James Foot

Surname: Foot
Other names: James
Other people in this story:
Erastus Foot
Amelia Foot (nee Foot)
Elizabeth Victoria Lane
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset

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James Foot was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 19 May 1890 the son of Erastus Foot and Amelia Foot (nee Foot).  He lived all his life apart from Military Service in and around Shaftesbury and Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.  He had enlisted prior to 1911 and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 248240) and was still in service at the time of the 1919 Absent Voters List.  No other military information has been found in his case.  Following discharge he married Elizabeth Victoria Lane at Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7 Feb 1923.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Breach Cottage, Breach Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Postman.  He died in 1945 and was buried at Enmore Green on 10 Jan 1945.

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William Elijah Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: William Elijah
Other people in this story:
Henry William Gray
Rose Lavinia Gray (nee Stacey)
Vera Ada Louise Hooper
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Egypt
Poole, Dorset
Wareham, Dorset
Corfe Castle, Dorset

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William Elijah Gray was born in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 5 Sep 1894 and baptised there on 14 Oct 1894 the son of Henry William (sometimes William Henry) Gray and Rose Lavinia Gray (nee Stacey).  He lived most of his early life in and around Motcombe.  He enlisted and joined the 1/1st Battalion of the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 1152) later becoming attached to the Corps of Hussars (Service No. 230465).  He served in Egypt and on his discharge on 27 Jun 1919 was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He married Vera Ada Louise Hooper at Corfe Castle, Dorset, on 22 Dec 1922.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 34 Rockley Road, Poole, Dorset, working as a General Labourer.  He died in 1969 and was buried at Wareham, Dorset, on 14 Nov 1969.

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Charles Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
Charles Elijah Gray
Mary Jane Gray (nee Love)
Locations in this story:
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Balkans
Malabar, Mysore, India

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Charles Gray was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1895 the son of Charles Elijah Gray and Mary Jane (Polly) Gray (nee Love).  He lived all his early life in and around Brickhill, Enmore Green.  He enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 10975) and served variously with the 5th, 6th and 11th Battalions in areas including the Balkans.  He was discharged to 'Z' Reserve on 10 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He apparently re-enlisted (or was recalled) and was posted to the 2nd Battalion (Service No. 5719815) and served in Malabar, Mysore, India, where a rebellion had broken out in 1921.  For this he was awarded the India General Service Medal with clasp 'Malabar 1921'.  No further records have been found in Charles's case other than his last medal was addressed to 2 New Road, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1925.

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Victor Coward

Surname: Coward
Other names: Victor
Other people in this story:
James Coward
Mary Jane Coward (nee Miles)
Louisa Mabel Squires
George Frederick Coward
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Dorset
Upper Parkstone, Poole, Dorset
Wareham, Dorset

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Victor Coward was born in Motcombe, Dorset, on 12 Sep 1897 and baptised there on 7 Oct 1897 the son of James Coward and Mary Jane Coward (nee Miles).  He spent his early life at The Street,  Motcombe.  He enlisted with the 1/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 3080 & 201287).   It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge on 1 Jul 1919 he was granted a limited pension due to contracting malaria during his service.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  He set up home at 'Charlton', Jubilee Road, Upper Parkstone, Poole, Dorset.  His death was recorded in Warham, Dorset, in 1927 at the age of 30 years.  His brother, George Frederick Coward, also served in the conflict.

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George Frederick Coward

Surname: Coward
Other names: George Frederick
Other people in this story:
Frederick Coward
Emma Coward (nee Dawe)
Edith Kate Tucker
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Balkans
Sturminster, Dorset

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George Frederick Coward was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 11 May 1892 the son of Frederick Coward and Emma Coward (nee Dawe).  He lived all his life apart from Military Service in the Enmore Green area.    His marriage to Edith Kate Tucker was registered at Shaftesbury in 1912.   He enlisted and joined the 6th Battalion fo the Welch Regiment as a Private (Service No. 3290).  He later transferred to the 11th Battalion (Service No. 63115) and served with them in the Balkans.  On his discharge on 29 Mar 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 12 Long Cross, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a General Farm Worker.  His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1971.

