Other names: Charles Thomas
Locations in this story: Ashmore, Shaftesbury, DorsetChristchurch, HampshirePoole, DorsetBoscombe, HampshireTollard Royal, Wiltshire
Story: Charles Thomas Starr was born in Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1893 and baptised there on 3rd December 1893, the son of Thomas Starr and Sarah Starr (née Rideout). He lived his early life with his family at Acorn Cottage, Ashmore. He enlisted with the 1/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 1977 & 200422). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but after his discharge on 23rd June 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Ida Kathleen Hayter in Christchurch, Hampshire, on 14th October 1920 and initially lived, according to the 1921 Census, at Ashgrove Cottages, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, with Charles working as a Farm Labourer. Later on they set up home at Ramadi, Gorsehill Road, Long Fleet, Poole, Dorset. Charles died on 26th February 1934 at the Royal Victoria (West Hampshire) Hospital, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Hampshire, at the early age of 40 years. His wife went on to re-marry an Arthur E. Brown in Poole, Dorset, during 1935.