Leonard Curd

Surname: Curd
Other names: Leonard
Other people in this story:
Harry Curd
Jane Curd (nee Castleden)
Ellen Jane Pike
Locations in this story:
Tonbridge, Kent
Brenchley, Kent
Mickelham, Surrey
Kensington, London
Motcombe, Dorset
France & Flanders
Newbury, Berkshire

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Leonard Curd was born in the Tonbridge, Kent, Registry area on 7 Apr 1884 the son of Harry Curd and Jane Curd (nee Castleden).  He spent his early life living with his parents at Brenchley, Kent, until by 1911 he had obtained employment in Mickleham, Surrey, and shortly after at Motcombe House, Motcombe, Dorset, where he lived in The Stables.  He had enlisted on 3 Nov 1914 with the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. M1/09220).  He served in France and Flanders.  During one of his leave periods he married Ellen Jane Pike in Kensington, London, in Mar 1916.  He was discharged on 20 Feb 1919 being physically unfit for further duty on account of Neuritis and awarded a small pension plus the Silver War Badge No. B267497.  He was also awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He returned to Motcombe House to live but moved shortly after to Kensington, London.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Oakhurst Cottages, East Wootton, Newbury, Berkshire, working as a Chauffeur.  He died in Newbury during 1973.

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John Hunter Watts

Surname: Watts
Other names: John Hunter
Other people in this story:
John Hunter Watts
Catherine Jane Grace Watts (nee Croll)
Locations in this story:
Bayswater, London
Farnworth, Lancashire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Weston-super-Mare
Camberwell, London

Story:
John Hunter Watts (known as 'Jack' to his family) was born in Bayswater, London, on 23 Oct 1887 the son of John Hunter Watts and Catherine Jane Grace Watts (nee Croll).  He lived his early life in Camberwell, London, but by 1911 he was boarding out in Farnworth, Lancashire, where he was working as a Teacher.  Sometime after 1911 he had taken up a position at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, from where he had enlisted in the Army Service Corps where he was promoted to Captain and, later, Major.  He served in France & Flanders becoming a Requisitioning and Purchasing Officer.  During 1916 he had received gunshot wounds and was Mentioned in Dispatches.  He would have been entitled to the Victory and British War Medals but was also awarded the Order of the British Empire (Military Branch) for his work in the Army.  It is possible he had returned to Shaftesbury but little is known beyond that other than his name appeared on the Shaftesbury Absent Voters List 1918.  He died on 4 Apr 1973 in Weston-super-Mare.

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William Locke

Surname: Locke
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
Amelia Moore
Locations in this story:
Lambeth, London
West Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset

Story:
William Locke was born in London on 11 Apr 1895.  It is not known who his parents were.  He was admitted to the Lambeth. London, Poor House & Institute in 1905.  By 1911 he was living with Amelia Moore at West Orchard, Shaf5tesbury, Dorset, as a boarder working as a farm labourer.  He had enlisted and joined the 196th Labour Company  of the Labour Corps as a Private (Service No. 116169).  There were no medals recorded on his discharge but he lived on in West Orchard until by the 1939 Register he had moved to Middle House Farm, Sturminster, Dorset, working as a Tree Feller and still single.   No record of his death has yet been found.

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Absalom Lane

Surname: Lane
Other names: Absalom
Other people in this story:
Absalom Lane
Jane lane (nee Sanger)
Locations in this story:
Compton Chamberlayne, Wiltshire
Birmingham, Warwickshire
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Plymouth. Devon
Bristol

Story:
Absalom Lane was born in Compton Chamberlayne, Wiltshire, on 28 Feb 1883 and baptised there on 15 Apr 1883 the son of Absalom Lane and Jane Lane (nee Sanger).  He lived his early life in Wiltshire and enlisted in the Royal Navy on 18 Apr 1902 as a Stoker (Service No. 300490).  He was discharged on 27 Jul 1908.  His parents had moved to White Pit Lane, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and from there he enlisted on the 8 Sep 1914 in the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 11008).  He was posted to the 6th (Service Battalion) but shortly after, on 14 Nov 1914, had been discharged due to varicose veins.  He had moved to Birmingham and had apparently re-enlisted and managed to joined the Worcestershire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 29616).  There is no other information concerning his military service.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 133 King Street, Plymouth, Devon, working as a Navvy.  His death was recorded in Bristol in 1951.

