Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial

Charles James Trowbridge

Surname: Trowbridge
Other names: Charles James
Other people in this story:
Charles Trowbridge
Caroline Sarah Trowbridge
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Poole (Broadstone) Cemetery
Vale Farm, Sutton Waldron, Dorset
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
Iwerne Minster, Dorset

Charles James "Jim" Trowbridge was born in 1899 in the registration district of Shaftesbury. He was the son of Charles Trowbridge, a farmer, and Caroline Sarah Trowbridge. He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from May 1910 to December 1914 and at the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Vale Farm, Sutton Waldron, Dorset. After leaving school he worked on his father's farm.

In February 1918 he enlisted as a Cadet in the Inns of Court Officers Training Corps (Service No. 12608). Shortly after joining he caught measles, followed by broncho-pneumonia, which proved fatal. He died at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire on 26th March 1918 and was buried at Poole (Broadstone) Cemetery (grave id. B.55). He is remembered on the Sutton Waldron War Memorial at Iwerne Minster and on the Shaftesbury Grammar School memorial in the Shaftesbury School hall.

He was also included on a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. An asterix can be seen next to Jim's name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum. 

Printed Sources: 
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1918 

  • Names on Sutton Waldron War Memorial
  • Sutton Waldron War Memorial
  • Iwerne Minister War Memorial 4
  • Iwerne Minster War Memorial 03
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 7

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives