Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2

Bertram Keast

Surname: Keast
Other names: Bertram
Other people in this story:
Samuel John Keast
Emily Keast nee Taylor
Kate Keast née Taylor
Ernest Ridgeway
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium
Bell Street, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Essen, Germany
London
Dorchester
Paschendaele, Flanders

Story:
Bertram Keast was born on 10th October, 1889 in Shaftesbury and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 17th November, 1889. He was the son of Samuel John Keast, a law clerk, and Emily Keast (nee Taylor). He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1899 to July 1906. After leaving school he became a schoolmaster and then entered a solicitor's office, first in London and later in Dorchester. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was single and living in the family home at 7 Bell Street, Shaftesbury. On 28th December, 1914 he married Kate Taylor and they had one child, a son. On his marriage certificate he gives his occupation as Solicitor's Clerk. He enlisted in Dorchester and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 18584) as a Private. He later transferred to the 9th (Service) Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment (New Service No. 31066) and went on to serve in France and Flanders.

Official records show that Bertram died on October 26th 1917 although this may be the day on which he was reported missing. The Shaftesbury Grammar School magazine gives some details: "Bertram Keast was shot in the left arm on the Paschendale front, on October 26th, 1917, and taken prisoner." According to this account he was transported to Germany and died there on November 5th. He was buried in the civilian churchyard at Essen.

Bertram was awarded the Victory and British War medals and his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 38 to 40). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial, on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church and on the Shaftesbury Grammar School memorial in Shaftesbury School. His widow Kate remarried Ernest Ridgeway in 1926.

The June 1917 edition of the Shaftesbury Grammar School magazine mentions a donation by Bertram's father: "A framed list of the names of over 160 boys on active service, now adorns our Schoolroom wall. It was written by Mr. S.J. Keast, and presented by him to the School. We offer him our grateful thanks for his most artistic production, which is one more proof of the great interest he always takes in all that concerns the School." In Gold Hill Museum there is a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys who served in the forces, updated throughout the war, but it is not known if this is the work of Mr. Keast. Bertram's name was included and an asterix can be seen next to his name, indicating that he had died.

Printed Source:
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, March 1919
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1917

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 4

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Charles Stephen King headstone 4

Charlie Stephen King

Surname: King
Other names: Charlie Stephen
Other people in this story:
Stephen King
Virtue King nee Hanks
Emily Ann King née Chapple
Bessie King nee Imber
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
Sunderland War Hospital
Holy Trinity Churchyard, Shaftesbury
Layton Lane, Shaftesbury
Bay, Gillingham
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Flanders

Story:
Charles Stephen King was born in 1888 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of Stephen King, a painter, and Virtue King (nee Hanks). His mother, Virtue, died in 1893 and was buried on 10th August, 1893. His father remarried on 28th August, 1897 to Emily Ann Chapple. On 17th October, 1909 Charlie married Bessie Imber and they had three children: two girls and a boy. At the time of the 1911 Census he was working for a railway company as a house painter and living in Bay, Gillingham, Dorset.

He enlisted on 11th December, 1915 but was not mobilized until 17th August, 1916 as a Gunner in the 237th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 116267) and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He received gun shot wounds to his legs in Flanders on 17th August, 1917 and was repatriated to Sunderland War Hospital where he died of septicemia on 15th September 1917. He was buried south of the church in Holy Trinity Churchyard in Shaftesbury. The name inscribed on the headstone was "C.R. KING" which differs from the name that appears on official documents. In 2018 this error was rectified with the erection of a new headstone, after a local resident contacted the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

At the time of Charles' death his wife Bessie was living at 5 Layton Lane, Shaftesbury and was in receipt of a pension for herself and family the equivalent of £1.31p. per week. He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ War Memorials and on the Roll of Honour in St. James’ Church. His name can also be seen on the Holy Trinity memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 3
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Names on St. James' War Memorial 2
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1
  • Charles Stephen King original headstone
  • Charles Stephen King headstone 5
  • Charles Stephen King headstone 3
  • Charles Stephen King headstone 2

