William Tapper

Surname: Tapper
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
Henry John Tapper
Kate Tapper (nee Rose)
Emma May Hinds
Locations in this story:
Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Handsworth, Staffordshire
Croydon, Surrey
Belper, Derbyshire
Bournemouth, Hampshire

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(Rev) William Tapper was born in Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 25 Dec 1883 the son of Henry John Tapper (a Farmer) and Kate Tapper (nee Rose).  He spent his early life in Compton Abbas and received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  In 1910 he entered the Wesleyan Methodist Ministry and attended at the Wesleyan College, Handsworth, Stafforshire, as a Theological Student.  On his appointment he became a Padre in the Chaplains Department of the Army.  There are no other details of his Military Service.  His marriage to Emma May Hinds was registered at the Croydon, Surrey, Registry in 1927.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 264 Duffield Road, Belper, Derbyshire, described as a Methodist Minister.  He died in Bournemouth, Hampshire, on 3 Feb 1968.

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Howard Baker Spry

Surname: Spry
Other names: Howard Baker
Other people in this story:
Frederick Lamble Spry
Elizabeth Jane Spry (nee Baker)
Mildred Stones
Locations in this story:
Paignton, Devonshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Totnes, Devonshire

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Howard Baker Spry was born in Paignton, Devonshire, on 22 Mar 1898 the son of Frederick Lamble Spry and Elizabeth (Bessie) Jane Spry (nee Baker).  He spent most of his early life in Paignton apart from some of his education at Shaftesbury, Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  In 1915 he moved to Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, where he was leaning the trade of a Tailor & Outfitter.  He enlisted on 26 Apr 1917 with the Royal Flying Corps (later the Royal Air Force from 1 Apr 1918) and trained as a Lewis Gunner with the 24th Wing (Training Reserve Battalion) before transferring as an Office Cadet on 5 Apr 1918.  He became a registered member of the Royal Aero Club on 21 Oct 1918 and held Certificate No. 7176.  He was eventually discharged on 20 Mar 1919.  No medal records have been found in this case.  His marriage to Mildred Stones was recorded at the Totnes, Devonshire, Registry in 1925.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 21 Whitstone Road, Paignton, Devonshire, described as a Tailor and Outfitter (Shopkeeper) and also a Special Constable.  His death was recorded in Paignton on 1 Dec 1955.

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Arthur Douglas Reginald Bacchus

Surname: Bacchus
Other names: Arthur Douglas Reginald
Other people in this story:
Charles Edmund Bacchus
Annie Charlotte Bacchus (nee Wadsworth)
Pauline Giles
Locations in this story:
Ramsgate, Kent
Melcombe Regis, Dorset
Milford, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Arras, France
Germany
Exeter, Devonshire
Bristol
Wimborne Minster, Dorset

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Arthur Douglas Reginald Bacchus was born in Ramsgate, Kent, on 7 Jan 1887 and baptised in Melcombe Regis, Dorset, on 10 Apr 1887 the son of Charles Edmund Bacchus and Annie Charlotte Bacchus (nee Wadsworth).  He lived some of his early life in Ramsgate until by 1901 the family had moved to 'Rothays', Milford, Salisbury, Wiltshire.  Arthur had received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He married Pauline Giles in Exeter, Devonshire, in Oct 1913. He had possibly been a Territorial member of the Household Brigade prior to WW1 (Service No. 1529) but was embodied on 26 Nov 1915 as a Trooper in the Guards Machine Gun Regiment (Service No. 2282).  He served in France & Flanders but was taken prisoner at Arras, France, on 3 May 1917 and spent time in a POW Camp in Germany.  It is presumed he had received wounds at the time of his capture as it later transpired he had received an injury to his face and right foot.  He had also contacted tuberculosis and was discharged on due to his physical situation on 3 Jan 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the Silver War Badge No. B208056.    Regrettably he died in Bristol on 17 May 1924 and was brought to Wimborne Minster, Dorset, for burial on 21 May 1924.

