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Dorsetshire Regiment

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Those known to have served with

Dorsetshire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Allen Herbert. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.5th Aug 1917)
  • Anderson William Edward. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.31st Mar 1917)
  • Bishop William James. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.23rd Dec 1916)
  • Blackham Victor Charles. Pte 1st Btn
  • Bradley Arthur Edward. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.8th Oct 1918)
  • Caine E.. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Crocker William Henry. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Darch Albert. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.15th April 1918)
  • Dart Herbert. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.5th Nov 1918)
  • Dixon Henry Clarke. L/Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.17th Nov 1914)
  • Eagle George Dodson. 3rd Battalion (d.3rd April 1916)
  • Elkins Frederick. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.19th Aug 1915)
  • Ellis William Henry. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd July 1917)
  • Garnett William Owen. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.5th May 1915)
  • Gawler Sidney Ernest. Pte. 6th Batalion (d.9th Nov 1916)
  • Giles Frederick George. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.6th Sep 1916)
  • Gosney T.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th July 1916)
  • Hawkings Fred. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.27th August 1918)
  • Holman William Victor. 4th Dorset
  • Hooper Francis Henry. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Howarth George. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th Apr 1916)
  • Kellaway Albert Alfred. Pte. 5th Btn. C Coy.
  • Kelly Thomas. L/Cpl. 5th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Kitcher Henry Ernest. Capt 5th Btn (d.1916)
  • Knight Reginald Josiah. Pte. 5th Batallion
  • Lewis John. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.19th Apr 1917)
  • McCall Archibald Ness. Pte. 6th Battalion
  • Mullins Ernest James. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.11th Jan 1917)
  • Packe Edward Alexander. Capt.
  • Patten Bert. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.19th Jun 1917)
  • Patten Bert. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.19th June 1917)
  • Paul Henry Walter Whetham. Pte. 5th Btn.
  • Paul Levi. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.12 April 1917)
  • Powell Horace Randolph. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.14 April 1915)
  • Rich George Henry. Pte. 5th Btn.
  • Robinson James Temple. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.7th December 1915)
  • Shaw Donald Patrick. Mjr. 6th Btn.
  • Smith Hugh Deane. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.1st Sep 1918)
  • Thurley George William. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Toogood Arthur Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.12th Jun 1915)
  • Tulk Harry William. Pte.
  • White Bertie William John. Pte. 5th Battalion
  • White Wilfred Percy. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • White William John. Pte. 5th Btn (d.19th Aug 1915)
  • White William Jarvis. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.19th Aug 1915)

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Pte. E. Caine 1st Btn. Dorset Regiment

Pte Caine was a prisoner in Gustrow POW Camp.


Pte. Arthur Thomas Toogood 1st Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.12th Jun 1915)

Arthur Toogood served with the 1st Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment.



Pte. William Jarvis White 5th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment (d.19th Aug 1915)

William White of the 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment died on the 19th of August 1915 Aged 26. He was the son of Jarvis White of Wootton Fitzpaine, and the late Amelia White; husband of Ellen Sarah Crate (formerly White) of The New Inn Farm, Wootton Fitzpaine, Charmouth, Bridport, Dorset.

Peter John Mooney


George Dodson Eagle 3rd Battalion Dorset Regiment (d.3rd April 1916)

George Dodson Eagle was my grandfather, he was Harry Eagle's brother.

If anyone is related to George Dodson Eagle or Harry Eagle, who came from Croxton by Thetford in Norfolk, and they want to get in touch with me, please do so.

Stephen Clare


Pte. T. Gosney 2nd Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.26th July 1916)

Private Gosney died on 26th July 1916 and is buried in the Baghdad North Gate Cemetery, Iraq.

S Flynn


Pte. Frederick George Giles 2nd Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.6th Sep 1916)

Frederick Giles died on 6th September 1916, aged 27 and is buried in the Baghdad North Gate Cemetery, Iraq. He was the son of Alfred Edwin Giles of Tarrant Gunville, Blandford, Dorset.

S Flynn


Pte. William James Bishop 1st/4th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.23rd Dec 1916)

William Bishop died on 23rd December 1916, aged 22. His name is inscribed on the Kirkee War Memorial in Kirkee Cemetery, India. He was the son of W. F. and Annie Frances Jane Bishop of 7 Station Rd., Wool, Dorset.

S Flynn


Pte. William Owen Garnett 1st Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.5th May 1915)

William Garnett was my grandfather's brother. My grandfather told my mother that he had died from gas poisoning and we eventually found out that this was on Hill 60 near Ypres, Belgium. This was the day when the British lost Hill 60, a significant position in Flanders, to the Germans after the gas attack. Bill was 19 years old.

