Richard Merrick

Surname: Merrick
Other names: Richard
Other people in this story:
Richard Merrick
Hannah Merrick
Rose Vincent
Locations in this story:
Much Wenlock, Shropshire
Manton, Rutland
Sturminster, Dorset
Child Okeford, Dorset
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Fareham, Hampshire
Gosport, Hampshire

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Richard Merrick was born in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, on 9 Jun 1877 the son of Richard Merrick and Hannah Merrick.  He lived his early life in Much Wenlock until by 1901 he was boarding as a Servant at the Stables attached to Harford House, Manton, Rutland.  He had moved to Dorset and a marriage to Rose Vincent was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1902.  He worked as a Groom and lived at The Corner, Child Okeford, Dorset, until he moved for a few years to 14 Loyal Cottage, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He enlisted on 9 Jan 1918 and joined the Royal Flying Corps as an Air Mechanic 3 (Service No. 118142).  When the Royal Air Force was formed on 1 Apr 1918 he became a Private 2 and was working with the 2nd Balloon Squadron wholly based in the UK.  He was discharged to the reserves on 8 Mar 1919 and finally demobilized on 30 Nov 1920.  No medal record can be found but he would have qualified for the British War Medal at least.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Melrose Cottage, Catsfield Road, Fareham, Hampshire, working as a Gardener.  He died in the Gosport, Hampshire, Registry area in 1963.

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Charles Henry Trowbridge

Surname: Trowbridge
Other names: Charles Henry
Other people in this story:
William Harry Trowbridge
Catherine (Carrie) Trowbridge (nee Barringer)
Frederick W. Redout
Sarah Mayo
Herbert Scott Trowbridge
Locations in this story:
Willesden, Middlesex
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Newport, Isle of Wight, Hampshire
France & Flanders
Swanage, Dorset
Bournemouth, Hampshire

Story:
Charles Henry Trowbridge was born in Willesden, Middlesex, on 27 Apr 1893 the son of William Harry Trowbridge and Catherine (Carrie) Trowbridge (nee Barringer).  Charles' father died in 1894 and his mother returned to Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, Her birth town, where she remarried Frederick W. Redout in 1898.  She lived with her children at the Post Office and Shop, Enmore Green.   By 1911 Charles was boarding out at 146 High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, employed as a Post Office Clerk. He had enlisted and joined the Royal Engineers as a Private rising to the rank of 2/Corporal (Service No. 182427).  He served in France and Flanders with the Signal Company (MTC) and had been awarded the Military Medal.  On his discharge he was further awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  His marriage to Sarah Mayo was recorded in the Shaftesbury, Dorset, Registry in 1918.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 136 Kings Road, Swanage, Dorset, described as a Postmaster.  His death was recorded in the Bournemouth, Hampshire, Registry in 1966.    His brother, Herbert Scott Trowbridge, also served in the conflict with the Canadian Army Medical Corps.

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Herbert Scott Trowbridge

Surname: Trowbridge
Other names: Herbert Scott
Other people in this story:
William Harry Trowbridge
Catherine (Carrie) Barringer
Frederick W. Redout
Ada Wilson
Charles Henry Trowbridge
Locations in this story:
Willesden, Middlesex
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
New York, USA
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Benhilton, Epsom, Surrey
Sutton, Surrey
Shorncliffe, Kent

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Herbert Scott Trowbridge was born in Willesden, Middlesex, on 24 Mar 1891 the son of William Harry Trowbridge and Catherine (Carrie) Trowbridge (nee Barringer).   His father died in 1894 and his mother returned to Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, her birth town, and remarried Frederick W. Redout and resided with him and her children at the Post Office and Shop, Enmore Green.  In 1914 Herbert travelled to the USA and took up residence in Old Westbury, Long Island, New York, USA, working as a Butler.   He passed over the border into Canada arriving in Toronto, Ontario, and enlisted on 22 Jun 1917 and joined the Canadian Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No. 528204).  He departed for England on 20 Nov 1917 having served all of his time in the UK but mainly at the Shorncliffe Army Base Hospital, Kent, - known as 'a suburb of Toronto'!  He returned to Canada and was demobilized on 2 Oct 1919 and returned to his employment in New York.   No medal records have been found but he would have qualified for at least the British War Medal.  He returned to England on 18 Apr 1920 and went on to marry Ada Wilson at All Saints Church, Benhilton, Epsom, Surrey, in that year.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 291 High Street, Sutton, Surrey, described as a Newsagent, Tobacconist and Confectioner.   His death was recorded in Sutton in 1957.   His brother, Charles Henry Trowbridge, had also served in the conflict with the Royal Engineers.

