War Memorials (list)

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War Memorials

World War 1   1914-1918


Lugg  William

Approx 1895 - 1917

Died: 15/04/1917

Age : 21

Rank: Private;  Service Number:  10532

Regiment:  Dorsetshire Regiment, 1st Battalion

The 1st and 6th Battalions served on the Western Front throughout the war.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  France, Foreste Cemetery, Aisne, IA1

Foreste Communal Cemetery was used by the 92nd Field Ambulance in April 1917 and later by the 61st (South Midland) Division. The village fell into German hands in the summer of 1918.

The cemetery contains 117 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 22 of the burials are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 23 casualties buried by the Germans whose grave cannot be traced.

William enlisted at Weymouth and died of wounds.  His father James Lugg also died in service - see above


World War 1   1914-1918


Mason  Walter Edward

Approx 1892 - 1917

Died: 30/11/1917

Age : 25

Rank: Acting Bombardier;  Service Number:  '73609'

Regiment:  Royal Garrison Artillery, 38th Siege Bty.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  France, CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Panel 1.

The CAMBRAI MEMORIAL commemorates more than 7,000 servicemen of the United Kingdom and South Africa who died in the Battle of Cambrai in November and December 1917 and whose graves are not known.

Sir Douglas Haig described the object of the Cambrai operations as the gaining of a 'local success by a sudden attack at a point where the enemy did not expect it' and to some extent they succeeded. The proposed method of assault was new, with no preliminary artillery bombardment. Instead, tanks would be used to break through the German wire, with the infantry following under the cover of smoke barrages.

The attack began early in the morning of 20 November 1917 and initial advances were remarkable. However, by 22 November, a halt was called for rest and reorganisation, allowing the Germans to reinforce. From 23 to 28 November, the fighting was concentrated almost entirely around Bourlon Wood and by 29 November, it was clear that the Germans were ready for a major counter attack. During the fierce fighting of the next five days, much of the ground gained in the initial days of the attack was lost.

For the Allies, the results of the battle were ultimately disappointing but valuable lessons were learnt about new strategies and tactical approaches to fighting. The Germans had also discovered that their fixed lines of defence, no matter how well prepared, were vulnerable.

Son of Walter Edward And Emma Mason; Husband of Maud Mason, of Ridgeway Hill, Upwey, Weymouth.  Walter married Maud Parker of Upwey in February 1913


World War 1   1914-1918


Masters  George

Approx 1894 - 1917

Died: 23/11/1917

Age : 23

Rank: Private - Service Number:  230847

Regiment:  Dorset Yeomanry, Queens Own 1st Batt

The Yeomanry was the mounted arm of the Territorial Force; a part-time version of the cavalry which was established in 1908 but drawing upon militia and volunteer units dating back many decades. Dorset Yeomanry Queens Own 1st were formed at Sherborne in  August 1914.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  Israel, Ramleh Israel, Row B grave 61

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.

George enlisted at Sherborne and died of wounds in Egypt.   Son of (the late George) and Minnie Masters of Abergavenny Cottage, Upwey


World War 1   1914-1918

Not on memorial but had a village connection


1877 - 1917

Died: 19/03/1917

Age: 40

Rank Sergeant Major; number '10045'

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery

The Royal Garrison Artillery developed from fortress-based artillery located on British coasts. From 1914 when the army possessed very little heavy artillery it grew into a very large component of the British forces. It was armed with heavy, large calibre guns and howitzers that were positioned some way behind the front line and had immense destructive power.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  United Kingdom; UPWEY (ST. LAWRENCE) CHURCHYARD, West of church.From Upwey Parish records: Burial (full date not recorded)

Alfred was born in Accrington, Lancs, the son of Ignatius Monarch.

Alfred married  Beatrice Palmer, of Kildare, Upwey, in 1908 at Weymouth.

1891 census the Palmer family (parents and 8 children) were living on Old Road, Ridgeway.  John's occupation was market gardener and his wife Bessie a greengrocer.  The 1901 census records them living at Little Hill and the 1911 census at Kildare, John a market gardener.


World War 1   1914-1918


Newman  Charles John

1897 - 1918

Died: 01/04/1918

Age : 20

Rank: Private; Service Number:  '228157'

Regiment:  London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), 1st Bn.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  France, ARRAS MEMORIAL, Bay 9.

The Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras.  The Commonwealth section of the FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY was begun in March 1916, behind the French military cemetery established earlier. It continued to be used by field ambulances and fighting units until November 1918. The cemetery was enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields and from two smaller cemeteries in the vicinity.

Son of  Mrs  Florence  Jessie  Jane  NEWMAN, of  106 Church Street, Upwey

Parents: Edward Newman married Florence Jessie Jane Warr of Broadwey in August 1894

Charles John baptised 26.09.1897 - father was a gardener


World War 1   1914-1918

Not on memorial but had a village connection


1888 -1919

Died: 25/01/1919

Age: 31

Rank: Private; service number '200741'

Regiment: Dorsetshire Regiment 1st/4th Bn.

1/4 Battalion of the Territorial Force served in India and Mesopotamia.  

August 1914 : in Dorchester. Part of South Western Brigade in Wessex Division. Moved to Salisbury Plain.

9 October 1914 : sailed for India, landing Bombay 10 November 1914.

23 February 1916 : landed at Basra with 42nd Indian Brigade and remained in Mesopotamia for the rest of the war.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  Iraq; BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY; II. F. 5.

The North Gate Cemetery was begun In April 1917 and has been greatly enlarged since the end of the First World War by graves brought in from other burial grounds in Baghdad and northern Iraq, and from battlefields and cemeteries in Anatolia where Commonwealth prisoners of war were buried by the Turks.

Born at Broadwey Cyril was the son of  Mary Hodder (formerly Newman), of  Portesham,  and the late Thomas John Newman.

From Parish Records: parents marriage at Broadwey on 2 November 1886.  Thomas John Newman married Mary Cuff, both from Broadwey.

Thomas was buried at Broadwey on 15 October 1887, aged 34

Cyril Charles was baptised at Broadwey on 13 May 1888, the son of Thomas (deceased) and Mary


World War 1   1914-1918


Northover  Reginald (George)

Died: 31/05/1916

Age :

Rank: Stoker;  Service Number:  307832

Regiment:  Royal Navy

Ship: HMS Queen Mary

Lost with the ship at the Battle of Jutland.  

No known grave, commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 19

The Battle of Jutland was the only time that the British and German fleets of 'dreadnought' battleships actually came to blows. It was a confused and bloody action involving 250 ships and around 100,000 men.

HMS Queen Mary - On 31 May 1916, a huge cloud of smoke rises when HMS Queen Mary explodes 38 minutes into the battle of Jutland after being struck by a salvo from the German battlecruiser SS Derflinger. Queen Mary blew up after being hit by two 12-inch shells on 'A' and 'B' turret and their respective magazines were detonated. In all, 1,266 men lost their lives.  Foot Note: "The casualties were 57 officers and 1,209 men killed; 2 officers and 5 men wounded. One officer and one man were subsequently rescued by German destroyers."

In addition to Reginald Northover ; AG Boggust and WT Doylend , Broadwey men were onboard.


World War 1   1914-1918

Not on memorial but had a village connection


c.1891 - 1917

Died: 05/08/1917

Age: 26

Rank: Private; service number '26803'

Regiment: Grenadier Guards 4th Bn.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  France; ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY; XXII. O. 23.

During the First World War, the area around Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick.

Son of Herbert and Ellen Louisa Parker, of Broadwey, Dorset.   Husband of Frances Annie Parker, of 25, Alexandra Cottages, Charlestown, Dorset.


World War 1   1914-1918


Pegler  (John) Noel

1898 - 1917

Died: 07/11/1917

Age : 19

Rank: Air mechanic 2nd class; Service Number:  F/20378

Regiment:  Royal Naval Air Service, British Agean Squadron

Country died/cemetery or memorial: Turkey, Lancashire Landing Cemetery Turkey, Row K, 97

The 97 graves in Row K and graves 31 to 83 in Row L were brought in after the Armistice from the Aegean islands cemeteries.

From Royal Navy Roll of Honour: 7.11.1917

Son of John and Sarah Pegler, Knapp House, Broadwey  (now 584 Dorchester Road)

Parents: John Pegler married Sarah Day of Broadwey at St Nicholas on 15.4.1895

John Noel baptised 13.3.1898, father a schoolmaster

John's father (also John) was headmaster at St Nicholas School Broadwey until he retired in 1930 and his mother was a teacher there.


