Cann War Memorial

Ernest John Alford

Surname: Alford
Other names: Ernest John
Other people in this story:
James Alford
Hannah Alford née Pyke
William Alford
Locations in this story:
Cann
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Pozieres, Somme, France
Foxhill, Wanboro, Wiltshire
Plymouth, Devon
St. Rumbold's Church, Cann

Story:
Ernest John Alford was born on 9th December 1882 and baptised at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann on 9th January 1883. He was the son of James Alford, a farmer, and Hannah Alford (née Pyke). His siblings included William, born in 1890, who was also died in the war. The family lived at Bayne Cottage, Cann, Shaftesbury. There is no record of him on the 1911 Census. When he enlisted at the Citadel, Plymouth as a Gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 73193) he indicated his address as Foxhill, Wanboro, Wiltshire employed as a Gardener and still single. He was posted to the 250th Siege Battery on 7th October 1916 transferring later to the 122nd Siege Battery on 30th July 1917 where his record states he 'died on or since 21st March 1918'. He served in France dying on the Somme and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He is commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France (Panel 10). He is remembered on the Cann War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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  • Names on Cann War Memorial
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Cann War Memorial

Bertram George Brown

Surname: Brown
Other names: Bertrand "Bertram" George
Other people in this story:
Samuel Brown
Clara Brown née Moore
Obery Archibald Brown
Frederick Sheppard
Frederick Brown
Cyril Brown
William Thomas Brown
Harry Brown
Locations in this story:
Cann Common, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Hamburg Cemetery, Germany
Pamphill Dairy, Wimborne, Dorset
Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Dorchester, Dorset

Story:
Bertram Brown was born in 1895 in Cann and his name was registered as "Bertrand George Brown". He was the son of Samuel Brown, a miller's labourer, and Clara Brown (née Moore) who died in 1899. The family lived at Cann Common, Shaftesbury. By the time of the 1911 Census he had left home and had become known as "Bertram". He was single, working as a dairyman on a farm, Pamphill Dairy, Wimborne and was living at the home of the owner, Frederick Sheppard.

He enlisted in Dorchester as a Rifleman in the 1st Battalion of the King's Royal Rifles Corps (Service No. 11140). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the 1914 Star, Victory and British War medals. He died as a Prisoner of War on 4th April 1915 in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. In 1923 his body was transferred to Hamburg Cemetery (grave id. I.G.9). He is remembered on the Cann War Memorial, Shaftesbury. His father, Samuel, sadly died in 1917 leaving Bertram's brother Frederick as his representative.

One of his brothers, Obery Archibald (b.1891) also died in the war on 19th March 1917 while serving with the East Kent Regiment in France. Three other brothers also served in the war: Harry (b.1885), William Thomas (b.1888) and Cyril (b.1894)

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  • Cann War Memorial 01
  • Unveiling of Cann War Memorial

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Obery Archibald Brown
Cyril Brown
William Thomas Brown
Harry Brown
Cann War Memorial

John Chown

Surname: Chown
Other names: John
Other people in this story:
Samuel Chown
Annie Chown née Rogers
Lucy Chown née Hayward
John William Chown
Locations in this story:
Cann Common, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury
Motcombe, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury
Devizes, Wiltshire
Le Touret Memorial, Le Touret, Pas de Calais, France

Story:
John Chown was born in 1888 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of Samuel Chown, a carpenter, and Annie Chown (née Rogers). At the time of the 1911 Census the family were living at Cann Common, Cann, Shaftesbury, though John was not recorded. He married Lucy Hayward in Shaftesbury in 1914. He enlisted in Devizes as a Private in the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 7612). He joined the 1st Battalion and served in France and Flanders.  He died on 31st October 1914 and his name appears on Le Touret Memorial, Le Touret, Pas de Calais, France (Panel 33 & 34). At the time his wife Lucy was living in Enmore Green and their son was born on 7th May 1915. Lucy did not remarry and at the time of the 1939 Register she was living with her son at Hill Crescent, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury. John Chown was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914 Star (clasp) medals. He is remembered on the War Memorials at Motcombe, Enmore Green and Cann, Shaftesbury.  

