Other names: Loftus Harold
Locations in this story: Motcombe, DorsetSherborne Causeway, Motcombe, DorsetEgyptGallipoli, TurkeyShaftesbury, DorsetHazelbury Bryan, DorsetSouthmead, Bristol
Story: Loftus Harold Lear was born in Motcombe, Dorset, on 12 Jul 1891 the son of Thomas Lear and Emma Lear (nee Bastable). He lived most of his early life in the immediate area. He enlisted as a Territorial with the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 449). He attended annual training camps until he was embodied on 5 Aug 1914. His address at the time was given as Woolcotts Farm, Sherborne Causeway, Motcombe, Dorset. He served at Gallipoli, Turkey, as well as in Egypt. He had contracted dysentry whilst in Gallipoli and on 14 Oct 1915 was transferred to hospital in Malta from where he was repatriated to the UK on 10 Dec 1915 and was a patient at 2nd War Hospital, Southmead, Bristol. His discharge coincided with the termination of his engagement and he was demobilized on 4 Mar 1916. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He married Kathleen Emily Abbott on 14 Apr 1925 at Motcombe. They went on to have three children. The 1939 Register shows him living at Church Farm, Shaftesbury, Dorset, as a Dairy Farmer. He died on 21 May 1966 and was buried at Motcombe.