Frederick John Marchant

Surname: Marchant
Other names: Frederick John
Other people in this story:
Henry Thomas Marchant
Elizabeth Marchant née Burt
Edith Marchant née King
Locations in this story:
St. Leonard's Church, Semley, Wiltshire
Holt, Wimborne, Dorset
Cranbourne, Dorset
Poole, Dorset
Egypt
The Glebe, Semley

Story:
Frederick John Marchant was born in Semley, Wiltshire, on 3rd November 1881 and baptised at St. Leonard's Church on 6th January 1882, the son of Henry Thomas Marchant and Elizabeth Marchant (née Burt).  His early life was spent with his family at the The Glebe, Semley, Wiltshire.   He married Edith King on 9th April 1913 in Holt, Wimborne, Dorset and they went on to have one child. 

Frederick enlisted on 27th June 1916 with the 1st Garrison Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 18657).  He then was attached to the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 27863) serving in Egypt then returning to the Dorsetshire Regiment.   On 19th April 1917 he was attached to the 1st Garrison Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders, then on 28th July 1917 to the Worcestershire Regiment (Service No. 48995) and then again on 17th October 1917 to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (Service No. 37618).  He was assessed with poor eye sight and finally transferred, on 12th March 1918, to the 36th Field Ambulance of the Royal Army Medical Corps (Service No. 145481).  He was discharged on 4th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register he was living at The Stores, Cranbourne, Dorset, and was described as a Master Grocer as well as being an ARP Warden.  He died in 1961 in the Poole, Dorset, Registration District.

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Frederick Read

Surname: Read
Other names: Frederick
Other people in this story:
William Read
Selina Read née Fletcher
Minnie Read née Ayres
Locations in this story:
Church Hill, East Knoyle, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Blandford, Dorset
Meharicourt, France

Story:
Frederick Read was born on 16th January 1871 in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, the son of William Read and Selina Read (née Fletcher).  He lived in and around East Knoyle for all of his early life including 2 Church Hill.   He had served as a reserve with the Dorsetshire Regiment from 21st January 1892 until discharged on 5th January 1906.  He re-enlisted on 27th April 1915 with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 14337) as a Private. He served in France & Flanders with 1st, 3rd and 2nd Battalions.  He was transferred on 14th December 1916 to the 11th Garrison Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (Service No. 38395).   On the 21st November 1917 he was transferred to the 166th Labour Company followed by the 651 Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 99317).  During his service he received bomb wounds at Meharicourt, France, on 21st April 1917.  He was discharged on 1st March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Minnie Ayres in 1924 who regrettably died in 1927.  There appear to be no children of the marriage.  By the 1939 Register Frederick was living at 17d Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was working as a casual labourer.  He died in 1952 in the Blandford, Dorset, Registration District.

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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

Story:
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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Charles Edward Ranger

Surname: Ranger
Other names: Charles Edward
Other people in this story:
Charles Ranger
Sarah Anne Ranger née Elliott
Emma Jane Ranger née Hillier
Laura Frances Ranger née Charles
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Pontnewydd, Monmouthshire
India
Gibralter
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Bermuda
France & Flanders
St. James, Shaftesbury

Story:
Charles Edward Ranger was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1870 and baptised at St. James Church on 27th May 1870, the son of Charles Ranger and Sarah Anne Ranger (née Elliott).  He lived his early life in St. James, Shaftesbury.    He enlisted on 21st March 1889 and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 4219).  He saw service in India, Gibralter, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and Bermuda until his discharge after 18 years service on 12th July 1907.   During this time he had married Emma Jane Hillier on 25th December, 1892.  It is thought they had one child. 

By 1911 Charles had moved to Pontnewydd, Monmouthshire where he had employment as a Collier Coal Hewer.  His wife died in the same year and he went on to marry Laura Frances Charles in Pontnewydd on 6th October 1916.  They had four children - one of whom died in early infancy.   Charles was mobilized on 17th October 1914 and returned to the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 71904).  He served a short time in France but spent most of the war in the UK.  He was transferred to the 16th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment as a Private on 27th April 1918 (Service No. 62273).  He had been diagnosed with Rheumatism in 1915 and this was a constant source of concern.  He was discharged on 19th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He later applied for the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal but this was refused after an official inquiry.  He died before 1939 where his wife is shown on the Register as a widow but the exact date or place are unknown.

