Other names: Hubert James
Locations in this story: Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireFrance & FlandersMelbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetMarnull, DorsetSturminster, Dorset
Story: Hubert James Maidment was born in Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 2 Aug 1892 and baptised at the Birdbush Independent Chapel, Ludwell, on 11 Sep 1892 the son of John Eugene Maidment and Mary Jane Maidment (nee Read). He spent all his early life in the Ludwell area and had enlisted initially with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps as a Private (Service No. 1038) but had transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Service No. 12191). He served in France and Flanders eventually achieving the rank of Sergeant. He sustained an injury to his right knee as well as suffering from Malaria and was further transferred to the Labour Corps (Service No. 487033). He was discharged on 11 May 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as a short term pension. He married Bessie Bryant in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 10 Sep 1921. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living in Burton Street, Marnull, Dorset, working as a Lorry Driver as well as being a volunteer ARP Warden. His death was recorded in Sturminster, Dorset, on 8 Aug 1968 and he was buried at Marnull, Dorset, on 13 Aug 1968. His brother, Frank Maidment, also served in the conflict.