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Edwin George Wright

Surname: Wright
Other names: Edwin George
Other people in this story:
Thomas Henry Wright
Eliza Ann Wright
Lucy Ellen Coombes
Locations in this story:
Walthamstow, Essex
Wandsworth, Surrey
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Edwin George Wright was born in Walthamstow, Essex, on 20 Mar 1887 the son of Thomas Henry Wright and Eliza Wright.  He lived his early life in and around Walthamstow.  He married Lucy Ellen Coombes in Wandsworth, Surrey, on 7 Sep 1912.  They moved to Shaftesbury, Dorset, and were living at 16 New Buildings, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, at the time of the outbreak of war.  Edwin was working as a Bricklayer.   He had enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 and was placed on reserve until mobilized on 13 Mar 1917 with the Royal Engineers as a Private (Service No. 240975).  He served in France and Flanders where his rank was amended to Pioneer and he served with the 337th Road Construction Company (Service No. WR25463).  He appeared to have a number of hospital admissions between Feb 1918 and Jan 1919 but no reasons were given.  He was eventually discharged on 28 Nov 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He regrettably died in Shaftesbury, Dorset on 9 Jun 1933 and was buried at St. John's Church, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, on 13 Jun 1933.

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Thomas Lane

Surname: Lane
Other names: Thomas
Other people in this story:
John Lane
Maria Lane (nee Alner)
Elizabeth Suter
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders

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Thomas (aka Tom) Lane was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28 Feb 1881 and baptised there on 8 May 1881 the son of John Lane and Maria Lane (nee Alner).   He lived all his life apart from Military Service in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.  He married Elizabeth Suter in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, on 15 Aug 1905.  He enlisted on 7 Jun 1916 and was mobilized on 26 Feb 1917 joining the Royal Engineers as a Pioneer (Service No. 240504).  He served with the Road Construction Unit in France and Flanders  (Service No. WR25166).   He was discharged on 20 Jun 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was still living in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a County Council Road Lengthman.   His death was recorded locally in 1961.

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Fred Robert Stacey

Surname: Stacey
Other names: Fred Robert
Other people in this story:
Joseph Stacey
Mary Ann Stacey (nee Barnes)
Fanny Marsh
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Fred Robert Stacey was born on 3 Aug 1879 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Joseph Stacey and Mary Ann Stacey (nee Barnes).   He lived all his life apart from Military Service in the Shaftesbury area.  He marriage to Fanny Marsh was recorded in the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1901 and they set up home in Long Cross, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.   He had enlisted and joined the 1/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 3536 & 201640).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge on 23 Apr 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 51 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Bread Baker.   He died in the Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury, on 12 May 1940.

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Frank Leonard Cooper

Surname: Cooper
Other names: Frank Leonard
Other people in this story:
Amos Cooper
Mary Cooper (nee Fuller)
Eva Laurie Mott
Locations in this story:
Dallinghoo, Suffolk
Isle of Thanet, Kent
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Wareham, Dorset

Story:
Frank Leonard Cooper was born in Dallinghoo, Suffolk, on 19 Oct 1880 the son of Amos Cooper and Mary Cooper (nee Fuller).  He lived his early life with his parents at the Post office, Dallinghoo, until by 1901 he had moved to the Isle of Thanet, Kent, as an Assistant School Master.  He married Eva Laurie Mott at St. Andrews Church, South Shoebury, Essex, on 12 Apr 1909.  By 1911 he had moved to Hill View, Brinscombe Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, having taken up a post as a School Master.  The Absent Voters List of 1918 & 1919 indicate that he was still residing in Cann, Shaftesbury, and serving with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as an Assistant Quartermaster Sergeant (Service No. 202054).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served nor are any medal records readily available.   The fact that he served was also recorded on the National Union of Teachers Roll of Honour.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 50 North Street, Wareham, Dorset, described as an Elementary School Teacher as well as a Volunteer ARP Warden.   He died in Wareham, Dorset, on 14 Mar 1966.

