Edwin James Silcox

Surname: Silcox
Other names: Edwin James
Other people in this story:
Edwin James Silcox
Emma Jane Silcox (nee Weldon)
Sarah Emma Wright
Harry Silcox
Philip Ernest Silcox
Albert Coward
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
India

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Edwin James Silcox was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 24 Oct 1893 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 26 Nov 1893 the son of Edwin James Silcox (Senior) and Emma Jane Silcox (nee Weldon).  He lived all his life in the Shaftesbury area including the King's Arms Inn, where his father was the Innkeeper, and later at Barton Cottage, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where he lived with his step father, Albert Coward, who his mother had married following the death of Edwin (Senior) in 1900.  Edwin (junior) had enlisted and joined Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 3686 & 201749).  He served with the 1/4th Battalion on the North West Frontier with Afghanistan in India.  Following his discharge on 28 Nov 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the India General Service Medal with Clasp Afghanistan & North West Frontier Force.  He married Sarah Emma Wright in Shaftesbury on 14 Oct 1922.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 100 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Gardener.  His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1971.  His brothers, Harry Silcox and Philip Ernest Silcox, also served in the conflict.

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Albert John Pond

Surname: Pond
Other names: Albert John
Other people in this story:
John Pond
Rose Mary Pond (nee Bown)
Doris Susan House
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Blandford, Dorset
Stalbridge, Dorset

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Albert John Pond was born in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 29 Oct 1888 and baptised there on 25 Dec 1888 the son of John Pond and Rose Mary Pond (nee Bown).  He lived his early life at Elm Top, Motcombe.   He enlisted and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 73530).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.   His marriage to Susan Doris House was recorded at the Blandford, Dorset, Registry in 1929.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 6 Thornhill Road, Stalbridge, Dorset, working as a Driver and Deliverer for a Miller.  His death was recorded in Stalbridge in 1974 and he was buried there on 27 Aug 1974.

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Walter Charles Pitman

Surname: Pitman
Other names: Walter Charles
Other people in this story:
Eli Charles Pitman
Emily Walters Pitman (nee Elliot)
Lilian Mary Andrews
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Todber, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Mottisfont, Romsey Hampshire
Southampton, Hampshire

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Walter Charles Pitman was born in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21 Feb 1899 and baptised there on 26 Mar 1899 the son of Eli Charles Pitman and Emily Walters Pitman (nee Elliot).  He lived most of his early life in Motcombe and by 1911 was at Hains Farm, Motcombe, where his father was the Farmer.  Walter enlisted and served with the 61st Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps as a Private (Service No. 133357).  He was discharged on 12 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He married Lilian Mary Andrews at Todber, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 30 Apr 1924.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Abbey Farmhouse, Mottisfont, Romsey, Hampshire, described as a Dairy Farmer.  He died at Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, Hampshire, on 25 Aug 1960.

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Gilbert Charles Pitman

Surname: Pitman
Other names: Gilbert Charles
Other people in this story:
Lot Pitman
Mary Ann Pitman (nee Webb)
Helena Durdle
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cranborne, Dorset
Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire
Winchester, Hampshire
France & Flanders

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Gilbert Charles Pitman was born in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 3 Sep 1896 and baptised there on 18 Oct 1896 the son of Lot Pitman and Mary Ann Pitman (nee Adams).  He lived his early life at The Kennels, Donedge Lodge Farm, Motcombe.  He enlisted on the 11 Aug 1914 and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 9940).  He served with the 5th Battalion in France and Flanders, He later transferred to the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 47528).   He had suffered from gunshot wounds and was discharged on 23 Aug 1918 as 'being no longer physically fit for service'.  He received the Silver War Badge No. B2007 as well as a small pension.  He was later also awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.   He married Helena (Lena) Durdle in Cranbourne, Dorset, on 25 Nov 1919.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 'Capri', Keble Road, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire, described as a Head Gardener.  His death was recorded at the Winchester, Hampshire, Registry, in 1969.

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Alfred Roy Pitman

Surname: Pitman
Other names: Alfred Roy
Other people in this story:
Dan Pitman
Mary Ann Pitman (nee Gray)
Stella Constance Kate Lewis
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Egypt
Wincanton, Somerset
Fifehead Magdalen, Sturminster, Dorset
Gillingham, Dorset

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Alfred Roy Pitman was born in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2 Apr 1895 and baptised there on 15 May 1895 the son of Dan Pitman and Mary Ann Pitman (nee Gray).  He spent his early life in The Street, Motcombe.   He enlisted and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 1134).  He served in Egypt as part of the Corps of Hussars (Service No. 230450).  On his discharge on 27 Jun 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He married Stella Constance Kate Lewis in Wincanton, Somerset, in 1920.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Fifehead House Stables, Fifehead Magdalen, Sturminster, Dorset, working as a Stud Groom as well as being an ARP Warden.  His death was recorded in Gillingham, Dorset, on 14 Oct 1956.

