Percival James Davis

Surname: Davis
Other names: Percival James
Other people in this story:
James John Davis
Maria Davis (nee Russell)
Ernest George Davis
John Richard Davis
Annie Mary Louisa Extance
Harold Gould
Locations in this story:
Alcester, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Horton, Dorset
Bournemouth, Hampshire

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Percival James Davis was born in Alcester, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21 May 1892 the son of James John Davis and Maria Davis (nee Russell).  He lived his early life in the Alcester (St. James) area until by 1911 he was boarding at Castle Hill House, Shaftesbury, working as a Servant to Dr. Harold Gould.  His duties were to 'wait on gentlemen visitors'.    He enlisted on 26 Jan 1912 in the Royal Navy as an Officers' Steward 2nd Class (Service No. L3391).  His short service ended on 3 Mar 1913.  He again enlisted on 25 Nov 1915 and joined the Bedfordshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. TR/9/7089 & 23687).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served in but he was with the 4th Battalion when he was discharged as being medically unfit due to heart problems on 12 Dec 1917 and awarded the Silver War Badge No. 283961 as well as the Victory and British War Medals and a life pension.  He married Annie Mary Louisa Extance in the Parish Church at Horton, Dorset, on 25 Dec 1919.    By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 'Elhanan', Glendale Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, working as a Shop Assistant in a Gentleman's Outfitters.   His death was recorded in Bournemouth during 1959.  His brothers, Ernest George Davis and John Richard Davis, also served and survived the conflict.

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Bertie Alford

Surname: Alford
Other names: Bertie
Other people in this story:
Sidney Herbert Alford
Clara Jane Alford (nee Marshall)
Atena Alford
James Alford
Herbert Alford
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Dorset
Bucharest, Romania

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Bertie Alford was born in Motcombe, Dorset, during 1884 the son of Sidney Herbert Alford and Clara Jane Alford (nee Marshall).  He lived his early life in The Street, Motcombe.   He had married Atena (maiden name unknown) Alford in Bucharest, Romania on 25 Jan 1915.  He had enlisted with the Royal Flying Corps on 31 Jan 1917 (Royal Air Force from 1 Apr 1918) as a Aircraftsman Class 1 (Service No. 58084),  He served most of his time in the UK as a Fitter.  He was discharged on 22 Aug 1919 and gave his forwarding address as 24 Strada Atena, Bucharest, Romania.  No other information has been found beyond this date.  His brothers, James Alford and Herbert Alford, both served and survived the conflict.

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Edwin Walter Alford

Surname: Alford
Other names: Edwin Walter
Other people in this story:
Samuel Thomas Alford
Rebecca Alford (nee Burden)
Elijah Tom Alford
Joseph Alford
Rose Norris
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset
Luton, Bedfordshire
Epping Forest, Essex
France & Flanders

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Edwin Walter Alford was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21 Jan 1896 the son of Samuel Thomas Alford and Rebecca Alford (nee Burden). He lived his early life at 22 Enmore Green until by 1911 he was boarding at Stroud Farm, Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset, working as a Cow Boy on the farm.  He had enlisted on 6 Jul 1915 and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 15116).  It is not known precisely where he served but it has been assumed in France and Flanders with the 5th Battalion where he received gun shot wounds to his right hand.  He was discharged on 29 Mar 1917 being unfit for further service and awarded the Silver War Badge No. 153409 as well as the Victory and British War Medals.  He married Rose Norris in the Mere, Wiltshire, Registry area during 1917.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 45 Front Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, working as a Cowman.  His death was recorded in the Epping Forest, Essex, Registry area during 1976.  His brothers, Joseph Alford and Elijah Tom Alford, also served and survived the conflict.

