Gold Hill 1

William George Grass

Surname: Grass
Other names: William George
Other people in this story:
George Grass
Susan Grass
Elizabeth Ann Grass née King
Locations in this story:
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
India & North West Frontier
Mandalay, Burma
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Tonbridge, Kent

Story:
William George Grass was born at Tollard Royal, Wiltshire in 1872, the son of George Grass and Susan Grass. He had served with the Duke Of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment between 1887 and 1909, being posted to India, the North West Frontier and Mandalay. He re-enlisted with the 85th Provisional Battalion (Territorial Force) of the Regiment on 2nd July 1915 as a Private (Service No. 3653). He was discharged on 10th March 1916, being 'no longer physically fit'. There are no medal records. He had married Elizabeth Ann King, but there is no record of children. The last known address was 3 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset. William died in 1946 in the Tonbridge, Kent, Registration District.

Source: Based on earlier research by Ken Baxter.

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William Edwin Toogood

Surname: Toogood
Other names: William Edwin
Other people in this story:
William Toogood
Emily Toogood nee Hull
Locations in this story:
Semley, Wiltshire
Egypt
Ramleh War Cemetery, Palestine
Church Green, Semley, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley
Salisbury

Story:
William Edwin Toogood was born in Semley, Wiltshire, in 1896 and baptised there on 11th October, 1896. He was the son of William Toogood, a Domestic Gardener, and Emily Toogood (nee Hull). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Garden Boy and living at Church Green, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Salisbury as a Private and joined the 1st/4th (T.F.) Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 201994). He served in Egypt and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 10th April 1918 and was buried at Ramleh War Cemetery in Palestine (grave id. T.1). He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was included on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church.

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  • Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque
  • Semley War Memorial 3
  • Semley War Memorial 1

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Tollard Royal War Memorial

Stanley Glover

Surname: Glover
Other names: Stanley
Other people in this story:
John Glover
Charlotte Glover nee Hambridge
Florence Mary Glover née Jerred
Locations in this story:
Yeovil, Somerset
France & Flanders
Thiepval Memorial, France
Clifton Road, New Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Laverstock, Wiltshire
Salisbury

Story:
Stanley Glover was born in 1884 in Yeovil, Somerset. He was the son of John Glover, an Engine Driver for the LSWR, and Charlotte Glover (nee Hambridge). At one time he worked as a Greaser on the London & South Western Railway before enlisting in the (Royal) Army Medical Corps. However by the time of the 1911 Census he was still a Regular Soldier but living at 45 Clifton Road, New Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire. By 1913 he had left the army and taken employment as a Postman in Salisbury. On 22nd November, 1913, he married Florence Mary Jerred at St. Andrew's Church, Laverstock, Wiltshire. They had one child, a son. Stanley. He enlisted in Salisbury and joined the 6th Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 6883) and served in France & Flanders. At the time of his death on 2nd July 1916 he held the rank of Sergeant. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial in France (Pier and Face 13 A). He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He is remembered on the Tollard Royal War Memorial and on the Salisbury Post Office Memorial which is on the Old Post Office Wall, Salisbury. His wife, Florence, died in Laverstock in 1937 aged 52 years.  

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Wilfrid James Butt

Surname: Butt
Other names: Wilfrid James
Other people in this story:
James Butt
Elizabeth Ann Butt nee Kelly
Ernest Leslie Butt
Locations in this story:
Semley, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Pas de Calais, France
Barkers Hill, Semley, Wiltshire
Warminster, Wiltshire

Story:
Wilfrid (as spelt on GRO Records and later census Records) James Butt was born in Semley, Wiltshrie, in 1896, and baptised there on 19th July, 1896. He was the son of James Butt, a Farm Labourer, and Elizabeth Ann Butt (nee kelly). His siblings included Ernest Leslie, born in 1889, who also died in the war. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Farm Labourer and living at Barkers Hill, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Warminster as a Private and joined the 6th Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 22690). (Army records show his name as Wilfred) He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 29th November 1916 and was buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Pas De Calais, France (grave id. XX.D.4A). He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was included on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church.

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  • Names on Semley War Memorial
  • Semley War Memorial 01

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Sixpenny Handley War Memorial

Maurice George Messer

Surname: Messer
Other names: Maurice George
Other people in this story:
George Messer
Sarah Messer nee White
Locations in this story:
Tidworth, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Louvencourt Military Cemetery, Somme, France
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset

Story:
Maurice George Messer was born in 1892 in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. He was the son of George Messer, a Wheelwright, and Sarah Messer (nee White). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Labourer and living at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. He enlisted in Tidworth, Wiltshire, and joined the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 9153) and at the time of death held the rank of Corporal. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals (Clasp). He died of wounds and gassing whilst serving with 'A' Company on 26th Jul 1918 and was buried at Louvencourt Military Cemetery, Somme, France (grave id. Plot 1. Row D. Grave 8). He is remembered on the Sixpenny Handley War Memorial.

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  • St. Mary's Church, Sixpenny Handley
  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial
  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial

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William George Phillips

Surname: Phillips
Other names: William George
Other people in this story:
Helen Annie Phillips née Day
William S. Clarke
Richard Phillips
Helen Phillips nee Williams
Locations in this story:
Fulham, London
France & Flanders
Bethune Town Cemetery, France
Roe Buck Inn, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Blandford, Dorset
Bethune No.6 Clearing Hospital.

