Enmore Green from Castle Hill 2

George Hopkins

Surname: Hopkins
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
Frank Hopkins
Caroline Eliza Hopkins née Extance
Edgar Hopkins
Louisa Anne Rose Hopkins née Dyke
Herbert Hopkins
Locations in this story:
Fountain Bank, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Alverstoke, Hampshire
Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
St. James, Shaftesbury

George Hopkins was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1890 the son of Frank Hopkins and Caroline Eliza Hopkins (née Extance).  His siblings included Herbert (b.1874) who served in the Royal Engineers and Edgar (b.1894) who served in the Royal Army Service Corps during the war. His early life was spent with his parents at Fountain Bank (near The Fountain Inn), Enmore Green.  By 1911 he was boarding with his brother-in-law in Alverstoke, Hampshire and working as a Motor Cycle Mechanic.  He enlisted on 5th September 1915 and joined the Royal Engineers, eventually becoming a Corporal (Service No. 73215).  He served in France and Flanders with the 8th Divisional Signal Company as a Despatch Rider. He was demobilized on 13th April 1919, giving 71 St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset as his contact address.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.

He had married Louisa Anne Rose Dyke at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 1st August 1917 and they went on to have three children. The 1921 Census shows him living at Butt's Knap, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Motor Cycle Mechanic. He died in the Grove House Nursing Home, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, in 1939 and was buried in St. Rumbold's Churchyard, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 17th April 1939.


Links to related web content / sources:
Edgar Hopkins
The National Archives
Herbert Hopkins