Robert Charles Withers

Surname: Withers
Other names: Robert Charles
Other people in this story:
Walter Seward Withers
Jane Hudson Withers (nee Bain)
Hilda Buxton
Richard Seward Withers
Locations in this story:
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Goodworth Clatford, Hampshire
Upper Tulse Hill, London
Lambeth, London
Battersea, London
Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Robert Charles Withers was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 8 Jul 1893 and baptised at St. Edmund's Church, Salisbury, on 29 Oct 1893 the son of Walter Seward Withers and Jane Hudson Withers (nee Bain).  He lived his early life in Salisbury until by 1901 the family had moved to Goodworth Clatford, Hampshire.  Robert received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, which he left in 1907.  He had enlisted with the 18th Battalion of the London Regiment eventually holding the rank of Colour Sergeant (Service No. 2428).  He was at sometime transferred to the Royal Irish Fusiliers (Service No. 52197).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He had married Hilda Buxton at Holy Trinity Church, Upper Tulse Hill, London, on 21 Oct 1916.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 67 Tasman Road, Lambeth, London, described as a Representative as well as a volunteer ARP Stretcher Bearer.  His death was recorded at the Battersea, London, Registry, in 1959.   His brother, Richard Seward Withers, also served in the conflict.

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Hugh Stowell

Surname: Stowell
Other names: Hugh
Other people in this story:
Herbert Sympathy Hawkes Stowell
Emma Jane Stowell (nee Maidment)
Amanda Sarah Board Cridland
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Gallipoli, Turkey
Scapa Flo, Orkney Isles
Yeovil, Somerset
Warminster, Wiltshire
Chilmark, Wiltshire

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Hugh Stowell was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21 Jan 1893 and baptised at St. James Church on 19 Feb 1893 the son of Herbert Sympathy Hawkes Stowell (the then High Sheriff of Dorset) and Emma Jane Stowell (nee Maidment).  He lived all his early life at the family home in Layton Lane, Shaftesbury.  For part of his education he attended Shaftesbury Grammar School which he left in 1904.  He had join the Merchant Navy as an an Engineer and during WW1 served on board HMS Hospital Ship 'Soudan' and was at times off Gallipoli, Turkey and Scapa Flo, Orkney Isles.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.   He married Amanda Sarah Board Cridland in Yeovil, Somerset, during 1919.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 35 Marsh Street, Warminster, Wiltshire, described as an Engineer and Garage Works Manager (Ex Merchant Marine).  He died in Chilmark, Wiltshire, on 2 May 1973.

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Harry Churchill Smith

Surname: Smith
Other names: Harry Churchill
Other people in this story:
Thomas Smith
Sarah Lower Smith (nee May)
Locations in this story:
Colehill, Dorset
Wimborne Minster, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Harry Churchill Smith was born in Colehill, Dorset, on 21 Mar 1894 and baptsied at Wimborne Minster, Dorset, on 5 Oct 1894 the son of Thomas Smith and Sarah Lower Smith (nee May).  He lived all his short life in the Wimborne Minster area except for part of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, which he left in 1910.  He had enlisted with the Territorial Force of the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 689) but later was attached to the Corps of Hussars (Service No. 230110).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge on 22 Mar 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the Territorial Force War Medal.   He died on 30 Mar 1925 and was buried at Wimborne Minster, Dorset, on 2 Apr 1925.