Story:
William George Phillips was born in 1888 in Fulham, London. He was the son of Richard Phillips, a Brewer's Servant, and Helen Phillips (nee Williams). His mother died in 1887 and his father in 1903. In the 1911 Census he is shown living with his cousin, William Williams, a groom, whose wife was the publican of the Roe Buck Inn, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. He is described as an Army Reservist but by 1914 he had obtained employment as a Postman. On 17th June 1914 he married Helen Annie Day at Sixpenny Handley and there were no children of the marriage. He had enlisted in Blandford, Dorset, as a Private and joined the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 6740) During the war he served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals (Clasp). He died of wounds on 24th Oct 1914 in the Bethune No.6 Clearing Hospital and was buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France (grave id. I.B.20). His widow Helen remarried in 1920 to William S. Clarke. He is remembered on the Sixpenny Handley War Memorial.  

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  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial
  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial

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William Rose

Surname: Rose
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
William Rose
Martha Rose nee Bull
Samuel (Samson) Rose
Edith Jane Rose née Weeks
Locations in this story:
Redlynch, Hampshire
France & Flanders
Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas de Calais, France
Dean End, Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Blandford, Dorset

Story:
William Rose was born in 1887 in Redlynch, Hampshire. He was the son of William Rose, a Hawker Ironmonger, and Martha Rose (nee Bull). His siblings included Samuel, known as Samson Rose, born in 1893, who also died in the war. In 1910 he married Edith Jane Weeks and they went on to have four children: three sons and a daughter (two of whom died at birth). At the time of the 1911 Census, William was working as a Farm Labourer and living at Dean End, Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. He enlisted in Blandford, Dorset, as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 18755) later transferring to the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 26748). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was killed in action on 2nd Apr 1917 and was buried at Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas de Calais, France (grave id. VI.H.22). He is remembered on the Sixpenny Handley War Memorial.    

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  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial
  • St. Mary's Church, Sixpenny Handley
  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial
  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial

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Fred Herbert Weeks

Surname: Weeks
Other names: Fred Herbert
Other people in this story:
John Weeks
Charlotte Weeks nee Brewer
Locations in this story:
Wimborne, Dorset
France & Flanders
Bethencourt Communal Cemetery, Nord, France
Petermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset

Story:
Fred Herbert Weeks was born in 1884 in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, and was baptised there on 29th June, 1884. He was the son of John Weeks, a Farm Labourer, and Charlotte Weeks (nee Brewer). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single and was a career soldier serving with the Regimental Transport, (Corps unknown), stationed in Petermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa. His home address was Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. In the war he served in France & Flanders as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 6817). He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals (Clasp). The records state he died of wounds on 27th Aug 1914 and is remembered on a Special Memorial within Bethencourt Communal Cemetery, Nord, France (grave id. Special Memorial 3). The WGC states " There are now over eighty 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these a small number are unidentified and nine graves which cannot now be traced are represented by Special Memorials". This presumes that Fred was buried there but the whereabouts of actual grave unknown. He is remembered on the Sixpenny Handley War Memorial. His father died in 1919.

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Ernest White

Surname: White
Other names: Ernest
Other people in this story:
Frederick James White
Annie White nee Kerley
Winifred Mary White née Goddard
Locations in this story:
Farm End Cottage, Lower Odcombe, Stoke under Ham, Montacute, Somerset
France & Flanders
Soissons Memorial, l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Ham House, Childe Okeford, Dorset
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Childe Okeford, Dorset
Kinson Avenue, Poole, Dorset

Story:
Ernest White was born in 1892 in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, and baptised there on 12th January, 1893. He was the son of Frederick James White, a Builder/Bricklayer, and Annie White (nee Kerley). At the time of the 1911 Census he was working as a Farm Labourer and boarding with a family at Farm End Cottage, Lower Odcombe, Stoke under Ham, Montacute, Somerset. His family were living at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. He enlisted at Childe Okeford, Dorset as a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 8517). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals (Clasp). On 22nd December, 1916, he had married Winifred Mary Goddard at Childe Okeford, Dorset and they had one child, a boy. Ernest was missing in action and presumed dead on 1st Jun 1918. By this time his wife was living at Ham House, Childe Okeford, Dorset. His name appears on the Soissons Memorial, l'Aisne, Picardie, France and on the Sixpenny Handley War Memorial in Dorset. His wife did not remarry and by 1939 was living in Kinson Avenue, Poole, Dorset.  

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  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial
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Maurice Jesse

Surname: Jesse
Other names: Maurice
Other people in this story:
Arthur Jesse
Edith Jesse nee Foote
Locations in this story:
France & Flanders
Arras Memorial, France
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset

Story:
Maurice Jesse was born in 1898 in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset and baptised there on 25th September, 1898. He was the son of Arthur Jesse, a Coal Merchant, and Edith Jesse (nee Foote). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a Scholar and living at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. He enlisted as a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 22255). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 9th April 1917 and his name appears on the Arras Memorial in France (Bay 7). He is remembered on the Sixpenny Handley War Memorial.

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  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial
  • Sixpenny Handley War Memorial

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