Walter James Broomfield

Surname: Broomfield
Other names: Walter James
Other people in this story:
Harry Jesse Broomfield
Fanny Matilda Broomfield (nee Cooke)
Edith Eliza Emily Andrews
Frederick John Robert Broomfield
Edward William Broomfield
Harry Broomfield
Ernest Broomfield
Arthur Broomfield
Eva Theresa Rose Norman (nee Broomfield)
Percy William Norman
Locations in this story:
Kirkby, Lincolnshire
Ringwood, Hampshire
Ludwell, Donhead St, Mary, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Totnes, Devon
Kingsteignton, Devon

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Walter James Broomfield was born at Kirkby, Lincolnshire, on 1 Sep 1879 the son of Harry Jesse Broomfield and Fanny Matilda Broomfield (nee Cooke).  Walter's father had become the licensee of the Grove Arms, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire by 1911.  Walter married Edith Eliza Emily Andrews at Ringwood, Hampshire, in 1908 and they went on to have four children.  Walter had moved to Devon and was working there as a gamekeeper when he enlisted as a Private with the 15th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 15146) on 1 Jan 1915.  He served in France and Flanders where he was wounded on at least two occasions for which he eventually received a small pension.  He was finally discharged on 21 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Higher Dean Prior, Totnes, Devon, and working as a Head Gamekeeper as well as being a volunteer ARP Warden.  He died in Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, Devon, on 8 July 1964.  (NB.  His brothers, Frederick John Robert and Edward William also served but did not survive the war.  Whilst the remaining brothers, Walter James, Harry, Ernest and Arthur, all served and survived.  His sister, Eva Theresa Rose, had married Percy William Norman who also served and survived.)

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Harry Broomfield

Surname: Broomfield
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
Harry Jasse Broomfield
Fanny Broomfield (nee Cook)
Ernest Broomfield
Frederick John Robert Broomfield
Edward William Broomfield
Percy William Norman
Eva Theresa Rose Norman (nee Broomfield)
Edith Cox
Arthur Broomfield
Locations in this story:
Ringwood, Hampshire
Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Little Bytham, Lincolnshire
Southampton, Hampshire

Story:
Harry Broomfield was born in Ringwood, Hampshire, on 24 Nov 1891 the son of Harry Jesse Broomfield and Fanny Broomfield (nee Cook).  At the time of the outbreak of war he was living with his parents at The Grove Arms, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, where his father was the licensee.  He enlisted in the 19th Squadron of the 2nd/1st Battalion of the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry on 21 Sep 1914 (Service No 1157).  He served in France and Flanders and was discharged within a day or so of 1 Jan 1916.  He re-enlisted with the Army Service Corps (Motor Transport Section) on 6 Jan 1916 (Service No. M2/152395).  He was demobilized on 26 May 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He had married Edith Cox on 3 Aug 1915 at Little Bytham, Lincolnshire, and they went on to have one child.    The 1939 Register shows him living at 25 Cannon Street, Southampton, Hampshire, working as a Corporation Carter.   He died in the Southampton area in 1976.  His brothers Frederick John Robert and Edward William served and were both killed in action whilst Ernest and Arthur, who also served, survived.  His brother-in-law, Percy William Norman, (married to sister Eva Theresa Rose Broomfield) also served and survived.

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Ernest Broomfield

Surname: Broomfield
Other names: Ernest
Other people in this story:
Harry Jesse Broomfield
Fanny Broomfield (nee Cook)
Frederick John Robert Broomfield
Edward William Broomfield
Harry Broomfield
Eva Theresa Rose Norman (nee Broomfield)
William Percy Norman
Arthur Broomfield
Locations in this story:
Ringwood, Hampshire
Ludwell, Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
Ousby, Penrith, Cumberland
Lancaster, Lancashire

Story:
Ernest Broomfield was born on 8 Apr 1893 in Ringwood, Hampshire, the son of Harry Jesse Broomfield and Fanny Broomfield (nee Cook).  At the time of the outbreak of war he was living with his parents at the Grove Inn, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, where his father was the licensee. Ernest enlisted in the Royal Navy (Service No. SS115989) on 10 Jul 1914 as a Stoker Class II.  On the 10 Dec 1914 he was transferred to become a member of the armaments crew on various ships during the conflict (Service No. M11941).  He was finally discharged on 28 Jan 1920.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  The 1939 Register shows him living at The Fox Inn, Ousby, Penrith, Cumberland, working as a Gamekeeper.   He died in 1960 in the Lancaster District Registry area.   The 1939 Register also indicates he was married but no record can be found of a marriage.  His brothers also served, Frederick John Robert and Edward William Broomfield were both killed in action whilst Harry and Arthur survived,  Also serving and surviving was William Percy Norman the husband of Ernest's sister, Eva Theresa Rose Norman (nee Broomfield).

