Harry Davis memorial plaque

Harry Davis

Surname: Davis
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
Frederick Davis
Emily Davis née Jenkins
Charles Davis
Frank Davis
William Robert Davis
Edward Frederick Davis
Locations in this story:
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Mesopotamia
Basra War Cemetery, Iraq
Church Road, Motcombe, Shaftesbury
Long Cross, Shaftesbury
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury
Cherry Orchard
Foul Hill, (Foyle Hill), Shaftesbury
India
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Harry Davis was born in 1880 in Motcombe, Shaftesbury. He was the son of Frederick Davis, an agricultural labourer, and Emily Davis (née Jenkins). His siblings included Charles, (b.1888) who also died in the war. Brothers Frank (b.1882) served in the Coldstream Guards, Edward Frederick (b. 1898) with the Inniskilling Fusiliers and William Robert (b.1886) served with the Dorsetshire Regiment. Before the war the family lived at a number of addresses in the area: Long Cross, Church Hill, Enmore Green, Nr Cherry Orchard Farm and in 1911 Foul Hill.

On 12th August 1898 Harry enlisted as a Private in the 39th & 54th Foot Battalions of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 3838 changed later to 5766). He was posted to India on 22nd December 1900 and received the Good Conduct badge on 3rd December 1907. On 29th October 1910 he was discharged from the army and by the 1911 Census was back in Shaftesbury working as a labourer and living with his parents. On 6th January 1914 Harry again enlisted, this time with the Territorial (4th) Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 2060). When the First World War broke out in August 1914 Harry was mobilized at once and sailed with the 1/4th Battalion for India. He was later posted to Mesopotamia, landing at Basra on 23rd February 1916. By the time of his death he held the rank of Sergeant. On 11th September 1916 he died of wounds received in action. He was buried at Basra War Cemetery, Iraq (grave id. VI.F.22), the same cemetery as his brother Charles. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial, and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His name was also included on the memorial in St. James' churchyard and on the roll of honour inside the church.  

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 4
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 3
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • Names on St. James' War Memorial 1
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • 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
  • Harry Davis (left) 2
  • Harry Davis (left) 1
  • Harry Davis

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Frank Davis
Charles Davis
William Robert Davis
Edward Frederick Davis
Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1

Frederick Thomas Atkinson

Surname: Atkinson
Other names: Frederick Thomas
Other people in this story:
William Joseph Atkinson
Selina Atkinson née Lowman
Joseph Atkinson
Locations in this story:
Crewkerne, Somerset
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Ladywell Cemetery, Brockley, Kent
High Street, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Ypres, Flanders
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Frederick Thomas Atkinson was born in 1892 in Crewkerne, Somerset. He was the son of William Joseph Atkinson, a printer & stationer, and Selina Atkinson (née Lowman). His father died on 12th July, 1903 and probate was granted to his widow, Selina, on 27th November,1903. "Tommy" attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1903 until August 1907. On 26th March 1911, just short of the 1911 Census, Frederick's mother also died. At the time of the Census he was single, living at 42 High Street, Shaftesbury, with his sister Agnes Bailey, herself a widow at 28 years of age, along with four other brothers, two sisters and two nephews. He was working as a stockbroker's clerk. When the war broke out he was working with a firm of solicitors in London.

He enlisted as a Private on 9th September, 1914, in the East Surrey Regiment and was posted abroad on 9th October, 1914. He soon transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) as a Rifleman (Service No. Z/2711). In the June 1915 edition of the Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine it was reported that he had been "severely wounded in the fighting around Ypres. He was repatriated to England and it was found necessary to amputate his left leg." He was reported to have died of wounds on 3rd July 1915 and was buried at Ladywell Cemetery, Brockley, Kent. His name appears on the cemetery memorial (Screen Wall D 3196). His older brother Joseph was given as next-of-kin. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His name also appears on the war memorial at Shaftesbury School.

A "First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces" was produced by Shaftesbury Grammar School in September 1915. It shows the regiment in which Tommy served and the date and term in which he left school. His name was also included on a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. An asterix can be seen next to Tommy's name, indicating that he had died. He was the first Old Shastonian to die in the war. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum. 

