St. James from the church tower

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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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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Tollard Royal

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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St. Lawrence's Church, Farnham

Arthur Eldred Woolfries

Surname: Woolfries
Other names: Arthur Eldred
Other people in this story:
Francis Woolfries
Elizabeth Annie Woolfries née Jeans
Edwin Woolfries
Harry Woolfries
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Stroud Farm, Sturminster, Dorset

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Arthur Eldred Woolfries was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 9th October 1892 and baptised there on 20th November 1892, the son of Francis Woolfries and Elizabeth Annie Woolfries (née Jeans).  He spent much of his early life in and around Farnham.  He enlisted on 9th December 1915 but was not mobilized until 8th February 1916 when he joined the 1st Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 33851).   He was transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry on 9th September 1916 (Service No. 21227) then on three other occasions to 10th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry (14th November 1916) (Service No. 33065), the Northumberland Fusiliers (14th July 1917) (Service No. 55155) and finally the 683rd Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (20th February 1918) (Service No. 528523).  Throughout his military service he was based in the UK.  He was finally discharged on 3rd April 1919 and went back to his parents home in Farnham.  No medal records have been found in this case.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Stroud Farm, Sturminster, Dorset, and described as a Farmer.  He remained single throughout his life and eventually died in 1961, being buried at Farnham on 1st March 1961.

Arthur had two brothers who served in the war: Harry (b.1891) in the Royal Field Artillery, and Edwin (b.1898) who sadly died at Gallipoli while serving with the Dorsetshire Regiment.

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Edwin Woolfries

Ernest Frank Young

Surname: Young
Other names: Ernest Frank
Other people in this story:
James Young
Emma Jane Young
Ida Ruth Young née Rose
George James Young
Locations in this story:
Forest Farm, Motcombe, Dorset
Ireland
Penridge Farm, Selwood, Mere, Witshire
Wincanton, Somerset
Gillingham, Dorset

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Ernest Frank Young was born at Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 10th September 1896 and baptised there on 18th October 1896, the son of James and Emma Jane Young.  James Young was a farmer at Forest Farm, Motcombe. Ernest's brother George James (b.1893) also served in the war, with the Dorset Yeomanry.

Ernest enlisted on 11th December 1915 but was not embodied until 16th May 1918.  This delay was possibly due to the fact that his father had died in 1910 and he was needed on the farm.  Eventually he was called up to join the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 50565).  He joined the 3rd Battalion and served only in either Ireland and the UK.  He was transferred to the Labour Corps on 14th October 1918 (Service No. 663120).  He was demobilized on 20th February 1919.  There is no medal record although one of his Service Record forms has a rubber stamp 'Medal' but nothing else.   He married Ida Ruth Rose on 22nd June 1920 in Gillingham, Dorset.  They went on to have three children.  By the time of the 1939 Register he is shown living at Penridge Farm, Selwood, Mere, Wiltshire, and was described as a Farmer.  His death is recorded at the Wincanton, Somerset, District Registry in 1969.

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Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury 2

Austin Henry Young

Surname: Young
Other names: Austin Henry
Other people in this story:
Henry Young
Martha Young née Critchell
Philip James Young
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Sturminster, Dorset
India

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Austin Henry Young was born on 3rd June 1885 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Henry Young and Martha Young (née Critchell).  The family lived continuously at 26 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury.  Austin's younger brother Philip James (b.1889) was killed on 28th October 1918 while serving with the Devonshire Regiment in France. Austin enlisted on 7th September 1914 and joined the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Territorial Force) as a Private (Service No. 2544).  He served in India until he was discharged on 27th April 1915.    Austin re-enlisted on 11th December 1915 and was allotted to the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 22184).   However he was not embodied until 29th February 1916 when he was instructed to join the 7th Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 27558).  He served with them in France and whilst on duty received a severe injury to his foot on 23rd April 1917.  He was eventually transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps on 10th July 1918 and joined the General Headquarters Mechanical Transport Company (Service No. T/419350).  He was demobilized on 23rd August 1920 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   On the day of his discharge he applied for the position of Gardener's Labourer at a War Graves Commission site in France but there is no indication that he was successful.   By the 1939 Register he was still living at 26 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, and was described as Incapacitated.  His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, District Registry in 1955.

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William Peach

Surname: Peach
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
Walter Peach
Caroline Peach
Mary Elizabeth Peach née England
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury

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William Peach was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1874 and was baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 31st January 1875, the son of Walter and Caroline Peach.  He lived his whole life in and around Shaftesbury.   He married Mary Elizabeth England on 5th May 1901 in Shaftesbury and they appear to have had only one child.   William enlisted on 25th July 1918, aged 44 years, and joined the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 54406).  He transferred to the Royal Defence Corps on 18th November 1918 (Service No. 97531).   He appeared to have served in the UK only and was demobilized on 29th January 1919 giving his address as 11 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury.  No medal records can be found in this case.   He died on 25th September 1936, his residence still given as 11 Salisbury Street.

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Robert Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Robert
Other people in this story:
George Gray
Hannah Elizabeth Gray née Wright
Alice Louisa Gray née Brickell
Frederick Percival Gray
Locations in this story:
Victoria Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Ireland
Gallipoli, Turkey
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury

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Robert Gray was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1868 and baptised at St. James' Church on 26th July 1868, the son of George Gray and Hannah Elizabeth Gray (née Wright).  (A previous child called Robert had been born in January 1867 but had not survived.)  Robert married Alice Louisa Brickell at St. James' Church on 14th July 1888 and they went on to have eleven children, one of whom, Frederick Percival Gray (b. 1896), was killed at Gallipoli on 21st August 1915.   Robert had had previous experience with the Dorset Yeomanry.  He enlisted on 18th April 1918 but was not mobilized until 6th September 1918 when he joined the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 54998).  He was transferred to the 1st Garrison Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment from 5th December 1918 until his discharge on 24th January 1919 (Service No. 69393).  He had served in Ireland and there are no records of any medals being awarded.   By the time of the 1939 Register, Robert was living as a widower at 5 Victoria Street, Shaftesbury, described as a Retired Builder's Labourer.  He died locally in 1946.

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Thomas William Gatehouse

Surname: Gatehouse
Other names: Thomas William
Other people in this story:
James Howe Gatehouse
Mary Gatehouse née Farmer
Evangaline Mary Gatehouse née Read
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France
Zeals, Wiltshire
Walnut Farm, Sandfords, Somerset
Weston Super Mare, Somerset

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Thomas William Gatehouse was born on 30th April 1880 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised at Cann Parish Church on 12th June 1881, the son of James Howe Gatehouse and Mary Gatehouse (née Farmer).  He spent his childhood with his family at Ivy Cross, Shaftesbury.   He married Evangeline Mary Read at Zeals, Wiltshire, on 5th March 1912.  They went on to have five children.  Thomas had had 12 years previous service with the Dorsetshire Regiment and was on reserve.  He was embodied on 26th November 1914 and joined the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 12547).  Whilst serving in France he received a serious gun shot wound to the head and lesser ones to the right hand.  He was eventually discharged on 17th March 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Walnut Farm, Sandfords, Somerset, and working as a quarryman.  He died in the Weston Super Mare Registration area in 1965.

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