Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 02

William Thomas Cole

Surname: Cole
Other names: William Thomas
Other people in this story:
John Cole
Caroline Jessie Cole nee Atkinson
Locations in this story:
Blandford
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
The Bank House, High Street, Gillingham
Salisbury Street, Blandford
The Square, Axbridge, Somerset
Wimborne, Dorset

Story:
William Thomas Cole was born in 1897 in Blandford. He was the son of John Cole, a bank manager, and Caroline Jessie Cole (nee Atkinson). Due to the father's employment the family moved around often. In 1901 they were in Salisbury Street, Blandford and by 1911 they had moved to The Square, Axbridge, Somerset, leaving William as a boarder at school in Wimborne. Between then and the death of their son, the family were recorded at The Bank House, High Street, Gillingham, Dorset. William enlisted with the 100th T.R. Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 46016). He later transferred to the Royal Air Force and held the rank of 2nd Lieutenant at the time of his death in a flying accident on 23rd October 1918. He was buried to the west of the church at Holy Trinity Churchyard in a private grave. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

Images:
  • William Thomas Cole grave
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03

Charles Alfred Crew

Surname: Crew
Other names: Charles Alfred
Other people in this story:
Charles William Crew
Bessie Crew nee Lane
Locations in this story:
Mesopotamia
Basra War Cemetery, Iraq
Melplash, Netherbury, Dorset
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Dorchester

Story:
Charles Alfred Crew was born in 1892 in Melplash, Dorset, and baptised there on 14th August, 1892. He was the son of Charles William Crew, a blacksmith, and Bessie Crew (nee Lane). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a school teacher and living at Melplash, Netherbury, Dorset. He enlisted In Dorchester in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 2223). He served in Mesopotamia and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. At the time of his death from cholera on 11th July 1917 he held the rank Corporal. He was buried at Basra War Cemetery, Iraq (grave id. VI.L.11). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

Images:
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Park Walk War Memorial 3

Harry Walter Alner

Surname: Alner
Other names: Harry Walter
Other people in this story:
Sidney William Alner
Mary Ellen Alner nee Case
Sidney William Alner
Emily Elizabeth Alner nee Franklin
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Denain Communal Cemetery, Department du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Battenberg Road, Richmond, Surrey
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
London

Story:
Harry Walter Alner was born in 1886 in Shaftesbury and was baptised at St. James' Church, Shaftesbury, on 13th September, 1886. He was the son of Sidney William Alner, a labourer, and Mary Ellen Alner (nee Franklin). His siblings included Sidney William, born in 1899 who also died in the war. The family lived at 14 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury. He married Emily Elizabeth Franklin in the Holborn Registration District, London, on 31st December, 1910. They had 2 boys and 2 girls. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was working as a chauffeur and living at 63 Battenberg Road, Richmond, Surrey. On 13th September 1915 he enlisted in London as a Private in the Royal Army Service Corps (Service No. M2/120963) and on 3rd October embarked with the Expeditionary Force for France. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died in France on 30th October 1918 and was at the time attached to the Canadian Corps Motor Transport Siege Park. He was buried at Denain Communal Cemetery, Department du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais (grave id. A.24). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.  

Images:
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Charles Davis memorial plaque

Charles Davis

Surname: Davis
Other names: Charles
Other people in this story:
Frederick Davis
Emily Davis nee Jenkins
Harry Davis
Locations in this story:
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Mesopotamia
Basra War Cemetery, Iraq
Wanowrie Lines, Poona, India
Long Cross, Enmore Green
Cherry Orchard
Foul Hill, Shaftesbury
Madras, India
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Motcombe, Dorset

Story:
Charles Davis was born in 1888 in Motcombe, Dorset. He was the son of Frederick Davis, an agricultural labourer, and Emily Davis (nee Jenkins). His siblings included Harry, born in 1880, who also died in the war. Before the war the family lived at a number of addresses in the area: Long Cross, Church Hill, Enmore Green, Nr Cherry Orchard Farm and in 1911 Foul Hill (Foyle Hill). Charles (Charlie) had enlisted as a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment on 20th November 1906 (Service No. 8189). On 4th January 1909 he sailed from Portsmouth bound for India, arriving at Madras on 1st February. In the 1911 Census he was living in barracks at Wanowrie Lines, Poona, India.

