Bimport, Shaftesbury 5

Harold Cecil Weldon

Surname: Weldon
Other names: Harold Cecil
Other people in this story:
William Weldon
Frances Mary Weldon née Cass
Frederick Weldon
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Bimport, Shaftesbury
Alcester House, Shaftesbury

Harold Cecil Weldon was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9th February 1884 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 9th March 1884, the son of William Weldon and Frances Mary Weldon (née Cass).  The family lived in and around the Bimport area for many years.  Harold enlisted on 11th December 1915 and joined the Coldstream Guards as a Private (Service No. 20489).  He was transferred at a later date to the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 225765).  He served in France and was eventually discharged as being physically unfit for further duty on 3rd June 1919 and received the Silver War Badge No. B222466 plus he was awarded a short-term pension due to his disability.  He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals.   The 1921 Census shows him working as a Fish Dealer and living in Brickhill (now Church Hill), Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.  By the 1939 Register he was shown as 'Cecil' Weldon and residing in Alcester House, Shaftesbury and described as a General Labourer.  He remained single according to the Register.  He died in Shaftesbury in 1948 and was buried in St. James Churchyard on 6th September 1948. 

Harold Cecil's brother Frederick (b.1877) also served in the war, with the Royal Army Medical Corps and the Royal Army Service Corps.


Links to related web content / sources:
Frederick Weldon
The National Archives