War Memorials (list)

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War Memorials

World War 1    1914-1918


Stokes  Robert

c.1888 - 1916

Died: 20/08/1916

Age: 28

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps, 6th Bn. attd. 2nd Bn.

Country died/cemetery or memorial/Cemetery: France, DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, XIX. N. 2. DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY was made after the Armistice, when graves were brought in from a few small cemeteries and isolated sites, and from the battlefields. Almost all of the burials date from July, August and September 1916.

Son of Thomas and Hannah Stokes, of Broadway House, Broadwey, Dorset. B.A. Cambridge.


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Not on memorial but had a village connection


c1901 - 1920

Died: 01/12/1920

Age: 19

Rank: Trumpeter, '1035807'

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery C Bty  

C Bty was heavily engaged throughout 1918 at the Somme, and in late March and April they fired in support of the Brigade attack on St Quentin and Avre. It had been transferred to the control of XVIII and subsequently XIX corps. C Bty fought around Amiens during the German offensive before following up the allies' advance through Cambrai and into Flanders where it ended the war.  In 1919 C Bty went back to India being based again at Meerot. This was a period of great success in the equestrian field where C Bty came in the top three in all horse showed entered during its time in India.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  India, MEERUT CANTONMENT CEMETERY, Plot 6. Grave 53.

Son of Emily Kate Witchell and stepson of Cpl F Witchell, 3rd Wiltshire Regt, of Nottington, Broadway, Dorset


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Taylor   (Gilbert) Charles


Died: 22/02/1919

Age : 21

Rank: Private 38158

Regiment:  Prince Albert's Light Infantry, 2nd/4th Batt

The 2/4th Battalion was formed as a second line Territorial battalion of The Somerset Light Infantry. The 2/4th joined 34th Division in France in July 1918, becoming a divisional pioneer battalion. They were in action at The Battles of the Soissonais, the Ourcq and the capture of Baigneux Ridge. They took part in the Final Advance in Flanders and at the Armistice was at rest in the area east of Courtrai. 34th Division was selected to join the Army of Occupation and began to move towards Germany on the 14th of November. On the 22nd of December a large number men with industrial and mining skills were demobilised. By the end of January 1919 the Division was occupying the Cologne bridgehead.  - See more at: http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/somersetlightinfantry2-4-gw.php#sthash.fq0NiZ06.dpuf

Formerly T34889 Royal Army Service Corps

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  France/Flanders, Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany, XII;E;24

In 1922 it was decided that the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who had died all over Germany should be brought together into four permanent cemeteries at Kassel, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. Over the course of the following year, graves were transferred to Cologne Southern Cemetery from over 180 different burial grounds in Hanover, Hessen, the Rhine and Westphalia.

Gilbert was the son of Charles & Rosina Taylor of Littlemoor.  He enlisted in Weymouth.

Parents: Charles, a labourer from Broadwey married Rosina Ellen Harris of Bincombe on 2.9.1896

Gilbert Charles baptised 12.10.1897, father a labourer from Littlemoor


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Thorne   Harry

Approx.: 1893-1915

Died: 21/08/1915

Age : 22

Rank: Private  '10615'

Regiment:  Dorsetshire Regiment, 5th Bn.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  Turkey (including Gallipoli), HELLES MEMORIAL, Panel 136 to 139.

Dorsets -5th (Service) Battalion

03.07.1915 Embarked for Gallipoli from Liverpool via Mudros and Imbros.

06.08.1915 Landed at Suvla Bay and engaged in various actions against the Turkish Army including;

The Battle of Sari Bair.

Dorset Regiment  - Gallipoli Roll of Honour  -  THORNE, Private Harry No.10615 5th Bn.

Born at Osmington, Dorset, and enlisted at Weymouth, Dorset, the son of Sarah Thorne of

Little Hill, Upwey, Dorset. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Upwey. Killed in action

during the assault on Turkish trenches between Aire Kayak and Susak Kuyu, Suvla, on Aug. 21, 1915,

aged 22 years. Name commemorated on the Helles Memorial.



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Not on memorial but had a village connection


c1885 - 1916

Died: 01/06/1916

Age: 31

Rank: Petty Officer Stoker; '298831'

Service: Royal Navy

Ship: H.M.S. "Fortune."

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  United Kingdom, PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

After the First World War, an appropriate way had to be found of commemorating those members of the Royal Navy who had no known grave, the majority of deaths having occurred at sea where no permanent memorial could be provided.  An Admiralty committee recommended that the three manning ports in Great Britain - Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth - should each have an identical memorial of unmistakable naval form, an obelisk, which would serve as a leading mark for shipping.

