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Listed below are soldiers associated with West Stour, who gave their lives in WW1.

Researched by David Lloyd of Gillingham Local History Society.

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There are three soldiers on the memorial plaque in West Stour Church.

BEALE William George

291786 Private William George Beale of 16th (Royal Devon and Royal North Devon Yeomanry) Battalion Devonshire Regiment died of wounds on 25 December 1917, aged 19.

William was baptized at Fifehead Magdalen on 16 June 1897.

The 1901 Census records him at Fifehead , aged 3, son of Alfred Beale (born at Cann) and Bessie Beale together with siblings Jesse 7, Arthur 6, Ada 8 months.

In 1911, the Census shows George as a 12year-old at S chool. His siblings now include his sister Alexandra, 2.

He was buried at the Port Said War Memorial Cemetery, grave C.39.

He is remembered on the Memorial Plaque in West Stour Church.

Entry posted 1 July 2024 (DJL)


TRIM Charles George

9606 Private Charles George Trim, 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment died on 17 November 1915 age 22.

Charles was baptised on 26 July 1893 and his parents were Eden Charles Trim and Annie Maria Trim (née Kendall). His mother Annie died in 1900. Eden re-married in March 1902 to Bessie Georgina Turner.

His siblings were Roland Harold (b1897), Marion (b1898), Louisa Annie was born in 1903 but died in 1904, Mabel Emily was born in 1906 and Beatrice Doris Emma born in 1907 died in 1908.

Charlie, as he was known, was a blacksmith by trade. He enlisted at Dorchester on 18 November 1913 and was previously in the Territorial Force of the 4th Dorset Regiment. He was on home service until 23 August 1915 when he was sent to Gallipoli. It was there that he died from pneumonia on HMS Hospital Ship “Dover Castle”, Alexandria.   His 14/15 Star and Victory medals were sent to his father.

He is remembered on the Helles Memorial in Turkey and on the memorial plaque in West Stour Church.

Entry posted 1 July 2024 (DJL)


WILSON Thomas Henry

38438 Regimental Sgt Major Thomas Henry Wilson Royal Field Artillery, died on Home Service on 4 July 1916 at the Military Hospital, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

His widow was Mary Ann Wilson who lived at ''The Cottage, West Stour.

Thomas was buried at Kington Magna Churchyard where there is a headstone.

He is also remembered on the Memorial Plaque in West Stour church.

Entry posted 1 July 2024 (DJL)


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