Compton Abbas 1

Frederick Tom Sharp

Surname: Sharp
Other names: Frederick Tom
Other people in this story:
Tom Sharp
Eliza Emmeline Sharp née Hibbs
Dorothy M. Sharp née Ware
Locations in this story:
Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Farnham, Dorset
Sussex
Lewes, Sussex
France & Flanders
Egypt

Story:
Frederick Tom Sharp was born at Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th May 1894, the son of Tom Sharp and Eliza Emmeline Sharp (née Hibbs).  He lived most of his early life at Farnham, Dorset, until moving to Sussex with his family by 1911.   He enlisted on 15th November 1915 and joined the 2nd/5th (Cinque Ports) Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment as a Private (Service No. 5/3492).  He was posted to France on 22nd April 1916 and almost immediately caught rheumatic fever and had to be sent back to the UK on 24th June 1916 for treatment.  Following his recovery he was attached to the 4th Battalion (T.F. Reserve) (Service No. 4/5281) and posted to Egypt on 1 Nov 1916.  He was transferred to the 800th Agricultural Employment Company of the Labour Corps on 8th December 1917 (Service No. 361819).   He was discharged with a small pension due to the earlier indisposition and also awarded the Victory and British War medals.  Frederick married Dorothy M. Ware in 1924 and they went on to have one known child.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 26 St John Street, Lewes, Sussex, working as a fitter and agricultural engineer.  He died in 1967.

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Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Harry Walter Stainer

Surname: Stainer
Other names: Harry Walter
Other people in this story:
Albert George Stainer
Martha Rosina Stainer née Warren
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Story:
Harry Walter Stainer was born on 22nd September 1898 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Albert George Stainer and Martha Rosina Stainer (née Warren).  The family home was at 9 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury and Harry lived there throughout his life. He enlisted on 21st September 1916 but was not mobilized until 20th August 1917 when he joined the 34th Territorial Battalion as a Private (Service No. 8/20524).  He transferred to the 303rd Reserve Labour Company of the Labour Corps on 7th October 1917 and later, on the 17th November 1917, to the 649th Agricultural Company (Service No. 432205).  He was discharged as being physically unfit, by virtue of deformed feet, on 13th March 1919.  Whilst no medal record has been found there is an imprint on his Service Records which simply says 'MEDAL' and nothing else.  It is assumed he may have received the Victory and British War medals but the index cards are missing.  By the 1939 Register he was still living at 9 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, with his sister. He was single and working as a Builders Labourer.  He died locally in 1962.    

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Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury 1

Charles Padfield

Surname: Padfield
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
John Charles Padfield
Mary Elizabeth Padfield née Maidment
Florence Ethel Padfield née Galpin
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. James, Shaftesbury
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury
Coppice Street, Shaftesbury
Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury

Story:
Charles Padfield was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 1st May 1884 and baptised at St. James Church on 15 Jun 1884 the son of John Charles Padfield and Mary Elizabeth Padfield (née Maidment).  He lived all his early years in and around St. James, Shaftesbury.  He married Florence Ethel Galpin in Shaftesbury in 1908.  They went on to have three children. 

Charles enlisted in February 1911 with the 4th (86th Provisional) Battalion (Territorial Force) as a Private (Service No. 4892).   He was embodied at the outbreak of war (Service No. 1362) and was eventually discharged on 27th February 1916 having completed the five year term of his engagement.  He re-enlisted 19th August 1916 and served with the 5th (Service) Battalion  (Service No. 202498) and was finally demobilized on 20th March 1919.  There is no indication from the limited records available that he served anywhere other than the UK.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He gave 5 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, as his address.  By 1939 he was living at 89 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, and working as a House Painter.   When he died on 2nd February 1963 he had been living at 10 Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury.

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