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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

Story:
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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William Charles George Ginn

Surname: Ginn
Other names: William Charles George
Other people in this story:
William Ginn
Jane Ginn née Stroud
Emma Ginn née Yandell
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sea Road, Pokesdown, Hampshire
Christchurch, Hampshire
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Livingstone Road, Pokesdown, Hampshire

Story:
William Charles George Ginn was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9th October 1884 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 4th December 1884, the son of William Ginn and Jane Ginn (née Stroud).  William Charles lived with his family in Shaftesbury until 1891 when they moved from the area.  William married Emma Yandell on 21st September 1910 at Christchurch, Hampshire, and they had at least one child.  They lived by then at 53 Sea Road, Pokesdown, Hampshire, where William was working as a milkman.  

He enlisted on 8th December 1915 and was placed on reserve with the Worcestershire Regiment (Service No. 30350).  He was mobilized on 2nd June 1916 when he joined the 17th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 381018).  He was again transferred to the Army Service Corps on 28th December 1918 as a Driver (Service No. T/446804).  He was demobilized on 27th September 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 13 Livingstone Road, Pokesdown, Hampshire and was working in the Royal Navy Cordite Factory.  He died on the 1st November 1959 in Christchurch Hospital.

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Percy Charles Hayter

Surname: Hayter
Other names: Percy Charles
Other people in this story:
Charles Hayter
Susan Jane Edwards Hayter née Upjohn
Harriett Minden Hayter née Bendell
Locations in this story:
St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cats Ash, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Story:
Percy Charles Hayter was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset in December 1881, the son of Charles Hayter and Susan Jane Edwards Hayter (née Upjohn). He married Harriett Minden Bendell on 20th July 1903 in Shaftesbury, Dorset and set up home at 7 St. James, Shaftesbury. There were at least four children of the marriage. By the 1911 Census he had moved to Shepton Mallet, Somerset for work as a Gardener. From here, having had previous military experience with the 2nd Battalion of the Dorset Regiment, he re-enlisted on 15th March 1913 as a Private in the Territorial Unit of the Somerset Light Infantry (Service No. 69115). He was embodied on 4th August 1914 and served throughout the war in the United Kingdom. He was transferred to the Labour Corps in 1918 (Service No. 200248) and then to the 16th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment with the rank of Corporal (Service No. 204670). He was discharged on 23rd April 1919 having contracted a lung disease for which he received a War Pension. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. His last known address was 4 Cats Ash, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Unfortunately he died in July 1926 at Shepton Mallett. Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Harry Vaughan Robins

Surname: Robins
Other names: Harry Vaughan
Other people in this story:
James Robins
Emma Jane Robins nee Cooke
Locations in this story:
East Ham, Essex
France & Flanders
Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Pas de Calais, France
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Bournemouth
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Harry Vaughan Robins was born in 1896 in East Ham, Essex. He was the son of James Robins, a police pensioner, and Emma Jane Robins (nee Cooke). He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1905 to April 1912. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a Scholar and living at 21 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury. After leaving school he entered a wholesale drapery firm in Bournemouth.

He enlisted in the 4th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (Service No. 28656) and at the time of his death held the rank of Lance Corporal. He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died of wounds in a military hospital in France on 29th August 1917 and was buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France (grave id. XXII.R.12A). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. Harry's mother had died in 1914 and was buried in the Holy Trinity Churchyard. Following Harry's death the following inscription was added to the kerb surrounding her grave:
Also of our brother, Harry, who died from wounds in France, Aug: 29th.1917, aged 22.

As a former pupil his name was also included on the Shaftesbury Grammar School memorial, now in Shaftesbury School. During the war a hand written list was compiled of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving in the armed forces. An asterix can be seen next to Harrys name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

Printed Sources:
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, November 1917

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  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Harry Robins kerbstone 1
  • Harry Robins kerbstone 2
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 6
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial

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