Shaftesbury from St. Peter's Church

Cecil George Pickford Wareham

Surname: Wareham
Other names: Cecil George Pickford
Other people in this story:
George Wareham
Anna Wareham née Pickford
Gertrude Amy Wareham née Pocock
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salonica, Greece
Hambledon, Surrey
Church Lane, Shaftesbury
Victoria Street, Shaftesbury
High Street, Shaftesbury
Chard, Somerset

Cecil George Pickford Wareham was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 31st December 1892 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 5th February 1893, the son of George Wareham and Anna Wareham (née Pickford).  The family home throughout Cecil's early life was 8 Church Lane, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted on 16th August 1915 with the 3rd/1st Wessex Divisional Training Battalion as a Reserve Private (Service No. T1889).  He was embodied on the 15th April 1916 with the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service No. T4/185635).  He was posted to Salonica, Greece, on 9 Aug 1916 and whilst there he had an accident in March 1918 resulting in the loss of his right middle finger.  He was discharged on 8th July 1919 with an eventual gratuity in lieu of pension for his disability in addition he was also awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  

The 1921 Census shows him boarding in East Street, Chard, Somerset, where he was working as a Grocery Assistant. He married Gertrude Amy Pocock at Hambledon, Surrey, in 1932 and there is evidence of at least two children.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 'Quinton', Victoria Street, Shaftesbury, and described as a Wool and Draper Shopkeeper. The Kelly's Directory for that year lists his business as a "wool shop" at 37a High Street. He died in Shaftesbury on 15th April 1975.

Cecil's brother John Thomas (b.1886) also served in the war, with the Dorsetshire Regiment.

  • Church Lane, Shaftesbury 8 & 10
  • Church Lane, Shaftesbury

Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
John Thomas Wareham