William Frank Tapper

Surname: Tapper
Other names: William Frank
Other people in this story:
James Thorne Tapper
Emma Tapper (nee Merrifield)
Annie May Andrews Hansford
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Dorset
Wimborne, Dorset
Poole, Dorset
Long Burton, Dorset

Story:
William Frank Tapper was born on 8 Jan 1883 at Melbury Abbas, Dorset, the son of James Thorne Tapper and Emma Tapper (nee Merrifield). By 1891 the family had moved to Long Burton, Dorset. William had enlisted with the Hampshire Regiment as a Private on 10 Jan 1902 later transferring to the Dragoons of the Line (Service No. 5911). He was discharged to reserves on 9 Jan 1914 and took up employment as a Baker. He had married Annie May Andrews Hansford at Wimborne, Dorset, on 2 Apr 1911. They went on to have two children. He was re-embodied on 5 Sep 1914 and joined the Dragoon Guards (2nd Queen's Bays) as a Private. (Service Nos. GS7970 and DR13349), After serving in France he was eventually demobilized on 1 May 1919 but not before a spell in hospital with influenza. He was awarded the Victory and British Medals. By the 1939 Register he was living at 25 New Borough, Wimborne, Dorset, and working as an Assurance Agent. He died on 12 Jul 1959 (Registered at Poole, Dorset).

(Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.)

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