Reginald John Baker

Surname: Baker
Other names: Reginald John
Other people in this story:
Samuel Baker
Sarah Jane Baker (nee Edgar)
Martha Baker
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
China
Jutland
Cosham, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Lydlinch, Dorset
Compton Dundon, Somerset
Llangafelach, Swansea, Glamorganshire

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Reginald John Baker was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 31 Dec 1879 the son of Samuel Baker and Sarah Jane Baker (nee Edgar). His early life was spent with his parents at Tan Yard, St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He was living with his grandparents in Compton Dundon, Somerset, at the time of the 1891 Census and by 1901 was boarding in Llangafelach, Swansea, Glamorganshire and working as a Fitter. He joined the Royal Navy on 16 May 1901 (Service No. 270449). He served in many ships in time throughout the world and by 1911 was stationed on board HMS Inconstant in the China Area. He served at the Battle of Jutland in WW1 and finally discharged 19 Oct 1918. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. His final rank was Acting Artificer (Engineering). He is known to have lived at 18 St John's Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, Hampshire, where he died on 2 Mar 1937, He was interred at Lydlinch, Dorset (his parents birth place) on 7 Mar 1937. Probate was granted later to his widow, Martha Baker, though no record of the marriage can be found.

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Albert Charles Brickell

Surname: Brickell
Other names: Albert Charles
Other people in this story:
Albert Brickell
Emma Jane Brickell (nee Adams)
Edith E. Day
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France
Basingstoke, Hampshire

Story:
Albert Charles Brickell was born on 27 Sep 1889 at Enmore Green, Motcombe, Dorset, the son of Albert Brickell and Emma Jane Brickell (nee Adams). By the 1911 Census the family was living at New Buildings, Enmore Green, Motcombe. Albert married Edith E. Day on 10 May 1915 at Shaftesbury, Dorset. They went on to have three children. Albert enlisted on 12 Dec 1915 but was not embodied until 17 Jul 1917 and joined the Hampshire Regiment as a Private. (Service No. 35975). He served in France and whilst there received two gunshot wounds - one to the left eyebrow and the other to the right thigh. These were sufficient for him to be eventually discharged and on the 20 Jun 1918 he received the King's Certificate No. 3500 and the Silver War Badge No. 414064. Later he also received the Victory and British War Medals. Shortly after his discharge the family relocated to Basingstoke, Hampshire. The 1939 Register shows them living at 'Ashley', Oakley Lane, Basingstoke. Albert was then working as a coach painter. He died in March 1980 in Basingstoke at the age of 80 years.

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Richard Charles Mullins

Surname: Mullins
Other names: Richard Charles
Other people in this story:
Charles R Mullins
Elizabeth Mullins (nee Lucas)
Elsie Greenwood
Locations in this story:
Cann Common, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Ludwell, Wiltshire
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Richard Charles Mullins was born on 1 May 1895 at Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised there on 2 Jun 1895 the son of Charles R. Mullins and Elizabeth Mullins (nee Lucas). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Cann Common, Shaftesbury. He joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 560) but later transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery (Territorial Force) as a Gunner (Service No.334552). Following his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Elsie Greenwood at Ludwell, Wiltshire, on 3 Apr 1920 and they went on to have two children. The 1939 Register shows the family living at Grove Farm, Melbury Abbas, Dorset, where Richard was described as a Dairy Farmer. He died at Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 8 Sep 1873 and was later interred at Melbury Abbas alongside his wife who had predeceased him in 1966.

