War Memorials (list)

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War Memorials

    World War 1   1914-1918


Boggust   (Alfred) George

Died: 31/05/1916

Age :

Rank: Chief Cook

Regiment:  Royal Navy

Ship: HMS Queen Mary,  Service Number: 357746

Lost with the ship at the Battle of Jutland.  

No known grave - Commerated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 21

Alfred married Agnes Hopkins (25) at Buckland Ripers Church on 26 December 1905.

Agnes was born c1880 at Bincombe to Harry & Mary Hopkins

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 AG Boggust: WT Doylend and Reginald Northover, Broadwey men were onboard.


World War 1   1914-1918


Bowes   John


Died: 01/06/1916

Age : 31

Rank: Able Seaman -  Service Number: 211518

Regiment:  Royal Navy

Ship: HMS Ardent

Country died/cemetery or memorial: Scotland, Dalmeny, West Lothian, grave 634

Dalmeny and South Queensferry Cemetery contains 180 First World War burials, almost all of them naval.

Son of Mr J/Mrs L Bowes, 49 Rosebery Ave, Melton Mowbray.  

Husband of Harriett Bowes of River View, Nottington

Married at St Nicholas Church, Broadwey 20 April 1908 - John was 23 and Harriet 21

Officers and Men Killed in Action or Died of Wounds, H.M.S. Ardent, Battle of Jutland  31st May -1st June 1916.

Extract from the Official History; " Naval Operations" by Sir Julian S. Corbett. 1923..........This destroyer now found herself alone, and having escaped with little injury, made away southwards in the hope of finding the rest of her division, which in fact had ceased to exist. What she fell in with was something quite different. .............. Lieutenant-Commander A. Marsden in the Ardent saw smoke ahead of him, and thinking it came from his consorts he made towards it. Then the form of a large German ship loomed up, and without hesitation he attacked. Another torpedo was fired at very close range, but before he could see the result he was blinded by the searchlights of four battleships in line ahead. Out of the glare came the inevitable hurricane of shell. In a minute or so the Ardent was a mere mass of scrap-iron, and switching off their lights the enemy disappeared and left her to sink helpless and in total darkness. She was lost with all hands (1219) except Lieutenant-Commander Marsden and one man..............


World War 1   1914-1918


Brake   Hope


Died: 05/10/1917

Age : 37

Rank: Private - Service Number: '17856'

Regiment:  Dorsetshire Regiment, 5th Bn.

The Dorsets in 1917 - Operations on the Ancre, The Battle of Messines, The Battle of the Langemarck, The Battle of Polygon Wood, The Battle of Broodseinde, The Battle of Poelcapelle.

Country died/cemetery or memorial: Belgium, TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Panel 92.

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.

Hope was born Bridport in 1880, married Agnes Pearce in 1899, The family lived in the Bridport area until around 1914 when they moved to Westbrook, Upwey.  Hope was a gardner.

They had at least four children: - George William  born in 1900 (Beaminster); -Gladys Rhoda Emily born in 1903; -Leonard Percy Henry Hope born in 1906; -Phyllis born in 1909.

His son George was living in Broadwey when he married Ada MacCombie from Upwey in 1921. George and family later lived in houses on Goulds Hill (first tenanted 1933)

Hope and family lived in the cottages opposite the Swan on Dorchester Road, demolished probably late 1960's.

After his death Hope's wife (Agnes Emma) married her widower neighbour Henry (Harry)Swain in 1921


World War 1   1914-1918

Not on memorial but had a village connection


1888 - 1918

Died 23/10/1918

Age 30

Rank: Gunner  service number'39328'

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, 35th Siege Bty.

First went to France in September 1915.  Siege Batteries RGA were equipped with heavy howitzers, sending large calibre high explosive shells in high trajectory, plunging fire. The usual armaments were 6 inch, 8 inch and 9.2 inch howitzers, although some had huge railway- or road-mounted 12 inch howitzers. As British artillery tactics developed, the Siege Batteries were most often employed in destroying or neutralising the enemy artillery, as well as putting destructive fire down on strongpoints, dumps, store, roads and railways behind enemy lines.


Country died/cemetery or memorial: ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, IV. J. 4.

For much of the First World War, Abbeville was headquarters of the Commonwealth lines of communication and No.3 BRCS, No.5 and No.2 Stationary Hospitals were stationed there variously from October 1914 to January 1920. The communal cemetery was used for burials from November 1914 to September 1916, the earliest being made among the French military graves. The extension was begun in September 1916.

Son of William Buchannan Carlin of 47 Clyde Street, Port Dundas, Glasgow.  

Husband of  Lily Rose Dawn CARLIN (nee Warren), of "The Laurels," Laurel Lane, Upwey.

Married in Weymouth in 1917

1911 census shows the Warren family living at The Laurels


World War 1   1914-1918

Not on memorial but had a village connection


1889 - 1918

Died: 13/06/1918

Age: 29

Rank: Sapper, service number '26958'

Regiment: Royal Engineers 9th Div. Signal Coy.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:France, LA KREULE MILITARY CEMETERY, HAZEBROUCK B. 25.

