Other names: John Thomas
Locations in this story: Church Lane, Shaftesbury, DorsetMotcombe, Shaftesbury, DorsetSalisbury, Wiltshire
Story: John Thomas Wareham was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9th September 1886 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 3rd October 1886, the son of George Wareham and Anna Wareham (née Pickford). John's brother Cecil George Pickford Wareham (b.1893) also served in the war, with the Army Service Corps. They lived their early lives mainly at 8 Church Lane, Shaftesbury, apart from when on Military Service. John enlisted as a Territorial with the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 1955). After embodiment at the outbreak of war he joined his regiment with Service No. 200411. It is not known in which theatre of war he served but following his discharge on 27th April 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the Territorial Force War Medal. He married Emmeline Johnson at Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 30th September 1920 and they went on to have one daughter. The 1921 Census shows him living at 1 Knapp Villas, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, described as an out-of-work Decorator. By the time of the 1939 Register he was still living at 1 Knapp Villas, Motcombe, working as a Painter and Decorator. He died in the Salisbury Infirmary, Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 24th August 1959 and later buried at St. Mary's Church, Motcombe.