William Charles Sims

Surname: Sims
Other names: William Charles
Other people in this story:
William Sims
Sarah Sims (nee Ransom)
Beatrice Vera Chubb
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Milford, Wiltshire
India
Sturminster, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset

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William Charles Sims was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 26 Jan 1894 the son of William Sims and Sarah Sims (nee Ransom).  His father had died in 1899 and his mother re-married Charles Job Stretch.  William lived with his mother in Milford, Wiltshire, during his childhood, until the family returned to Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, by the 1911 Census.  He enlisted on on 28 Feb 1911 and joined the 2/4th (Reserve) Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service Nos. 4561 and 4/1364).  He was embodied on 14 Aug 1914 with the rank of Acting Sergeant and served in India until he was discharged on 23 May 1916 having completed the terms of his engagement.  Notwithstanding his discharge he re-enlisted on 15 Aug 1916 and joined the 4th (Reserve) Battalion (Service No. 202489).  He retained his rank according to his military records.  He was finally demobilized in Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He married Beatrice Vera Chubb in Shaftesbury in 1921 and they set up home at 10 Church Lane, Shaftesbury.  They went on to have at least three children.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 25 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury and working as a Barber.  His death was registered at the Sturminter, Dorset, Registry in 1968.

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Montague Smith

Surname: Smith
Other names: Montague
Other people in this story:
Harry Smith
Mary Smith
Eva Annie Wooders
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Streatham, Surrey
Willesden, Middlesex
Brent, Middlesex
France & Flanders

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Montague Smith was born on 6 Jul 1889 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised on 21 Nov 1889 at Holy Trinity Church the son of Harry and Mary Smith.  He lived his early life at 7 Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury, one of eleven children in the family.   He enlisted on 15 Jul 1907 and joined the 9th Lancers of Cavalry of the Line (Service No. 246) and later the 21st Lancers and served in South Africa.  He was discharged to reserves on 14 Jul 1914 only to be almost immediately embodied on 15 Aug 1914 as a Shoeing Smith Corporal. (Service No. 41347).  He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) and joined the 2nd Machine Gun Squadron of the Royal Tank Corps on 27 Jun1916 and served in France.   He was discharged on 14 Jul 1919 having completed the terms of his engagement.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He had married Eva Annie Wooders at St. Anselem Church, Streatham, Surrey, on 9 Aug 1917.  One child only is recorded.  The 1939 Register shows him living at 86a Drayton Park, Willesden, Middlesex, working as a Bus Conductor.  He died on 21 Nov 1966 in the Brent, Middlesex, Registry area.

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Sidney John Ryall

Surname: Ryall
Other names: Sidney John
Other people in this story:
William Ryall
Eleanor Ryall (nee Goodman)
Emma May Parker
Locations in this story:
Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Blandford, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Sidney John Ryall was born on 25 Feb 1898 in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of William Ryall and Eleanor Ryall (nee Goodman).  He lived most if his early life in Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury.   He enlisted on the 7 Jun 1916 but was not embodied until 24 May 1918 when he joined the 6th (Service) Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private.  (Service No. 40961).   He served in France as a Lewis Gunner and received a gun shot wound on 18 Oct 1918 from which he recovered.   He was discharged on 4 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He went to live at 31 Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury.  He married Emma May Parker in Blandford, Dorset, on 16 Feb 1924 and they went on to have two children.   By the 1939 Register he was living at 8 Langton Road, Blandford, Dorset, and working as a bricklayer.   He died in Blandford on 15 Dec 1975.

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James Roberts

Surname: Roberts
Other names: James
Other people in this story:
James Roberts
Emma Jane Roberts (nee Lane)
Agnes Ellen Pickford
George Roberts
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset

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James Roberts was born in Enmore Green, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21 Apr 1879 and baptised at St. John's Church on 1 Jun 1879 the son of James Roberts and Emma Jane Roberts (nee Lane).  He lived most of his life in the Shaftesbury area.   He married Agnes Ellen Pickford at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, on 25 Dec 1903.   They went on to have five children.   He enlisted with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment Territorial Force on 6 May 1908 and attended regular annual training camps (Service No. 495).    He was embodied on 4 Aug 1914 and served solely in the UK with the rank of Pioneer (Service No. 4529).  He was discharged on 5 May 1916 having completed the terms of his engagement.  He was awarded the Territorial Efficiency Medal on 1 Aug 1915 but no other medal records have been found.  At the time of his discharge he was living at 12 Bleke Street, Shaftesbury.    His wife died in 1937.   By the 1939 Register he had moved to 7 Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury and was employed as a Grocer's Yardman.  James died in 1960 in the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry area.  (N.B. He was an elder brother of George Roberts who served with the Monmouthshire Regiment.)