William and 2 other unknown soldiers from 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment

Vanessa Wishart


Pte. William John White 5th Btn Dorsetshire Regiment (d.19th Aug 1915)

William John White was killed in action, at Gallipoli in 1915 aged 26. He was the son of Jarvis White, of Wootton Fitzpaine, and the late Amelia White; husband of Ellen Sarah Crate (formerly White), of The New Inn Farm, Wootton Fitzpaine, Charmouth, Bridport, Dorset. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Turkey.

Peter John Mooney


Pte. Albert Darch 6th Btn. Dorset Regiment (d.15th April 1918)

Albert Darch was born in September 1899 in Yarnscombe, Devon. His was the son of Albert and Emily Ethel (nee Denford). He is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial in France.

Martyn Rundle


Pte. Bertie William John White 5th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment

My grandfather Bertie White enlisted in Dorchester on 31st of August 1914. He trained at Belton Park Camp in Grantham and went to the Island of Lemnos. He landed at Sulva Bay on the 6th August 1915 with the 5th Battalion as part of the 34th Brigade.

When the British Army was withdrawn to Egypt the 5th Battalion spent several months there, before going to the Western Front in the autumn and early 1917. It has not been possible to find out when he was wounded, but he received a serious wound to the face. Owing to his wounds he was discharged on 1st June 1917. He lived in Parkstone for the rest of his life, and passed away in 1968.

Roy Feltham


Pte. Bert Patten 1st/4th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.19th June 1917)

Bert Patten died 19th June 1917 and is commemorated on the Basra War Memorial in Iraq.

s flynn


Mjr. Donald Patrick Shaw DSO. 6th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment

Shaw as a young officer

Donald Patrick Shaw, born 29th August at Melcombe Regis, was the eldest son of Dr A E Shaw, headmaster of Lord Williams’s School, Thame, from 1899 to 1920. Educated at that school, where he was head boy for his last two years, and at Balliol College Oxford, where he gained an Honours degree in history, he taught at Weymouth and Westminster schools before enlisting, in 1914, in the Dorsetshire Regiment.

He was seriously wounded in the neck in 1915 while serving in France and nearly drowned when the hospital ship Anglia was mined off Dover in the Channel. He returned to France, promoted to Major and was awarded the DSO in 1918 for gallantry in the attack across Ancre. In 1918-1919 he commanded the 6th Battalion of the Dorsets as Lieut. Colonel, leading them in the Victory Parade. In 1919 he returned to Westminster School where he became a housemaster and commanded the Officer Training Corps. He died of his war wounds in 1924 and was buried on 14th of October with full military honours. His coffin was borne on a six-horse gun-carriage to Westminster Abbey and at his grave in Norwood cemetery the Last Post was sounded by soldiers of the Grenadier Guards.

Shaw as senior officer

Shaw as usher at Princess Mary's wedding

Derek Turner


Pte. Horace Randolph Powell 2nd Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.14 April 1915)

Article in local Southampton paper (Echo?) in February 1915

War Time Wedding

Consummation of Fifteen Years’ Courtship

Home from the Front on five days’ leave, Sergt. Percy Randolph Powell, of the 128th Battery Royal Field Artillery, consummated a courtship of fifteen years by marrying the lady of his choice at St. Denys Church on Tuesday. The bridegroom, whose home is in Bowden Lane, Portswood, only returned from the Continent late on Sunday night and the ceremony, which took place by special licence, surprised even his own relations, who had no idea he was to be married during his short leave. Despite the shortness of time, however, the event became known in the district, and it naturally created a great deal of interest. There was a very large congregation, and although there was an entire absence of the usual festivities attaching to a marriage, the happy couple were given a cordial send-off.

The bride was Miss Agnes Susanna Bennett, and she looked charming in a cream dress, with a veil and wreath of orange blossom. Her sister, Miss Lilian Bennett, was the only bridesmaid, and Mr. Bennett, jun., the bride’s brother, acted as best man. Mr. Bennett, sen., gave his daughter away. The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. L. S. Etheridge (Vicar). The bridegroom’s spell of connubial bliss was cut very short, however, and he returned to the Front on the evening of the following day, although his many friends wish him a safe and speedy return.

Sergt. Powell will complete twelve years’ service in the Army next September. He returned from India, where his regiment was stationed for eight years, twelve months’ ago, and was afterwards quartered at Bulford. His regiment was among the first to be sent to the Continent, but Sergt. Powell has, so far, suffered no hurt, though he has naturally had many narrow escapes. He is, it is interesting to note, one of six sons of Mrs. Powell, of Bowden Lane, who are serving their King and country.

Her eldest son, Alfred George Powell, served for 21 years in the Royal Engineers, and he emerged from the service as Corporal a few years ago. Just a few months before the war broke out; he joined the 5th Battalion Hampshire Regiment, and has since been promoted to the rank of Corporal.

