Other names: George
Locations in this story: Little Hartgrove Farm, Fontmell Magna, DorsetManor Dairy, Blandford, DorsetWorthing, SussexFranceBuckland Newton, Dorset
Story: George Jesse was born in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset on 9th September 1889, the son of Richard John Jesse and Mary Ann Jesse. He had enlisted on 8th June 1908, joining the Dorset Yeomanry (Service No. 1208), remaining on the Reserve when he returned to farming at his home at Little Hartgrove Farm in Fontmell Magna. He re-enlisted on 21st May 1915 and eventually became a Private with the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment eventually rising to Corporal (Service No. 1208). He served in France but on returning to the UK he transferred to the 609th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 528403). He was demobilized on 5th March 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. He had married Ida Mary Dibben at Buckland Newton, Dorset on 26th April 1915 and they went on to have three children. His last known address was 2 Manor Dairy, Blandford, Dorset, where he was employed as a Dairy Manager. He died in 1972 (Registered at Worthing, Sussex). Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.