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Dorsetshire Regiment

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Those known to have served with

Dorsetshire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Abraham James Henry. Sgt. 2nd btn. (d.5th July 1918)
  • Adams James. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Allen Herbert. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.5th Aug 1917)
  • Allen Reginald Hercules. Sgt. 6th Btn.
  • Anderson William Edward. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.31st Mar 1917)
  • Baston William Edwell. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.1st Jan 1918)
  • Bateman Henry Ernest. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • 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)
  • Haggett Walter. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.10th May 1916)
  • Hainsworth Arthur. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.15th April 1918)
  • 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)
  • Kerslake George. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.29th Sep 1916)
  • 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)
  • Mullins Ernest James. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.11th January 1917)
  • Newcombe Ernest William. L/Cpl. 5th Battalion (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 Christopher Frank. Pte.
  • 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.
  • Upshall Stephen. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.10th July 1916)
  • 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. James Adams MM. 2nd Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment

My grandfather Jim Adams died in 1954, before I was born, unfortunately. I was only told that he had been a prisoner of war during the First World War and marched across a desert. He never talked about it, like many survivors from that time. I know that he apparently had a huge tattoo of St George and the Dragon on his chest. He was part of the Seige of Kut where they were eventually forced to surrender as they were dying from starvation. They were then force-marched from Kut in Iraq to Bagtsche, Turkey where he was held as a prisoner for two years.

It wasn't until recent research that I discovered that he was awarded the Military Medal and was one of the survivors from thousands enduring unspeakable hardships. Finally there were only 70 of 350 captured who came home from his regiment.

He was a very brave man of whom I am extremely proud.

Jo Mortimer


Pte. Christopher Frank Smith Dorset Regiment

Christopher Frank Smith was a corporal of horse in the Battle of the Somme.


Sgt. James Henry Abraham 2nd btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.5th July 1918)

Serjeant Abraham was 29 when he died and is buried in the Purandhar Cemetery in India, Plot D. Grave 33.

s flynn


Pte. Henry Ernest Bateman 6th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.4th Nov 1918)

My great uncle Henry Bateman was a private in the 6th Btn Dorsetshire Regiment. He was killed in action on 4th of November 1918. He was 19 years old.

Jacqueline Simms


L/Cpl. Ernest William Newcombe 5th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment (d.11th Jan 1917)

Ernest Newcombe served with 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment.

Peter Newcombe


Pte. George Kerslake 5th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.29th Sep 1916)

George Kerslake died of his wounds at Contay Clearing Station on 29th September 1916.

Gerard Kerslake


Pte. William Edwell Baston 1st Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.1st Jan 1918)

William Baston was with the 1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment but was attached to the 14th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. He was servant to Lt J W Griffin.

'Your husband was killed only a few yards from me, and was hit by a small piece of shell in the throat, lost all consciousness almost immediately, and died in my arms only a few seconds afterwards, at about 7.45am' Lieutenant J W Griffin MG.



Sgt. Reginald Hercules Allen MM. 6th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment

Reginald Allen was the unknown grandfather of my husband, who died watching Villa play in Sheffield 1956. Reginald served with the 1st and 6th Battalions, Dorsetshire Regiment, received the MM and was clearly a brave man, but sadly nothing is known about his war nor what happened to his medals. His son, my husband's father, never talked about him nor his own experience of army life in the Second World War. There is no family surviving who would know. However, Reginald deserves to be remembered for his part in that terrible war.

Alison Allen


Pte. Arthur Hainsworth 6th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.15th April 1918)

Arthur Hainsworth was born in Leeds on 17th August 1893, the eldest of four children of Fred and Ethel Hainsworth. After school, he became an apprentice compositor in the printing industry. He married Alicia Jupp from Burley in Leeds on 27th November 1915.

During the war, Arthur enlisted in the 16th Btn West Yorkshire Regiment. He was transferred to the 12th Btn West Yorks and served with them in France until the battalion was disbanded after suffering heavy casualties on the Somme during the German counter-offensive of March 1918. He was transferred again to the 6th Dorsetshire Regiment and served with this unit until 15th April 1918, when he was killed, aged 24, by a German gas attack in the vicinity of Englebelmer. He is buried at Martinsart British Cemetery.

Gareth Owens


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

Want to know more about Dorsetshire Regiment?

There are:41580 pages and articles tagged Dorsetshire Regiment available in our Library
  These include information on officers, regimental histories, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Great War.

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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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