La Kreule Military Cemetery was opened in April 1918 by the 1st and 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations, which came back from Outtersteene ahead of the German advance, and the 17th, which arrived from Lijssenthoek. These three stations, known collectively as "Ana Jana Siding", were posted to the north of La Kreule, but in the middle of April they withdrew to Blendecques, near St. Omer, and the cemetery was then used by heavy artillery and fighting units.

Son of Mr. F. and Mrs. C. Carpenter, of 8, Pretoria Terrace, Chickerell Road, Weymouth, Dorset.

Born at Upwey.


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CHRISTOPHER  Arthur William (Recorded as WC)

1887 - 1918   

Died: 12/10/1918

Age: 31

Rank: Private, service number '306871'

Regiment: Hampshire Regiment 2nd/7th Bn.

Formed at Bournemouth in September 1914 as a home service ("second line") unit. Became part of 2/1st Hampshire Brigade in 2nd Wessex Division.

13 December 1914 : sailed for India, and in September 1917 left for Mesopotamia, arriving Basra on 11 September 1917. Placed onto Lines of Communication work.

September 1918 : attached to 38th Indian Brigade, 13th Indian Division.

Country died/cemetery or memorial :Iraq, AMARA WAR CEMETERY XII. K. 12.

Amara was occupied by the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force on 3 June 1915 and it immediately became a hospital centre. The accommodation for medical units on both banks of the Tigris was greatly increased during 1916 and in April 1917, seven general hospitals and some smaller units were stationed there.

Son of Enoch J. and Clara Maud Christopher, of The Cottage, Bincombe, Dorchester.

Enoch and Clara Maud married Aug 1881.  Enoch died  Feb 1930 buried Upwey.  Clara Maud died May 1943 buried Upwey

Brother of Enoch James  Christopher who also died in WW1

Before moving to Elwell Street to run the market garden after his father's death, Enoch and Clara Maude Christopher  had strawberry fields at Bincombe.

Beryl Christopher married Thomas Fellowes.  Sadly they lost their son Peter in WW2.

A description of a visit to the nursery.  A Jaunt to Upwey in 1881        -        After visiting the Wishing Well we are set down at Mr Christopher's nursery, in the midst of so much that was worthy to be seen we scarcely knew which thing to gaze at first and which to reserve for the parting peep.  I was only sure about this, that it was utterly impossible to take a 'fair look' at all the floral, fruity and vegetable wonders of the nursery and return to Weymouth that night, even though we lit candles for the purpose as soon as the sunlight went out.  We occupied every second of the time advantageously, even to those expended in participating of the hospitality of the right good lady of the house.  In the free and pure open air more roses than I could count were blushing and breathing such incense as would be more likely to enrapture me than all that ascends from altars built by vain man.  Varieties of roses included: General Jacquemenot, Gloire de Dijon, Jules Margoten, John Hopper, La France and Duke of Edinburgh.

Mr Christopher has such a collection, rare and varied of pansies as I have not praised for some time.  This meek-eyed flower blooms in almost all its known varieties.  His petunias and dahlias are healthy looking and full of colour.  Under the many yards of glass which extend along the fruitful nursery grow the well-tended and heavily laden vines in  companionship with the pelorgonium, the calceolaria, the ivy leaf and a hundred other geraniums, the climbing stephanotis, the graceful fuchsia in all its species, the fern.  I could not catalogue the thousands of leafy marvels which are propagated and trained under that glass.  Water is plentiful there being a small well in almost every glass house.   

Outside we praised peas, potatoes, cabbages and asparagus.  Good fortune and kindly treatment seem to have worked well together for the fruit trees.  The blossoms are fast giving place to the young apple and pear.

Gooseberries, red, black and white currants grow well.  In truth I am of the opinion that Mr Christopher's nursery promises to yield him the plenteous harvest he deserves.  His lobelias, gladiolas, roses etc are as excellent as somebody told me his cheer is, and that I believe is saying ever so much for them.


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Christopher   Christopher

Approx 1892 - 1916

Died: 16/09/1916

Age : 24

Rank: Private

Regiment: Canadian Infantry, 52nd Bn.

 Service Number: '438748'

Country died/cemetery or memorial: France, VIMY MEMORIAL

After the war, the highest point of Vimy Ridge was chosen as the site of the great memorial to all Canadians who served their country in battle during the First World War, and particularly to the 60,000 who gave their lives in France. It also bears the names of 11,000 Canadian servicemen who died in France - many of them in the fight for Vimy Ridge - who have no known grave.


Brother of AW and WC Christopher who also died in WW1


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Christopher   W C

No info at present - family info see above

Son of Enoch James and Clara Maud Christopher, of Upwey

Brother to AW and C Christopher who also died in WW1 (see above)


World War 1   1914-1918

Not on memorial but had a village connection


c.1889 - 1915

Died: 25/01/1915


Rank: Private 'G/1363' - enlisted in September 1914, proceeded to France in January 1915

Regiment: Royal Sussex Regiment, 2nd Bn.

