Douglas Genge

Surname: Genge
Other names: Douglas
Other people in this story:
Walter Genge
Mary Genge (nee Antell)
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium

Douglas Genge was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7 Nov 1892 but was not baptised at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, until 26 Dec 1897 the son of Walter Genge and Mary Genge (nee Antell).  He lived all his life prior to Military Service at Hawksdene Farm, Cann, Shaftesbury.  He became a Drapers Assistant.  His father had died in 1909 and his mother in 1914.  He enlisted and joined the 1/1st Squadron of the Hampshire Yeomanry (Carabiniers) as a Private (Service No. 100125).  He was posted to France and Flanders and transferred to the 15th (Service) Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 205016).  He was killed in action near Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium, on 4 Sep 1918 and buried in the Voormezeele Cemetery No. 3, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium, (Grave Ref: XVI. J. 18.).  His gravestone bears the words 'Until The Day Breaks'.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  There is no known local memorial to him though he would have qualified to be on the Cann Memorial.


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