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

Story:
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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Henry Frank Wilkins

Surname: Wilkins
Other names: Henry Frank
Other people in this story:
Henry Wilkins
Julia Wilkins (nee Mills)
Emily Ethel Harborne
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Chickerell, Dorset
France & Flanders
Belgium
Milborne St. Andrew, Blandford, Dorset.

Story:
Henry Frank Wilkins was born in Farnham, Dorset, in 1887 and baptised there on 19 Jun1887 the son of Henry Wilkins and Julia Wilkins (nee Mills).   He lived his early years in and around Farnham, Dorset.  He married Emily Ethel Harborne at St. Bartholemew's Church, Camberwell, London, on 5 Mar 1910 and they set up home at Chickerell, Dorset.  They went on to have two children.  Due to lack of military records it is not known when Henry enlisted for service but he was in France and Flanders as a Private with the 2nd Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 29739) when he died of wounds on 10 Jul 1917 in Belgium.  There is note that he had previously been with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 15107).  He was buried at the Dozinghem Military Cemetery, West Flanders, Belgium. (Grave Reference l. B. 15.).  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  His wife was by then living at Milborne St. Andrew, Blandford, Dorset, and his name appears on the Village War Memorial there.

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Arthur Eldred Woolfries

Surname: Woolfries
Other names: Arthur Eldred
Other people in this story:
Francis Woolfries
Elizabeth Annie Woolfries (nee Jeans)
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset

Story:
Arthur Eldred Woolfries was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 9 Oct 1892 and baptised there on 20 Nov 1892 the son of Francis Woolfries and Elizabeth Annie Woolfries (nee Jeans).  He spent much of his early life in and around Farnham.  He enlisted on 9 Dec 1915 but was not mobilized until 8 Feb 1916 when he joined the 1st Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment as a Private. (Service No. 33851).   He was transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry on 9 Sep 1916 (Service No. 21227) then on three other occasions to 10th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry ( 14 Nov 1916) (Service No. 33065), the Northumberland Fusiliers ( 14 Jul 1917) (Service No. 55155) and finally the 683rd Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (20 Feb 1918) (Service No. 528523).  Throughout his military service he was based in the UK.  He was finally discharged on 3 Apr 1919 and went back to his parents home at Farnham, Dorset.  No medal records have been found in this case.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Stroud Farm Sturminster, Dorset, and described as a Farmer.  He remained single throughout his life and eventually died in 1961 being buried at Farnham on 1 Mar 1961.

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Harry Lucas

Surname: Lucas
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
Thomas Lucas
Bessie Lucas (nee Matcham)
Flora Booth
Locations in this story:
Tollard Royal. Wiltshire
Farnham, Dorset
Bournemouth, Hampshire

Story:
Harry Lucas was born in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, on 5 Jun 1895 the son of Thomas Lucas and Bessie Lucas (nee Matcham).   He  lived  much of his life around Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, and Farnham, Dorset.  His parents ran the Post Office at Farnham for many years and Harry eventually became a postman.  He enlisted on 3 Mar 1916 but was not mobilized until 4 Apr 1917 when he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No. 110442).  He served in the UK only being based for a time at the 3rd Western General Hospital.   He was demobilized on 8 Dec 1919.  There are no medal records for this man.   He had married Flora Booth in Poole, Dorset, on 4 May 1918 and they had at least one child.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 20 Richmond Mansions, Richmond Gardens, Bournemouth, Hampshire, working as a Shop Assistant (Newsagent & Tobacconist).  No record of his death can be found at this time.

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James Stokes

Surname: Stokes
Other names: James
Other people in this story:
Stephen Nehemiah Stokes
Eliza Stokes
Irene Violet Foyle
Locations in this story:
East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Egypt
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
James Stokes was born at East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 5 Jul 1897 the son of Stephen Nehemiah and Eliza Stokes.  He lived most of his life in the vicinity.  He had enlisted and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 1416) later transferring to the Corps of Hussars (Service No. 230680).  He served in Egypt and was eventually discharged on 22 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He married Irene Violet Foyle in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1929 and they went on to have at least two children.  By the 1939 Register he is shown living at Greens Farm, Shaftesbury, and described as a Dairy Farmer and Rabbit Trapper.  His death is registered at Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 1981.

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Albert Kiddle

Surname: Kiddle
Other names: Albert
Other people in this story:
James Kiddle
Rose Kiddle (nee Whitlock)
Dorcas Emily Miller
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
France & Flanders
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Alverstoke, Hampshire
Gosport, Hampshire

Story:
Albert Kiddle was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 14 May 1894 the son of James Kiddle and Rose Kiddle (nee Whitlock).  He lived most of his early life around Farnham and Sixpenny Handley, Dorset.   He enlisted on 15 Apr 1915 and joined the Royal Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. M2/077250).  He served in France and Flanders where he contracted malaria in June 1916 which led to him receiving a small pension in due time. The effects of the disease were still evident from various medicals received up until 1923.  He was however demobilized on 29 Apr 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.    He married Dorcas Emily Miller in 1923 at Alverstoke, Hampshire.  They went on to have four children.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 10 Whitworth Road, Gosport, Hampshire, working as a Bus Driver.  He died in Gosport in 1973.