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Maurice Selwyn Fatt

Surname: Fatt
Other names: Maurice Selwyn
Other people in this story:
Sidney Selwyn Fatt
Louisa Fatt (nee Collier)
Freda Duffield
Locations in this story:
Warminster, Wiltshire
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Daventry, Northamptonshire

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Maurice Selwyn Fatt was born in Warminster, Wiltshire, on 2 Oct 1898 and baptised at St. Deny's with St. Lawrence Church, Warminster, on 13 Nov 1898 the son of Sidney Selwyn Fatt and Louisa Fatt (nee Collier).  He lived his early life in Warminster until by 1911 he was a Chorister/Pupil at Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire.  He later also received education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He had enlisted and joined the 6th Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 48346).  He later transferred to the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 47510) becoming an Acting Corporal.  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He married Freda Duffield at Abington Church, Northampton, Northamptonshire, on 6 Sep 1934.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living in Kings Lane, Hore, Northampton, described as a Chartered Surveyor as well as volunteering as an ARP Warden.  He died in Northampton on 1 Oct 1960.

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Harry Bertram Davis Weare

Surname: Weare
Other names: Harry Bertram Davis
Other people in this story:
Harry Weare
Edith Louisa Weare (nee Davis)
Olive Wathen Dingle
Mollie M. Mcmanus
Locations in this story:
Gillingham, Dorset
France & Flanders
Exeter, Devon
Brixham, Devon
Totnes, Devon
Newton Abbot, Devon
Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Harry Bertram Davis Weare was born in Gillingham, Dorset, on 10 Mar 1898 the son of Harry Weare (a Baker and Confectioner) and Edith Louisa Weare (nee Davis).  He lived most of his early life in Newbury Street, Gillingham.  He received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He enlisted on 27 Feb 1917 and joined the Royal Flying Corps (later the Royal Air Force from 1st Apr 1918) as a Baker (Service No. 63098).  He served  with both the 244th and 117th Squadrons and was in France and Flanders between 14 Nov 1917 and 17 Apr 1918.  On his discharge on 7 May 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He married Olive Wathen Dingle in Exeter, Devon, on 4 May 1931.  Regrettably Olive died in 1932 around the time of their daughter's birth.  By the time of the 1939 Register Harry was living at 64 Fore Street, Brixham, Devon, working as a Bread and Cake Baker as well as being a Volunteer Special Constable.  He married for a second time to Mollie M. Mcmanus in Totnes, Devon in 1952.  He died in Newton Abbot, Devon, on 29 Oct 1962.

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Stephen Robins

Surname: Robins
Other names: Stephen
Other people in this story:
James Robins
Emma Jane Robins (nee Cooke)
Harry Vaughan Robins
Kesia Barr
Locations in this story:
East Ham, Essex
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Stephen Robins was born in East Ham, Essex, in 1893 the son of James Robins (a Police Constable) and Emma Jane Robins (nee Cooke).  By 1911 his father had retied and had moved to 21 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  Stephen had received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School.  Victor's mother died in 1914.  He married Kesia Barr at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 22 Sep 1915 and they set up home in Bimport, Shaftesbury.   He enlisted on 14 Mar 1917 and joined the Royal Flying Corps (Royal Air Force from 1 Apr 1918) as a Driver (Service No. 66887).  He served in France and Flanders from 21 Jan 1918 to 15 Jan 1919.  Following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He died in Shaftesbury in 1937 and was buried at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 27 Nov 1937.   His brother, Harry Vaughan Robins, had served with the Army during the conflict but was killed in action.

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Victor William Noel Bowles

Surname: Bowles
Other names: Victor William Noel
Other people in this story:
William Thomas Bowles
Constance Helena Bowles (nee Harlock)
Winifred Kate Batt
Locations in this story:
Dorchester, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Christchurch, Hampshire
New Milton, Hampshire

Story:
Victor William Noel Bowles was born in Dorchester, Dorset, on 25 Dec 1897 the son of William Thomas Bowles and Constance Helena Bowles (nee Harlock).  He lived his early life at the Police Station, Fordington, Dorchester, Dorset, where his father was stationed.  By 1911 he was living at the Police Station, Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where his father had been promoted to Superintendent.  Victor had attended at Shaftesbury Grammar School for part of his education.   He enlisted on 6 Dec 1916 and joined the Royal Flying Corps (Royal Air Force from 1 Apr 1918) (Service No. 50619).  He served in France and Flanders with the 71st Squadron from 27 Mar 1917 to 27 Jun 1919 being finally discharged on 30 Jul 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He married Winifred Kate Batt in Christchurch, Hampshire, in 1923.  He was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Traffic with the London Telephone Service in 1927.  He died on 12 Aug 1991 when living in New Milton, Hampshire.