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William Percy Norman

Surname: Norman
Other names: William Percy
Other people in this story:
William Norman
Louisa Elizabeth Norman
Eva Theresa Rose Broomfield
Frederick John Robert Broomfield
Edward William Broomfield
Arthur Broomfield
Locations in this story:
Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Salonica
Epsom, Surrey
Christchurch, Hampshire

Story:
William Percy Norman was born in Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 16 Feb 1889 and baptised there at St. John the Baptist Church on 24 Feb 1889 the son of William and Louisa Elizabeth Norman.  He spent all his early life in and around Donhead St. Mary.  He enlisted on 5 Aug 1915 and joined the Royal Army Service Corps (Service Nos. DM2/112692 and S4/143706).   He served in Salonica and the Mediterranean Theatre of War where, in due time, he rose to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 and held the position of Acting Staff Sergeant Major.  He was discharged on 28 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.   He had married Eva Theresa Rose Broomfield at Ludwell on 22 Nov 1915  and they went on to have at least one child.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 13 Lower Hill Road, Epsom, Surrey, and described as a Head Teacher.  His death was registered at the Christchurch, Hampshire, District Registry in 1964.   (NB.  His wife's brothers, Frederick John Robert Broomfield and Edward William Broomfield were both killed in the conflict whilst another brother, Arthur Broomfield, served and survived.)

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Arthur Broomfield

Surname: Broomfield
Other names: Arthur
Other people in this story:
Harry Jesse Broomfield
Fanny Matilda Broomfield (nee Cooke)
Lilian Rose Dorothea Bealing
Eva Theresa Rose Broomfield
William Percy Norman
Frederick John Robert Broomfield
Edward William Broomfield
Locations in this story:
Ellingham, Hampshire
Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Ireland
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Arthur Broomfield was born at Effingham, Hampshire, on 26 Jan 1895 the son of Harry Jesse Broomfield and Fanny Matilda Broomfield (nee Cooke).  He spent his early life with his family in the Hampshire and Dorset areas where, by 1911, his father had become the landlord of the Grove Arms, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire.  Arthur had enlisted for the war and joined the Royal Army Service Corps (Service No. M/152385) with whom he served in France and Flanders.  He transferred to the Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.   Following the end of the war he was posted to Ireland and was attached to the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary until it was disbanded in 1922.  He was finally discharged on 4 Feb 1922.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He married Lilian Rose Dorothea Bealing at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 24 Jun 1919 and they went on to have three children.  By 1939 Register he was shown living at 30 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, working as a Motor Mechanic.  It is understood he served for a period in the 2nd World War as well.  His death was recorded in the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registry in 1986.  (NB.  His brothers, Frederick John Robert Broomfield and Edward William Broomfield both served but were regrettably killed in action.  His sister, Eva Theresa Rose Broomfield had married William Percy Norman who also served and, like Arthur, had survived.)

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Motcombe

Cyril Alfred Pitman

Surname: Pitman
Other names: Cyril Alfred
Other people in this story:
Ernest Alfred Pitman
Dorcas Pitman née Gray
Frances Charlotte Pitman née Stone
Locations in this story:
North End Lane, Motcombe, Dorset
Church Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Cyril Alfred Pitman was born at Motcombe, Dorset, on 22nd May 1900 and baptised there on 1st July 1900, the son of Ernest Alfred Pitman and Dorcas Pitman (née Gray).  He spent much of his life at the family home at 74 North End Lane, Motcombe, Dorset.   He enlisted on 22nd May 1918 and was mobilized on 24th June 1918, joining the 36th Recruit Distribution Battalion of the Training Reserve (Service No. TR/27244).  He was transferred to the 1156th (127th) LAMT Company of the Royal Army Service Corps on 15th November 1918 (Service No. M/398710).  He served in the United Kingdom only and was eventually demobilzed on 11th December 1919.  There is no record of any medals being awarded.   He married Frances Charlotte Stone on 10th October 1923 at Motcombe, Dorset, and they went on to have three children.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 8 Church Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Butcher's Roundsman and Shop Assistant.  His death was recorded in the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registration District in 1982.