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Henry Thomas Jezard

Surname: Jezard
Other names: Henry Thomas
Other people in this story:
Walter Edward Jezard
Hannah Jezard (nee Simmonds)
Amelia (Melina) Oborne
Locations in this story:
Margate, Kent
Thanet, Kent
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Fulham, London
Redbourne, St. Albans, Hertfordshire

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Henry Thomas Jezard was born in Margate, Kent, on 13 Aug 1893 the son of Walter Edward Jezard and Hannah Jezard (nee Simmonds).   He spent his early life in Margate.  He married Amelia (sometimes called 'Melina') Oborne (who had been born in Shaftesbury, Dorset) in the Thanet, Kent, Registry area in 1916.   Henry had enlisted with the 3rd Squadron of the Dragoon Guards as a Private (Service Nos. 5130 & D/5130).  It is not known in which theatre of was he served but on his discharge on 9 Apr 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  His address at the time was recorded on the Absent Voters Lists for 1918 & 1919 as Breach Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  By the 1939 Register he was living in Fulham, London, and was employed at the Whiteleys Furniture Depositry (London Ambulance & Fire Service Station) as a Voluntary Fireman though his trade was as a Master Tailor.  He died in Redbourne, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, on 26 Mar 1982.

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Lemuel Godfrey

Surname: Godfrey
Other names: Lemuel
Other people in this story:
Reginald Godfrey
Mary Godfrey (nee Marsh)
Dorothy Vera Stone
Locations in this story:
Hackney, London
Glastonbury, Somerset
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Pewsey, Wiltshire
Calne, Wiltshire

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Lemuel Godfrey was born in Hackney, London, on 23 Feb 1893 and baptised there on 21 Mar 1893 the son of Reginald Godfrey and Mary Godfrey (nee Marsh).   By the time of the 1901 Census he was living with his grandmother in Glastonbury, Somerset.  By 1911 he had moved to Bittles green, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset.    He had joined the Machine Gun Corps as a Private rising to the rank of Corporal (Service No. 36711).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but he was with the 49th Battalion S.S. when he was awarded the Military Medal.  He was discharged on 27 Feb 1919 and further awarded the Victory and British War Medals.   He married Dorothy Vera Stone in Motcombe, Dorset, on 26 May 1918.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 632 New Buildings, Pewsey, Wiltshire, working as a Civilian Clerk for an RAF Squadron.  He died on 3 Nov 1940 in a Military Hospital at Calne, Wilshire, following a growth on his lungs.

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Bertram Edgar Bailey

Surname: Bailey
Other names: Bertram Edgar
Other people in this story:
Arthur Bailey
Minnie Bailey (nee Tull)
Olive Yardley
Locations in this story:
Poole, Dorset
Gillingham, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
West Bromwich, Staffordshire
Chingford, Essex
Axminster, Devon

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Bertram Edgar Bailey was born in Poole, Dorset, on 12 Jul 1893 the son of Arthur Bailey and Minnie Bailey (nee Tull).   By 1901 he and his family had moved to Gillingham, Dorset.  He had enlisted on 12 Oct 1914 with the Army Service Corps as a Private subsequently rising to the rank of Sergeant (Service No. M2/102226).  He served with the 314th Divisional Motor Transport Company in France and Flanders.   He was discharged on 18 Oct 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He was recorded as living at 3 Alcester Villas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on the Absent Voters Lists for 1918/1919.    He married Olive Yardley in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, in 1928.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 90 Larks Hall Crescent, Chingford, Essex, working as a General Manager of a Wholesale Distributor of Motor, Electrical and Cycle Parts plus being a volunteer ARP Warden.   His death was recorded on 9 Aug 1971 in Axminster, Devon.

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