WW1 men born or connected with the Poole/Bournemouth, Dorset Area

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    MARSHALL, Signalman, HENRY PERCY, Mersey/Z/1637. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Killed by mine explosion off Irish Coast 25th January 1917.
    Age 24. Son of William Marshall, of 22, Sedgley Rd., Winton, Bournemouth; husband of Martha H. Watkins (formerly Marshall), of Portswood Rd., Southampton

    In Memory of

    Mersey Z/1637, H.M.S. "Laurentic.", Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 24
    on 25 January 1917
    Son of William Marshall, of 22, Sedgley Rd., Winton, Bournemouth; husband of Martha H. Watkins (formerly Marshall), of Portswood Rd., Southampton.
    Remembered with honour

    On the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the White Star liner R.M.S. Laurentic was requisitioned by the Admiralty as an armed merchant cruiser. On 25th January 1917 she struck a mine off Lough Swilly on the northern coast of County Donegal, Ireland and sank with the loss of 350 persons. H.M.S. Laurentic was travelling to New York and her cargo included a substantial amount of gold bullion that was later recovered.

    The “Laurentic”, she was a White Star liner and sank off Malin Head on the 25th January, 1917. She had left Liverpool on 23rd January, 1917 bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia with a consignment of gold bullion to the value of £5OOO,OOO as payment for munitions.
    At 5.55pm on 25th January, she was struck a mine on the starboard side and twenty seconds later hit another mine on the same side. The crew of 722 officers & men started to abandon ship and fifteen lifeboats cleared the sides, subsequently only seven of these were saved. 354 men were lost in this sinking. The minefield had been laid by U.80 and HMS “Laurentic” struck two mines moored twenty feet below the surface and sank in 23 fathoms of water.
    Six weeks after the sinking, a salvage operation to recover the gold bullion was mounted and in a series of 5,000 dives from the salvage ship, “Racer”, experts retrieved a total of 3,186 gold bars valued at £4,958,708. The cost of the operation was just £128,000.#
    # Peter Threlfall. 1998.



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  2. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Shirley Day

    Shirley Cuthbert Day , Lieutenant (Acting Captain) 10 Bn. Sherwood Foresters. Joined 5th December 1914. Wounded 29th April 1916 by a sniper at Lille Post , killed in action October 12th in the attack on Gravel Farm . Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Born in Bournemouth , Hampshire.

    In Memory of

    M C

    10th Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
    who died
    on 12 October 1917

    Remembered with honour

    DE TOLLE-SWAIN (VICOMTE DE TOLLE) Pte William James. 515203 'C' Coy 1st London Scottish. Died of injuries received in rescuing three men from drowning 13 Aug 1918 aged 19. Only son of William George and Florence L de Tolle-Swain (Comte et Comtesse de Tolle) of Bournemouth. Born at Oxford and
    enlisted at Bournemouth while living there. Etaples Mil Cem, France - LXVII G 3

    In Memory of
    Private Vicomte de Tolle WILLIAM JAMES DE TOLLE-SWAIN

    515203, "C" Coy. 1st/14th Bn., London Regiment (London Scottish)
    who died age 19
    on 13 August 1918
    Only son of William George and Florence L. de Tolle-Swain (Comte et Comtesse de Tolle), of Bournemouth.

    Remembered with honour

    515203 Pte William James de Tolle-Swain (Vicomte de Tolle) joined the 3rd Battalion early 1917. He was posted to ‘C’ Company 1st Battalion on 29th March 1918. He was sent to the 7th Canadian General Hospital with ICT to finger on 8th May 1918. Then ICT to legs on 4th June 1918 and sent to C. D. Etaples. On 13th August 1918 he was sent to 26th General Hospital Etaples, where he died of injuries received whilst rescuing three men from drowning (original cause of death was said to be Oedema, due to immersion in the sea). He is buried in the Military Cemetery, Etaples, France. Age 19. He was the only son of William George and Florence L. de Tolle- Swaine (Comte et Comtesse de Tolle) of Bournemouth. Born in Oxford.
  3. morten

    morten Member

    Thanks Annie. It's really helpful that you have found some men who served in other regiments, rather than Dorsets/Hants., as they are the ones more likely to slip through the net. I have visited J.C. Vanner's grave but didn't know about the particular website you mentioned. I've just finished reading a recently published book about WW1 Hospital Ships so the "Laurentic" casualty is timely too.
  4. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Using Geoff's fabulous engine ..... just type in Bornemouth in the "including " box ....... !! ;)


    And Poole .... ( but remember it could be the name of a street or a soldier also !! ) but it will give you a good start !!
  5. morten

    morten Member

    Thanks for the tip. The actual surname of Poole has proved to be a constant distraction! Morten
    P.S. May I type in Poole too? Or just Poole?:)
  6. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I found this looking for a man named Truscott ........ :) don't know if you have him already !