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George Roberts

Surname: Roberts
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
James Roberts
Emma Jane Roberts (nee Lane)
Margreta Deacon
James Roberts (Junior)
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Abertillery, Monmouthshire, Wales
Bedwellty, Monmouthshire, Wales

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George Roberts was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 20 Apr 1887 the son of James Roberts and Emma Jane Roberts (nee Lane).  He lived his early life in Layton Lane, Shaftesbury.   He had moved to Abertillery, Monmouthshire, to work as a Collier by 1909 and had served two years with the South Wales Borderers (3rd Volunteer Battalion) on a Territorial basis.   On 14 Jan 1909 he re-enlisted with the Monmouthshire Regiment (48th Provisional, 3rd Battalion) as a Territorial and attended annual training camps. (Service No. 699).  During 1910 he married Margreta  Deacon in the Bedwellty Registration District, Monmouthshire, and they went on to have four children.  He was mobilized on 5 Aug 1914 and served as a Private in the UK only.  He was discharged on 17 May 1916 having completed his terms of engagement.  He gave his address as 29 Kings Head Road, Abertillery.  No medal records can be found for this soldier.  By the 1939 Register he had moved to 32 Montague Street, Abertillery and was noted working as a Colliery Coal Cutter Below.  He died in 1955 in the Bedwellty Registration District.  (He was the younger brother of James Roberts (Junior) who served with the Dorsetshire Regiment.)

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Ivor George Ridout

Surname: Ridout
Other names: Ivor George
Other people in this story:
Charles Ridout
Hannah Sarah Wright Ridout (nee Stone)
Elsie Pickford
Locations in this story:
Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Margarets Marsh, Nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset
West Milton, Powerstock, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Stour Provost, Dorset
Poole, Dorset

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Ivor George Ridout was born on 7 May, 1889, at Stour Provost, Dorset, and baptised there on 28 Jul 1889 the son of Charles Ridout and Hannah Sarah Wright Ridout (nee Stone).  He spent his early life in and around Stour Provost and Stour Row, Dorset.  He enlisted on 8 Apr 1908 with the Dorsetshire (Queen's Own) Yeomanry Territorial Force attending annual training camps. (Service No. 227).  He was embodied on 5 Aug 1914 and appointed a Sergeant. (Service No. 1061).  He served in the UK only and was given special leave on a number of occasions to help with the work at his father's farm, Gore Farm, Margaret Marsh, Dorset.  He was finally discharged on 7 May 1916 having completed the terms of his engagement.  No medal records can be found for Ivor.   He had married Elsie Pickford on 14 Apr 1915 at West Milton, Powerstock, Dorset.  They went on to have three children.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Wilkins Farm, Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury as the farmer.  He died on 10 Oct 1968 in the Poole, Dorset, Registry District, his address being shown as 3 Mampitts Road, Shaftesbury.  He was buried in Cann, Shaftesbury on 14 Oct 1968

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Osborne Bernard Ricketts

Surname: Ricketts
Other names: Osborne Bernard
Other people in this story:
James John Charles Ricketts
Sarah Ann Ricketts (nee Broadway)
Sophia Louisa King
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Gallipoli, Turkey
Marlborough, Wiltshire

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Osborne Bernard Ricketts was born on 14 Apr 1892 in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised there on 30 Aug 1892 the son of James John Charles Ricketts and Sara Ann Ricketts (nee Broadway).  He lived most of his early life at Culverhouse Farm, Motcombe, where his father was the Farmer.  He enlisted on the 1 May 1908 and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry Territorial Force attending annual camps for training.  (Service No. 226).  (N.B. His military records are in the name of Bernard only.)   He was re-engaged on 30 Apr 1914 and embodied on 5 Aug 1914 with the rank of Corporal. (Service No. 1058).  He was at Gallipoli, Turkey, and landed at Sulva Bay where he was severely wounded on 2 Aug 1915.  He was invalided back to the UK on 9 Oct 1915 and discharged on 5 Jun 1916 having completed his terms of engagement.   He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.   He married Sophia Louisa King on 24 Apr 1917 at Motcombe, Dorset.  They went on to have three children.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Sadden Farm, Burbage, West Grafton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, working as a Dairyman and Cowman.  He died in Marlborough in 1966.