HMS Fortune was sunk on 1 June 1916 at the Battle of Jutland, under command of Lt Cdr F G Terry. About 11:30pm she came under heavy fire from German battleships, including SMS Westfalen.[3] Hits from the secondary armament of Westfalen caused overwhelming damage and she went down on fire with 67 men. One man was rescued.[1] The wrecksite is designated as a protected place[4] under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.


James was the Husband of Lilian Edith Tilley, of "The Cabin," Nottington, Broadwey.  He was a native of Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset.


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Toms  JS

No info found as yet - Possibly 1901 census

 Ridgeway; James TOMS; head; M; 39; General Labourer; Upwey;

; Beatrice M TOMS; wife; M; 23; Launceston, Cornwall;

; Rose M TOMS; dau; 6; Trelleck, Cornwall;

; James TOMS; son; 5; Barry, Glamorgan;

; George TOMS; son; 2; Upwey;

; Margaret TOMS; dau; 1m; Upwey;


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Toms  WG


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Webber  John

No info found as yet


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Weedon  Frank

No info found as yet


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Not on memorial but had a village connection


Died: 11/10/1918


Rank: Private '9655'

Regiment: Dorsetshire Regiment 6th Bn.

The 6th Battalion served on the Western Front throughout the war.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  France MONTAY-NEUVILLY ROAD CEMETERY,

MONTAY, II. C. 19.

This cemetery was made by the 23rd Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery, on 26 and 27 October 1918. It contained originally 111 graves, mainly of officers and men of the 38th (Welsh) and 33rd Divisions, and the 6th Dorsets, but after the Armistice it was increased when graves were brought in from the battlefields west, north and east of Montay, and from certain small cemeteries

Brother of Mrs. S. Seymour, of 3, The Retreat, Broadway.


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Approx 1891 - 1917

Died: 09/10/1917

Age : 26

Rank: Captain

Regiment:  West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), "A" Coy. 8th Bn.

Service Number:

M C, Mentioned in Despatches

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  Belgium, TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Panel 42 to 47 and 162.

Tyne Cot is the largest CWGC Cemetery on the Western Front with 11,953 burials. This includes those believed to be buried in the Cemetery, or whose graves had been destroyed. This would have occurred because the Cemetery was started in October 1917, after the taking of the nearby village of Paschendaele, but fighting continued in the region and the Germans retook the ground and held it between 13 April to 28 September 1918.

Son of Herbert Ashburn Wilkinson and Mary E. Wilkinson, of Nethergrove, Portesham, Weymouth, Dorset.

Three times previously wounded (once gas).


8th Battalion (Leeds Rifles), The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)/the undermentioned

Second Lieutenants to be Lieutenants (temporary) : -

Eric Fitzwater Wilkinson. Dated 10th October, 1914.


His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to confer the Military Cross on the undermentioned Officers and Warrant Officers in recognition of their gallantry and distinguished service in the field.

Second Lieutenant Eric Fitzwater Wilkinson, 1st/8th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, (Leeds Rifles) Territorial Force - For conspicuous gallantry and coolness on 15th July, 1915, near St. Julien, in assisting to carry a wounded soldier for a distance of 120 yards into cover under circumstances of great difficulty and danger.


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Woolfries  (Samuel) Charles

Approx 1880 - 1914

Died: 13/10/1914

Age : 34

Rank: Private

Regiment:  Dorsetshire Reg, 1st Batt

Service Number: 5851

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  France, Gorre British Cemetery Pas de Calais, Plot1;E;4

The chateau at Gorre was occupied early in the war by troops serving with the British Expeditionary Force and the Indian Corps, and the cemeteries, located in the south-east corner of original the chateau grounds, were begun in the autumn of 1914. The Indian section of the cemetery was closed in October 1915, shortly before the Indian infantry divisions left France for redeployment to the Middle East.

There are now over 930 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated here. The cemetery, which was designed by Charles Holden, also contains nine war graves of other nationalities, most of them German.

Enlisted at Dorchester

Died of wounds.

1st Battalion

04.08.1914 Stationed at Belfast as part of the 15th Brigade of the 5th Division.

16.08.1914 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;

1914 -The Battle of Mons and subsequent retreat, The Battle of Le Cateau and the Affair of Crepy-en-Valois, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battles of La Bassee and Messines 1914, The First Battle of Ypres.

Husband of Julia Annie Elizabeth Woolfries of Summer Close Place Broadwey

Samuel Charles Woolfries married Julia Annie Elizabeth Woodland of Broadwey at St Nicholas on 2.8.1909

Samuel was a labourer from Monmouth.


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