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Ernest Frederick Romans

Surname: Romans
Other names: Ernest Frederick
Other people in this story:
Albert Charles Romans
Esther Romans (nee Rowlands)
Alice Sylvester
Locations in this story:
Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Aldershot, Surrey
East Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire
Hoylake, Cheshire
Birkenhead, Merseyside

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Ernest Frederick Romans was born in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales, on 11 Feb 1892 and baptsied there on 5 May 1892 the son of Albert Charles Romans and Esther Romans (nee Rowlands).  He lived his early life in Llanelly but had received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, which he left in 1906.   His family had moved to Aldershot, Surrey, where he obtained employment with the GPO as a Sorting Clerk and Telegraphist.  He had originally enlisted with the Hampshire Yeomanry (Territorial Force) as a Private (Service No. 763).  On embodiment he transferred to the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 152175).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He married Alice Sylvester at East Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire, in 1919.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 23 Grafton Walk, Hoylake, Cheshire, described as a Civil Servant and Postmaster.  His death was recorded in the Birkenhead, Merseyside, Registry in 1978.

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Maurice Tom Ridout

Surname: Ridout
Other names: Maurice Tom
Other people in this story:
William James Ridout
Mary Ridout (nee Coombs)
Locations in this story:
Stour Row, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Mapperton, Wincanton, Somerset
France & Flanders
Wincanton, Somerset

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Maurice Tom Ridout was born in Stour Row, Dorset, in 1887 and baptised there on 1 Jan 1888 the son of William James Ridout and Mary Ridout (nee Coombs).  He lived his early life in the Stour Row area and received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, which he left in 1902.  By 1911 he was living with his parents at Mapperton, Wincanton, Somerset.   He had enlisted on 28 Mar 1907 with the Territorial Force of the North Somerset Imperial Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 972).  On embodiment on 5 Aug 1914 he was promoted to Corporal and served in France & Flanders.  He was discharged on 1 Apr 1916 as his military undertaking had expired.  He died in Wincanton, Somerset, in Apr 1917.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/1915 Star.  It is not known whether his name appears on any War Memorial.

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Sidney George Nobbs

Surname: Nobbs
Other names: Sidney George
Other people in this story:
William Walter Nobbs
Sarah Ann Nobbs (nee Gordge)
Julia M. A. Focketyn
Locations in this story:
Charlton, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Canada
Chatham, Kent
Poole, Dorset
Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Story:
Sidney George Nobbs was born in Charlton, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 21 Jan 1891 and baptised there on 15 Feb 1891 the son of William Walter Nobbs and Sarah Ann Nobbs (nee Gordge).  He lived most of his early life at the School House, Charlton, Donhead St. Mary, where his father was the local Schoolmaster.   He received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, which he left in 1907.   In 1912 he emigrated to Canada and obtain work as a Water Baliff but by 27 Oct 1914 had returned to the UK where he enlisted with the Royal Navy as a Signaller (Service No. Z/637).  He received his training at Chatham, Kent, before taking up duties at sea.  He was discharged on 2 Apr 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He married Julia M.A. Focketyn in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1923.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 247 High Street, Poole, Dorset, working as a Commercial Traveller.  He died in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, on 9 Sep 1983.

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Bertram Joseph Mansfield

Surname: Mansfield
Other names: Bertram Joseph
Other people in this story:
Thomas John Mansfield
Ellen Mansfield (nee Andrew)
Maude Alice Jessie Murphy
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Hampstead, London
Hammersmith, Middlesex
Letchworth, Hertfordshire

Story:
Bertram Joseph Mansfield was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 11 Jun 1877 the son of Thomas John Mansfield (a local Watchmaker and Jeweller) and Ellen Mansfield (nee Andrew).  He spent all his early life in Shaftesbury with some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School which he left in 1894.  By 1901 he had moved to Hampstead, London, where he was working as a Clerk.  He married Maude Alice Jessie Murphy at St. John the Evangelist Church, Hammersmith, Middlesex, on 18 Apr 1910.  He had enlisted with the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort;s Own) as a Territorial with the rank of Rifleman (Service No. 175).  When he was mobilized he joined the 18th Battalion (Service No. 200162) and served abroad though it is not known in which area.  On his discharge, sometime after 2 Nov 1919, he was awarded the British War Medal only as well as a lifetime pension.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 31 Cowslip Hill, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, described as a Retired Railway Clearing House Clerk.  He died in Letchworth on 25 Oct 1965.