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Richard Seward Withers

Surname: Withers
Other names: Richard Seward
Other people in this story:
Walter Seward Withers
Jane Hudson Withers (nee Bain)
Robert Charles Withers
Locations in this story:
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Newington, London, S.E.
France & Flanders

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Richard Seward Withers was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 30 Sep 1891 and baptised at St. Edmund's Church, Salisbury, on 8 Nov 1891 the son of Walter Seward Withers and Jane Hudson Withers (nee Bain).  He lived his early life in Salisbury but by 1901 had become a pupil at Queen Mary's School, Basingstoke, Hampshire, and later also attended at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, which he left in 1906.  By 1911 he was boarding at 165 Kennington Park Road, Newington, London, S.E. working as a Drapery Warehouseman.  He enlisted and joined the Hampshire Yeomanry as a Private (Service Nos. 1019 and 100223).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  It is known he applied for some benefit following his service but this had been rejected by 1924 but it did indicate he might have served in France and Flanders.  Further information is being sought.  His brother, Robert Charles Withers, also served in the conflict.

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Robert Charles Withers

Surname: Withers
Other names: Robert Charles
Other people in this story:
Walter Seward Withers
Jane Hudson Withers (nee Bain)
Hilda Buxton
Richard Seward Withers
Locations in this story:
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Goodworth Clatford, Hampshire
Upper Tulse Hill, London
Lambeth, London
Battersea, London
Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Robert Charles Withers was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 8 Jul 1893 and baptised at St. Edmund's Church, Salisbury, on 29 Oct 1893 the son of Walter Seward Withers and Jane Hudson Withers (nee Bain).  He lived his early life in Salisbury until by 1901 the family had moved to Goodworth Clatford, Hampshire.  Robert received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, which he left in 1907.  He had enlisted with the 18th Battalion of the London Regiment eventually holding the rank of Colour Sergeant (Service No. 2428).  He was at sometime transferred to the Royal Irish Fusiliers (Service No. 52197).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He had married Hilda Buxton at Holy Trinity Church, Upper Tulse Hill, London, on 21 Oct 1916.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 67 Tasman Road, Lambeth, London, described as a Representative as well as a volunteer ARP Stretcher Bearer.  His death was recorded at the Battersea, London, Registry, in 1959.   His brother, Richard Seward Withers, also served in the conflict.

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Hugh Stowell

Surname: Stowell
Other names: Hugh
Other people in this story:
Herbert Sympathy Hawkes Stowell
Emma Jane Stowell (nee Maidment)
Amanda Sarah Board Cridland
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Gallipoli, Turkey
Scapa Flo, Orkney Isles
Yeovil, Somerset
Warminster, Wiltshire
Chilmark, Wiltshire

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Hugh Stowell was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21 Jan 1893 and baptised at St. James Church on 19 Feb 1893 the son of Herbert Sympathy Hawkes Stowell (the then High Sheriff of Dorset) and Emma Jane Stowell (nee Maidment).  He lived all his early life at the family home in Layton Lane, Shaftesbury.  For part of his education he attended Shaftesbury Grammar School which he left in 1904.  He had join the Merchant Navy as an an Engineer and during WW1 served on board HMS Hospital Ship 'Soudan' and was at times off Gallipoli, Turkey and Scapa Flo, Orkney Isles.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.   He married Amanda Sarah Board Cridland in Yeovil, Somerset, during 1919.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 35 Marsh Street, Warminster, Wiltshire, described as an Engineer and Garage Works Manager (Ex Merchant Marine).  He died in Chilmark, Wiltshire, on 2 May 1973.

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