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Park Walk War Memorial 4

William Edwin Large

Surname: Large
Other names: William Edwin
Other people in this story:
Frederick William Large
Ellen Large nee Alner
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, Somme, France
Bell Street, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
William Edwin Large was born in 1883 in Shaftesbury and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 20th May, 1883. He was the son of Frederick William Large, a house painter, and Ellen Large (nee Alner). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a house painter and living at 22 Bell Street, Shaftesbury. He enlisted as a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment (Service No. G/11252). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 10th September 1916 and was buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, Somme, France (grave id. IV.C.4). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

Images:
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 02

Sidney Rex Lawson

Surname: Lawson
Other names: Sidney Rex
Other people in this story:
Thomas James Lawson
Mary Jane Lawson nee Kirkup
Locations in this story:
Morpeth, Northumberland
France & Flanders
Torreken Farm Cemetery No 1, Heuvelland, West Flandser
Cresswell Terrace, Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Sidney Rex Lawson was born in 1893 in Morpeth, Northumberland. He was the son of Thomas James Lawson, a house carpenter, and Mary Jane Lawson (nee Kirkup). At the time of the 1911 Census, Sidney was working as a house carpenter and living at Cresswell Terrace, Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland. In 1917 he married Nellie Clarke and they had one child, a son, born in early 1918 after his father's passing. He enlisted in Shaftesbury with the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 16466) and at the time of his death he held the rank of Sergeant. He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 18th June 1917 and was buried at Torreken Farm Cemetery No 1, Heuvelland, West Flanders, Belgium (grave id. A.1). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial. He also appears as "E.Rex Lawson" and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.  

Images:
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Plymouth Naval Memorial 4

Gilbert John Maidment

Surname: Maidment
Other names: Gilbert John
Other people in this story:
William Gilbert Maidment
Ellen Caroline Maidment nee Sheppard
Rose Mary Maidment
Locations in this story:
St. Leonard's Church, Semley, Wiltshire
Jutland
Plymouth Naval Memorial
Oysters Cottages, Semley
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
St. Catherine's Churchyard, Sedgehill

Story:
Gilbert John Maidment was born on 5th April, 1900 in Semley, Wiltshire and baptised there on 17th June, 1900. He was the son of William Gilbert Maidment, a farm labourer, and Ellen Caroline Maidment (nee Sheppard). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a scholar and living at Oysters Cottages, Semley. He enlisted on 18th October, 1915 as a Boy 1st Class in the Royal Navy (Service No. J//45254) and was posted to HMS Impregnable for training. He died at sea aboard HMS Indefatigable at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916 at 16 years of age. His name appears on the Plymouth Naval Memorial (Panel 13). His ship was part of the first wave of the Battle Cruiser Fleet and was the third ship to be sunk that day with the loss of 1017 lives and only two survivors who themselves were taken prisoner. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ War Memorials. He also appears on the Roll of Honour in St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

Gilbert's name was included on the Semley Baptist Chapel plaque, now in St. Leonard's Church, Semley. When his sister Rose Mary Maidment died in 1923 a memorial to Gilbert was inscribed on her headstone in St. Catherine's churchyard, Sedgehill:
GILBERT JOHN MAIDMENT WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN THE JUTLAND BATTLE MAY 31ST 1916.
HE WAS BOY 1ST CLASS IN THE ROYAL NAVY ON H.M.S. INDEFATIGABLE.
BORN APRIL 5TH 1900.
HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HOME AND COUNTRY  

Images:
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Names on St. James' War Memorial 2
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • Gilbert John Maidment memorial 2
  • Gilbert John Maidment memorial 1
  • Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1
  • Plymouth Naval Memorial 5
  • Plymouth Naval Memorial 3
  • G.J. Maidment on Plymouth Naval Memorial 1
  • G.J. Maidment on Plymouth Naval Memorial 2

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Park Walk War Memorial 3

Ernest John Foot

Surname: Foot
Other names: Ernest John
Other people in this story:
William Foot
Sarah Emily Foot nee Hoskings
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, Somme, France
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Ernest John Foot was born on 9th June, 1892 in Shaftesbury and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 10th July, 1892. He was the son of William Foot, a postman, and Sarah Emily Foot (nee Hoskings). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a cabinet maker and living at 50 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury. He enlisted as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 238241). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 27th August 1918 whilst serving with 'B' Battery, 122nd Brigade, RFA, and was buried at Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, Somme, France (grave id. V.A.8). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.  

