Other names: Charles William
Locations in this story: East Orchard, Shaftesbury, DorsetWest Orchard, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & Flanders
Story: Charles William Mockridge was born in East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 23 Apr 1893 the son of Samuel Edwin Mockridge and Charlotte Mockridge (nee West). He spent all his life, apart from Military Service, in the area. He had enlisted and served with the Machine Gun Corps as a Private (Service No. 36870). It is believed he served in France and Flanders with the 11th Battalion and on his discharge on 16 Feb 1919 was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Willis Cottages, West Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Farm Labourer and had remained single. He died in the area on 25 Feb 1970.