Mr. William John Powell has served almost as long a period as his brother, though he chose the Navy as his profession. For nearly 21 years he has been connected with this branch of the services, and since the outbreak of war he has been on the North Sea.

Of the eight years which Pte. Horace Powell has served in the 2nd Dorset Regiment, six have been spent in India. His regiment was to have been drafted home shortly before hostilities commenced, and Mrs. Powell was looking forward to meeting her son after his long absence. It was ordained otherwise, however, and he is now engaged in his country’s defence in the East.

Mr. Lewis Herbert Powell is at present engaged on Government work at the docks. For several seasons he has been one of the crew of Sir Thomas Lipton’s yacht the Erin. He was also one of the crew which manned the latest Shamrock, which sailed the Atlantic just before the war to race for the America Cup. It will be remembered that the event, which created a great deal of interest at the time, was cancelled, and the crew had to return home.

For some years Mr. Edgar A. Powell has “followed the sea” and he was, for some time before the war, on the Kenilworth Castle. On the outbreak of hostilities, however, he was transferred to the Glenart, formerly the Union Castle liner Galician, which is now being used as a hospital ship.

Mrs. Powell is naturally very proud of her sons, but she is anxiously awaiting the time when they will return to home and safety.”

Horace Powell died in Mesopotamia in April 1915 and Edgar Powell died when the Llandovery Castle, a hospital ship, was torpedoed 26 June 1918. Randolph survived the war having been involved in the initial action by the BEF at Mons in 1914 and at the liberation of the city in 1918

John Martin


Pte. Henry Walter Whetham Paul 5th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment

My great grandfather, Henry Paul enlisted in December 1915 and from liaising with the Dorsetshire Regiment Museum we have found he was with the 5th Battalion and must of travelled over to France with them. His service records lost in WWII Fire.

From what I know he was involved at the battle of Thiepval for Mouquet Farm, Beaumont (not sure which? Think it maybe Beaumont-Hamel north of Thiepval). I beleive he was at Messines as my father tells me he was very ill and died in 1941 when he was part of the Home Guard, from his illness of Gas poisoning. I think he was gassed at Messines as his medal card shows he was discharge under section 392 paragraph XVI which is sickness incapable of fighting war. The discharge date on the card is 7th August 1917 which I think is after the Battle of Messines.

On his medal card it also states when he was discharged he was part of the Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry as a Lance Corporal. I am guessing he was transferred to this unit when sent home.

Craig Paul


Pte. Francis Henry Hooper 6th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.30th Sep 1918)

Harry Hooper served with 6th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment

Nick Thomas


Pte. Hugh Deane Smith 6th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.1st Sep 1918)

Hugh Smith was killed in action on 1st Sep 1918, aged 21 and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in France. He was the son of Frederick and Mary Smith, of 32 Roundstone St., Trowbridge, Wilts.

s flynn


Pte. Frederick Elkins 5th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.19th Aug 1915)

Frederick Elkins was a chemist shop assistant in the sleepy Hampshire Town called Winchester who joined up and was sadly killed near Dead Mans House in Gallipoli.

11774 Private Frederick Elkins who served with the 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment during WW1 and died age 25 on the 19th August 1915. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. He was the son of Mrs Emma Elkins of 16 Granville Place, Wharf Hill, Winchester.


Pte. Sidney Ernest Gawler 6th Batalion Dorsetshire Regiment (d.9th Nov 1916)

Sidney Gawler was my grandfathers' brother who was killed in action. As a family we know little about him, but he will be mentioned on the Roll on Honor reading at the Tower of London on 25th September 2015

Susan Rose


Pte. Arthur Edward Bradley 9th Battalion Dorset Regiment (d.8th Oct 1918)

Arthur Edward Bradley was my uncle, the eldest son of Frank and Ellen Bradley. He was born on 11th September 1891, one of seven siblings. He worked as a domestic gardener prior to the war. He served in the 9th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment and during the war must have had some leave because on 16th September 1916 he married Florence Sims in Kintbury. When the war ended my grandmother had certain possessions belonging to Arthur returned to her. His wife, Florence went into Newbury to meet every troop train but of course he was never on any of them. I gather it was many weeks after the war that the family had confirmation that he had been killed on 8th October 1918.

He is buried in Bellicourt british Cemetery in France and his name is on two War Memorials, one at St. Thomas' Church, Woolton Hill and the other at St. Mary's Church, Kintbury. He has always been very much remembered, and in fact still is, by past and present members of the Bradley Family.

Jenny Austin

Want to know more about Dorsetshire Regiment?

There are:41580 pages and articles tagged Dorsetshire Regiment available in our Library
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History of the Dorsetshire Regiment 1914-1919

This reprint covers the Regular and TF battalions, each with their own index; And deals with the Service battalions and includes the Roll of Honour and the list of Honours and Awards for all battalions. It also has a separate index. There are numerous sketch maps in the text.


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