The 2nd Battalion crossed the channel with the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 and fought through the war on the Western Front. It was during the first Battle of Ypres that the 2nd Battalion was given the unofficial title "The Iron Regiment" as an unsolicited testimonial by German prisoners captured on 1 November 1914.

Country died/cemetery or memorial: France - LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Panel 20 and 21.

The Le Touret Memorial commemorates over 13,400 British soldiers who were killed in this sector of the Western Front from the beginning of October 1914 to the eve of the Battle of Loos in late September 1915 and who have no known grave.

Almost all of the men commemorated on the Memorial served with regular or territorial regiments from across the United Kingdom and were killed in actions that took place along a section of the front line that stretched from Estaires in the north to Grenay in the south. This part of the Western Front was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting of the first year of the war, including the battles of La Bassée (10 October - 2 November 1914),

Only son of William James and Ellen Jane Cosson, of 2, Westbank, Broadwey, Weymouth.


World War 1   1914-1918


Crocker  Charlie Maurice

Approx 1894 - 1918

Died: 16/11/1918

Age : 24

Rank: Private

Regiment: Essex Regiment, 1st/6th Bn.

 Service Number: '277569'

The 1/4th, 1/5th, 1/6th and 1/7th Territorial Battalions served with distinction on Gallipoli and in Egypt and Palestine, taking part in many hard-fought engagements with the Turks and gaining ten battle honours for the Regiment. Of the Honours, "Gaza" was won by these Territorial Battalions, who also share "Gallipoli" with the 1st Battalion.

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  Lebanese Republic, BEIRUT WAR CEMETERY, 125

Lebanon was taken from the Turks in 1918 by Commonwealth forces with small French and Arab detachments. Beirut was occupied by the 7th (Meerut) Division on 8 October 1918 when French warships were already in the harbour, and the 32nd and 15th Combined Clearing Hospitals were sent to the town. Beirut War Cemetery is in two sections. One section, originally known as Beirut British War Cemetery, was begun in October 1918 and was later enlarged when graves were brought in from other burial grounds in the area


Charles married again in April 1911 - Louisa Vine and had 2 sons Walter Cecil and Howard.

Walter Cecil lost his life in WW2 age 29 on 6.11.1943


World War 1   1914-1918

Not on memorial but had a village connection


1892 - 1917

Died: 14/10/1917

Age: 25

Rank: Able Seaman, 'J/1533'

Service: Royal Navy H.M.S. "Attentive."

Commissioned at Devonport for 1st DF in July 1913, but transferred to 6th DF (Dover) early in 1914. Spent April 1914 in Ulster but spent most of the war with the Dover Patrol,

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  Belgium, RAMSCAPPELLE ROAD MILITARY CEMETERY, VIII. D. 9.

From June to November 1917, Commonwealth Forces (XV Corps) held the front line in Belgium from St.Georges (now Sint Joris), near Ramskapelle, to the sea.

Most of Plot I of Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery was made in July and August 1917, but the cemetery was considerably enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields and smaller burial grounds

Son of William Arthur and Minnie Day, of Meadow View, Elwell St., Upwey.


World War 1   1914-1918


Dimond  Samuel

Approx. 1890 to 1917

Died: 28/09/1917

Age : 27

Rank: Acting lance corporal  - Samuel enlisted at Dorchester.

Regiment: Dorsetshire Regiment, 1st/4th Battalion Territorial Force.   Service Number: 201173

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  Iraq, Baghdad War Cemetery, 11/L/11

Killed in action in Mesopotamia

Also named on Dorchester Cenotaph - Pg 184 of Dorchester Remembers by Brian Bates 2012

In the Mesopotamian campaign General Maude chose September 1917 to deliver a knockout blow to the Turks at Ramadi.  A previous attempt ain August, in temperatures of over 122 degrees in the shade, had failed.  The Turks had established a garrison at Ramadi, comprising 100 cavalry, 100 artillery and 3000 infantry troops and were well dug in.  The landscape was featureless, except for a few ridges that hardly earned that name.  The 1/5 and 2/5 Gurkas supported by Dorset's were given the job of capturing Ramadi Ridge which was just 17ft high and the approach offered no cover.  

The attack was made on 28 September and the Gurkas had no difficulty seizing it, but on nearing the crest they came under heavy fire and were reinforced by some of the Dorsets.  The men were very exposed to the Turkish troops just 1000yds away and had to endure artillery, rifle and machine gun fire; but after more of the Dorset's were committed to the fierce fighting the position was eventually secured.  


World War 1   1914-1918


Doylend  (William) Thomas Robert

Approx 1879 - 1916

Died: 31/05/1916

Age : 37

Rank: Chief Petty Officer  Service Number: 172022

Regiment: Royal Navy

Ship: HMS Queen Mary

Country died/cemetery or memorial:  Died at Battle of Jutland.  Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Son of Robert/Sarah Doylend of Lowestoft.

 Husband of Eva of Jesty's Ave, Broadwey.  Married 14.04.1909,

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


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Cottages on the right where Agnes Brake lived  next door to Henry Swain

Elwell Nursery  (86 Elwell Street) – Christopher’s until 1930’s then Warr’s, the greenhouses/outbuildings survived for some years before making way for a house.

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