David Henry McDowell

Surname: McDowell
Other names: David Henry
Other people in this story:
David McDowell
Elizabeth Anne McDowell
Dorcas Nellie Andrews
Locations in this story:
Derriaghy, Antrim, Ireland
Blandford, Dorset
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sevenoaks, Kent
Templecombe, Somerset

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David Henry McDowell was born in Lambeg Town, Derriaghy, Antrim, Ireland, on 11 Mar 1892 the son of David McDowell and Elizabeth Anne McDowell.  He spent his early years in Derriaghy until he enlisted with the Royal Marines Light Infantry on 22 Jan 1908 as a Private (Service No. 14336).  For his WW1 service he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He was stationed at Blandford, Camp, Dorset, and there met and married Dorcas Nellie Andrews at St. Andrews Church, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9 Feb 1918.  He gave his parents-in-law address of 34 Mill Street, Fontmill Magna, in the Absent Voters List for 1918.  By the 1939 Register his wife was living at 10 Madan Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, and it is presumed that David had remained in the forces.  His death was recorded at Templecombe, Somerset, in 1969.

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Horace Grant

Surname: Grant
Other names: Horace
Other people in this story:
Charles John Grant
Emma Grant (nee Dunnings)
Ellen Maud Mary Oborne
Locations in this story:
Frome, Somerset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Horace Grant was born in Frome, Somerset, on 18 Apr 1879 and baptised there on 6 Jul 1879 the son of Charles John Grant and Emma Grant (nee Dunnings).  He lived his early life in Frome and, by the time of the 1911 Census, had moved to The Commons, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Plumber and Decorator.  He married Ellen Maud Mary Oborne at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 26 Mar 1913.  Horace had enlisted with the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 48475) according to the Absent Voters List of 1918.  There are no other available Military records.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at The Sunridge Hotel, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where his wife was the proprietor and he was assisting her in the hotel work.    At the time of his death in 1966 he had moved to 17 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, and was buried at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, on 18 Mar 1966.

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Frank Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Frank
Other people in this story:
William Gray
Jane Gray
Ann Sims
Locations in this story:
Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset

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Frank Gray was born in Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22 Sep 1889 the son of William Gray and Jane Gray.  He lived his early life in and around Compton Abbas.  He married Ann Sims at St. James's Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 29 May 1912 and they lived at 19 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury.  He had enlisted and joined the Machine Gun Corps as a Private (Service No. 105935).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 1 Tanyard Villas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and working as an Ironmonger's Carman.  His death was registered at Sturminster, Dorset, in 1964.

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Samuel Moores

Surname: Moores
Other names: Samuel
Other people in this story:
Frederick Moores
Sarah Ann Moores (nee Baker)
Elizabeth Sarah Ellen Parsons
Locations in this story:
Bourton, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
South Africa
Malta
Sturminster, Dorset

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Samuel Moores was born in Bourton, Dorset, on 21 Oct 1878 and baptised there on 10 Nov 1878 the son of Frederick Moores and Sarah Ann Moores (nee Baker).  He lived his early life in Bourton.  He had enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment in 1887 as a Private (Service No. 5407) and served in Malta and South Africa where he was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal (with 5 Clasps) and the King's South Africa Medal (with 2 Clasps).  He married Elizabeth Sarah Ellen Parsons in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 30 Jun 1907 and they went on to have two children.  Samuel was discharged from the Army on 12 Sep 1909.  He re-enlisted in WW1 and joined the Labour Corps as a Private (Service No. 364703) and served with the 807 Agricultural Company in the UK only.  There are no medal records for this period.  During the war period he registered his address as 6 Bimport, Shaftesbury, Dorset, (the address of his parents-in-law).  Following the war he returned to Bourton where he was shown on the 1939 Register as living at Yew Tree Cottage, Bourton, Dorset, described as Army - Incapacitated.  His death was registered at Sturminster, Dorset, in 1956 and he was buried at Bourton on 6 Sep 1956.

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Charles Wright

Surname: Wright
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
Charles Wright
Hannah Wright (nee Lodge)
Ada Caroline Rideout
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset

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Charles Wright was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 15 Mar 1871 the son of Charles Wright and Hannah Wright (nee Lodge).  He lived all his early life in the family home at Barton Hill, Shaftesbury.  He had joined the 12th Lancers as a Trooper some time prior to 1898 as he was discharged on 12 Jun, 1898 having completed his engagement and was placed on reserve (Service No. 3551).  He married Ada Caroline Rideout at Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2 Oct 1899 and they went on to have three children.  By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 5 Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury, working as a Groom.  He was called out of reserved on 19 Apr 1915 and joined the Royal Defence Corps as a Private (Service No. 8709).  He served all his time in the UK with the 263rd Protection Company and was discharged on 22 Feb 1919.  There are no medal records in this case.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was still living at 5 Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Dried Milk Powder Packer.  His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1943.

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Jack Borley

Surname: Borley
Other names: Jack
Other people in this story:
Robert William Borley
Mary Rebecca Borley (nee Uphill)
Jane Bethell
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Westminster, London
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Reading, Berkshire

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Jack Borley was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 18 Sep 1891 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 15 Nov 1891 the son of Robert William Borley, a Hotel Proprietor, and Mary Rebecca Borley (nee Uphill).  He spent much of his early life at the, now, Grosvenor Hotel, The Commons, Shaftesbury.  He also attended Shaftesbury Grammar School which he left in 1905.  By the time of the 1911 Census he was working as a Draper's Apprentice at 125 Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire.  According to the Grammar School records he had enlisted and became a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery.  Regrettably, despite searches, no Military or Medal records can be found.  He married Jane Bethell in Westminster, London, in 1937.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Tollard House, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, assisting with his brother's farm.  He died in Tollard Royal on 22 Apr 1959.