    Initials: F M C
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Age: 22
    Date of Death: 06/05/1918
    Additional information: Son of Frank Edwin Caulfeild Houghton, of 42, Truscott Avenue, Bournemouth.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: North of East end of Church.
  7. morten

    morten Member

    Thanks Annie. RNAS/RFC/RAF info is of great help. Regards. Morten
  8. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Heres some odds and ends Morten .... not sure if I've given you these already ... but they were on my desktop !! :)

    Heres a photo for padding !!

    Along the shore, wounded WW1 soldiers and civilians on the beach, Bournemouth, United Kingdom



    Sgt Frederick Charles Riggs



    British Army records

    enlisted 11 Dec 1915: gunner 121031 Royal Garrison Artillery
    removal contractor @ 24;11 ^ 63 Haviland Road, Bournemouth
    wife Elizabeth Adey MITCHELMORE, m 6 Jun 1915 Bournemouth ^ 63 Haviland Road, Boscombe
    d 12 Mar 1819, Canadian General Hospital, Etaples,from bronco-pneumonia, widow awarded pension of 44s 2d from 15 Sep 1919; awarded British War & Victory medals Medals; children Frederick Harry b 28 Jun 1916, Olive b 22 Jun 1919; parents Henry & Augusta ^ 71 Haviland Road, Boscombe; brother Percy @ 27 ^ 66 Boscombe Grove Road, Bournemouth; sisters Lilian, Mabel & Irene ^ 71 Haviland Road, Boscombe

    Lance Bombardier 121031, 374th Siege Bty., Royal Garrison Artillery
    12 Mar 1919
    Son of Henry and Augusta MITCHELMORE, 71 Haviland Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth; husband of Elizabeth MITCHELMORE, 63 Haviland Road, Boscombe Bournemouth
    Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France



    Sopwith Camel Aces of World War 1

    Pg 50



    Bournemouth's aviation history



    Seaplane operations



    The 76th Brigade was allotted the district, situated ill north Bournemouth, known as Winton. The inhabitants of the neighbourhood viewed the coming of the troops with mixed feelings. The battalion under Lt.-Colonel Newell moved into Bournemouth on November 12th, 1914. Lieut. Ingrains acted as Adjutant, and Lieut. Linton, who was not fit for active service, returned to duty at the depot. Immediately after arrival in Bournemouth, all ex-soldiers (i.e. trained men) were ordered to be sent to the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion K.S.L.I. for drafts for overseas. There were only 50 of these all told.

    Training at Bournemouth was slightly less strenuous, owing to the short days. The battalion at this period was at company training; the surrounding country affording very good facilities for this, but, being in billets, and each company being left largely to itself, the battalion, as such, did not progress as quickly as it might otherwise have done.

    There were two Brigade tactical exercises early in December, consisting of a defence of the coast at Bournemouth. The number of chines along the coast to the west of Bournemouth made the exercise rather monotonous.



    In Memory of

    S.S. "Arcadian" (Belfast), Mercantile Marine
    who died age 35
    on 15 April 1917
    Son of the late Mary Tanner. Born at Bournemouth.

    Remembered with honour


    BOURNEMOUTH ST. STEPHEN - Roll of Honour

  9. morten

    morten Member

    Just a minute Annie... who's actually doing this research?:D Seriously - thanks very much I can never get enough computer time at the library to conduct searches over the internet. You must spend your whole time searching for information and posting your information on this site! :) P.S. The medal is in the post.:cool:
  10. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    When people ask for help we try and give it !! :)

    I'm done now ... nothing left ... I was just trying to clear my desktop so I can help somebody else !! :D

  11. morten

    morten Member

    A clear desktop Annie? What does that look like??? :D
  12. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Found this guy ... not sure if this soldier would be on your list .... do you have him already Morten ?

    CAZALET, Lieutenant Clement Marshall, reported to have died of wounds, was a son of Mr William Lewis Cazalet of Dean Park Lodge, Bournemouth, merchant. Before he came to NZ two years ago with the object of farming, he was for some years in his father’s business in Moscow. While in NZ he worked on the Orari Gorge stations and in North Canterbury. As he had a knowledge of French, German and Russian, when the war broke out Lieut Cazalet offered his services to the Government as an interpreter. While in Wellington he assisted the censors in translating letters, etc. It is understood that when he was wounded he was acting as staff officer to Brigadier General JOHNSTON. [AWN 16.09.1915] p.56

    In Memory of

    15/16, Infantry Bde. Hqrs., New Zealand Infantry
    who died
    on 08 August 1915

    Remembered with honour
  13. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    As I said ... I'm not sure of this soldier .......

