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Frederick William Stretch

Surname: Stretch
Other names: Frederick William
Other people in this story:
John Stretch
Anne Stretch
Mary Rogers nee Stretch
Eli Rogers
Locations in this story:
Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium
Bridmore Gate Cottages, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Hooks Hill, Berwick St. John
Luke Street, Berwick St. John
Devizes, Wiltshire

Story:
Frederick William Stretch was born on 6th October, 1894 in Berwick St. John, Wiltshire. He was the son of Mary Stretch, a domestic servant. No father is recorded on the birth certificate. He lived with his mother at the home of her parents, John Stretch and Anne Stretch at Hooks Hill, Berwick St. John. Eventually his mother married Eli Rogers in 1894 and lived in Luke Street, Berwick St. John but Frederick stayed with his grandparents. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Farm Carter and living at Bridmore Gate Cottages, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire. He enlisted at Devizes, Wiltshire, as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 18741). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 27th August 1915 and his name appears on Memorial 18, Union Street Graveyard 1 at Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium. He is remembered on the Berwick St. John War Memorial.

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  • Berwick St. John War Memorial
  • Berwick St John War Memorial 02

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Berwick St. John War Memorial

William Herbert Waterman

Surname: Waterman
Other names: William Herbert
Other people in this story:
Henry Waterman
Annie Jane Waterman nee Phillips
Locations in this story:
Romsey, Hampshire
France & Flanders
Loker Churchyard, Nr. Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium
Stratford Sub Castle, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Salisbury

Story:
William Herbert Waterman was born in 1892 in Romsey, Hampshire. He was the son of Henry (Harry) Waterman, a Farm Labourer, and Annie Jane Waterman (nee Phillips). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Shepherd and living at Stratford Sub Castle, Salisbury, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Salisbury as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 11077). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. When he died on 27th February 1915, he had been attached to 'A# Company and treated at the No. 7 Field Ambulance, Loker. He was buried at Loker Churchyard, Nr. Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium (grave id. II.F.9). He is remembered on the Berwick St. John War Memorial.

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  • Berwick St John War Memorial

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Berwick St John War Memorial 02

Harry Charles Weeks

Surname: Weeks
Other names: Harry Charles
Other people in this story:
Mary Emma Weeks
Locations in this story:
Berwick St. John
France & Flanders
Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extn.
Luke Street, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Devizes, Wiltshire

Story:
Harry Charles Weeks was born in 1888 in Berwick St. John. He was the son of Mary Emma Weeks, a laundress - there is no father on the baptismal record. His mother married Frank Jacob in 1907 - they had one child, a half brother to Harry. At the time of the 1911 Census Harry was single, working as a Shepherd and living with his uncle in Luke Street, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Devizes, Wiltshire, as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 18740) and he served in France & Flanders. He was awarded the British War, Victory and 15 Star medals. He died on 24th August 1916 and was buried at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension (grave id. VII.D.53). He is remembered on the Berwick St. John War Memorial.

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  • St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John 01
  • Berwick St. John War Memorial

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Jehu Charles Weeks

Surname: Weeks
Other names: Jehu Charles
Other people in this story:
Charles Weeks
Sarah Ann Weeks nee Sangen
Locations in this story:
Berwick St. John
France & Flanders
Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery, Somme, France
The Cross, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury

Story:
Jehu Charles Weeks was born in 1894 in Berwick St. John. He was the son of Charles Weeks, a Farmer, and Sarah Ann Weeks (nee Sangen). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, was a Farm Worker and living at The Cross, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private in the 7th Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 17051). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 7th October 1918 whilst attached to the 'B' Company of the Regiment and was buried at Templeux-Le-Guerard British War Cemetery, Somme, France (grave id. I.J.9). He is remembered on the Berwick St. John War Memorial.

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  • Berwick St John War Memorial 03

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William George Litten

Surname: Litten
Other names: William George
Other people in this story:
Samuel Litten
Margaret Litten nee Sparks
John Litten
Locations in this story:
East Lydford, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Gallipoli, Turkey
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Overway, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire

Story:
William George Litten was born on 6th October, 1895 in East Lydford, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, and baptised at the parish church on 10th November, 1895. He was the son of Samuel Litten (who died in 1900) and Margaret Litten (nee Sparks), a Charwoman. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was single, working as a Farm Labourer. He and his mother were living with his brother, John, at Overway, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Salisbury as a Private with the 5th Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 11142). He served at Gallipoli and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 23rd July 1915 and his name appears on the Helles Memorial (Panel 156 to 158). He is remembered on the Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial.

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  • Donhead St. Andrew Church
  • Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial

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Alfred George Simmons

Surname: Simmons
Other names: Alfred George
Other people in this story:
Anna Maria Dyer née Simmons
Tom Dyer
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew
Mesopotamia
Shaikh Saad Old Cemetery Memorial at the Amara War Cemetery, Iraq
Wardour Lane, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Salisbury

Story:
Alfred (Fred) George Simmons was born on 5th May, 1893 in Donhead St. Andrew, and baptised there on 1st July, 1894. He was the son of Anna Maria Simmons, who was single at the time. No father is recorded. She later married Tom Dyer in 1904. At the time of the 1911 Census Fred was single, working as a Gardener's Help and living in Wardour Lane, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Salisbury (mistakenly under the name 'Frederick') as a Private and joined the 5th Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 22786). He served in Mesopotamia and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 9th April 1917 and his name appears on the Shaikh Saad Old Cemetery Memorial at Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. He is remembered on the Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial.    