Printed Source:
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1915
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, October 1915
First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces, September 1915 

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  • 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
  • List of Old Shastonians 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 2
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 2
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial

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Shastonian
Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 02

Montague George Teck Durston

Surname: Derston
Other names: Montague George Teck
Other people in this story:
Henry Durston
Elizabeth Annie Durston nee Tite
Locations in this story:
Stalbridge, Dorset
Mesopotamia
Basra War Cemetery, Basra, Iraq
Ashley Avenue, Weston Bath, Bath, Somerset
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury
India
Dorchester

Story:
Montague George Teck Durston was born in 1893 in Stalbridge, Dorset, and baptised there on 6th August, 1893. He was the son of Henry (Harry) DUrston, a station master, and Elizabeth Annie Durston (nee Tite). The spelling of the surname varies between "Derston" and "Durston" in official documents. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a bank clerk and living at 8 Ashley Avenue, Weston Bath, Bath, Somerset. He enlisted in Dorchester as a Private in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 2382). He gave Shaftesbury as his residence on enlistment. He served in India and then Mesopotamia and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 23rd May 1916 and was buried at Basra War Cemetery, Basra, Iraq (grave id. IV.R.2). 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 1
  • 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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Names on St. James' War Memorial 1

William Richard Bastable

Surname: Bastable
Other names: William Richard
Other people in this story:
George William Edward Bastable
Fanny Ann Bastable (neé Davis)
Henry John Bastable
Alice Eliza Bastable (neé Conway)
Winifred Violet Alberta Bastable
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Bailleul Communal Cemetery
Wanowrie Line, Poona, India
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:

William Richard Bastable was born in 1888 in Shaftesbury, and baptised at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, on 19th September, 1890. He was the son of George William Edward Bastable, an agricultural labourer, and Fanny Ann Bastable (neé Davis). William's four siblings included Henry John (known as Harry), born in 1884, who also died in the war. William's father died in 198 and was buried on at St. James' Church on 9th June 1898. His widow Fanny worked as a laundress and later a charwoman to support the remaining two children living at home at 84 St. James.

In 1905 William enlisted in the 3rd Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 4993) and at the time of the 1911 Census was serving as a Private stationed at Wanowrie Line, Poona, India. Between July and September 1914 William returned to England and married Alice Eliza Conway from Melbury Abbas. It is not known if he had left the army and re-enlisted at the beginning of the war, but his Service Number changed to 7643 which suggests there was a break in his military career.

During the war he served with the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals. He was killed in action in Flanders on 3rd May 1915, five days before his brother Harry.  His wife had given birth to a daughter, Winifred Violet Alberta, on 29th April 1915. Going by the dates it is doubtful if William knew he had become a father. He was buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension Nord (grave id. I.F.23) near the Belgian border along with 599 of his comrades. Alice married again in 1919, to Alfred Young in Shaftesbury. She went on to have four more children. William is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James' war memorials. His name also appears on the Roll of Honour in St. James' Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

   

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 4
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • 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

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Henry John Bastable
Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03

George Wilfred Henry Dyke

Surname: Dyke
Other names: George Wilfred Henry
Other people in this story:
Frederick George Dyke
Matilda Mary Dyke nee Everett
Locations in this story:
Coombe Bissett, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Arras Memorial
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
George Wilfred Henry Dyke was born on 8th December, 1897 in Coombe Bissett, Wiltshire, and baptised there on 29th May, 1898. He was the son of Frederick George Dyke, an Agricultural Engine Driver, and Matilda Mary Dyke (nee Everett). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single and living at 9 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury. He enlisted as a Private in the 1st Battalion of Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry) (Service No. 26774). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 4th May 1917 and his name appears on the Arras Memorial (Bay 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 1
  • 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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Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1

Henry John (Harry) Bastable

Surname: Bastable
Other names: Henry John (Harry)
Other people in this story:
George William Edward Bastable
Fanny Ann Bastable (neé Davis)
William Richard Bastable
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
St. James Street, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Nova Scotia, Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Bellewaards Lake, Near Ypres, Belgium

Story:
Henry John (known as Harry) Bastable was born on 20th August, 1883 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of George William Richard Bastable, an agricultural labourer, and Fanny Ann Bastable (neé Davis). He was baptised at St. James'Church, Shaftesbury on 21st September 1884. He was known as Harry in the family and on the Census records. His four siblings included William Richard, born in 1888, who also died in the war. Following the death of George Bastable in 1898, his widow Fanny worked as a laundress and later as a charwoman to support the remaining two children living at home at 84 St. James.

