Herbert Uriah Forward

Surname: Forward
Other names: Herbert Uriah
Other people in this story:
William Maidment Forward
Mary Jane Matthews Butt
Fedora Mary Spry (nee Mills)
Locations in this story:
Huntingford, Gillingham, Dorset
East Knoyle, Wiltshire
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
Mere, Wiltshire
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Herbert Uriah Forward was born in Huntingford, Gillingham, Dorset, on 13 April 1880 and baptised there on 9 May 1880 the son of William Maidment Forward, a Dairy Farmer, and Mary Jane Matthews Forward (nee Butt).  He lived his early life in Huntingford and later Withies Farm, Motcombe, Shaftesbury,  Dorset, (despite being listed at that address on the East Knoyle, Wiltshire, 1901 Census).   He enlisted on 4 Jan 1915 with the Royal Field Artillery as a Driver (Service No. 58937).  He served in Salonika and was eventually discharged on 31 Oct 1917 as being physically unfit for further service due to a double hernia and a heart problem.  He was awarded the Silver War Badge No. 257463 as well as the Victory and British War Medals.  He received a short lived pension which ceased in 1922.  At the time of the 1921 Census he was living in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, working as a Handyman and by the time of the 1939 Register he had moved to Spring Terrace, Mere. Wiltshire, working as a Hotel Porter and still single.  His marriage to Fedora Mary Spry (nee Mills), a widow, was registered in Salisbury, Wiltshire, during 1947.  His death was also registered in Salisbury during 1952.


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