Walter George Clement Batstone

Surname: Batstone
Other names: Walter George Clement
Other people in this story:
Walter Batstone
Alice Maud Batstone (nee Ponsford)
Alice Mary Blackmore Tanner
Locations in this story:
Alyesbeare, Devon
Corscombe, Dorset
West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey
Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bullingdon, Oxfordshire
Stenson Harcourt, Oxfordshire

Story:
Walter George Clement Batstone was born in Alyesbeare, Devon, on 5 Apr 1886 the son of Walter Batstone and Alice Maria Batstone (nee Ponsford).  He lived his early life in Aylesbeare until by 1901 he and the family had moved to Corscombe, Dorset.  He married Alice Mary Blackford Tanner at the Parish Church, Crewkerne, Somerset, on 6 Jul 1910.  By 1911 he had set up home at 2 Stoughton Cottages, West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, working as a Cowman on a Farm.  he had enlisted and joined the Royal Engineers as a Driver (Service No. 16131).  He later transferred to the Labour Corps as a Private with Service No. 641086.  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914 Star.  His address in 1918 per the Absent Voters List was given as 18 Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Drayton House, Bullingdon, Oxfordshire, working as a Foreman to a Farmer and Market Gardener.  His death was recorded at Stenson Harcourt, Oxfordshire, on 2 Jan 1979.

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Harry Adlem Trimbee

Surname: Trimbee
Other names: Harry Adlem
Other people in this story:
Harry Trimbee
Ellen Trimbee (nee Adlem)
Ethel S. Summers
Fanny Adlem
Locations in this story:
Teddington, Middlesex
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Reigate, Surrey
Epping, Essex

Story:
Harry Adlem Trimbee was born in Teddington, Middlesex, on 12 Feb 1896 and baptised at Christ Church, Teddington, on 15 Apr 1896 the son of Harry Trimbee (born in Shaftesbury, Dorset,) and Ellen Trimbee (nee Adlem) (born in Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset.)    Harry lived his early life in Teddington until by 1911 he was living with his Grandmother, Fanny Adlem, in Green Lane, Ashmore, Shaftesbury.  He had enlisted with the Territorial Unit of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 1956).  At a later stage his Service Number was changed to 200412.  It is now known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge on13 Dec 1919 was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the Territorial Force Medal.  He married Ethel S. Summers in Epping, Essex in 1922.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Vendale, Reigate, Surrey, working as a Chauffeur Mechanic.  He died in the Reigate area in 1984.

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Harry George Edgar Neale

Surname: Neale
Other names: Harry George Edgar
Other people in this story:
Edgar Neale
Marianne Neale (nee Nodder)
Dorothy Gwendoline Turner
Locations in this story:
Chippenham, Wiltshire
Romsey, Hampshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
West Hampstead, Middlesex
Upton Lovell, Warminster, Wiltshire
Brighton, Sussex

Story:
Harry George Edgar Neale was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire, on 15 Jun 1881 and baptised there on 1 Oct 1881 the son of Edgar Neale and Marianne Neale (nee Nodder).  He lived all his early life in Chippenham until by the 1911 Census he was boarding out in Romsey, Hampshire.  He had enlisted with the Honourable Artillery Company as a Private (Service No. 10958) rising to the rank at one time to Lance Corporal.  He had registered his address on the Absent Voters Lists of 1918 and 1919 as 'Sorrento', Alcester, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He had married Dorothy Gwendoline Turner in West Hampstead, Middlesex, on 11 Jul 1915.  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  By the time of the 1939 Register his wife was living at The Cottage, Upton House, Upton Lovell, Warminster, Wiltshire.  The reference to Harry has not been released (along with many others on the page) possibly due to military involvement in WW2.   His death was recorded in Brighton, Sussex, on 16 Jun 1968.

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Albert George Farmer

Surname: Farmer
Other names: Albert George
Other people in this story:
Thomas Farmer
Rosina Farmer (nee Bird)
Charles Cyril Farmer
Lily S. B. Dyer
Locations in this story:
Charminster, Dorset
Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Clutton, Somerset
Peasedown St. Johns, Bathavon, Somerset
Bath, Somerset

Story:
Albert George Farmer was born in Charminster, Dorset, on 6 Dec 1895 and baptised there on 24 May 1896 the son of Thomas Farmer and Rosina Farmer (nee Bird).  He lived his early life in Charminster.  His father had died in 1898 and his mother had remarried in 1910 to Ephriam Rideout and had moved to The Common, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where Albert also resided.  He had enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 3151).  He joined the 1/4th Battalion and his Service No. was changed to 201355.  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but he was discharged on 31 May 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  According to the records he married Lily S. B. Dyer in Clutton Somerset, in 1926.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 15 Bath Road, Peasedown St. Johns, Bathavon, Somerset, working as a Baker & Confectioner (Cakes).  His death was recorded in Bath, Somerset, on 17 Mar 1985.  His brother, Charles Cyril Farmer, also served in the conflict.

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Charles Cyril Farmer

Surname: Farmer
Other names: Charles Cyril
Other people in this story:
Thomas Farmer
Rosina Farmer (nee Bird)
Florence Louisa Bloom
Ephriam Rideout
Albert George Farmer
Locations in this story:
Charminster, Dorset
Portland, Dorset
Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Portland, Dorset
Bath, Somerset

Story:
Charles Cyril Farmer was born in Charminster, Dorset, on 25 Jun 1893 and baptised there on 17 Sep 1893 the son of Thomas Farmer and Rosina Farmer (nee Bird).  He lived his early life in Charminster and left when he enlisted in the Somerset Light Infantry on 5 Jul 1910 as a Private (Service No. 8988).  His father had died in 1898 and his mother remarried Ephriam Rideout in 1910 and came to live at The Common, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  Charles gave this as his address throughout WW1 and was registered there on the Absent Voters Lists of 1918 and 1919.  It is not known in which theatre of war he served but he was discharged as being physically unfit for further service on 19 Sep 1919 and awarded the Silver War Badge No. B308357 as well as the Victory and British War Medals.   He married Florence Louisa Bloom in Bath, Somerset, in 1924.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 21 Wellington Place, Bath, working as a Hospital Porter.  His death was recorded in Bath on 8 Jul 1955.   His brother, Albert George Farmer, also served in the conflict.

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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

Story:
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. He left the school in 1914 to enlist 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. His name appeared on the Shaftesbury Absent Voters List 1918 and he returned to his teaching post at the Grammar School in 1922. He died on 4 Apr 1973 in Weston-super-Mare.

Printed sources:
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1922

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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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