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  • Names on Cann War Memorial
  • Names on Enmore Green War Memorial
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 03
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 02
  • Motcombe War Memorial 4
  • Motcombe War Memorial 2
  • Motcombe War Memorial 02
  • Motcombe War Memorial 03
  • Unveiling of Cann War Memorial

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Names on Cann War Memorial

Ernest Edwin Fisher

Surname: Fisher
Other names: Ernest Edwin
Other people in this story:
Edwin Fisher or Rideout
Elizabeth Rideout
Locations in this story:
Hardings Lane, Melbury Abbas, Dorset
France & Flanders
Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas-de-Calais, France
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury

Story:
Ernest Edwin Fisher was born in 1895 in Melbury Abbas, Dorset. He was the son of Edwin Fisher or Rideout, a stonemason, and Elizabeth Rideout. His mother, Elizabeth, died in 1896. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, living in Hardings Lane, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury. He enlisted in Shaftesbury in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 14506) and joined the 6th Battalion. He served in France and Flanders and at the time of his death held the rank of Corporal.  He died of wounds on 13th April 1917 and was buried at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas-de-Calais, France (grave id. III.J.6). This cemetery was opened in February 1917 for use by the 8th Casualty Clearing Station and is associated with battles around Arras. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and is remembered as "Edwin Fisher" on the Cann War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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  • Cann War Memorial 01
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Robert Fowles

Surname: Fowles
Other names: Robert
Other people in this story:
Charles Fowles
Caroline Sarah Fowles née Hunt
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Boyne Dairy, Cann, Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Tyne Cot Memorial, France
Southampton, Hampshire

Story:
Robert Fowles was born in 1896 in Cann. He was the son of Charles Fowles, a dairy farmer, and Caroline Sarah Fowles (née Hunt). At the time of the 1911 Census he was living and working on his father's farm, Boyne Dairy, Cann, Shaftesbury. He enlisted in Southampton as a Private in the Royal Army Service Corps (Service No. T/38882). He later transferred to the 2nd Battalion  of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Service No. 42469). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He died on 29th November 1917 and his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial in France (Panel 70 to 72). He is remembered on the Cann War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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Obery Archibald Brown

Surname: Brown
Other names: Obery Archibald
Other people in this story:
Samuel John Brown
Clara Brown née Moore
Bertram George Brown
Louisa Steele née Brown
Cyril Brown
William Thomas Brown
Harry Brown
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Lewisham, Kent
France & Flanders
Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension, Bruay, Pas de Calais, France
Park Farm, Twyford, Dorset
Cann Common, Dorset

Story:
Obery Archibald Brown was born in 1891 in Cann. He was the son of Samuel Brown, a miller's labourer, and Clara Brown (née Moore), who died in 1899 in Shaftesbury. The family lived at Cann Common, Shaftesbury.  At the time of the 1911 Census he was working as a cowman and living at Cann Common, Shaftesbury.

He enlisted in Lewisham, Kent as a Private in the 8th Battalion of The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) (Service No. G//18285). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  He died on 19th March 1917 and was buried at Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension, Bruay, Pas de Calais, France (grave id. D.9). His Next of Kin was his sister Louisa Steele, Park Farm, Twyford, Dorset. His father, Samuel, died in the last quarter of 1917, just months after his son. He is remembered as "Archibald Brown" on the Cann War Memorial, Shaftesbury. One of his brothers, Bertram George (b.1895) died on 4th April 1915 while a prisoner of war. Three more brothers served in the war and returned: Harry (b.1885), William Thomas (b.1888) and Cyril (b.1894).  

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Bertram George Brown
Cyril Brown
Harry Brown
William Thomas Brown
Names on Ashmore War Memorial

James Alfred Rideout

Surname: Rideout
Other names: James Alfred
Other people in this story:
Alfred Rideout
Elizabeth Ann Rideout née Davidge
Locations in this story:
Ashmore, Dorset
France & Flanders
Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France

Story:
James Alfred Rideout was born in 1890 in Ashmore, Dorset and was baptised there on 2nd November 1890. He was the son of Albert Rideout, a gamekeeper, and Elizabeth Ann Rideout (née Davidge). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a gamekeeper and living at Keepers Lodge, Ashmore. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 201788). He served with the 5th Battalion in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 11th May 1918 and was buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France (grave id. S.III.H.25). He is remembered on the Ashmore War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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  • Ashmore War Memorial

