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Below we provide information about those associated with West Lulworth who lost their lives as a result of war.

Most, but not all, of the men are remembered on the War Memorial located at the junction of West Road with Main Road.


TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE OF THIS PARISH WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918


  • ERNEST BUDDEN
  • WILLIAM CHARLES
  • FRANK T. CHARLES
  • ERNEST W. CLEALL
  • FREDERICK G. DOREY
  • HERBERT E. DIFFEY
  • THOMAS HAWKINS
  • THOMAS C. HAWKINS
  • FREDERICK HYDE
  • CHARLES W. HAIME
  • ERNEST JAMES
  • ALFRED LEGG
  • PRICE VAUGHAN LEWIS
  • MARTYN T. VAUGHAN LEWIS
  • HENRY RIGGS
  • CHRISTOPHER J.G. SCHUSTER
  • ARTHUR E. SILVERTOP
  • WALTER F. THOMPSON
  • FRANCIS J. WILLIAMS
  • BERTRAM WHITTLE
  • SIDNEY WHITTLE
  • ERNEST WEBBER

1939-1945


  • PETER J ELLDRED
  • JOHN H L MOULAND

IS IT NOTHING TO YOU ALL YE THAT PASS BY?


World War 1


Driver FRANK THOMAS CHARLES

223682, 463rd Reserve Bde., Royal Field Artillery
transf. to (353142), Labour Corps
Frank died on 26 October 1918 aged 21
Son of Richard and Eliza Charles, of 12, West Lulworth Wareham, Dorset.
Remembered with honour
WEST LULWORTH (HOLY TRINITY) OLD CHURCHYARD


Corporal WILLIAM JAMES CHARLES

No.10863 5th Bn. He was born at West Lulworth, Dorset, and enlisted at Dorchester, Dorset. Killed in action in the vicinity of Kiretch Tepe Sirt on 10 August 1915. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial.


Private ERNEST WILLIAM CLEALL

22106, 1st/6th Bn., West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own)
Ernest died on 18 October 1918 aged 23.
Only son of William James and Alice Cleall, of 4, Sunnyside Terrace, West Lulworth, Dorset.
Remembered with honour
ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference LXV. J. 11.


Private HERBERT EDWARD DIFFEY

79392, 31st Bn., Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment)
died on 6 June 1916 aged 29
Son of James Bushrod Diffey and Emma Diffey, of Newlands Cottages, West Lulworth, Wareham, England.
Remembered with honour
YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Grave/Memorial Reference Panel 24 – 28 – 30.


Petty Officer Stoker FREDERICK GEORGE DOREY

152697, H.M.S. “Bulwark.”, Royal Navy
who died age 44
on 26 November 1914
Son of the late William and Teresa Dorey, of West Lulworth, Wareham;

husband of Margaret Dorey, of 12, Derby St., Weymouth, Dorset.

Served 15 years in H.M. Coast Guard.
Remembered with honour
PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

Extract from Wikipedia:

A powerful internal explosion ripped Bulwark apart at 07:50 on 26 November 1914 while she was moored at Number 17 buoy in Kethole Reach, 4 mi (6.4 km) west of Sheerness in the estuary of the River Medway. All of her officers were lost, and out of her complement of 750, only 14 sailors survived; two of these men subsequently died of their injuries in hospital, and almost all of the remaining survivors were seriously injured.

Frederick George Dorey is also commemorated on the War Memorial at St. Andrew’s Church, Chale


Private CHARLES WILLIAM HAIME

25375, 10th Bn., Hampshire Regiment

died on 1 September 1918 aged 37

Son of William & Rebecca Haime. Husband of Mabel Annie Haime, of 3, Quomp Rd., Ringwood, Hants.

He is remembered with honour at KARASOULI MILITARY CEMETERY Grave/Memorial Reference C 690


Private THOMAS HAWKINS

21440, 11th Bn., Lancashire Fusiliers
died on 20 May 1916 aged 27
Son of the late Harry and Sarah Hawkins, of West Lulworth, Dorset.
Remembered with honour
ECOIVRES MILITARY CEMETERY, MONT-ST. ELOI
Grave/Memorial Reference I. O. 7


Private FREDERICK CHARLES HYDE

26555, 6th Bn., Wiltshire Regiment
died on 2 April 1917 age 20
Son of Bernard and Jane Hyde, of 11, West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset.
Remembered with honour
LA CLYTTE MILITARY CEMETERY
Grave/Memorial Reference II. B. 22.


Private Alfred JOSEPH LEGG No.10206 5th Bn.

He was born at Chaldon Lulworth, Dorset, and enlisted at Dorchester, Dorset. Killed in action in the vicinity of Kiretch Tepe Sift, Suvla, on Aug. 10, 1915. Name commemorated on the Helles Memorial.