World War 1   1914-1918

Not on memorial but had a village connection


1897 - 1917

Died: 18/03/1917

Age: 20

Rank: Private '241967'

Regiment: Gloucestershire Regiment 1st/5th Bn.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  France; BRAY MILITARY CEMETERY, II. F. 42.

The cemetery was begun in April 1916 by fighting units and field ambulances. In September 1916, the front line having been pushed further east, it was used by the XIV Corps Main Dressing Station and in 1917, the 5th, 38th and 48th Casualty Clearing Stations came forward and used it. In March 1918, the village and the cemetery fell into German hands, but were retaken by the 40th Australian Battalion on 24 August, and during the next few days the cemetery was used again.

Son of Samuel and Mary Jane Phillips, of 7, Bridge Buildings, Broadway, Dorset. Native of Holwell, Buckland Ripers, Dorset.


World War 1   1914-1918


Powell  (William) Henry

c.1875 - 1917

Died: 25/06/1917

Age :  41

Rank: Private  '205108'

Regiment:  The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 3rd/4th Bn.

Country died/cemetery or memorial: France, BROWN'S COPSE CEMETERY, ROEUX, III. H. 27.

The cemetery is named from a small copse (the Bois Rossignol) on the east side. Plots I to IV are composed almost entirely of graves cleared from the battlefield in the summer of 1917

POWELL, Private, WILLIAM HENRY, 205108, 3rd/4th Bn., The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 25 June 1917. Age 41. Husband of Sarah Alice Powell, of 1, Mount Pleasant, Broadway, Weymouth, Dorset. Grave Ref. III. H. 27. www.queensroyalsurreys.org.uk/monuments/cwgc/the_queens_ww1.rtf

William married Sarah Jolliffe at Upwey in June/July 1901.  Their son Henry Arthur was baptised at Upwey 13.4.1902

William's parents :  Isaac Powell of Upwey married Mary Norton of Upwey on 8 February 1873 at Upwey.  Mary died 1925 and Isaac 1926, both buried at Broadwey.


World War 1   1914-1918


Pridham  (Hugh) Trevor

Approx 1898 - 1918

Died: 15/07/1918

Age : 20

Rank: Gunner 199707

Regiment:  Royal Field Artillery, 1094th Batt

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  Egypt, Suez Cemetery, B14

Suez was an important hospital centre during the First World War with two Indian general hospitals, two stationary hospitals and casualty clearing stations based there at various times.  The War Memorial Cemetery was established in 1918.

Born at Broadwey, the son of Dr John and Elma Pridham, of Hillfield, 592 Dorchester Road,  Broadwey, Hugh Trevor enlisted in London.

The Doctor's Home and Consulting Rooms were at 592 Dorchester Road from c1889 until 1995, when the practice moved to a brand new Health Centre at Littlemoor.  


World War 1   1914-1918

Not on memorial but had a village connection

RIGGS  Walter William

c.1897 - 1915

Died: 21/08/1915

Age: 28

Rank: Lance Corporal No.12609

Regiment: Dorsetshire Regiment 5th Batt

Sailed from Liverpool on 3 July 1915, going via Mudros to land at Suvla Bay on 6 August 1915.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  Turkey, Helles Memorial

The eight month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea.

The Allies landed on the peninsula on 25-26 April 1915; the 29th Division at Cape Helles in the south and the Australian and New Zealand Corps north of Gaba Tepe on the west coast, an area soon known as Anzac. On 6 August, further landings were made at Suvla, just north of Anzac, and the climax of the campaign came in early August when simultaneous assaults were launched on all three fronts. However, the difficult terrain and stiff Turkish resistance soon led to the stalemate of trench warfare. From the end of August, no further serious action was fought and the lines remained unchanged. The peninsula was successfully evacuated in December and early January 1916.

The Helles Memorial serves the dual function of Commonwealth battle memorial for the whole Gallipoli campaign and place of commemoration for many of those Commonwealth servicemen who died there and have no known grave.

Walter, the son of Henry and Myra Riggs, was born at Corton, Upwey, Dorset, and enlisted at Dorchester, Dorset,

He was husband to Mary Elizabeth Riggs of Upwey.