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Charles Edwin Coward

Surname: Charles Edwin
Other names: Coward
Other people in this story:
James Coward
Mary Jane Coward (nee Miles)
Hilda Mabel Archer
Victor Coward
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Dorset

Story:
Charles Edwin Coward was born in Motcombe, Dorset, on 10 Feb 1892 and was baptised there on 24 Apr 1892 the son of James Coward amd Mary Jane Coward (nee Miles).   He spent all his life except for Military Service in Motcombe, Dorset.  He enlisted and served with the 1/5th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry (Service No. 242120).  He later transferred to the 2/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 200153) eventually being promoted to Acting Warrant Office Class II.  It is not known in which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge on 2 Jul 1919 was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.   He married Hilda Mabel Archer in Motcombe, Dorset, on 31 Jul 1921.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 40 The Street, Motcombe, Dorset, working as a Cutter and Dresser in a Bacon Factory as well as volunteering as an ARP Warden.  His died in Motcombe in 1971.  His brother, Victor Coward, also served in the conflict.

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Percy Herbert Clark

Surname: Clark
Other names: Percy Herbert
Other people in this story:
George Henry Clark
Ellen Clark (nee Parsons)
Winifred Lush
Locations in this story:
Semley, Wiltshire
Motcombe, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Percy Herbert Clark was born in Semley, Wiltshire, on 8 Sep 1899 the son of George Henry Clark and Ellen Clark (nee Parsons).  The family moved to Motcombe, Dorset, and Percy spent much of his early life at 35 The Street, Motcombe.   Percy had enlisted with the Shropshire Light Infantry (Service No. 28614) and later the Cheshire Regiment (Service No. 70187) as a Private.  His final unit was the 5th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment (a Training Battalion) (Service No. TR/8/21116).  It was not known in which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.   His marriage to Winifred Lush in 1929 was registered in Shaftesbury, Dorset.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 50 The Street, Motcombe, Dorset, working as a Butcher in a Bacon Factory.  He died in Motcombe on 16 Mar 1974.

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Levi John Clark

Surname: Clark
Other names: Levi John
Other people in this story:
Charles Clark
Harriet Clark (nee Brickell)
Ellen Rosina Mogg
Locations in this story:
Motcombe, Dorset

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Levi John (known as Jack) Clark was born in Motcombe, Dorset, on 3 Mar 1887 and baptised there on 1 May 1887 the son of Charles Clark and Harriet Clark (nee Brickell).  He spent all his life mainly in Bittles Green, Motcombe, Dorset.  He enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 26442).    It is not known in which theatre of war he served but he was with the 2nd Battalion and on his discharge on 9 Mar 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.   He married Ellen Rosina (Nellie) Mogg in Motcombe during 1926.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 17 The Street, Motcombe, Dorset, working as a Milk Factory Dairyman.  He died in Motcombe in 1960.

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Montague Stephen Burr

Surname: Burr
Other names: Montague Stephen
Other people in this story:
Thomas Burr
Ellen Selina Burr (nee Jenkins)
Effie Julia Donald
Arthur Street
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Egypt
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
London
Brisbane, Australia
Victoria, Australia
Fitzroy South, Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Parkville, Victoria, Australia

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Montague Stephen Burr was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 20 Dec 1894 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 26 Jan 1896 the son of Thomas Burr and Ellen Seline Burr (nee Jenkins).  The family lived in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, when Montague's father died in 1906.  His mother re-married Arthur Street and by 1911 they were living elsewhere in Shaftesbury.  Montague enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 18542).  He served with his unit in Egypt and on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  On the 18 Feb 1922 he departed for Australia from London and arrived in Brisbane, Queensland, on 27 Mar 1922.  He married Effie Julia Donald in Victoria, Australia, in 1929.  He spent much of his life after in Fitzroy South, Yarra, Victoria, Australia.  He died in Parkville, Victoria, Australia, in 1947.

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Harry Gerald Plowman

Surname: Plowman
Other names: Harry Gerald
Other people in this story:
Ada Plowman
Lilian May Gawler
Locations in this story:
West Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Sturminster, Dorset
Poole, Dorset

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Harry Gerald Plowman  (known as Gerald) was born on the 9 Dec 1896 the son of Ada Plowman.  (No father has been named).   He lived most of his early life in the West Orchard area.   He had enlisted and served with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 14507)  and was attached over time to the 5th and 6th Battalions.    It is not known in which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge on 19 Mar 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.   He married Lilian May Gawler in the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry area in 1927.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at The Avon, Benmoor Road, Poole, Dorset, working as a Bricklayer.  His death was recorded in Poole, Dorset, in 1959.

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