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Frederick Edwin Pike

Surname: Pike
Other names: Frederick Edwin
Other people in this story:
Edwin Pike
Ellen Pike (nee Gibbs)
Mary Annie Light
Locations in this story:
Heytesbury, Wiltshire
Sherborne Causeway, Shaftesbury, Dorset
South Africa
India
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Frederick Edwin Pike was born at Heytesbury, Wiltshire, on 7 Jun 1885 the son of Edwin Pike and Ellen Pike (nee Gibbs).  His family moved to Sherborne Causeway, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and he lived his early life there.  He had previously enlisted on 30 Sep 1902 with the 11th Lancers (Service No. 5070) and served also with the 11th Lancers (Service No. 6792) and 9th Lancers (Service No. 4999) in South Africa and India.  He was discharged on 10 Sep 1907 as being medically unfit for further service.  He had re-enlisted during WW1 with the 9th Lancers (Corps of Hussars) as a Private (Service No. L/10740) and was attached to the No. 8 Company of the Royal Engineers.  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge on 10 Feb 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He married Mary Annie Light at Motcombe, Dorset, on 7 May 1921.  His death was recorded at the Shaftesbury, Dorset, Registry in 1932.

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Walter John Parsons

Surname: Parsons
Other names: Walter John
Other people in this story:
Joseph Parsons
Frances Parsons (nee Frost)
Edith Emily Harris
Percy Frank Parsons
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Semley, Wiltshire
Blandford, Dorset
Rogate, Horsham, Sussex
Crawley, West Sussex
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Walter John Parsons was born in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9 Feb 1894 the son of Joseph Parsons and Frances Parsons (nee Frost).  He lived his early life with his family at Hugglers Hole, Semley, Wiltshire.   He enlisted and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 2512 & 200830).  He served with the 1/4th Battalion though it is not known in which theatre of war.  He was discharged 25 Apr 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He was registered at the then family home at Longcross, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury until his marriage to Edith Emily Harris at Blandford, Dorset, on 9 Oct 1922.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Wakeham Farm Cottage, Rogate, Horsham, Sussex, working as a Cowman.  His death was recorded at the Crawley, West Sussex, Registry in 1978.  His brother, Percy Frank Parsons, also served in the conflict.

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Percy Frank Parsons

Surname: Parsons
Other names: Percy Frank
Other people in this story:
Joseph Parsons
Frances Parsons (nee Frost)
Elizabeth Ann James
Walter John Parsons
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Semley, Wiltshire
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Abertillery, Monmouthshire, South Wales
Bedwelty, Monmouthshire, South Wales
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, South Wales

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Percy Frank Parsons was born in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 4 Oct 1895 the son of Joseph Parsons and Frances Parsons (nee Frost).  He lived his early life with his family at Hugglers Hole, Semley, Wiltshire.  He enlisted and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 2556 & 200862).  He served with the 1/4th Battalion but it is not known in which theatre of war.  He was discharged on 20 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. His family had moved to Longcross, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and he was registered at that address until 1920.  He moved to Monmouthshire, South Wales and by the time of the 1939 Register he was the Licensee of the Tillery Fountain, Penybont Road, Abertillery, Monmouthshire, and still single.   He eventually married Elizabeth Ann James in Bedwelty, Monmouthshire, in 1946.  He died at the Neville Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, on 5 Nov 1964.   His brother, Walter John Parsons, also served in the conflict.

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Ernest Harold Miles

Surname: Miles
Other names: Ernest Harold
Other people in this story:
Ernest William Miles
Annie Miles (nee Ware)
Elsie May Brickell
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Ernest Harold Miles was born in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 27 Apr 1898 and baptised there on 25 May 1898 the son of Ernest William Miles and Annie Miles (nee Ware).  He spent all his life apart from Military Service in Motcombe.  (Probably because his father was also 'Ernest' his name was frequently changed to Harold in the records but he was registered and baptised as Ernest Harold.)  He enlisted with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 2170).  He later transferred to the Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire) Regiment and served with the 2/4th Battalion (Service No. 6638) and the 6th and 2nd Battalions (Service No. 202551).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He married Elsie May Brickell at St. John's Church, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 1 Jul 1925.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at The Bungalow, Elm Hill, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Maintenance Engineer in a Milk Factory.  He died in Motcombe on 22 Jan 1990 aged 92 years.

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Arthur Douglas Miles

Surname: Miles
Other names: Arthur Douglas
Other people in this story:
Edwin Miles
Lucy Jane Miles (nee Meade)
Winifred May Wicks
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Maidenhead, Berkshire
Amersham, Buckinghamshire

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Arthur Douglas Miles was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 23 Jun 1895 the son of Edwin Miles and Lucy Jane Miles (nee Meade).  He spent his early life with his family at The Nurseries, Nettlebed, Enmore Green.   He enlisted on 19 Jan 1915 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 64935).  He served in France and Flanders as a Telegraphist with the 18th Signal Company.  Whilst serving he was wounded on 1 Aug 1917 and spent three weeks in military hospital.  He rejoined the 59th Divisional Signals Company until he was discharged on 15 Feb 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He married Winifred May Ricks at Maidenhead, Berkshire in 1922.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 31 Woodside Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, working as a Post Office Clerk.   He died in Amersham on 6 Oct 1963.

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