James Padfield headstone

James Padfield

Surname: Padfield
Other names: James
Other people in this story:
Charles Padfield
Sarah Maria Padfield née Mussell
Albert Padfield
Locations in this story:
Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. Margaret's Church, Margaret Marsh
Bushy Gate, Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Balkans

Story:
James Padfield was born in Margaret Marsh, Dorset in 1893. He was the son of Charles Padfield, a farm labourer, and Sarah Maria Padfield (née Mussell). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, was working as a farm labourer and living at Bushy Gate, Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  James' brother Albert (b.1883) also served during the First World War, with the Royal Engineers. Their father died on 11th January, 1913.

James enlisted as a Private in the 8th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment (Service No. 22361). He later served in the 10th and 7th Battalions and was discharged to the Reserves on 14th March, 1919. For his service in the Balkans he was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died at home on 6th April 1919 from unknown causes and was buried in the main area in front of St. Margaret's Church, Margaret Marsh. He was accorded a War Grave headstone in remembrance of his service.

Images:
  • St.Margaret's Church Margaret Marsh 2
  • St.Margaret's Church Margaret Marsh 1

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