Other names: James John
Locations in this story: Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetShaftesbury, DorsetTwyford, Shaftesbury, DorsetMelbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: James John Garrett was born on 19 Dec 1886 in the Parish of Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of George William Garrett and Emily Garrett (nee Jeans). He lived all of his life in and around Shaftesbury, Dorset. James enlisted on the 20 Dec 1905 and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry Reserves until the 22 Apr 1908 when he enlisted further with the Territorial Battalion of the same regiment (Service No. 214) and attended annual training camps. He married Daisy Brine on 21 Oct 1913 at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and they went on to have five children. James was embodied at the outbreak of war on 5 Aug 1914 (Service No. 927) and served throughout his time in the UK. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal and then to Acting Sergeant but had to be released on a number of occasions during 1915 to assist on the farm back at home. He eventually opted to take a release from the Army as he had already completed the terms of his engagement and was discharged on 22 Apr 1916. There are no medal records in this case. The 1939 Register shows him living at Whitings Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, described as a Dairy Farmer. He died in Shaftesbury on 13 May 1964.