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Charles Dibben

Surname: Dibben
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
Alfred Dibben
Sarah Ann Dibben (nee Rideout)
Gladys J Rideout
Locations in this story:
Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Wokingham, Berkshire

Story:
Charles Dibben was born on 8 Jan 1899 at Twyford, Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Alfred Dibben and Sarah Ann Dibben (nee Rideout). They lived at 45 Twyford, Compton Abbas at the time of the 1911 Census. Charles enlisted on 6 Jan 1917 but was not embodied until the 22 May 1918 when he joined the 25th Reserve Cavalry Battalion of the Hussars of the Line as a Private. (Service No. 69362). He was later transferred to the 7th Tank Battalion of the Royal Tank Corps (Service No. 311932) and served in France. He was demobilized on 24 Feb 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British Medals. He married Glady J. Rideout in 1928 in the Wokingham, Berkshire, Registration District, and by the 1939 Register they were living at Horders Farm, Mill Lane, Melbury Abbas, Charles being described as a Dairy Farmer. He died in July 1986 in the North Dorset Registration District.

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George James Young

Surname: Young
Other names: George James
Other people in this story:
James Young
Emma Jane Young (nee Ricketts)
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Dorset
Kilmington, Warminster, Wiltshire
France

Story:
George James Young was born in Motcombe, Dorset, in 1893 the son of James Young and Emma Jane Young (nee Ricketts). His family lived at Forest Farm, Motcombe. He enlisted in the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry on 6 Dec 1912 becoming a Corporal in due course. (Service No. 422). He served in France and due to conditions in the field became disabled with Rheumatism and, on 1 Apr 1915, he was discharged due to Myocardial Debility caused by his condition. There is no record of any medals being awarded. By 1939 he was living at Knoll View, Kilmington, Warminster, Wiltshire, where he was described as a farmer. He died on 13 Jun 1978 at Kilmington and was buried at St. Mary's Church, Motcombe, Dorset.

(Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.)

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Harry (John) Woolfries

Surname: Woolfries
Other names: Harry (John)
Other people in this story:
Francis Woolfries
Elizabeth Anne Woolfries
Ellen Lydia Bailey
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
France
Tarrant Hinton, Dorset

Story:
Harry Woolfries, known in the military records and some electoral registers as John, was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 30 Jan 1891 and baptised there on 19 Apr 1891 the son of Francis and Elizabeth Anne Woolfries. Right up until the the outbreak of war he lived with his parents in Farnham. He enlisted as a Driver and Shoeing Smith in the Royal Field Artillery on 29 Mar 1915. (Service No. 98228). He served with both the 19th (Reserve) Battery and the 17th Battery in France. He was demobilized on 27 May 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Ellen Lydia Bailey during 1919 and had at least one child. The 1939 Register shows him living at Tarrant Hinton, Dorset, working as a Licencee. He died on 17 Dec 1957 and is buried at St. Lawrence Church, Farnham, Dorset.

(Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.)

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Sidney Whitmarsh

Surname: Whitmarsh
Other names: Sidney
Other people in this story:
John Whitmarsh
Maria Whitmarsh
Kate Lane
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Dorset
France
Aldershot, Hampshire
Marnull, Dorset

Story:
Sidney Whitmarsh was born at Melbury Abbas, Dorset, in 1871 the son of John and Maria Whitmarsh. The family lived for a time at White Pit Lane, Melbury Abbas. He married Kate Lane at Melbury Abbas on 11 Jul 1898. According to the 1911 Census, when they were living at Burton Street, Marnull, Dorset, there was at least one child of the marriage. He enlisted as a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment on 17 Aug 1914 (Service No. 7373). He was transferred as a Gunner to the Royal Garrison Artillery on 1 Jan 1915 (Service No. 6720) and served with them in France. On 5 May 1917, having returned to the UK, he was transferred to the Labour Corps as a Private (Service No. 435341) and joined the 644th Agricultural Company. He was demobilized on 31 Mar 1920 and awarded the Victory and British Medals. He was obviously in some financial difficulty in 1923, when living at 1 Frederick Street, Aldershot, Hampshire, as he was trying to obtain copies of his military record in order to prove his need to the authorities. He died in Aldershot in 1936.

(Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.)

