobilized on 24th March 1916, joining the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 24987). Almost immediately he was transferred with the same Service No. to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry with whom he served in France & Flanders.  He was again transferred and attached to the 1039th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps on 6th May 1917 (Service No. 93437).   He was discharged on 15th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.   By the 1939 Register he was living at his old family home at 17 The Street, Sutton Waldron, Dorset, working as an Agricultural Labourer.  He remained single throughout his life and died in 1967. His death was registered at the Sturminster Newton District Registry, Dorset and he was buried at Sutton Waldron on 30th November 1967.

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Fred Richard Godden

Surname: Godden
Other names: Fred Richard
Other people in this story:
William George Godden
Susanna Godden née Whitmarsh
Florence Godden née Parsons
Locations in this story:
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Bradford Peverell. Dorset
France & Flanders
Dorchester, Dorset
High Street, Yeovil, Somerset
Sutton, Surrey
Arras, France

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Fred Richard Godden was born on 10th April 1899 at Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, the son of William George Godden and Susanna Godden (née Whitmarsh).  By 1901 he had moved with his parents to Bradford Peverell, Dorset, where he spent most of his early life.  He enlisted on 6th February 1917 but was not mobilized until 7th May 1917 when he joined the 34th/35th Training Reserve Battalion as a Private (Service No. 8/55876).  He was later attached to the Somerset Light Infantry (Training Reserve) (Service No. 40987).  He was transferred yet again to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 38951) and served in France & Flanders.  He received shrapnel wounds at Arras, France, on 23rd August 1918 and was hospitalized both in the field and in the UK.  He was eventually discharged on 8th February 1919 being no longer physically fit for service and received a life pension.   No medal award records have been found.    He married Florence Parsons in Dorchester, Dorset, in 1922.  There are no known children of the marriage.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 342 High Street, Yeovil, Somerset, working as a road rolling machine driver.  He died on 6th October 1993 in Sutton, Surrey, at the age of 94 years.

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Jubel Frederick Bridle

Surname: Bridle
Other names: Jubel Frederick
Other people in this story:
Frederick Eli Bridle
Maria Bridle
Christina M. Bridle née Reakes
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Wells, Somerset
Mere, Wiltshire

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Jubel Frederick Bridle was born in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 8th May 1894, the son of Frederick Eli and Maria Bridle.  He lived his early life in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire.  He enlisted on 11th December 1915 in Shaftesbury and joined the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 20988).  On the 4th May 1916 he was transferred to the 2/5th Battalion of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment (Service no. 241262) during which time he was also attached for a period to the Royal Berkshire Regiment.  He served all his time in the United Kingdom.  He was discharged on 26th June 1917 being no longer physically fit for military service.  He received the Silver War Badge No. B131877.   He married Christina M. Reakes in Wells, Somerset, in 1917.  There is no information about children of the marriage.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Church Cottage, Mere, Wiltshire, working as a Chimney Sweep.  He died in the Mere, Wiltshire, Registration District in 1953.

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