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Arthur Francis Thomas

Surname: Thomas
Other names: Arthur Francis
Other people in this story:
George Nunn Thomas
Louisa Frances Thomas (nee Keddle)
Doris Grace Loxley
Charles Samuel Williamson Thomas
Locations in this story:
Netherbury, Beaminster, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. Marylebone, London
Manitoba, Canada
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Arthur Francis Thomas was born in Netherbury, Beamintser, Dorset, in 1876 and baptised there on 24 Feb 1876 the son of George Nunn Thomas, a former Army officer, and Louisa Frances Thomas (nee Keddle).  He spent his early life in Dorset including some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He became a merchant seaman and achieved his 2nd Mate's Certificate on 30 Apr 1896.  He had apparently left the sea and had settled in Canada but returned to the UK and married Doris Grace Loxley at All Souls Church, Marylebone, London, on 31 Dec 1903.  They went on to have six children.  By the time of the Canadian Census of 1906 the family had returned to Canada and were living at Marquette, Manitoba, Canada.  There is some confusion as to Arthur's part in WW1 but the Shaftesbury Grammar School record shows him serving in the Navy without mentioning any branch, i.e. Military or Merchant, British or Canadian.  No medal records have been found at this time.  The Canadian Census of 1920 gives his address as 3006 Cedar Hill, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, with an occupation of Conductor (living on own means!).  His death was recorded in British Columbia on 10 Aug 1935.  His brother, Charles Samuel Williamson Thomas, also served in the conflict.

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Charles Samuel Williamson Thomas

Surname: Thomas
Other names: Charles Samuel Williamson
Other people in this story:
George Nunn Thomas
Louisa Frances Thomas (nee Keddle)
Maud Minnie Martha Rennie
Arthur Francis Thomas
Locations in this story:
Netherbury, Beaminster, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bengal, India
Blackheath, London, S.E.
Jubbul Para, Bengal, India

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Charles Samuel Williamson Thomas was born in Netherbury, Beaminster, Dorset, on 1 Feb 1877 and baptised there on 2 Mar 1877 the son of George Nunn Thomas, an Army Officer, and Louisa Frances Thomas (nee Keddle).  He lived his early life at Wooth Grange House, Netherbury, except, when attending for some of his education, at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, from which establishment he left in 1889.  He joined the Army and by 1901 had become a Captain in the Royal Garrison Artillery and posted to Bengal, India, where he became the Superintendant of the Indian Army Ordnance Department.   He married Maud Minnie Martha Rennie at Dehra Dun, Bengal, India, on 6 Mar 1906 and they went on to have one son.  By 1911 he was back in the UK living at 17 Old Dover Road, Blackheath, London, S.E.  During the period of WW1 he returned to India and was promoted to Major.  After the war he remained with the Indian Army and was awarded the British War Medal.  By the time of the 1939 Register he had returned to the UK, having retired with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, and was living at Wooth Grange, Netherbury, Beaminster, Dorset.  He died on 10 Jun 1940 in Netherbury.  Charles's brother, Arthur Francis Thomas, also served in the Navy during the conflict according to Shaftesbury Grammar School records.

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Alfred William Dennis

Surname: Dennis
Other names: Alfred William
Other people in this story:
Frederick John Dennis
Catherine Dorothy Dennis (nee Darnell)
Annie Flora Henry
Locations in this story:
Winchfield, Hampshire
Hartley Whitney, Hampshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Tottenham, Middlesex

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Alfred William Dennis was born in Winchfield, Hampshire, on 14 Mar 1884 the son of Frederick John Dennis and Catherine Dorothy Dennis (nee Darnell).  He lived his early life in Winchfield.   He married Annie Flora Henry in the Hartley Witney, Hampshire, Registration area in 1911.  He had moved to Shaftesbury, Dorset, to work as a Post Office Clerk.  He enlisted with the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (later becoming a Lance Corporal) (Service No. 152447).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but he was attached to the GHQ Wireless Group.  On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He continue to live in Shaftesbury living at 3 Salisbury Street and later the The Bungalow, Alcester, Shaftesbury.  In 1920 he was admitted to the Shaftesbury Lodge.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 75 Fifth Cross Road, Tottenham, Middlesex, working as a GPO Sorting Clerk and also as a Volunteer Auxillary Fireman.    He died in Tottenham on 24 May 1950.

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Frederick Brickell

Surname: Brickell
Other names: Frederick
Other people in this story:
Eli Brickell
Mary Brickell (nee Case)
James Brickell
Alfred Brickell
Teresa Hatton
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Southwark, London
Balkans
France & Flanders

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Frederick Brickell (name registered as 'Fred') was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 4 May 1884 and baptised as 'Frederick' at Holy Trinity Church on 29 June 1884 the son of Eli Brickell and Mary Brickell (nee Case).  He spent most of his life in the Littledown area of Shaftesbury.  He married Teresa Hatton in Southwark, London, during 1906 and they went on to have five children.  By the 1911 Census the family were still living in Littledown, Shaftesbury, and Frederick was employed by the local firm of Stratton, Sons & Mead.    He enlisted and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 8817).  He served in the Balkans during which time he transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers and promoted to Corporal (Service No. 7136).  He then went with his Battalion to France and Flanders where on the 18 Oct 1918 he was killed in action.  He was buried in the Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau, France, (Grave Ref: III. A. 9.).   He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  His name appears on his employer's Roll of Honour  and on the Ireland's Memorial Records (Page 234).    His wife returned to Southwark with her family.   Frederick's brothers, James Brickell and Alfred Brickell, also served in the conflict.

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