Walter Adams

Surname: Adams
Other names: Walter
Other people in this story:
Albert Adams
Alice Mary Adams (nee Feltham)
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bournemouth, Hampshire
France & Flanders

Story:
Walter Adams was born at Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1888 the son of Albert Adams and Alice Mary Adams (nee Feltham) themselves from local families.  He lived his early life in and around Shaftesbury until his family moved to Bournemouth, Hampshire, by 1911.  He enlisted and joined the Devonshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 17423) and possibly served in France & Flanders.  He was transferred at some time to the Labour Corps (Service No. 116112) and died in the UK from consumption on 16 Aug 1917.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  There is no record on the War Graves Commission site as to the whereabouts of his grave.

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Frederick James Perry

Surname: Perry
Other names: Frederick James
Other people in this story:
Thomas Perry
Cordelia Perry (nee Davis)
Beatrice Annie Tinkler
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Axbridge, Somerset
Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Alvediston, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Souchez, Pas de Calais, France
Newport, Monmouthshire, South Wales

Story:
Frederick James Perry (sometimes known as James) was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1876 and baptised at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, on 16 Dec 1876 the son of Thomas Perry and Cordelia Perry (nee Davis).  Frederick spent his early life in Shaftesbury until moving to Shepton Mallet, Somerset, just prior to 1896 in which year he married Beatrice Annie Tinkler at Axbridge, Somerset.  They went on to have five children.  By 1911 the family had move to Alvediston, Wiltshire, and later to Newport, Monmouthshire, South Wales.  Frederick enlisted at Newport and joined the 1st Battalion of the South Wales Borderers as a Private (Service No. 13219) and served in France and Flanders where he was killed in action on 9 May 1915.   He was buried at the Caberet-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France (Grave ref XXVII. A. 3.).  he was awarded the 1914/1915 Star as well as the Victory and British War Medals.

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Stanley E Saunders

Surname: Saunders
Other names: Stanley E.
Other people in this story:
Frederick Saunders
Mary J. Saunders
Mildred Sutherland
Locations in this story:
Barnet, Hertfordshire
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Cheam, Surrey
Hammersmith, London

Story:
Stanley E, Saunders was born at Barnet, Hertfordshire on 7 Mar 1899 the son of Frederick Saunders and Mary J. Saunders.  By 1911 the family had moved to Iwerne Minster where Stanley's father was employed as an Estate Carpenter and Stanley was a Hall Boy at Iwerne Minster House.  He originally enlisted in the Royal Navy on 27 Jan 1916 (SErvice No. J49351) but he was discharged on 9 Jun 1916 as unfit for service.   He re-enlisted on 12 Mar 1917 and was mobilized on 23 Apr 1917 and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as Private and posted to the 329th (Lowland) Field Ambulance (Service No. 112382).  He served in the UK only.  He was discharged on 12 Feb 1919.  No medal records have been found.   He married Mildred Sutherland at Cheam, Surrey, on 30 Mar 1936 (he was described as a Butler) and there is possibly one child of the marriage.   His death is not confirmed but could have been in Hammersmith, London, in 1967.    

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Harry Frederick Haines Chant

Surname: Chant
Other names: Harry Frederick Haines
Other people in this story:
Frederick William Chant
Kate Chant (nee Haines)
Annie Victoria Tribble
Locations in this story:
Preston Plucknett, Somerset
Bincombe, Dorset
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Salonika
Yeovil, Somerset
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Harry Frederick Haines Chant was born in Preston Plucknett, Somerset, on 11 Oct 1894 and baptised at Bincombe, Dorset, on 23 Dec 1894 the son of Frederick William Chant and Kate Chant (nee Haines).  The family moved shortly after to Iwerne Minster where Harry lived for a considerable amount of his civilian life.  He enlisted on 3 Nov 1915 but was not mobilized until 30 Jan 1917 when he joined the Royal Army Service Corps as a Farrier (Service No. 9184).  He served in Salonika and was eventually discharged on 14 Mar 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He married Annie Victoria Tribble at Iwerne Minster, Dorset, on 17 Dec 1922 and they went on to have three children.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 13 Danielsfield Road, Yeovil, Somerset, working as an aircraft fitter.  His death is recorded at the Salisbury, Wiltshire, District Registry in 1977.

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Albert Edwin Littlewood

Surname: Littlewood
Other names: Albert Edwin
Other people in this story:
George Hutton Littlewood
Elizabeth Littlewood (nee Harrison)
Lilian Nesta Bowman
Locations in this story:
Donhead St, Andrew, Wiltshire
Newmarket, Cambridgeshire
France & Flanders
Tenterden, Kent
Battle, Sussex

Story:
Albert Edwin Littlewood was born at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 25 Sep 1893 and baptised there on 11 Nov 1893 the son of George Hutton Littlewood and Elizabeth Littlewood (nee Harrison).  He lived all his early life in Donhead St. Andrew.  He enlisted on 11 Sep 1914 and was mobilized on 4 Nov 1914 and joined the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry rising to the rank of Corporal (Service No. 2328).  He served in France and Flanders.  He was transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Queen's (Royal West Kent) Regiment on 1 Apr 1918 (Service No. 207993).  At some time he had received a gunshot wound to the chest and was discharged on 10 Mar 1919 as being permanently disabled and granted a 30% pension.  He received the Silver War Badge No. B166224 and was also awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He married Lilian Nesta Bowman in Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, on 22 Dec 1923 at the Parish Church.  They went on to have one daughter.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Unity Cottages, Tenterden, Kent, working as a a gardener in private service.  He died on 19 Sep 1967 in Battle, Sussex.