During the war he was posted to Mesopotamia on 6th November, 1914, and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He was killed in action on 14th April 1915 and was buried at Basra War Cemetery, Iraq (grave id. III.G.18/23), the same cemetery as his brother Harry. He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His name can also be seen on the memorial in St. James' churchyard and on the roll of honour inside the church.

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • Names on St. James' War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1

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Sidney William Alner

Surname: Alner
Other names: Sidney William
Other people in this story:
Sidney William Alner
Mary Ellen Alner nee Franklin
Harry Walter Alner
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury
Military Hospital, Farnham, Surrey

Story:
Sidney William Alner was born in 1899 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of Sidney William Alner, a labourer, and Mary Ellen Alner (nee Franklin). His siblings included Harry Walter, born in 1886, who also died in the war. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was single and living with the family at 14 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury. He enlisted as a Private in the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 28329) and at the time of death was with the 1st Battalion. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died at the Military Hospital in Farnham, Surrey, on 19th November 1918 and was buried at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Shaftesbury, to the west of the church. He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

Images:
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03
  • Sidney William Alner headstone
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Harry Davis memorial plaque

Harry Davis

Surname: Davis
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
Frederick Davis
Emily Davis nee Jenkins
Charles Davis
Locations in this story:
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Mesopotamia
Basra War Cemetery, Iraq
Church Road, Motcombe, Shaftesbury
Long Cross, Shaftesbury
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury
Cherry Orchard
Foul Hill, (Foyle Hill), Shaftesbury
India
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Harry Davis was born in 1880 in Motcombe, Shaftesbury. He was the son of Frederick Davis, an agricultural labourer, and Emily Davis (nee Jenkins). His siblings included Charles, born in 1888, who also died in the war. Before the war the family lived at a number of addresses in the area: Long Cross, Church Hill, Enmore Green, Nr Cherry Orchard Farm and in 1911 Foul Hill. On 12th August 1898 Harry enlisted as a Private in the 39th & 54th Foot Battalions of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 3838 changed later to 5766). On 29th October 1910 he was discharged from the army and by the 1911 Census was back in Shaftesbury working as a labourer and living with his parents. On 6th January 1914 Harry again enlisted, this time with the Territorial (4th) Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 2060).

When the First World War broke out in August 1914 Harry was mobilized at once and sailed with the 1/4th Battalion for India. He was later posted to Mesopotamia, landing at Basra on 23rd February 1916. By the time of his death he held the rank of Sergeant. On 11th September 1916 he died of wounds received in action. He was buried at Basra War Cemetery, Iraq (grave id. VI.F.22), the same cemetery as his brother Charles. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial, and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His name was also included on the memorial in St. James' churchyard and on the roll of honour inside the church.  

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 4
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 3
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • Names on St. James' War Memorial 1
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1
  • Harry Davis (left) 2
  • Harry Davis (left) 1
  • Harry Davis

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Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1

Frederick Thomas Atkinson

Surname: Atkinson
Other names: Frederick Thomas
Other people in this story:
William Joseph Atkinson
Selina Atkinson nee Lowman
Locations in this story:
Crewkerne, Somerset
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Ladywell Cemetery, Brockley, Kent
High Street, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Ypres, Flanders
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Frederick Thomas Atkinson was born in 1892 in Crewkerne, Somerset. He was the son of William Joseph Atkinson, a printer & stationer, and Selina Atkinson (nee Lowman). His father died on 12th July, 1903 and probate was granted to his widow, Selina, on 27th November,1903. "Tommy" attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1903 until August 1907. Just short of the 1911 Census Frederick's mother also died. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, living at 42 High Street, Shaftesbury, along with his brothers and sisters, and was working as a stockbroker's clerk. When the war broke out he was working with a firm of solicitors in London.

