Names on Ashmore War Memorial

Herbert George Bryant

Surname: Bryant
Other names: Herbert George
Other people in this story:
James Bryant
Elizabeth Bryant née Dodington
Andrew Bryant
Henry James Bryant
Locations in this story:
St. Nicholas' Church, Ashmore, Dorset
Kilmington, Wiltshire
Shrewton, Wiltshire
Halfpenny Cottage, Ashmore, Dorset
Dorchester, Dorset

Story:
Herbert George Bryant was born on 26th January, 1894, in Kilmington, Wiltshire, and baptised at St. Mary's Church, Kilmington, on 3rd February, 1895. He was the son of James Bryant, a shepherd, and Elizabeth Bryant née Dodington. His siblings included Henry James Bryant (b.1891) who also died in the war. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a shepherd and living with his grandfather, Andrew Bryant, in Shrewton, Wiltshire.

On 18th June 1915 he enlisted at Dorchester as a Private in the 7th (2nd Reserve) Battalion, 'B' Company of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 15040). He gave his residence on enlistment as Halfpenny Cottage, Ashmore. Within a few weeks of enlistment there would appear to have been a breakdown in his health and he was discharged on 22nd Jan 1916 as "no longer fit for War Service". He was granted a pension on the grounds that his condition was "aggravated by service since the declaration of war". He died at Ashmore on 22nd January 1918 and was buried on 26th January, 1918, in the churchyard at St. Nicholas' Church, Ashmore. There is no mention of his burial in the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but he is remembered on the Ashmore War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

Images:
  • Ashmore War Memorial

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
The Keep Military Museum