Gunner HENRY RIGGS

H.M.S. “Negro.”, Royal Navy
died on 21 December 1916
Remembered with honour
PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference 10


Second Lieutenant CHRISTOPHER JOHN CLAUD SCHUSTER

No. 1 Coy. 1st Bn., Rifle Brigade
died on 10 August 1918 aged 19
Son of Sir Claud Schuster, G.C.B., C.V.O., K.C., and Lady Schuster, of 16, Phillimore Gardens, London. Native of London.
Remembered with honour
MONT-BERNANCHON BRITISH CEMETERY, GONNEHEM

Grave/Memorial Reference II. B. 13.


Commander ARTHUR EDWARD SILVERTOP

H.M.S. “Defence.”, Royal Navy
died on 31 May 1916 aged 38
Son of Mr. H. Silvertop, of Minster, Northumberland, England; husband of Dorothy Guinness (formerly Silvertop), of Umtali, Southern Rhodesia.
Remembered with honour
PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Grave/Memorial Reference 10


Gunner WALTER EDWARD THOMPSON

RMA/5170, H.M.S. “Suffolk.”,

Royal Marine Artillery

died on 18 October 1915 aged 49

Son of George and Emma Thompson, of West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset.

Remembered with Honour at Bermuda Royal Naval Cemetery


Lance Corporal BERTIE WHITTLE

11101, 5th Bn., Dorsetshire Regiment
died on 21 August 1915

Remembered with honour
HELLES MEMORIAL
Grave/Memorial Reference Panel 136 to 139.

He was born at West Lulworth, Dorset, and enlisted at Dorchester, Dorset. Killed in action during the assault on Turkish trenches between Aire Kayak and Susak Kuyu, Suvla, on Aug. 21, 1915.


Private SIDNEY WHITTLE

200509, 1st/4th Bn., Dorsetshire Regiment
died on 03 June 1917
Remembered with honour
BASRA MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference Panel 22 and 63.


Lieutenant Colonel ARTHUR STEWART WILLIAM WILLIS

M C and Bar
303, Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C.
died on 15 April 1943 aged 45
(also known by the nickname “SAILOR”).

Son of Colonel C. H. Willis, C.B., Royal Marines, and Mrs. Willis;

husband of Jennifer Inez Willis.
Remembered with honour
WEST LULWORTH (HOLY TRINITY) NEW CHURCHYARD

Grave/Memorial Reference: S.E. corner.


World War 2


Lance Corporal JOHN BEARE

R.E., who died, aged 25, as a prisoner-of-war in Japan in the Second World War

ALSO IN MEMORY OF HER SON/ JOHN BEARE/ LANCE CORPORAL ROYAL ENGINEERS/ WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY/ AT OSAKA JAPAN 14TH OCTOBER 1942/ AGED 25 YEARS/ THEY WERE LOVELY AND PLEASANT IN THEIR LIVES/ AND IN DEATH ARE NOT DIVIDED


Flying Officer PETER JOHN ELLDRED

Peter died on war service on 18 November 1943 aged 22. Son of William Robert Elldred and Anne Elldred nee Cunningham of Shirley, West Lulworth. Husband of Joan Mary Elldred. 192 Squadron. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Service number 117133.


Leading Air Mechanic JOHN HENRY LEWIS MOULAND

John died on 27 March 1943 aged 25 years old. He was the son of Henry and Ethel Mouland of West Lulworth. Commemorated on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Bay 4, Panel 4. Service Number FAA/SFX. 1242. Royal Navy H.M.S. Dasher. One of at least 97 Fleet Air Arm casualties from HMS Dasher on this date


INTER-WAR SERVICE DEATHS


Lieutenant GORDON CLIFFORD NEWCOMBE

Lt. Gordon Clifford Newcombe, R.N. (Flying Officer, R.A.F.) lost his life as the result of a collision in the air which occurred on January 30 off Alexandria, between two Fairey Swordfish Mk.I aircraft K5933 & K5976, both of 825 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, embarked aboard HMS Glorious, were written of (destroyed) on 30/1/39 due to a collision on approach to aircraft carrier HMS Glorious at night, off Alexandria, Egypt. In all six persons were killed of No. 825 (T.S.R.) Sqn., H.M.S. Glorious. The pilot of the other aircraft was Lt. Richard Arthur William Dobbs, R.N., Flight Lieutenant, R.A.F.

Son of Mrs. Campbell of 8 Coastguard Cottages.


Pilot Officer JACK STEWART NEWCOMBE

Jack Stewart Newcombe, Pilot Officer, R.A.F., aged 21,

Died on 26 February 1931 at Kreisspital, Samaden, Graubünden, Switzerland. killed flying. Son of Mrs. Campbell of 8 Coastguard Cottages. He was serving with No 12 Sqn and was a member of the England team in the World Bobsleigh Championship at St. Morit but just before the final he was taken ill.


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