Other names: John Ernest
Locations in this story: Travancore, IndiaShaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersSurrey
Story: John Ernest Tollemache was born in Travancore, India, on 19 Nov 1898 the son of Hugh Ernest Tollemache and Caroline Mary Tollemache (nee Payne). His family had returned to the UK on 1900 and by 1912 John was a Boarder/Pupil at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He had enlisted and joined the 5th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders eventually becoming a 2nd Lieutenant. He served in France and Flanders and on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He had married Violet Edith Gertrude Sands and they had one daughter. By 1939 he had re-enlisted in WW2 serving in the Army. His death was recorded on 7 Apr 1969 in the Surrey North Western Registry.
Other names: Ernest Frederick Charles
Other people in this story: Henry SuttonMary Sutton (nee Baker)Louise Scriven
Locations in this story: Semley, WiltshirePitton, DevonIlfracombe, DevonBarnstable, DevonCatterick, Yorkshire
Story: Ernest Frederick Charles Sutton was born in Semley, Wiltshire, in 1871 and baptised there on 31 Aug 1871 the son of Henry Sutton and Mary Sutton (nee Baker). The family had moved to Pitton, Barnstable, Devon, by 1881. Ernest married Louisa Scriven in Ilfracombe, Devon, on 27 Jul 1898. They had set up home by 1911 at Bristol Cottages, Barnstable, and went on to have twelve children. Ernest had enlisted on 18 Apr 1918 and was mobilized on 25 Jun 1918 as a Private with the 1st (Garrison) Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (Service No. 16152). On 12 Dec 1918 he was transferred to Labour Corps (Service No. 683948) and attached to the 655th Home Service Employment Company (Irish Command) working as a Tailor. He later appeared to also have been attached to the 4th (Reserve) Battalion of the West Riding Regiment at Catterick, Yorkshire. He was discharged on 11 Feb 1919. There are no medal records. His death was recorded in Barnstable, Devon, in 1925.
Other names: Percy George
Other people in this story: Walter George StainerMary Emma Stainer (nee Pavitt)Irene Ball (nee Hanslip)Samuel Wilfred Ball
Locations in this story: Bradford Abbas, DorsetMotcombe, DorsetSemley, WiltshireWandsworth, LondonSutton, Greater LondonFrance
Story: Percy George Stainer was born in Bradford Abbas, Dorset, on 23 Feb 1890 the son of Walter George Stainer and Mary Emma Stainer (nee Pavitt). He lived his early life in Bradford Abbas until the family moved firstly to North End Lane, Motcombe, Dorset, and later to Church Green, Semley, Wiltshire, whilst the father maintained his employment on the railway. Percy had served prior to the war with the Army Service Corps on a Territorial basis and had completed an engagement of four years before being discharged. At the outbreak of war he was working as a Groom and Gardener and enlisted on 11 Nov 1914 as a Private with the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 1197). However he was discharged on 19 Jan 1915 as being unlikely to make an efficient soldier. No other reason was given. He had moved to Wandsworth, London, where he married Irene Ball (nee Hanslip), the widow of Samuel Wilfred Ball who had died in France on 19 May 1919 whilst serving with the Labour Corps, on 17 Oct 1920. By the time of the 1939 Register Percy was living at 115 Strathville Road, Wandsworth, London, working as a Railway Shunter for the Southern Railway. His death was recorded in Sutton, Greater London, in 1987.
Other names: Robert Samuel
Other people in this story: Robert BakerEmily Baker (nee Sharp)
Locations in this story: Semley, WiltshireEgyptShaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Robert Samuel Baker was born in Semley, Wiltshire, on 24 Aug 1898 and baptised there on 18 Sep 1898 the son of Robert Baker and Emily Baker (nee Sharp). He lived much of his life in Semley including, at one time, Westwood Farm. He enlisted in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 1 Jan 1916 and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 1778). He served in Egypt and was transferred to the 17th Squadron of the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) on 17 Mar 1917 (Service No. 96200). He was discharged on 19 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Littledown, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Postman and still single. His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry, in 1971.