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William George Butt

Surname: Butt
Other names: William George
Other people in this story:
George Butt
Annie Butt (nee Scott)
Marie Antoniette Celeste Forget
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Tapney, Near Wickham, Hampshire
France & Flanders
Nantes, France

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William George Butt was born, registered and baptised in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, simply as George, in 1893 and baptised at St. Andrew's Church on 7 May 1893 the son of George Butt and Annie Butt (nee Scott).  He spent all his early life in Donhead St. Andrew.  The 1911 Census show his name as now William George Butt and he remained as that throughout his Military Service and his subsequent marriage.  He was living at Lone Cottage, Tapney, Near Wickham, Hampshire, when he enlisted on 23 Apr 1915 and joined the Army Ordnance Corps as a Private (Service No. 06437).  He served in France and Flanders reaching the rank and Lance Sergeant.  He met and married Marie Antoniette Celeste Forget in Nantes, France, on 23 Oct 1918. He was granted 14 days leave only to return to duty on the Armistice Day.  He was sent on final leave prior to discharge on 12 Aug 1919 and gave his address as Barkers Hill, Donhead St. Andrew.  No other information has been found at this time.

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Victor Hugh Butt

Surname: Butt
Other names: Victor Hugh
Other people in this story:
Charles John Butt
Rosa Trowbridge Butt (nee Wickham)
Ethel Rose Davis
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
York South, Ontario, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Victor Hugh Butt was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22 Oct 1896 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 20 Dec 1896 the son of Charles John Butt and Rosa Trowbridge Butt (nee Wickham).  He spent his early life in Shaftesbury until the whole family emigrated to Canada in 1910 and set up residence in York South, Ontario.  Victor married Ethel Rose Davis in York, Ontario, on 5th Jan 1918.  He had enlisted on 22 Apr 1918 and joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force (Canadian Engineers) and was based solely in Canada at their Training Depot as a Company Office Sergeant (Service No. 3035431) until his discharge on 10 Feb 1919.  No medal records have been found.  His mother, Rosa, died in 1922.  Victor had moved to Toronto, Ontario, by 1921 and he died there on 10 Apr 1960.

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Albert Frederick Brickell

Surname: Brickell
Other names: Albert Frederick
Other people in this story:
Eli Charles Brickell
Lucy Ellen Brickell (nee Gray)
Henry Eli Charles Brickell
Kate Hopkins
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire
Ryde, Isle of Wight
Newport, Isle of Wight
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Albert Frederick Brickell was born and thus registered in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16 Feb 1880 and baptised with those names at Holy Trinity Church on 24 Feb 1880 the son of Eli Charles Brickell, a Tailor, and Lucy Ellen Brickell (nee Gray).  (Albert used Frederick Albert as the order of his Christian names in his later life and during his Military Service.)  He lived his early life at 37 Bimport, Shaftesbury until he married Kate Hopkins at St. John's Church, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, on 14 Jul 1904.  By 1911 Albert was living at 142 Kings Road, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire, working as a Insurance Superintendent.  He had enlisted on the 8 Dec 1915 and joined the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 56435).  He served in the UK only and at one time had been transferred to the 2/1 Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry on 9 May 1917 but limited details are available to confirm why and if this was permanent as his medals, on discharge, the Victory and British War Medals, were issued via the Hampshire Regiment.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 38 St. John's Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, described as District Manager for Pearl Assurance.  He died in St. Mary's Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight, on 10 Jul 1958.  His brother, Henry Eli Charles Brickell, also served and survived the conflict.

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Henry Eli Charles Brickell

Surname: Brickell
Other names: Henry Eli Charles
Other people in this story:
Eli Charles Brickell
Lucy Ellen Brickell (nee Gray)
Ellen Elizabeth Brine
Albert Frederick Brickell
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bere Regis, Wareham, Dorset
Wareham, Dorset
Spettisbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Henry Eli Charles Brickell was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 3 Nov 1891 and baptised there at Holy Trinity Church on 6 Dec 1891 the son of Eli Charles Brickell, a Tailor, and Lucy Ellen Brickell (nee Gray).  He spent his early life at 37 Bimport, Shaftesbury, until by 1911 he was living at 15 North Street, Bere Regis, Wareham, Dorset, working as an Assistant School Teacher.   He married Ellen Elizabeth Brine in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 5 Nov 1914.  He had enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 17340).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but in due time became an Acting Sergeant being finally discharged on 10 Feb 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 1 Gold Court, Wareham, Dorset, described as a Headmaster.  His died in Spettisbury, Dorset, on 9 Feb 1942.   His brother, Albert Frederick (aka Frederick Albert) Brickell, had also served and survived.

