Cann and Shaftesbury from Melbury Hill

Martin Edmund Maidment

Surname: Maidment
Other names: Martin Edmund
Other people in this story:
Jeremiah Maidment
Caroline Maidment
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury
Oak Cottage, Stickmens, Wrecclesham, Surrey
France & Flanders
Thiepval Memorial, France

Story:
Martin Edmund Maidment was born on 18th November 1878 in Cann, Shaftesbury. He was the son of Jeremiah Maidment, a stone mason, and Caroline Maidment. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a bricklayer and living at Oak Cottage, Stickmens, Wrecclesham, Surrey.

He enlisted as a Private in the Suffolk Regiment (Service No. 21635) and served in France & Flanders. He died on 3rd August 1916 and his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial in France (Pier and Face 1C and 2A). He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and is remembered on the Wrecclesham War Memorial in Surrey.

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Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
St. James' War Memorial

James Percy Burbidge

Surname: Burbidge
Other names: James Percy
Other people in this story:
Sidney Burbidge
Ellen Burbidge née Gard
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas de Calais, France
Layton Lane, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Elveden, Suffolk

Story:
James Percy Burbidge was born in 1889 in Shaftesbury and baptised on 3rd August, 1890, at St. James' Church, Shaftesbury. He was the son of Sidney Burbidge, a labourer, and Ellen Burbidge (née Gard). At the time of the 1911 Census, he was working as a gardener and living in Layton Lane, Shaftesbury. He enlisted at Elveden, Suffolk as a Private in the Suffolk Regiment (Service No. 13758) and by the time of his death had been promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 6th October 1915 whilst serving with the 9th Battalion and his name appears on the Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas de Calais, France (Panel 37 & 38). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ War Memorials. He also appears on the Roll of Honour in St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

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  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • Names on St. James' War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives