Walter Hunt

Surname: Hunt
Other names: Walter
Other people in this story:
Charles Hunt
Amelia Hunt (nee Matthews)
Locations in this story:
Kington Magna, Dorset
Mespotamia
Basra, Iraq
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Walter Hunt was born in Kington Magna, Dorset, in 1897 and baptised there on 5 Sep 1897 the son of Charles Hunt and Amelia Hunt (nee Matthews).  He lived all his life, apart from Military Service, in Kington Magna.  By 1911 his father was no longer living with the family and his mother and the children were residing at Hartmoor Hill, Kington Magna and Walter was working as a Telegraph Messenger.   He had enlisted and had served with the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) as a Private (Service No. 51857).  He was posted to Mesopotamia and was attached to the 25th Squadron.   It was here he was killed in action on 30 Oct 1918.  He has no known grave and is remembered on the Basra War Memorial, Iraq, (Panel 41).  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He is also remembered on the Kington Magna, Dorset, War Memorial.  (NB: His name also appears on the Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, War Memorial on a plaque which is thought to have come from Kington Magna.)

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William Ayling

Surname: Ayling
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
Thomas Ayling
Henrietta Ayling (nee Hine)
Letty Hill
Locations in this story:
Buckhorn Weston, Dorset
Kington Magna, Dorset
Fremantle, Western Australia
France & Flanders
Passchendaele, West Flanders, Belgium
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Perth, Western Australia

Story:
William Ayling was born in Buckhorn Weston, Dorset, in 1883 and baptised there on 30 Dec 1883 the son of Thomas Ayling and Henrietta Ayling (nee Hine).  He lived his early life in Buckhorn Weston and Kington Magna, Dorset.   He emigrated on 26 May 1911 and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia, on 10 Jul 1911.   He married Letty Hill in Perth, Western Australia, on 26 Aug 1914.   He enlisted on 31 Jan 1916 and joined the 9/51st Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force as a Private (Service No. 3347).  (It is noted on his enlistment papers that he had previous territorial experience with the 4th Battalion of the Hampshire Volunteer Regiment in the UK.)  He was posted to France and Flanders where he was killed in action on 14 Oct 1917.  He was originally buried at the Broadsands Cemetery but later re-interred in the Passchendaele New British Cemetery, West Flanders, Belgium. (Grave Ref: XIV. A. 1.).  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He is remembered on the Kington Magna, Dorset, War Memorial.  (NB:  His name also appears on the Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, War Memorial on a plaque thought to have come from Kington Magna.)

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Charles Burt

Surname: Burt
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
William Burt
Hannah Burt (nee Watts)
Bertha Gertrude Harding
Locations in this story:
West Fordington, Dorset
Caundle Purse, Dorset
Cerne Abbas, Dorset
France & Flanders
Tynecot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West Flanders, Belgium
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Kington Magna, Dorset

Story:
Charles Burt was born in West Fordington, Dorset, in 1890 and baptised there on 9 Nov 1890 the son of William Burt and Hannah Burt (nee Watts).  He lived most of his early life in West Fordington and Caundle Purse, Dorset, areas.  He married Bertha Gertrude Harding in Cerne Abbas, Dorset, on 9 Jun 1914.  He had enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 26836) but eventually was transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 29225).  He served in France and Flanders and was killed in action on the 4 Oct 1917.  He has no known grave and is remembered on the Tynecot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West Flanders, Belgium, (Panels 80 to 82).  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He is also remembered on the Kington Magna, Dorset, War Memorial.  (NB: His name also appears on the Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, War Memorial on a plaque which is thought to have come from Kington Magna.)

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William John Fox

Surname: Fox
Other names: William John
Other people in this story:
William Cox
Kate Cox (nee Crew)
F. Cox
Locations in this story:
Kington Magna, Dorset
Peckham, London
Sevenoaks, Kent
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders

Story:
William John Cox was born in Kington Magna, Dorset, in 1893 and baptised there on 24 Dec 1893 the son of William Cox and Kate Cox (nee Crew).  He lived most of his early life in Kington Magna until by 1914 he had moved to Peckham, London.  It was here he enlisted and joined the 4th (City of London) Battalion (The Royal Fusiliers) part of the London Regiment as a Private (Service No. 6368).   He served in France and Flanders and was wounded in action in France and repatriated back to the UK where he was admitted to the VAD Hospital, Sevenoaks, Kent, where he died on 20 Dec 1916.  He was buried in the churchyard of All Saints Church, Kington Magna, Dorset, and his name appears on the Kington Magna War Memorial.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He had a brother, F. Cox, who also died in the conflict.  (NB:  His name also appears on the Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, War Memorial on a plaque which is thought to have come from Kington Magna.)

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Edgar Charles Hallett

Surname: Hallett
Other names: Edagr Charles
Other people in this story:
John Hallett
Melina Jane Hallett (nee Coombs)
Locations in this story:
Kington Magna, Dorset
Weymouth, Dorset

Story:
Edgar Charles Hallett was born in Kington Magna, Dorset, in 1891 the son of John Hallett and Melina Jane Hallett (nee Coombs).  He lived all his life, apart from Military Service, in South Street or Chapel Hill, Kington Magna.  He had enlisted with the Dorsershire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 16789).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but he was with the 3rd Battalion when he was admitted to the Borough Isolation Hospital, Weymouth, where he died on 1 Apr 1916.  He was buried in Weymouth Cemetery (Grave Ref: B. "C". 2024).  No reliable medal records have been found in this case.  He is remembered on the Kington Magna War Memorial, Kington Magna, Dorset.  (NB: His name also appears on the Cann, Shaftesbury, War Memorial on a plaque which is thought to have come from Kington Magna.)

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Frederick William Moore

Surname: Moore
Other names: Frederick William
Other people in this story:
Joseph Thomas Moore
Harriet Mary Moore (nee Yeatman)
Job Stokes
Locations in this story:
Kington Magna, Dorset
Brighton, Tasmania, Australia
Gallipoli, Turkey
Alexandria, Egypt

Story:
Frederick William Moore was born in Kington Magna, Dorset, in 1890 and baptised there on 31 Aug 1890 the son of Joseph Thomas Moore and Harriet Mary (sometimes known as Marian) Moore (nee Yeatman).  Frederick's father died in early 1895 and his mother re-married Job Stokes in Kington Magna on 8 Sep 1895.  The family emigrated to Brighton, Tasmania, Australia, on 3 Jun 1905.  Frederick enlisted on 24 Aug 1914 with the 17th Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Brigade of the Australian Imperial Force as a Private (Service No. 165).  He was posted and joined the 12th Battalion who fought at Gallipoli, Turkey.  He was wounded in action there between 25/28 Apr 1915 and subsequently died at the Bombay General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt, on 3 May 1915.  He was buried in the Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery (Grave Ref: C. 180).  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  His mother was in receipt of a dependant's pension as a result.  He is also remembered on the Kington Magna, Dorset, War Memorial.  (NB: His name also appears on the Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, War Memorial on a plaque which is thought to have come from Kington Magna.)

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Jesse Cornelius Jeans

Surname: Jeans
Other names: Jesse Cornelius
Other people in this story:
Reginald Jeans
Emily Ann Jeans (nee Butt)
Gertrude Roberts
Locations in this story:
Kington Magna, Dorset
Bournemouth, Hampshire
Christchurch, Hampshire
France & Flanders
Moorslede, West Flanders, Belgium

Story:
Jesse Cornelius Jeans was born in Kington Magna, Dorset, in 1891 the son of Reginald Jeans and Emily Ann Jeans (nee Butt).   He lived all his early life in Kington Magna until, by 1911, he was boarding in Bournemouth, Hampshire, and working as a Baker & Confectioner.   He married Gertrude Roberts in Christchurch, Hampshire, in 1911.   He had enlisted with the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service No. S4/109357).  He later transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles (Service No. 45852) becoming a Lance Sergeant.  He transferred once more to the Royal Irish Fusiliers (Service No. 42079).  He had been posted to France & Flanders on 4 Dec 1915 and served up until 2 Oct 1918 when he was reported missing in action.  His body was eventually recovered and he is buried at the Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Moorslede, West Flanders, Belgium. (Grave Ref: IV.D.39).  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He is also remembered on the Kington Magna, Dorset, War Memorial and in the Ireland Memorial Records.  (NB: His name also appears on the Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, War Memorial on a plaque which is thought to have come from Kington Magna.)