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George Rideout

Surname: Rideout
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
Frederick Rideout
Emily Rideout (nee Sage)
Frederick Rideout
Locations in this story:
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Llanhilleth, Monmouthshire, Wales
Ledbury, Gloucestershire
Bedwelty, Monmouthshire, Wales

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George Rideout was born in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 18 Nov 1881 the son of Frederick Rideout and Emily Rideout (nee Sage).   He spent his early life in West Street, Fonthill Magna, until by 1901 the family had moved to Llanhilleth, Monmouthshire, Wales, for work in the mining industry.  George enlisted on the 12 Dec 1915 and was embodied on 26 Jan 1916 and joined the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service No. DM2/155022).  He served with the 612th Motor Company in the UK only and was discharged on 18 Jan 1919.  There are no evident medal records but he would have been entitled to at least the British War Medal.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living, still single, in a Hostel at Woodhouse Farm Buildings, Ledbury, Gloucestershire, working as a Collier.  His death was recorded in the Bedwelty, Monmouthshire, Wales, Registry in 1940.   His brother, Frederick Mowlem, also served but regrettably died during the conflict.

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Ernest William Warren Mowlem

Surname: Mowlem
Other names: Ernest William Warren
Other people in this story:
Robert William Mowlem
Rosetta Mowlem (nee Warren)
Sidney Harold Warren Mowlem
Wesley Harry Warren Mowlem
Beatrice A'court
Locations in this story:
Holnest, Dorset
Nether Compton, Dorset
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Over Compton, Dorset
Greater London

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Ernest William Warren Mowlem was born in Holnest, Dorset, in 1883 the son of Robert William Mowlem and Rosetta Mowlem (nee Warren).  He lived his early life in Holnest where his father was a Farmer and Haulier.  Ernest married Beatrice A'court in Nether Compton, Dorset, on 26 Sep 1910.  In the meantime his parents had moved to 58 West Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  Ernest had enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 but had been placed on reserve (Service No WR25190) until embodied on 27 Feb 1917 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (New Service No. 240611).  He served in France and Flanders with the 336th Railway Construction Company until he was discharged on 15 Apr 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  His death was recorded in the Greater London area in 1953 and he was ultimately buried in St. Michael's Churchyard, Over Compton, Dorset, on 25 May 1953.  Of his brothers, Wesley Harry Warren Mowlem was killed in action whereas Sidney Harold Warren Mowlem served and survived the conflict.

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Kenneth Cyril Sharpe

Surname: Sharpe
Other names: Kenneth Cyril
Other people in this story:
Walter Sharpe
Julia Elizabeth Sharpe
Trevor Sharpe
Denzil Walter Claude Sharpe
Leo Vernon Sharpe
Montague Harry Sharpe
Locations in this story:
Stour Provost, Dorset
East Stour, Dorset
Henstridge, Somerset
Trowbridge, Wiltshire

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Kenneth Cyril Sharpe (sometimes spelt 'Sharp') was born in Stour Provost, Dorset, on 4 Apr 1898 and lived his early life in East Stour, Dorset, and later at Hill House, London Road, Henstridge, Somerset.  He had enlisted on 23 Mar 1917 and joined the Royal Naval Air Service as an Air Mechanic Class 2 (Fitter) (Service No. F27564) until he transferred to the newly formed Royal Air Force as a Leading Aircraftsman (Service No. 227564).  He served in the UK only and was discharged on 22 Nov 1919.  He was awarded the British War Medal only.  His death was recorded in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, on 5 Jun 1988.  Of his brothers, Trevor Sharpe died whilst in service whereas Montague Harry Sharpe, Denzil Walter Claude Sharpe and Leo Vernon Sharpe all served and survived.

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