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Ashmore War Memorial

Frank Merrifield

Surname: Merrifield
Other names: Frank
Other people in this story:
James Merrifield
Albertina Elizabeth Merrifield née Stone
Beatrice Merrifield née Davidge
James F. Merrifield
Locations in this story:
St. Nicholas' Church, Ashmore, Dorset
Twyford, Shaftesbury
India
Exeter, Devon
Melbury Abbas, Dorset
Shaftesbury

Story:
Frank Merrifield was born in 1893 in Melbury Abbas, Dorset. He was the son of James Merrifield, a carter, and Albertina Elizabeth Merrifield (née Stone). At the time of the 1911 Census he was working as a carter and living at Twyford, Shaftesbury. On 14th September 1914 he enlisted at Shaftesbury as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 201098). He joined the 4th Battalion and served in India from 13th December 1914 to 24th September 1917. He returned to the UK and on 22nd December 1917 was discharged on the grounds that he was "no longer physically fit for war service". He had been diagnosed with Tuberculosis which was considered not the result of, but aggravated by, active service and he was granted a pension.

On 14th May 1918 he married Beatrice Davidge in Ashmore. Frank died there on 25th February 1919 and was buried in the churchyard at St. Nicholas' Church. A few days later, on 3rd March 1919, his son James F. Merrifield was born. Sadly the boy died at the age of three. By the time of the 1939 Register Beatrice was living in Exeter and had not remarried.

Frank was awarded the British War medal and is remembered on the Ashmore War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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Lancelot Lucien Martin

Surname: Martin
Other names: Lancelot Lucien
Other people in this story:
Montague Francis Martin
Carrie Martin née Voss
Locations in this story:
Ashmore, Dorset
Gallipoli, Turkey
Tarrant Keynston, Blandford, Dorset
Sherborne, Dorset
Helles Memorial, Turkey

Story:
Lancelot Lucien Martin was born in 1893 and baptised at Tarrant Keynston, Blandford, Dorset on 6th August 1893. He was the son of Montague Francis Martin, a farmer (mixed), and Carrie Martin née Voss. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a farm labourer and living at North Farm, Ashmore.

He enlisted in Sherborne as a Private in the Dorset Yeomanry (Queens Own) (Service No. 957). He served at Gallipoli and was awarded the Victory, British and 1915 Star medals. He died in Gallipoli on 21st August 1915 and his name appears on the Helles Memorial in Turkey (Panel 17 & 18). He is remembered on the Ashmore War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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Herbert George Bryant

Surname: Bryant
Other names: Herbert George
Other people in this story:
James Bryant
Elizabeth Bryant née Dodington
Andrew Bryant
Henry James Bryant
Locations in this story:
St. Nicholas' Church, Ashmore, Dorset
Kilmington, Wiltshire
Shrewton, Wiltshire
Halfpenny Cottage, Ashmore, Dorset
Dorchester, Dorset

Story:
Herbert George Bryant was born on 26th January, 1894, in Kilmington, Wiltshire, and baptised at St. Mary's Church, Kilmington, on 3rd February, 1895. He was the son of James Bryant, a shepherd, and Elizabeth Bryant née Dodington. His siblings included Henry James Bryant (b.1891) who also died in the war. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a shepherd and living with his grandfather, Andrew Bryant, in Shrewton, Wiltshire.

On 18th June 1915 he enlisted at Dorchester as a Private in the 7th (2nd Reserve) Battalion, 'B' Company of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 15040). He gave his residence on enlistment as Halfpenny Cottage, Ashmore. Within a few weeks of enlistment there would appear to have been a breakdown in his health and he was discharged on 22nd Jan 1916 as "no longer fit for War Service". He was granted a pension on the grounds that his condition was "aggravated by service since the declaration of war". He died at Ashmore on 22nd January 1918 and was buried on 26th January, 1918, in the churchyard at St. Nicholas' Church, Ashmore. There is no mention of his burial in the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but he is remembered on the Ashmore War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

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  • Ashmore War Memorial

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Henry James Bryant