On 28th May 1901 Harry joined the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman and was discharged on 16th August, 1905. His conduct was described as 'very good' in nearly all his reports. No record of a Census entry for 1911 has been found, but it is known that on 28th March, 1914 he set sail on the SS Tunisian bound for Nova Scotia, Canada, where he obtained work as a warehouseman. He enlisted in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on 17th December, 1914 as a Private in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. He was described as a labourer on enlistment.

On 16th March 1915 he left for France attached to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)(Service No. 51054). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He was killed in action "in the Field" on 8th May 1915, five days after his brother William. The site of his death was in the fire trenches at Bellewaards Lake, Near Ypres, Belgium and he was apparently buried in an unmarked grave. As the area was then overrun the location fell into enemy hands and his body was never recovered. His name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres (Panel 10). 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.      

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • Names on St. James' 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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William Richard Bastable
Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 02

Charles Belbin

Surname: Belbin
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
Harry Belbin
Elizabeth Belbin (nee Tucker)
William John Belbin
Locations in this story:
Blandford, Dorset
France & Flanders
Bouchoir New British Cemetery, Somme, France
St. James Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Charles Belbin was born in 1887 in Blandford, Dorset, and was baptised there on 19th October 1887. He was the son of Harry Belbin, a tin smith, and Elizabeth Belbin (nee Tucker), who died in 1900.  His siblings included William John (b.1897) who also died in the war.   In 1901 Charles was working as an errand boy and living in the family home at 11 St. James Street, Shaftesbury.  He enlisted as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 16886). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was killed on the Somme on 11th May 1918 and was buried in the field. His body was recovered after the Armistice and was reinterred at the newly created Bouchoir New British War Cemetery, Somme, France (grave id.IV.D.88). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ war memorials. His name also appears on the Roll of Honour in St. James’ Church 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
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • Names on St. James' 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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William John Belbin
Names on St. James' War Memorial 1

William John Belbin

Surname: Belbin
Other names: William John
Other people in this story:
Harry Belbin
Elizabeth Belbin
Charles Belbin
Locations in this story:
Tarrant Gunville, Dorset
France & Flanders
Arras Memorial
St. James Street, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
William John Belbin was born in 1897 at Tarrant Gunville, Dorset and was baptised on 19th December. He was known as Willie on all Census records. He was the son of Harry Belbin, a tin smith, and Elizabeth Belbin, who died in 1900 and was buried in Holy Trinity churchyard on 13 May 1900. His siblings included Charles, born in 1887. At the time of the 1911 Census, William was he was living in the family home at 11 St. James Street, Shaftesbury and was still a school boy.

Willie enlisted as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 15791). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 26th May 1917 and his name appears on the Arras Memorial (grave id. Bay 6). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ war memorials. His name also appears on the Roll of Honour in 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
  • 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

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Charles Belbin
St. James' War Memorial

Charles John Blake

Surname: Blake
Other names: Charles John
Other people in this story:
Charles Blake
Edith Amy Blake née Sampson
Locations in this story:
Manswood, Moor Critchel, Nr. Wimborne, Dorset
France & Flanders
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
Cliff Cottage, Alcester, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Charles John Blake was born in 1898 in Manswood, Moor Critchel, Nr.Wimborne, Dorset. He was the son of Charles Blake, a gardener, and Edith Amy Blake (née Sampson). At the time of the 1911 Census, he was living at Cliff Cottage, Alcester, Shaftesbury. He enlisted as a Private with the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 18972) but later transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment (New Service No. 30810). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 28th July 1917 and his name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres (Panel 21). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ war memorials. He also appears on the Roll of Honour inside St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

Images:
  • 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 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Park Walk War Memorial 3

Charles Brickell

Surname: Brickell
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
The name of Charles Brickell appears on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. So far it has not been possible to find details of his life in official records. We would be grateful to anyone who may be able to provide information that would help us identify the only outstanding casualty on the memorial.

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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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