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Bertram Fripp

Surname: Fripp
Other names: Bertram
Other people in this story:
William Charles Fripp
Dorcas Fripp (nee Ricketts)
Locations in this story:
Hilton, Dorset
Minterne Magna, Dorset
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Bengal, India

Story:
Bertram Fripp was born in Hilton, Dorset, in 1896 and baptised there on 18 Oct 1896 the son of William Charles Fripp and Dorcas Fripp (nee Ricketts).  He lived his early life in Hilton and Minterne Magna, Dorset.  He moved with his parents to The Chalk, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, sometime after 1911 and had enlisted with the Dorset Regiment as a Private (Service No. 15659).  At some time later he was transferred to the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 32011).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served in but was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He remained in the Army and was posted to Bengal, India, with Service No. 5485612.  He died at Jubbulpore, Bengal, India, on 1 Jan 1927.

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Harold Cuff

Surname: Cuff
Other names: Harold
Other people in this story:
Edward Stevens Cuff
Sarah Mary Cuff (nee Riggs)
Alice Harriett Williams
Locations in this story:
Winterbourne Whitchurch, Dorset
Milton Abbas, Dorset
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Balkans
Norwich, Norfolk
Dorchester, Dorset

Story:
Harold Cuff was born in Winterbourne Whitchurch, Dorset, on 18 Oct 1893 and baptised there on 24 Dec 1893 the son of Edward Stevens Cuff and Sarah Mary Cuff (nee Riggs).  He spent his early life in Winterbourne Whitchurch until by 1911 he had moved with his family to Milton Abbas, Dorset.  He later moved to Blandford Road, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, and from there he had enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 10701).  He served in the Balkans area and had received gunshot wounds following which he was discharged as being physically unfit for further service on 12 Nov 1918 and awarded the Silver War Badge No. B40737 and a pension for life as well as the Victory and British War Medals and the 1915 Star.   He married Alice Harriett Williams in Norwich, Norfolk, on 18 Sep 1923.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 18 Lorne Road, Dorchester, Dorset, working as a Storeman Clerk in the Roads and Buildings Dept. of the Dorset County Council.   His death was recorded in Dorchester, Dorset, on 12 Oct 1970.

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Albert Locke

Surname: Locke
Other names: Albert
Other people in this story:
James Locke
Alma Locke
Mabel Frances Louise Hansford
Locations in this story:
Upper Winchcombe, Somerset
Blackford, Somerset
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Yeovil, Somerset

Story:
Albert Locke was born in Upper Winchcombe, Somerset, on 12 Jul 1885 and baptised there on 9 Aug 1885 the son of James and Alma Locke.  He spent his early years in Upper Winchcombe but married Mabel Frances Louise Hansford at St. Mark's Church, Blackford, Somerset, on 11 Sep 1909.  By 1911 they had set up home in Shute Lane, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, where he was employed as a Farm Waggoner.   He enlisted with the Army Service Corps as a Shoeing Smith (Service No. TS/9938).  He later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Motor Section) as a Gunner (Service No. 191849).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge on 1 Jan1920 he was only awarded the British War Medal.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Drayton, Yeovil, Somerset, working as a Farm Foreman.   His death was recorded in Yeovil in 1979.