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Henry Thomas Reed

Surname: Reed
Other names: Henry Thomas
Other people in this story:
Henry Reed
Anna Maria Reed (nee Scammell)
Marta E. Zalming
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
India
Iran
Benfleet, Essex
Thurrock, Essex
Rasht, Gilon Province, Iran

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Henry Thomas Reed (known as Thomas in the family) was born in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 8 Sep 1889 the son of Henry Reed and Anna Maria Reed (nee Scammell).   He lived his early life at Birdbush, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary.   He had joined the Dorsetshire Regiment at some time in the past and was a reservist (Service No. 8495).   He re-enlisted as a regular Private on 12 Aug 1908  and joined the 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment and served in India and Iran having completed a military telegraphist course. He had been wounded during his service but had fully recovered.  He was discharged to the reserves on 1 Apr 1919 but seconded to the Consular Authorities in Iran as a telegraphist (Service No. 5718124).  He had been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal per an announcement in the London Gazette on 22 Sep 1919.  He also qualified for the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/1915 Star.  Whilst in Iran he married Marta E. Zalming in 1920 at the British Consulate in Rasht, Gilon Province, Iran.  It is not known if there were any children of the marriage. On his return to the UK he initially lived at Ludwell, Wiltshire.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 'Engell', New Park Road, Benfleet, Essex, and was described as a Retired Postman.  He died in 1950 in the Thurrock, Essex, Registration District.

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Charles Edward Ranger

Surname: Ranger
Other names: Charles Edward
Other people in this story:
Charles Ranger
Sarah Anne Ranger (nee Elliott)
Emma Jane Hillier
Laura Frances Charles
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Pontnewydd, Monmouthshire
India
Gibralter
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Bermuda
France & Flanders

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Charles Edward Ranger was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1870 and baptised at St. James Church on 27 May 1870 the son of Charles Ranger and Sarah Anne Ranger (nee Elliott).  He lived his early life in St. James, Shaftesbury.    He enlisted on 21 Mar 1889 and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner.  (Service No. 4219.)  He saw service in India, Gibralter, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and Bermuda until his discharge after 18 years service on 12 Jul 1907.   During this time he had married Emma Jane Hillier on 25 Dec, 1892.  It is thought they had one child.  By 1911 Charles had moved to Pontnewydd, Monmouthshire where he had employment as a Collier Coal Hewer.  His wife died in the same year and he went on to remarry Laura Frances Charles in Pontnewydd on 6 Oct 1916.  They had four children - one of whom died in early infancy.   Charles was mobilized on 17 Oct 1914 and returned to the Royal Garrison Artillery. (Service No. 71904).  He served a short time in France but spent most of the war in the UK.  He was transferred to the 16th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment as a Private on 27 Apr 1918 (Service No. 62273).  He had been diagnosed with Rheumatism in 1915 and this was a constant source of concern.  He was discharged on 19 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He later applied for the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal but this was refused after an official inquiry.  He died before 1939 where his wife is shown on the Register as a widow but the exact date or place are unknown.

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John Proudley

Surname: Proudley
Other names: John
Other people in this story:
Joseph Proudley
Mary Jane Proudley (nee Bown)
Maud Phillips
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Poole, Dorset
Newton, Parkstone, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire

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John Proudley was born in Enmore Green, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, in 1877 the son of Joseph Proudley and Mary Jane Proudley (nee Bown).  He lived his early life in Tout Hill, Shaftesbury, until the family had moved to Poole, Dorset, by 1901.   He married Maud Phillips on 19 May 1902 and they went on to have five children.  John enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 and was placed on reserve.  He was embodied on 14 Jun 1916  and joined the 1st Garrison Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private. (Service No. 18228).  He transferred to the 1st Garrison Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders on 29 Jan 1917. (Service No. 28048).  He was transferred then to the Royal Defence Corps (20th Protection Company) on 27 Nov 1917.  (Service No. 48485).  On the 28 Jun 1918 he was yet again transferred to the 13th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. (Service No. 61567).  Finally, on the 4 Oct 1918 he ended up with the 609th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps.  (Final Service No. 670018).   Having served his whole time in the UK he was demobilized on 19 Mar 1919 and went to live at Old Wareham Road, Newton, Parkstone, Dorset.   No Medal records have been found though his Active Service form is clearly stamped 'Medal' which indicates he was entitled.  He died in 1938 in the Salisbury Registration District, Wiltshire.

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