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Francis George Wareham

Surname: Wareham
Other names: Francis George
Other people in this story:
George Wareham
Emma Georgina Wareham
Locations in this story:
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
India
Mesopotamia
France
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Francis George Wareham was born on 6 Oct 1889 at Iwerne Minster, Dorset, and baptised there on 2 Feb 1890 the son of George and Emma Georgina Wareham. He enlisted on 7 Sep 1914 as a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment. (Service No 1403). He later transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Essex Regiment (Service No. 33393). He served in France and Mesopotamia during which time he had received gunshot wounds on 25 Mar 1917. He was transferred to the Garrison Battalion on 28 Mar 1918 and posted to India. Whilst in India he suffered with influenza and was hospitalized for 20 days. He was eventually demobilized on 20 Jan 1920 with a 70% pension due to his previous wounds. He was awarded the Victory and British Medals as well as the 1915 Star. There is confusion as to whether he remained single or married, consequently this will not be remarked upon in this story. He died in 1961 and was recorded as living at South Street, Fontmill Magna, Dorset.

(Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.)

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George Tuffin

Surname: Tuffin
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
Alfred Tuffin
Laura Luena Tuffin
Emily Maggie Lauretta Gamlin
Locations in this story:
Sutton Waldron, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bath, Somerset
Thiepval, France
Rouen, France
Warrington, Lancashire

Story:
George Tuffin was born on 9 Aug 1893 at Sutton Waldron, Dorset, and baptised there on 1 Oct 1893 the son of Alfred and Laura Luena Tuffin. George enlisted as a Private with the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment on 31 Dec 1912. (Service No. 9499). During his service in France he was wounded and marked as missing on 26 Aug 1914 but later found unconscious in a shell hole. He remained in hospital until 13 Sep 1914. Again he received gunshot wounds to the scalp in a battle near Thiepval on 18 Jun 1916 which caused partial paralysis of his right arm. He was sent to a hospital in Rouen, France, and later repatriated to a Military Hospital in Warrington, Lancashire. He was discharged as being physically unfit for further service due to the paralysis on 9 May 1917. He was awarded the Victory, British Medals and the 1914 Star. Whilst recovering from his wounds he had married Emily Maggie Lauretta Gamlin at Sutton Waldron on 27 Sep 1916. Emily lived temporarily at 21 St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset. They went on to have two children. By the 1939 Register, George had recovered sufficiently that he was working as a Farm Carter (Heavy Worker) and living at 1 Lambridge Street, Bath, Somerset. He died in Bath on 1 Nov 1989 at the age of 96 years.

(Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.)

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William Frank Tapper

Surname: Tapper
Other names: William Frank
Other people in this story:
James Thorne Tapper
Emma Tapper (nee Merrifield)
Annie May Andrews Hansford
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Dorset
Wimborne, Dorset
Poole, Dorset
Long Burton, Dorset

Story:
William Frank Tapper was born on 8 Jan 1883 at Melbury Abbas, Dorset, the son of James Thorne Tapper and Emma Tapper (nee Merrifield). By 1891 the family had moved to Long Burton, Dorset. William had enlisted with the Hampshire Regiment as a Private on 10 Jan 1902 later transferring to the Dragoons of the Line (Service No. 5911). He was discharged to reserves on 9 Jan 1914 and took up employment as a Baker. He had married Annie May Andrews Hansford at Wimborne, Dorset, on 2 Apr 1911. They went on to have two children. He was re-embodied on 5 Sep 1914 and joined the Dragoon Guards (2nd Queen's Bays) as a Private. (Service Nos. GS7970 and DR13349), After serving in France he was eventually demobilized on 1 May 1919 but not before a spell in hospital with influenza. He was awarded the Victory and British Medals. By the 1939 Register he was living at 25 New Borough, Wimborne, Dorset, and working as an Assurance Agent. He died on 12 Jul 1959 (Registered at Poole, Dorset).

(Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.)

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