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Charles Barber Edrich

Surname: Edrich
Other names: Charles Barber
Other people in this story:
Robert Edrich
Anna Edrich (nee Frary)
Sarah Ann Jeanes
Locations in this story:
Hautbois Magna, Norfolk
Dorchester, Dorset
Charminster, Dorset
Mappowder, Dorset
South Africa
India
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
France & Flanders
Bridport, Dorset

Story:
Charles Barber Edrich was born in Hautbois Magna, Norfolk, on 25 Apr 1877 and baptised there on 12 Aug 1877 the son of Robert Edrich and Anna Edrich (nee Frary).  He lived his early life in Hautbois Magna until he enlisted on 15 Aug 1894 with the Royal Horse Artillery as a Driver (Service No. 4045).  He served in India and South Africa with the 'A' Battery being awarded the Queen's South African Medal with 6 Clasps.    By 1901 he had been posted to Dorchester, Dorset, and acted as a Batman and Groom to an officer there.  He married Sarah Ann Jeanes at St. Mary's Church, Charminster, Dorset, on 11 Feb 1902.   He was discharged from the Army on 14 Aug 1906.   By 1911 he was living in Mappowder, Dorset, and sometime shortly after moved to The Stables, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, where he was employed as a Garden Labourer.  He was recalled to the Royal Field Artillery as a Driver on 14 Aug 1914 (Service No. 88803).  He served in France & Flanders but on 18 Jul 1916 he was transferred to the Royal Engineers (Labour Company) as a Private (Service No.43714).  On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He returned home to Iwerne Minster until 1928.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 35 Colliton Street, Dorchester, Dorset, still working as a Garden Labourer.  His death was recorded at the Bridport, Dorset, Registry in 1954.

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Arthur Angelo Barnard

Surname: Barnard
Other names: Arthur Angelo
Other people in this story:
Arthur Angelo Barnard
Rosina Sophia Barnard (nee Staines)
Emma Lilian Highman
George Highman Barnard
Locations in this story:
Holborn, London
Camberwell, London
West Fordington, Dorset
Walthamstow, London
India
Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Egypt
Felcourt, Godstone, Surrey
Victoria, Australia

Story:
Arthur Angelo Barnard was born in Holborn, London, on 4 Jan 1876 and baptised at St. Michael and All Angel's Church, Camberwell, London, on 21 Feb 1881, along with other siblings on the same date, the son of Arthur Angelo Barnard and Rosina Sophia Barnard (nee Staines).    He enlisted in the Dorsetshire Regiment on 25 Sep 1894 as a Private (Service No. 4487).  On 22 Aug 1901 he married Emma Lilian Highman at West Fordington, Dorset, and they went on to have five children.  Arthur, having served in India, was discharged from the Army on 24 Sep 1906 having completed his term of engagement.  By the time of the 1911 Census he was living in Watery Lane, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, working as an Estate Worker.  He re-enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 19339).  He was based with the 1st (Garrison) Battalion and served in Egypt.  He was discharged on 11 Apr 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He then lived in Iwerne Minster until at least 1926 according to the Electoral Register.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Woodside, Felcourt, Godstone, Surrey, described as a  GPO employee (Retired). The only other information is that a death in Arthur's name was recorded in Victoria, Australia.  There is no date but the death was reported there by his son, George Highman Barnard.  This latter fact cannot yet be confirmed.

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David Henry McDowell

Surname: McDowell
Other names: David Henry
Other people in this story:
David McDowell
Elizabeth Anne McDowell
Dorcas Nellie Andrews
Locations in this story:
Derriaghy, Antrim, Ireland
Blandford, Dorset
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sevenoaks, Kent
Templecombe, Somerset

Story:
David Henry McDowell was born in Lambeg Town, Derriaghy, Antrim, Ireland, on 11 Mar 1892 the son of David McDowell and Elizabeth Anne McDowell.  He spent his early years in Derriaghy until he enlisted with the Royal Marines Light Infantry on 22 Jan 1908 as a Private (Service No. 14336).  For his WW1 service he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He was stationed at Blandford, Camp, Dorset, and there met and married Dorcas Nellie Andrews at St. Andrews Church, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9 Feb 1918.  He gave his parents-in-law address of 34 Mill Street, Fontmill Magna, in the Absent Voters List for 1918.  By the 1939 Register his wife was living at 10 Madan Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, and it is presumed that David had remained in the forces.  His death was recorded at Templecombe, Somerset, in 1969.

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