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  • Donhead St. Andrew Church
  • Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial

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Alvediston War Memorial base

William George Edward Scammell

Surname: Scammell
Other names: William George Edward
Other people in this story:
James Scammell
Elizabeth Scammell née Bridle
Locations in this story:
Broad Chalke, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
Alvediston, Wiltshire
Devizes, Wiltshire

Story:
William George Edward Scammell was born in 1894 in Broad Chalke Wiltshire, and was baptised there on 30th December, 1894. He was the son of James Scammell and Elizabeth Scammell (née Bridle). At the time of the 1901 Census he was single and living at Broad Chalke. There is no entry for him in the 1911 Census but his family were then living in Alvediston, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Devizes as a Private in the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 9000). He joined the 2nd Battalion and served in France & Flanders. He went missing on 24th October 1914 and was presumed to have been killed in action. His name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belguim (Panel 53) and he is remembered on the Alvediston War Memorial.

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  • Alvediston War Memorial

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Bertram William James Moxham

Surname: Moxham
Other names: Bertram William James
Other people in this story:
Frank Moxham
Elizabeth Clara Moxham née Frances
Amy Moxham née Davenport
Bertram R.E. Moxham
Henry J. Phillips
Locations in this story:
Trow, Alvediston, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West Flanders, Belgium
Upper Woodford, Wiltshire
Devizes, Wiltshire

Story:
Bertram William James Moxham was born in 1889 in Alvediston, Wiltshire and was baptised there on 13th October 1889. He was the son of Frank and Elizabeth Clara Moxham (nee Frances). At the time of the 1911 Census he was then single, working as a Carter of a Farm and living at Trow, Alvediston. On 26th  December 1914 he married Amy Davenport and they lived together in Alvediston. Their son, Bertram R.E.Moxham, was born in 1915.

Bertram enlisted in Devizes, Wiltshire as a Private in the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 18889). He joined the 1st Battalion and served in France & Flanders. He died of wounds on 31st July 1915 and was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West Flanders, Belgium.

Records show that Amy was living at "Scotland", Upper Woodford, Wiltshire. In 1920 she married Henry J. Phillips. Her son Bertram died in 1946, aged 31 years

Bertram William James Moxham is remembered on the Alvediston War Memorial.    

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Walter Charles Compton

Surname: Compton
Other names: Walter Charles
Other people in this story:
Edgar Compton
Sarah Ann Compton née Coombes
Ida Isabell Compton née Mabey
Leonard Compton
Ronald Compton
William E. Yeates
Christine Yeates
Locations in this story:
Alvediston, Wiltshire
Salford, Lancashire
St. Mary's Church, Michelmersh, Hampshire
Chalkpit, Broadchalke, Wiltshire
Romsey, Hampshire
Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Story:
Walter Charles Compton was born in 1889 in Alvediston and baptised there on 6th October, 1889. He was the son of Edgar Compton, a Farm Labourer, and Sarah Ann Compton (née Coombes). In 1913 he married Ida Isabell Mabey in Romsey, Hampshire. They had two sons, Leonard (born 1914) and Ronald (born 1915). At the time of the 1911 Census, he was working as a Shepherd and living at Chalkpit, Broadchalke, Wiltshire.

Walter enlisted in Trowbridge as a Private in the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 201621) and was posted to the U.K. Depot. He died at home on 19th March 1919 in Salford, Lancashire and was buried in St. Mary's churchyard, Michelmersh, near Romsey. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

In 1924 his widow Ida married William E. Yeates and they had one daughter, Christine. Sadly her son Leonard died in 1925, aged 11, and her husband died in 1929, aged 58. Her other son, Ronald, died in 1939, aged 23. Thus by the time of the 1939 Register, Ida was left living with her only daughter in Michelmersh.

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  • Alvediston War Memorial

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William Henry Marchant

Surname: Marchant
Other names: William Henry
Other people in this story:
William Marchant
Hannah Marchant nee Blandford
Locations in this story:
Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Mesopotamia
Deolali Government Cemetery, India
Water Street, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Basingstoke, Hampshire
India

Story:
William Henry Marchant was born in 1885 in Berwick St. John, and baptised there on 24th July, 1885. He was the son of William and Hannah Marchant (nee Blandford). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as an Estate Carpenter and living at Water Street, Berwick St. John, Wilts. He enlisted in Basingstoke, Hampshire, and joined the 5th Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 22437). He served in Mesopotamia and India. At the time of his death held the rank of Lance Corporal. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 2nd November 1917 and was buried at Deolali Government Cemetery in India (grave id. Plot CE. Row K. Grave 27). He is remembered on the Berwick St. John War Memorial.

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  • Berwick St John War Memorial 03

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