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Loftus Harold Lear

Surname: Lear
Other names: Loftus Harold
Other people in this story:
Thomas Lear
Emma Lear (nee Bastable)
Kathleen Emily Abbott
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Dorset
Sherborne Causeway, Motcombe, Dorset
Egypt
Gallipoli, Turkey
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset
Southmead, Bristol

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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.

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Rufus William Inkpen

Surname: Inkpen
Other names: Rufus William
Other people in this story:
Edwin Thomas Inkpen
Mary Ann Inkpen (nee Clack)
Mabel Annie Barter
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Dorset
Jutland
West Parley, Bournemouth, Dorset
Blandford, Dorset

Story:
Rufus William Inkpen was born at Motcombe, Dorset, on 18 Oct 1884 and baptised there on 16 Nov 1884 the son of Edwin Thomas Inkpen (Licensee of the former Royal Oak Inn, Motcombe), and Mary Ann Inkpen (nee Clack).  Rufus spent his early years at the Royal Oak Inn with his parents.  He enlisted in the Royal Navy on 18 Oct 1902 (Service No. 216884). He served on many ships in his time and held the rank of Able Seaman.  He joined HMS Thunderer, the last of the Orion-class Dreadnought Battleships, when it was commissioned on 15 Jun 1912.  The ship entered the War and in 1916 was eighth in line at the Battle of Jutland.  Rufus was eventually discharged on 8 Jun 1921 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/1915 Star.  He went to live back in Motcombe at Bittles Green near his parents.  He married Mabel Annie Barter on 16 Apr 1927 and they set up home at West Parley, Bournemouth, Dorset.  There appeared to be no children of the marriage.  Rufus died on 24 Nov 1951 which fact was registered at the Blandford, Dorset, District Register Office.

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Frederick James Brickell

Surname: Brickell
Other names: Frederick James
Other people in this story:
Thomas Brickell
Elizabeth Brickell (nee Hoskins)
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Tredegar, Monmouthshire
France & Flanders

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Frederick James Brickell was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, (Parish of Motcombe) on 5 Apr 1884 the son of Thomas Brickell and Elizabeth Brickell (nee Hoskins).  He spent a very short time of his early life in Enmore Green before the family moved to Tredegar, Monmouthshire, where his father obtained work in the coal mines.  Though the record cannot be found, Frederick, now a miner himself, had obviously married prior to 1906 as he is credited with three children born between 1906 and 1919.  He enlisted on 1 Sep 1914 as a Private with the 1/3rd Battalion of the Monmouthshire Regiment (Service No. 2128).  He served in France where he was gassed on three occasions during 1915 and also received a gunshot wound in his left arm.  He was transferred to the 4th Reserve Battalion of the Welsh Regiment on 21 Sep 1916 (Service No. 53750).  He soon joined the 9th Battalion in the field.  During 1918 he was accused of desertion but this was dealt with by forfeiture of pay and bonuses and no trial was held.  He was discharged on 7 Jan 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He made a claim for a pension in 1919 due to the gassing and the gunshot wound that had previously occurred.  After a considerable number of medicals he was awarded a limited pension.  His address at the time was 56 York Terrace, Tredegar, Monmouthshire, in which town  he eventually died on 1 Dec 1959.

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Harry Rideout

Surname: Rideout
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
Ephraim Rideout
Ellen Rideout (nee Sharp)
Emma Rosetta Fry
Locations in this story:
Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Blandford St. Mary, Dorset
Blandford, Dorset
Poole, Dorset

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Harry Rideout was born at Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 15 Jul 1885 the son of Ephriam Rideout and Ellen Rideout (nee Sharp).  He lived most of his early life at Ashmore.  He married Emma Rosetta Fry on 16 May 1910 at Blandford St. Mary, Dorset, and they went on to have three children.  Harry enlisted on 8 Sep 1914 as a Private with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 2518 later changed to 200834).  He was demobilized on 20 Mar 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He made a claim for loss of sight which was finally rejected  on 9 May 1922 as being not incurred due to military service.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 2 Newtown, Blandford, Dorset, described as an 'Odd Man - Heavy Worker'.   He died in the Poole, Dorset, Registration District in 1970.

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