Other names: Denis Hugh
Other people in this story: Thomas Clement MaidmentElla Grace FlintElsie May GilesClement Martin Maidment
Locations in this story: Sedgehill, WiltshireSemley, WiltshireFrance & FlandersEgyptTarrant Gunville, Dorset
Story: Denis Hugh Maidment was born in Sedgehill, Wiltshire, in 1898 and baptised there on 30 Oct 1898 the son of Thomas Clement Maidment and Ella Grace Maidment (nee Flint). Shortly after his birth his family moved to Sem Hill, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted on the 21 Sep 1916 and joined the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 46945). He served in France, Flanders and Egypt during which time he was transferred to the Devonshire Regiment on 27 Sep 1918 (Service No. 32656) and then the 2/4th Battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on 4 Mar 1919 (Service No. 4761). He was eventually discharged on 2 Apr 1920 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Elsie May Giles in Tarrant Gunville, Dorset, on 24 Sep 1925. He died on 6 May 1938 in Tarrant Gunville and buried there on 10 May 1938. His brother, Clement Martin Maidment, also served but died in 1918 after being discharged early due to his health due to his service.
Other names: Willie James
Other people in this story: Thomas MastersEmily Ann Burden Masters (nee Burden)Alice Ellen Haimes
Locations in this story: Donhead St. Andrew, WiltshireSemley, WiltshireSalisbury, WiltshireTisbury, Wiltshire
Story: Willie James Masters was born in Donhead St. Andrew on 13 Dec 1887 the son of Thomas Masters and Emily Ann Burden Masters (nee Barber). He lived his early life in Berry Wood Lane, Donhead St. Andrew, and later in Barkers Hill, Semley, Wiltshire. His marriage to Alice Ellen Haimes was registered in the Tisbury, Wiltshire, Registry on 26 Dec 1914. He had enlisted on 15 Jun 1916 and joined the Royal Berkshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 29455). Unfortunately he was discharged on 25 Aug 1916 due to having 'bad Feet' and thereby unlikely to make an efficient soldier. He was called up a second time on 15 Jun 1917 but was not embodied as he continued to remain unfit. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 8 Shaftesbury Road, Wilton, Wiltshire, working as an Estate Carpenter. He death was recorded at the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registry in 1967.
Other names: Arthur Fred
Other people in this story: William KimberEmily Ellen Kimber (nee Burden)Margaret S. Newman
Locations in this story: Todber, DorsetShaftesbury, DorsetPortsmouth, HampshireJutland
Story: Arthur Fred Kimber was born in Todber, Dorset, (registered in Shaftesbury, Dorset) on 11 Jul 1898 the son of William Kimber and Emily Ellen Kimber (nee Burden). He spent all his early life in Well Common, Todber, Dorset. He had enlisted on 10 Nov 1914 with the Royal Navy as a Boy Class 2 eventually rising to the being an Able Seaman (Service No. J32863). He served in many ships in many parts of the world including the Cruiser HMS Fearless at the Battle of Jutland. Rather than being discharged at the end of the war, he signed on for extended service. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Margaret S. Newman in Portsmouth, Hampshire, during 1926. In 1928 he was due for discharge but signed on yet again. On 26 Aug 1931 he was also awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. By the time of the 1939 Register he was recorded living at 26 Totland Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, described as an Able Seaman serving on HMS Viceroy (land based posting) with Service No. PJX159488. His death was recorded in Portsmouth in 1984.
