Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial

Charles James Trowbridge

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

Charles James "Jim" Trowbridge was born in 1898 in Sutton Waldron and baptised there on 10th December, 1898 . He was the son of Charles Trowbridge, a farmer, and Caroline Sarah Trowbridge (née Barnes). 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, when living in Broadstone, Dorset, he enlisted in London as a Cadet in the Inns of Court Officers Training Corps (Service No. 12608). Shortly after joining the Corps at their Field Training School at Kitcheners Field, Berkhamsted, 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 section of the War Memorial at Iwerne Minster and on the Shaftesbury Grammar School memorial in the Shaftesbury School hall. Their is also a Memorial to all Inns of Court Corps members who died at the top of New Road, Berkhamsted. There are no individual names on this memorial.

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