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  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Names on St. James' War Memorial 2

Arthur Edwin Mayo

Surname: Mayo
Other names: Arthur Edwin
Other people in this story:
Edwin Mayo
Georgina Mayo nee Mullins
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Tyne Cot Memorial, Flanders
Layton Cottages, Layton Lane, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Arthur Edwin Mayo was born on 8th October, 1895 in Shaftesbury and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 29th December,1895. He was the son of Edwin Mayo, a plumber, and Georgina Mayo (nee Mullins). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a printer's apprentice and living at 2 Layton Cottages, Layton Lane, Shaftesbury. He enlisted as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards (Service No. 17092). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 17th September 1917 and his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Flanders (Panel 9 to 10). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ war memorials and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. Inside St. James' Church his name appears on the Roll of Honour and is commemorated a Stations of the Cross plaque.  

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  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • Arthur Mayo plaque in St. James' Church
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Reginald Robert Foot headstone

Reginald Robert Foot

Surname: Foot
Other names: Reginald Robert
Other people in this story:
Robert Foot
Annie Millicent Foot nee Gould
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury
Limerick Military Hospital, Ireland
St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Dorset
France & Flanders
Ireland

Story:
Reginald Robert Foot was born in 1888 in Shaftesbury and baptised in St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Dorset, on 10th January, 1888. He was the son of Robert Foot, a tailor, and Annie Millicent Foot (nee Gould). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a carpenter and living at 42 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury. He enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (Service No. 39652) on 11th December, 1915 and put on Reserve. He was mobilized on 1st May, 1916, and posted to the 49th Battalion on 29th June, 1916, where he saw service in France & Flanders and later with the 3rd Battalion in Ireland. He was selected as a potential instructor on 2nd September, 1918, and promoted to Lance Corporal. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 7th February 1919, whilst serving with the 3rd Battalion, of influenza and pneumonia at Limerick Military Hospital, Ireland, and was eventually buried south of the church in Holy Trinity Churchyard. He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury .  

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 3
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2

Frederick Miller

Surname: Miller
Other names: Frederick
Other people in this story:
Frederick Nichols Miller
Edith Miller nee Hedges
Locations in this story:
Whitfield, Northants
France & Flanders
Mesnil Communal Cemetery Extension, Mesnil, Somme, France
Broad Street, Syresham, Brackley, Northants
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Frederick Miller was born in 1899 in Whitfield, Northants. He was the son of Frederick Nichols Miller, a Grocer, and Edith Miller (nee Hedges). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a scholar and living at Broad Street, Syresham, Brackley, Northants. He enlisted in Coventry (giving Shaftesbury as his residence) as a Private in the 35th T.R. Battalion of the Dorsethsire Regiment (Service No. 31498). He later transferred as a Rifleman to the 1st Battalion of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps (New Service No. 44994). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 1st April 1918 and was buried at Mesnil Communal Cemetery Extn., Mesnil, Somme, France (grave id. II.C.14). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.  

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Harry Gray memorial scroll

Harry Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
John Gray
Linda Louisa Gray nee Jenkins
Sidney Charles Gray
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Lussenthoek Military Cemetery, West Flanders, Belgium
St John's Hill, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Motcombe, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury

Story:
Harry Gray was born in 1898 in Cann, Shaftesbury. He was the son of John Gray, a carter, and Linda Louisa Gray (nee Jenkins). His siblings included Sidney Charles, born in 1890, who also died in the war. At the time of the 1911 Census Harry was single and at school living in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, the family later moving to St. Johns Hill, Shaftesbury. He enlisted as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 18971) but later transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment (New Service No. 30809). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 16th August 1917 and was buried at Lussenthoek Military Cemetery, West Flanders, Belgium (grave id. XVII.AA.12A). He is remembered on the Park Walk, Enmore Green and St. James’ war memorials in Shaftesbury. His name also appears on the Motcombe War Memorial, the Roll of Honour inside St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.  

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 4
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • Names on St. James' War Memorial 2
  • Names on Motcombe War Memorial 1
  • Motcombe War Memorial 4
  • Motcombe War Memorial 02
  • Motcombe War Memorial 01
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 02
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 02
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 03
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • Harry Gray memorial card
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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