Other names: Roy George John
Locations in this story: Highworth, WiltshireDonhead St. Mary, WiltshireTisbury, Wiltshire
Story: Roy George John Blanchard was born in Highworth, Wiltshire, on 18 Nov 1891 and baptised there on 17 Dec 1891 the son of Sidney James Blanchard and Hannah Blanchard (nee James). He lived his early life in Highworth until by 1901 the family had moved to Donhead Street, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire. He had joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Territorial soldier (Service No. 601). On embodiment he was transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 334557) and reached the rank of Bombardier. It is not recorded in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. His marriage to Adelaide Sarah Butt was recorded in Tisbury, Wiltshire, Registry in 1921. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Manor Farm, Charlton, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, described as a Farmer. He died in 1978 and was buried at St John the Evangelist Church, Charlton, on 3 Feb 1978.