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George James Harrison

Surname: Harrison
Other names: George James
Other people in this story:
James George Harrison
Sarah Ann Harrison (nee Parsons)
Jane Barnes Cole
Mabel Annie Burden
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Gussage All Saints, Wimborne, Dorset
Holt, Dorset
Germany

Story:
George James Harrison was born in Farnham, Dorset, in 1880 and baptised there on 13 Jun 1880 the son of James George Harrison and Sarah Ann Harrison (nee Parsons).  He lived much of his life in and around Farnham and Gussage St. Michael, Dorset.   He married Jane Barnes Cole at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset on 30 Sep 1902 and they went on to have five children.  Sadly his wife died on 11 Nov 1918 whilst in an Isolation Hospital.  He had enlisted on 21 Dec 1914 and joined the 206th Company of the Royal Army Service Corps (Motor Transport) as a Driver.  (Service No. T4/038896).  He served in France and Flanders where, at some time, received schrapnel wounds which eventually led him to receiving a small pension. He also served as part of the occupying forces in Germany but was eventually discharged on 20 Jun 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/1915 Star.  He re-married Mabel Annie Burden on 18 May 1920 at Holt, Dorset, and they had four children.  George died at Gussage All Saints on 14 Apr 1936.

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Albert Bennett

Surname: Bennett
Other names: Albert
Other people in this story:
Charles Bennett
Annie Bennett
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
France & Flanders
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Brighton, Sussex.
Deanland, Nr. Wimborne, Dorset

Story:
Albert Bennett was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 19 Feb 1878 and baptised there on 17 Apr 1878 the son of Charles and Annie Bennett.  Whilst the family moved around the area during his early years he was mainly associated with the Farnham area.  He had enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment in 1905 but had bought himself out withing a few days of joining.  He again enlisted on 6 Dec 1915 and joined the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service No. T4/160362).  He was posted to France and joined the 128th Company on 14 Dec 1917.  He also served with the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 220813).  He was taken ill in France and invalided back to the UK spending some time in the Brighton War Hospital, Sussex.  He was demobilized on 28 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Deanland, Nr. Wimborne, Dorset, working as a Contractors Labourer.  He died in 1947 and was buried at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 5 May 1947.

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Henry George Brown

Surname: Brown
Other names: Henry George
Other people in this story:
George Brown
Emma Brolwn (nee Rideout)
Edith Annie Keay
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
France & Flanders
India
Bromsden, Henley, Oxfordshire
Bloxwich, Staffordshire

Story:
Henry George Brown was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 26 Aug 1884 the son of George Brown and Emma Brown (nee Rideout).   He lived most of his early life in and around Farnham.  He married Edith Annie Keay on the 11 Apr 1914 in Bloxwich, Staffordshire, where he was working as an Under Game Keeper.  They went on to have five children.   He enlisted on 6 Jun 1916 and was placed on reserve with the 5th Reserve Brigade (Territorial Force) of the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner. (Service No. 126248).  He was mobilized on 30 Oct 1916 and posted to France.  He was transferred on 11 Jun 1917 to the 4th Mountain Battery of the RGA in India. (Service No. 301744).  He was fully discharged on 31 Mar 1920 and awarded the British War Medal and the India General Service Medal with Clasp (Afghanistan 1919).  By the 1939 Register he was living at West Lodge, Bromsden, Henley, Oxfordshire, and described as a Head Gamekeeper.  He died in Oxfordshire on 22 Apr 1964.

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William Charles Barrett

Surname: Barrett
Other names: William Charles
Other people in this story:
Joseph Barrett
Eliza Barrett (nee Hiscock)
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
William Charles Barrett was born on 13 Sep 1880 in Farnham, Dorset, the son of Joseph Barrett and Eliza Barrett (nee Hiscock).  He spent most of his life, apart from Military Service, in and around Farnham.  He enlisted on 20 Jan 1916 but was not mobilized until 10 Oct 1916 when he joined the 13th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 42126).  Within days he was transferred to the 2nd Works Company of the Devonshire Regiment until the 28 Apr 1917 when he was transferred again to the 311th (Home Service) Labour Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 171979).  On the 23 Jul 1918 he was again moved, this time to the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 46831).   He served his whole time in the UK until being demobilized on 17 Mar 1919.  No medal records can be found in this case.  By the 1939 Register he was still living in Farnham, Dorset, and described as a Carpenter.   He died in the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registration District and was cremated on 27 Sep 1968.  His ashes were buried in the churchyard of Farnham Church.  He had remained single throughout his life.

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