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Hugh Hannam

Surname: Hannam
Other names: Hugh
Other people in this story:
Daniel Hannam
Bessie Hannam (nee Yeatman)
Locations in this story:
Kington Magna, Dorset
Egypt
Jerusalem, Israel
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Hugh Hannam was born in Kington Magna, Dorset, in 1895 and baptised there on 12 Mar 1895 the son of Daniel Hannam and Bessie Hannam (nee Yeatman).  He lived all his life, until enlisting for Military Service, in Kington Magna.  He had joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No.893).  He was posted to Egypt on 23 Apr 1915. There his unit was incorporated into the Corps of Hussars (Service No. 230261). He was killed in action on 21 Nov 1917 and has no known grave.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He is remembered on the Jerusalem Memorial, Yerushalayim (Jerusalem District), Israel, (Panel 3) and on the Kington Magna War Memorial, Kington Magna.  (NB: His name also appears of the Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, War Memorial on a plaque which is thought to have come from Kington Magna.)

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Albert Samuel Gay

Surname: Gay
Other names: Albert Samuel
Other people in this story:
George William Gay
Mary A. Gay
Martha Bessie Follett
Locations in this story:
Axminster, Devon
Kington magna, Dorset
Bridport, Dorset
France & Flanders
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Pas de Calais, France

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Albert Samuel Gay was born in Axminster, Devon, on 23 Mar 1885 the son of George William Gay and Mary A. Gay.  He lived his early life in Axminster.   He married Martha Bessie Follett in Bridport, Dorset, on 20 May 1907 and set up home at Bowden, Kington Magna, Dorset.  He had enlisted joined the Territorial Force of the Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 12580).  On embodiment he transferred to the Somerset Light Infantry and, in time, had been promoted to Sergeant (Service No. 15010).  He served with the 8th Battalion in France and Flanders where he was killed in action on 23 Apr 1917.   He has no known grave and is remembered on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, (Bay 4) as well as on the Kington Magna War Memorial.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  (NB. His name also appears on the Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, War Memorial on a plaque which is thought to have come from Kington Magna.)

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Harold Ethelstan Edwards

Surname: Edwards
Other names: Harold Ethelstan
Other people in this story:
Thomas Hyne Edwards
Sarah Jane Edwards (nee Smith)
Locations in this story:
Kington Magna, Dorset
Sandown, Isle of Wight, Hampshire
Marlborough, Wiltshire
Loos, France
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Oxford

Story:
Harold Ethelstan Edwards was born in Kington Magna, Dorset, on 10 Mar 1895 and baptised there on 24 Apr 1895 the son of Rev. Thomas Hyne Edwards (Rector of Kington Magna) and Sarah Jane Edwards (nee Smith).  Harold's father died in 1896 and the remaining family moved to Sandown, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, until by 1909 he had become a Pupil/Boarder at Marlborough College, Marlborough, Wiltshire. from where he went on to Trinity College, Oxford,   He had enlisted and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Lieutenant.  He was posted to France and was attached to the 2nd Battalion and was involved in the Battle of Loos which was fought between 25 Sep and 8 Oct 1915.  Regrettably Harold was killed in action attempting to cut wire to allow troops to attack on the very first day, 25 Sep 1915.   His body was not found for burial and he is remembered on the Loos Memorial at Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos-en-Gohelle, Department Nord, France, (Panel 23 to 25).  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He is also remembered on the Kington Magna Memorial and on the Roll of Honour at Marlborough College.  (NB.  His name also appears on the Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, War Memorial on a plaque which is thought to have come from the Kington Magna.)

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