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Alfred Lawrence Filley

Surname: Filley
Other names: Alfred Lawrence
Other people in this story:
George Frederick Filley
Sarah Louisa Filley
Annie Sansom
Gwladys J. Pashby
Locations in this story:
Glasgow, Scotland
Berwick St. John. Wiltshire
Lancaster, Lancashire
Wallasey, Cheshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Alfred Lawrence Filley was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 25 Aug 1896 the son of George Frederick Filley and Sarah Louisa Filley.   His father died in 1900 and he and his mother moved to Berwick St. John, Wiltshire, where Sarah became a local school teacher.   Alfred had attended at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, for some of his education leaving at the end of 1911.  He enlisted in the Royal Navy as a Trainee Engineering Artificer (Service No. M3763).  He served on many ships during the war and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He continued to serve in the Royal Navy and is still mentioned in the records, having achieved the rank of Lieutenant, in 1947.   He had married Annie Sansom in Berwick St. John in 1919 but she regrettably died in 1936.  Alfred went on to re-marry Gwladys J. Pashby in Lancaster, Lancashire, in 1959.  He died in the Everleigh Nursing Home, 12 Grove Road, Wallasey, Cheshire, on 22 Mar 1988.

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Cecil Arthur Ensor

Surname: Ensor
Other names: Cecil Arthur
Other people in this story:
John Arthur Ensor
Harriett Whyte Ensor (nee Cross)
Irene Margarita Cox
Locations in this story:
East Tisbury, Wiltshire
Minchinhampton, Wiltshire
Lymington, Hampshire
Hendon, Middlesex
Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Dr. Cecil Arthur Ensor MD, was born in East Tisbury, Wiltshire on 9 Aug 1873 and baptised there on 6 Nov 1873 the son of Dr. John Arthur Ensor (a long serving local Doctor) and Harriett Whyte Ensor (nee Cross).  He lived most of his life in East Tisbury.   He had attended at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, fro some of his education where he remained until 1889.  In due course he also became a Doctor and took over his father's practice.  He married Irene Margarita Cox in Minchinhampton, Wiltshire, on 16 May 1899.   He had enlisted and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial Force) and had been appointed the Medical Officer of the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment and held the rank of Captain.  He was embodied on 14 Oct 1914 and it is not known in which theatre of war he served. but on his eventual discharge, was awarded the British War Medal only.  By the time of the 1939 Register he had retired to Deeracres, Lisle Court Lane, Lymington, Hampshire.  His death was recorded at the Hendon, Middlesex, Registry in 1949.

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Albert Edward Atkinson

Surname: Atkinson
Other names: Albert Edward
Other people in this story:
Thomas Frederick Atkinson
Selina Atkinson (nee Reed)
Kathleen Matilda Abram Oakenfold
Locations in this story:
New Orleans, USA
Woking, Surrey
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enfield, Middlesex
Bournemouth, Hampshire
South Middlesex

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Albert Edward Atkinson was born in New Orleans, USA, on 22 Apr 1895 the son of Thomas Frederick Atkinson and Selina Atkinson (nee Reed).  His family moved back to the UK and set up home, initially, in Woking, Surrey, but, by 1911, they were living at Ferne Cottages, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, and Albert was attending school at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He enlisted on 5 Nov 1914 and joined the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 13794).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served in but he was with the 2nd Battalion somewhere outside the UK by 25 Mar 1915.  He was discharged on 14 Dec 1918 being surplus to Military requirements.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He also received the Silver War Badge No. B97591. He married Kathleen Matilda Abram Oakenfold at Holy Trinity Church, Winchmore Hill, Enfield, Middlesex, on 17 May 1924.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 71 Hengistbury Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, described as the Managing Director of a Garage as well as being a volunteer ARP Warden.   His death was recorded at the Middlesex South Registry in 1964.

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