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William Edward Pike

Surname: Pike
Other names: William Edward
Other people in this story:
Edward Pike
Ann Pike (nee Foot)
Eleanor Elizabeth Witt
Locations in this story:
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Fordingbridge, Hampshire
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
France & Flanders
Latchfield, Hampshire
Christchurch, Hampshire

Story:
William Edward Pike was born at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 16 Aug 1875 and baptised there on 24 Oct 1875 the son of Edward Pike and Ann Pike (nee Foot).   He spent his early life in Deanland, Sixpenny Handley.  He married Eleanor Elizabeth Witt at Fordingbridge, Hampshire, on 31 Jul 1901 and they set up home at Iwerne Minster, Dorset, from where they went on to have four children.   William enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 and was mobilized on 15 Jun 1916 joining the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 4099).   Within days he had been transferred to the Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 40664).  On the 20 Sep 1916 he was again transferred to the 155th Labour Company of the Labour Corps.  He served in France & Flanders and was eventually discharged on 10 Apr 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  Around the time of his discharge he made a claim for the effects of Rheumatism, which was partly caused by service conditions,  for which he received a 20% pension.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Latchfield, Hampshire, working as a Woodman and Hurdle Maker.  His death is recorded at Christchurch, Hampshire, in 1960.

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Henry Arthur Oborn

Surname: Oborn
Other names: Henry Arthur
Other people in this story:
Arthur Oborn
Emily Jane Oborn (nee Smith)
Mabel Young
Locations in this story:
Hammersmith, London
Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Henry Arthur Oborn was born in Hammersmith, London, on 2 Jun 1882 the son of Arthur Oborn (a Police Constable originally from Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire,) and Emily Jane Oborn (nee Smith).  By 1911 Henry's father had retired and moved back to his birthplace and become landlord of the Horseshoe Inn, Ebbesbourne Wake.  Henry married Mabel Young at the Parish Church on 2 May 1914 and they went on to have four children.   Henry enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 and was mobilized on 3 Jun 1916 and joined the 13th Works Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 2648).  He was transferred to the 312th Home Service Works Company of the Labour Corps on 28 Apr 1917 (Service No. 172906).  He served in the UK only and was eventually discharged on 15 Jul 1919.  There are no medals recorded.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Crism Cottage, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire, working as Carpenter.  He died on the 29 Dec 1961 in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

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William Crutcher

Surname: Crutcher
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
William Crutcher
Mary Anne Crutcher (nee Witherington)
Margaret Ellen Lane
Locations in this story:
Woodcutts, Sixpanny Handley, Dorset
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
France & Flanders
Deanland, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset

Story:
William Crutcher was born at Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 14 Mar 1888 and baptised at Sixpenny Handley on 6 May 1888 the son of William Crutcher and Mary Anne Crutcher (nee Witherington).  He lived all his civilian life in and around Sixpenny Handley.  William enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 and was mobilized on 22 May 1916 when he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 82122). He served in France & Flanders.  He was transferred to the No. 1 (RGA) Sussex Company (Service No. 374578) and then to the 368th Forestry Company, Royal Engineers as a Pioneer (Service No. 327932).  He was finally discharged on 20 Oct 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He married Margaret Ellen Lane at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 31 Oct 1921.  There are no records of children.   By the 1939 Register he was living at Deanland, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, working as a Woodman and Hurdle Maker.   His death is recorded at Sixpenny Handley on 20 Aug 1968.

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John Langhorn Coombs

Surname: Coombs
Other names: John Langhorn
Other people in this story:
John Langhorn Coombs (senior)
Amelia Coombs (nee Clarke)
Reginald James Coombs
Annie Amelia Hart (Coombs)
Locations in this story:
Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Birmingham, Warwickshire

Story:
John Langhorn Coombs (same names as his father) was born on 12 May 1894 at Berwick St. John, Wiltshire the son of John Langhorn Coombs and Amelia Coombs (nee Clarke).   He spent all his civilian life in and around Berwick St. John and Tollard Royal, Wiltshire.  He enlisted on 4 Feb 1915 and joined the Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment rising to the rank of Lance Corporal (Service No. 1558).  He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Military Medal in accordance with the Special Army Order dated 14 Aug 1917 for which he also received the King's Certificate No. 10642 dated 7 Sep 1917.  He was discharged on 11 Jan 1919 and further awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  His brother, Reginald James Coombs, had also served and been wounded in the conflict and died in 1926.  John went on to marry his brother's widow, Annie Amelia Hart (Coombs), in Birmingham, Warwickshire, in 1928 and they had two children.  By the 1939 Register John was living at Tollard Farm, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, and described as a Dairy and Corn Farmer as well as a Special Constable.  His death is recorded at the Salisbury, Wiltshire, District Registry in 1967.

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Edward James Emm

Surname: Emm
Other names: Edward James
Other people in this story:
George Emm
Linda Emm (nee Barter)
Violet May Warman
Locations in this story:
Broad Chalke, Wiltshire
Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Poona, India
Wilton, Wiltshire
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
Edward James Emms was born in Borad Chalke, Wiltshire on 23 Apr 1898 and baptised there on 22 May 1898 the son of George Emm and Linda Emm (nee Barter).  The family had moved to Water Street, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire, by 1911 and from there Edward enlisted on 13 May 1916 and was mobilized on 11 Jan 1917 by joining the Royal Engineers becoming a Sapper (Shoeing Smith) (Service No. 222108).  He served in Poona, India, and was eventually discharged on 21 Jan 1920.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.   He married Violet May Warman in Wilton, Wiltshire, in 1921.  There are no records of children.  By the 1939 Register he was living at the Cottage, Flamestone, Wilton Wiltshire.  His death is recorded at the Salisbury, Wiltshire, District Registry in 1972.

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