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    World War 1   1914-1918


Allen Alfred George

1899 - 1916

Died: 26/09/1916

Age : 17

Rank: Private  (Service Number: '15023')

Regiment:  Dorsetshire Regiment, 5th Battalion

03.07.1916 The 5th (Service) Battalion embarked for France from Alexandria arriving at Marseilles. Engaged in various actions on the Western Front including; the capture of the Wundt-Werk, The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, The Battle of Thiepval (26 to 28 Sept 1916)

Country died/cemetery or memorial: France, THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Pier and Face 7 B.

After the War ended, Thiepval was chosen as the location for the Memorial to the Missing to commemorate those who died in the Somme sector before the 20th of March 1918 and have no known grave.

Son of Harry and Fanny Allen, baptised at Bincombe 25.6.1899

The 1901 census records the family living at Lower Farm Cottage, Bincombe.

World War 1   1914-1918


Andrews  W A

Died: 14/04/1915

Age :

Rank: Private (Service Number: '8521')

Regiment:  Dorsetshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion

2nd Battalion

06.11.1914 Deployed to the Persian Gulf and landed at Fao.

Country died/cemetery or memorial: Iraq, BASRA WAR CEMETERY, III. C. 4.

During the First World War, Basra was occupied by the 6th (Poona) Division in November 1914, from which date the town became the base of the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force. A number of cemeteries were used by the MEF in and around Basra; Makina Masul Old Cemetery was used from December 1914 to October 1916 and the Makina Masul New Extension was begun alongside the old cemetery in August 1917. These two sites, enlarged later when more than 1,000 graves were brought in from other burial grounds, now form Basra War Cemetery.

The cemetery now contains 2,551 burials of the First World War, 74 of them unidentified. The headstones marking these graves were removed in 1935 when it was discovered that salts in the soil were causing them to deteriorate. The names of those buried in the graves affected are now recorded on a screen wall.


World War 1   1914-1918


Axe  William

c.1887 - 1916

Date died: 01/10/1916

Age: 29

Rank: Private(Service Number: 9174)

Regiment: Dorsetshire Regiment, 2nd Batt

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  Iraq, Baghdad War Cemetery, Plot XXI, row J, no 14

1901 census Manor House Dairy, Broadwey:

George Montague, Head, married, age 48 yrs, dairyman, born Odcombe (died 1940, age 89 -buried at Broadwey 19.2.1940)

Sarah Montague, Wife, married, age 38 yrs, born Odcombe

William Axe, step-son, age 17 yrs, cattleman on farm, born Odcombe

Herbert Axe, step-son, age 13 yrs, gardener's help, born Odcombe

Harold Montague, son, age 10 yrs, born Odcombe

Frederick Montague, son, age 7 yrs, born Ryme, Dorset

May Montague, daughter, age 5 yrs, born Yeovil

Daisy Montague, daughter, age 2 yrs, born (Dorset) (died 1953 age 54 - buried at Broadwey 31.10.1953 - lived at 9 Broadlands Road, Broadwey)

William enlisted at Dorchester and appears to have been a career soldier as the 1911 census for overseas military persons, records: William Axe, age 26 yrs (not in the UK).  He died in Mesopotamia.

In the 1911 census his brother Herbert, age 24, is recorded living at The Grove, Broadwey.  A market gardener, born at  Odcombe; married to Caroline.


World War 1    1914-1918


Barrett  Albert

No info at present


World War 1   1914-1918


Bishop   Robert (Wilfred)


Died: 31/01/1916

Age : 25

Rank: Private (Service Number: 29786  Formerly 22423, Somerset Light Infantry)

Regiment:  Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Reg), 1st Batt

From October 1915 the 1st Battalion were in the trenches at Ploegsteert Wood. Christmas dinner was not eaten until the 1st January 1916.  At the start of 1916 the 1st Battalion were in reserve at Papot.

Ploegsteert Wood was a sector of the Western Front in Flanders in World War I, part of the Ypres Salient. After fighting in late 1914 and early 1915, it became a quiet sector where no major action took place. Units were sent here to recuperate and retrain after tougher fighting elsewhere and before returning to take part in more active operations.

Country died/cemetery or memorial: France/Flanders, Etaples, Pas de Calais, XII, B, 4A

Born and resident of Broadwey, son of John and Lucy Bishop, 4 Railway Buildings. Baptised at St Nicholas Church 29.11.1891.   Enlisted in Yeovil


World War 1   1914-1918


Bishop   (William) Charles


Died: 15/11/1918

Age : 22

Rank: Private (Service Number: 235046  Formerly 3634 Dorsetshire Regiment)

Regiment:  Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 1st/4th Batt

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  Died in Egypt . Cemetery Israel, Ramleh, DD;44

The cemetery dates from the First World War, when Ramleh (now Ramla) was occupied by the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade on 1 November 1917. Field Ambulances, and later Casualty Clearing Stations, were posted at Ramleh and Lydda from December 1917 onwards. The cemetery was begun by the medical units, but some graves were brought in later from the battlefields and from Latron, Sarona and Wilhema Military and Indian Cemeteries.

Born and resident of Broadwey; the son of Robert Bishop of Old Station Rd.  Baptised at St Nicholas 10.01.1897.  Enlisted in Dorchester



World War 1   1914-1918


Bithrey   Ralph Victor

Approx.: 1893-1917

Died: 23/04/1917

Age : 24

Rank: Corporal.  (Service Number: '16351')

Regiment:  Dorsetshire Regiment, 6th Bn

1917 - The 6th (Service) Battalion  were involved in First Battle of the Scarpe, The Second Battle of the Scarpe, The Capture of Roeux, The First Battle of Passchendaele, The Second Battle of Passchendaele

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  France, ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, O. IX. B. 6.

During the First World War, Commonwealth camps and hospitals were stationed on the southern outskirts of Rouen. A base supply depot and the 3rd Echelon of General Headquarters were also established in the city.

Almost all of the hospitals at Rouen remained there for practically the whole of the war. They included eight general, five stationary, one British Red Cross and one labour hospital, and No. 2 Convalescent Depot. A number of the dead from these hospitals were buried in other cemeteries, but the great majority were taken to the city cemetery of St. Sever.

In September 1916, it was found necessary to begin an extension, where the last burial took place in April 1920.

The cemetery extension contains 8,348 Commonwealth burials of the First World War (ten of them unidentified).

1911 Census - Ralph's parents were running the Grocer's shop in Elwell Street, c1905 to 1917

Inside the shop in Mr Bithrey's day       

Bithrey's donkey and cart did deliveries      

34 Elwell St in the 1920's. Fred Williams

and Queenie Barber in the doorway

The grocer’s shop had several proprietors over the years and closed in the late 1960’s; permission was given to replace the shop with a garage in 1971.

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