Other names: Albert Victor
Other people in this story: Charles LucasMary Maria Lucas (nee Lockyer)Lucy BurtonJoseph Mummery
Locations in this story: Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, DorsetOtterbourne, HampshireLoughton EssexTory Island, County Donegal, IrelandPortsmouth, HampshireChingford, Essex
Story: Herbert Victor Lucas was born in Bedchester, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 19 May 1881 and baptised in Fontmell Magna on 11 Jun 1881 the son of Charles Lucas and Mary Maria Lucas (nee Lockyer). He spent his very early years in Bedchester, Fontmell Magna, before the family moved to Highbridge Farm, Otterbourne, Hampshire by 1891. Herbert married Lucy Burton at St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Chingford, Essex, on 30 Jul 1910 and they went on to have one son. They set up home in Loughton, Essex, where Herbert was a Dairyman. He had enlisted in the Royal Marine Light Infantry as a Private (Service Nos. PO/8584 & RMRB915). He was posted to serve on HMS Viknor, an armed merchant vessel used as a cruising patrol ship. On 13 Jan 1915, whilst off the coast of Ireland near Troy Island, County Donegal, his ship hit a mine, thought to have been laid by a German submarine, and sank with the loss of all hands. His body was not recovered for burial and he is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth, Hampshire, (Panel 9). He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. His wife went on to re-marry Joseph Mummery.
Other names: Stanley
Other people in this story: George MartinCharlotte Martin (nee Barnes)Alice Julia Matilda TilleyCharles Nithsdale
Locations in this story: Stour Provost, DorsetShaftesbury, DorsetDorchester, DorsetPortsmouth, HampshireSheerness, KentGillingham, Kent
Story: Stanley Martin was born in Stour Provost, Dorset, on 14 Nov 1879 and baptised there on 5 Dec 1879. The birth was registered at Shaftesbury, Dorset. He was the son of George Martin and Charlotte Martin (nee Barnes). He lived most of his early life at 7 Stour Lane, Stour Provost, until by 1901 he had moved to Dorchester, Dorset, where he was employed as a fitter and turner. He enlisted for 12 years and joined the Royal Navy initially as a Acting Electician (Service No. 345056). He married Alice Julia Matilda Tilley at Portsmouth, Hampshire, Register Office on 29 Nov 1902. They went on to have two children. He was due for discharge after his 12 years but was, by then holding the rank of Chief Electrical Artificer Class 2, posted to the Dreadnought Battleship HMS Bulwark in early 1914 thus remaining in the service. He had shortly after been awarded a bonus for inventing a combination lampholder that would be used thereafter in the Royal Navy. On the 26th November, 1914, whilst moored up off Sheerness, Kent, there was an explosion in the vessel's boiler room and the ship sunk with all but 12 hands lost. Various estimates of those lost vary from 733 men to 741 men. The body of Stanley was not recovered and he is now remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth, Hampshire, (Panel 5) and also on the local War Memorial at Gillingham, Kent. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914 Star. His wife went on to re-marry Charles Nithsdale on 3 Jun 1915.
Other names: Tom Samuel
Other people in this story: William Thomas LampardMary Jane Lampard (nee Beal)Henry James Lampard
Locations in this story: East Knoyle, WiltshireBruton, SomersetRomsey, HampshireHeligoland, off Dutch CoastPortsmouth, Hampshire
Story: Tom Samuel Lampard was born in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, on 24 Jul 1893 the son of William Thomas Lampard and Mary Jane Lampard (nee Beal). He spent his life prior to Military Service in East Knoyle, then Bruton, Somerset and finally, according to the 1911 Census, as an Assistant Dairyman living at Lee Cottages, Nr. Romsey, Hampshire. His mother died in 1913. He had enlisted in the Royal Navy on 22 Oct 1911 and was given the rank of Stoker Class 2. He served in a number of ships rising to the rank of Stoker Class 1 when, on 22 Sep 1914 onboard HMS Cressy in the North Sea near Heligoland off the Dutch coast, the ship was struck by a torpedo fired from German submarine U-9 and the ship sank. Many of the crew were saved by local fishing boats that were nearby but quite a number of them, including the Captain and Tom, were killed and their bodies not recovered. His name was officially recorded on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth, Hampshire, (Panel 4). He is also recorded in the De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914 Star. The WGC site note that his father was living at 'Rose Cottage', The Green, East Knoyle, Wiltshire. Tom's brother, Henry James Lampard, was also killed whilst serving in the Army.