    2nd Lieutenant Clement Marshall CAZALET, NZ Infantry Bde HQ, NZEF. Born Moscow, Russia. Single; Sheep farmer, of Terako, Waiau, North Canterbury, New Zealand. Next of kin: W.L. Cazalet / L.M. Tripp, of Care of Chapman, Skerett, Tripp and Blair, Wellington, New Zealand / Care of Robbeck Bros., Jervis Place, Bournemouth, England / Dean Park Lodge, Eastbourne, England. Died of wounds at Sea: HMHS 'Dunluce Castle', on 8 August 1915, aged 28. No Known Grave.

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  14. morten

    morten Member

    Thanks Annie. No, I have checked my list of "NZers" and he is not on it. Also, I do not have any casualties from "Dunluce Castle" either. What an interesting story you have found. Regards. Morten
  15. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I like to find the interesting ones !! :)

    You probably know this already but thought I'd post in case anybody else is interested !

    The Fampoux Gardens

    The story of one of Bournemouth's least well known, yet most touching memorials to the dead of the First World War. It was built by the survivors in memory of their fallen comrades.



    Do you know anything about this Morten ?..... World War I in the Poole/Bournemouth area (in a factory ?) women were using a treadle sewing machine to sew the fabric which was then fitted onto the wings of the aeroplanes (possibly Sopwiths ?) that were being built there. So far I have not been able to find out anything about manufacture of aircraft in the Poole/Bournemouth area during WWI
  16. morten

    morten Member

    Hello Annie. Yes I've been to Fampoux Gardens - first time I wanted to sit down there and have me sandwiches but no seats! It is tucked away at a junction and, as it is small area, can easily be overlooked. I have something in my notes about local aircraft production (but in which pile are they?) however, I do not think that any specific information was mentioned re - types of aircraft. There was a company called Poole Aviation. I will have a look when I'm going through my local paper. This is taking up most of my available time at the moment. Regards. Morten
  17. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Told you it was addictive didn't I ?? ...... wait till you get obsessive too !! :D:D
  18. morten

    morten Member

    Well Annie. If you would count getting up at 0430 to check something in my notes as being obsessive then I must be at that stage NOW. :eek:
  19. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Yep ! ... you've got it alright !! :D
  20. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I think you probably have all of these ...... but just in case !! :rolleyes:

    Frederick Barter

    Jan. 17, 1891
    May 15, 1953

    World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He served as a Captain in the 1st Battalion of The Royal Welch Fusiliers. He was awarded his medal for service at France on May 16, 1915.

    Joseph John Davies

    Apr. 28, 1889
    Feb. 16, 1976

    World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He served as a Staff-Sergeant in the 10th Battalion of The Royal Welch Fusiliers. He was awarded his medal for service at France on July 20, 1916.

    Henry James Knight

    Nov. 5, 1878
    Nov. 24, 1955

    Boer War Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Corporal in The King's Leopold Regiment, British Army. On August 21, 1900, during the operations near Van Wyk's Vlei, Africa, Corporal Knight was posted in some rocks with four men to cover the right rear of his Company position. The enemy, about 50 strong, attacked and surrounded at short range, Corporal Knight's small party. He held his ground, directing his men to retire one by one to better cover, where he maintained his position for nearly an hour, covering the withdrawal. He then retired, bringing with him two wounded men, one of these he carried himself for nearly two miles. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal in January, 1901 and later achieved the rank of Captain

    Frederick McNess

    Jan. 22, 1892
    May 4, 1958

    World War I Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Lance Sergeant in the 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. In actions near Ginchy, France, on September 15, 1916, Lance Sergeant McNess led his men in the face of heavy German shell and machine-gun fire. When the first line of the enemy trenches was reached, it was found that the left flank was exposed and that the enemy were bombing down the trench. He led a counter-attack, although he was very severely wounded, he continued encouraging his men and throwing bombs until exhausted by loss of blood. For leadership and courage under enemy fire, he was promoted Sergeant and awarded the Victoria Cross Medal.

    Alfred Oliver Pollard

    May 4, 1893
    Dec. 4, 1940

    World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He served as a Second Lieutenant in The 1st Battalion of The Honourable Artillery Company. He was awarded his medal for service at France on April 29, 1917

    James Welch

    Jul. 7, 1889
    Jun. 28, 1978

    World War I British Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. In the First World War, he served as a Lance-Corporal in the 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. On April 29, 1917, his unit was in a forward advance against German lines at Oppy, France. Lance-Corporal Welch entered an enemy trench killing one man, then armed with an empty revolver, he chased four of the enemy in the open and captured them single-handed. Manning the enemy machine-gun for over five hours, he more than once went into the open, exposed to heavy fire, to collect ammunition to keep his guns in action, until wounded by a shell. For fearless devotion to duty in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal and promoted Sergeant.

    Bournemouth Cemetery and Crematorium

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