Other names: Gerald James
Locations in this story: Okeford Fitzpaine, DorsetEgyptShaftesbury, DorsetYeovil, Somerset
Story: Gerald James Trowbridge was born on 12th September 1889 at Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset, and baptised there on 13th October 1889, the son of Robert Trowbridge and Annie Trowbridge (née Davis). He lived most of his life in and around Okeford Fitzpaine. He enlisted on 2nd February 1909 as a Territorial with the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 337). He was obliged to attend annual training camps. He was embodied on 5th August 1914 and given a new Service No. 1254. He served in Egypt as a Lance Corporal during which time he received a Gun Shot Wound to his left leg on 2nd October 1915. He recovered sufficiently to continue in the military but was discharged on 28th February 1916 having completed the term of his engagement. This discharge might not have happened if his younger brother, Reginald Trowbridge, had been granted exemption from the military service in order to assist on the family farm. As this was not granted Gerald took his discharge for family reasons. He was awarded the Victory and British War medal as well as the 1914/15 Star. Gerald married Ethel Mary Allen at Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset, on 2nd May 1920. There was one child of the marriage. By the 1939 Register he was living at Gore Farm, Shaftesbury, Dorset described as a Farmer. He died on 20th May 1983 which fact was registered at the Yeovil, Somerset, Registry District.