He enlisted as a Private on 9th September, 1914, in the East Surrey Regiment and was posted abroad on 9th October, 1914. He soon transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) as a Rifleman (Service No. Z/2711). In the June 1915 edition of the Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine it was reported that he had been "severely wounded in the fighting around Ypres. He was repatriated to England and it was found necessary to amputate his left leg." He died on 3rd July 1915 and was buried at Ladywell Cemetery, Brockley, Kent. His name appears on the cemetery memorial (Screen Wall D 3196). He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His name also appears on the war memorial at Shaftesbury School.

A "First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces" was produced by Shaftesbury Grammar School in September 1915. It shows the regiment in which Tommy served and the date and term in which he left school. His name was also included on a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. An asterix can be seen next to Tommy's name, indicating that he had died. He was the first Old Shastonian to die in the war. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum. 

Printed Source:
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1915
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, October 1915
First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces, September 1915 

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 2
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 2
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial

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Shastonian
Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 02

Montague George Teck Durston

Surname: Derston
Other names: Montague George Teck
Other people in this story:
Henry Durston
Elizabeth Annie Durston nee Tite
Locations in this story:
Stalbridge, Dorset
Mesopotamia
Basra War Cemetery, Basra, Iraq
Ashley Avenue, Weston Bath, Bath, Somerset
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury
India
Dorchester

Story:
Montague George Teck Durston was born in 1893 in Stalbridge, Dorset, and baptised there on 6th August, 1893. He was the son of Henry (Harry) DUrston, a station master, and Elizabeth Annie Durston (nee Tite). The spelling of the surname varies between "Derston" and "Durston" in official documents. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a bank clerk and living at 8 Ashley Avenue, Weston Bath, Bath, Somerset. He enlisted in Dorchester as a Private in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 2382). He gave Shaftesbury as his residence on enlistment. He served in India and then Mesopotamia and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 23rd May 1916 and was buried at Basra War Cemetery, Basra, Iraq (grave id. IV.R.2). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

Images:
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Names on St. James' War Memorial 1

William Bastable

Surname: Bastable
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
George William Edward Bastable
Fanny Ann Bastable (neé Davis)
Henry John Bastable
Alice Eliza Bastable (neé Conway)
Winifred Violet Alberta Bastable
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Bailleul Communal Cemetery
Wanowrie Line, Poona, India
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:

William Richard Bastable was born in 1888 in Shaftesbury, and baptised at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, on 19th September, 1890. He was the son of George William Edward Bastable, an agricultural labourer, and Fanny Ann Bastable (neé Davis). William's four siblings included Henry John (known as Harry), born in 1884, who also died in the war. Following the death of his father, George, who was buried on 9th June 1898, his widow Fanny worked as a laundress and later a charwomen to support the remaining two children living at home at 84 St. James. At the time of the 1911 Census William was serving as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 4993) and was stationed at Wanowrie Line, Poona, India. Between July and September 1914 William returned to England and married Alice Eliza Conway, from Melbury Abbas. It is not known if he had left the army and re-enlisted at the beginning of the war, but his Service Number changed to 7643 which suggests there was a break in his military career.

During the war he served with the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals. He was killed in action in Flanders on 3rd May 1915, five days before his brother Harry.  His wife had given birth to a daughter, Winifred Violet Alberta, on 29th April 1915. Going by the dates it is doubtful if William knew he had become a father. He was buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension Nord (grave id. I.F.23) near the Belgian border along with 599 of his comrades. Alice married again in 1919, to Alfred Young in Shaftesbury. She went on to have four more children. William is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James' war memorials. His name also appears on the Roll of Honour in St. James' Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

   

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 4
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03

George Wilfred Henry Dyke

Surname: Dyke
Other names: George Wilfred Henry
Other people in this story:
Frederick George Dyke
Matilda Mary Dyke nee Everett
Locations in this story:
Coombe Bissett, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Arras Memorial
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
George Wilfred Henry Dyke was born on 8th December, 1897 in Coombe Bissett, Wiltshire, and baptised there on 29th May, 1898. He was the son of Frederick George Dyke, an Agricultural Engine Driver, and Matilda Mary Dyke (nee Everett). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single and living at 9 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury. He enlisted as a Private in the 1st Battalion of Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry) (Service No. 26774). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 4th May 1917 and his name appears on the Arras Memorial (Bay 4). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

Images:
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

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