Killed in action during the assault on Turkish trenches between Aire Kayak and Susak Kuyu, Suvla,

on Aug. 21, 1915, aged 28 years. Name commemorated on the Dorset Regiment Gallipoli Roll of Honour



World War 1   1914-1918


Rixton  George

Approx 1884 - 1916

Died: 16/09/1916

Age : 32

Rank: Sapper '3483'

Regiment:  Royal Engineers, 2nd/1st Lowland Field Coy.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  France, THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Pier and Face 8 A and 8 D.

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.

1891 census records the family living near Westbrook, Upwey; 1901 census records the family living with Elizabeth's mother (Mary Harvey) at Ridgeway


World War 1   1914-1918


Rolls Reginald (John)

Approx 1880 - 1915

Died: 10/07/1915

Age : 35

Rank: Sick bay steward  350785

Regiment:  Royal Navy

Ship: HMS Mersey

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  Tanzania, Dar es Salaam War Cemetery, Plot 1; A;16

Son of late Richard & Elizabeth Rolls of Winterbourne Abbas.

 Husband of Ada Mary McKersie (formerly Rolls) of Lower Burton

Reginald John married Ada Godden of Bincombe on 23.10.12 at Bincombe.  Occupation Royal Navy CPO

HMS Mersey had a relatively successful career in the First World War and had two prominent incidents. At the Battle of the Yser in 1914, off the coast of Belgium, she bombarded German troops as well as artillery positions.  In July 1915, she was towed to the Rufiji River delta in German East Africa, where she and Severn then assisted in the destruction of the German light cruiser SMS Königsberg. On 6 July she was damaged by return gunfire from German light cruiser Konigsberg.  

On 10 July 1915, ROLLS, Reginald J, Sick Berth Steward, 350785 (PO), was one of 2 men who died of wounds.


World War 1    1914 -18


Squibb  George

Approx. 1877 - 1917

 Died: 16/04/1917

Age : about 40

Rank: Private '19625'

Regiment:  Dorsetshire Regiment,

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  


Enlisted: Dorchester

Died of wounds.  

Resident of Upwey

Dorset 1st Batt - 1917 - The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The First Battle of the Scarpe, The Third Battle of the Scarpe, The Battle of Langemark, The First Battle of Passchendaele, The Second Battle of Passchendaele

George, worked as a stonemason for Great Western Railway at Weymouth; believed to be one of the last apprentices employed by them.  He was one of the older men, who belonging to the National Reserve, responded to the call of their country as soon as war broke out, being used at first for Home Service duty.  But when the age was put up, he joined the  Dorset's and was soon in the fighting line.   Sadly he died within 3 weeks of being sent to France, leaving Mrs Squibb with a young family and little else.                                                              

The Upwey parish magazine noted:

It was with great regret that the village heard that Mr George Squibb had fallen in the great battle of the advance in France.  Living in the Bincombe houses on Ridgeway Hill the family is not, properly speaking in Upwey Parish, so his name does not appear on our Roll of Honour, but it must always remain an honoured memory in the village.   At the time of his death, he had seen a great deal of service.  He believed very firmly that God would answer the prayers of his wife and children by bringing him safe through.  But the answer for them too has been that the cup may not pass away from them unless they drink it, and with their Redeemer 'Thy will be done' and that His angel from heaven will strengthen them through their agony. May 1917.

Footnote: G Squibb is recorded on the brass memorial plate at Upwey church so presumably his name was accepted when the memorial was made after the end of the war.

Foreste Communal Cemetery was used by the 92nd Field Ambulance in April 1917 and later by the 61st (South Midland) Division. The village fell into German hands in the summer of 1918.  The cemetery contains 117 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 22 of the burials are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 23 casualties buried by the Germans whose grave cannot be traced.

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Charles’ mother,  Mrs Florence Jessie Newman outside her daughter Ellen’s house next to The Royal Standard on Dorchester Road (guess of 1930’s) Ellen married

Edward Osmond in 1926.

Mrs Newman was one of the village people licensed by the Gould Estate to sit at the Wishing Well, assisting

visitors taking the waters.  Picture c.1930

John Noel’s parents - Mr John and Mrs Sarah Pegler in 1928

Hillfield, 592 Dorchester Rd

The Squibb family outside their Ridgeway home c.1916