Roll of Honour and Military

ROLL OF HONOUR

 

Research was carried from 2013 with the primary objective of putting faces to the men, who are remembered on the memorials in Loders Church, and gave their lives in the two world wars. Much more detail was obtained and this was put on The Eggardon and Colmers View website. Further information and links are contained on this site.

Follow this link  Loders Church Roll of Honour

Leslie Albert Clark was the last bell ringer in Dorset to die as a result of action in WWI. 

 

Follow this link   Leslie Albert Clark (Loders Bell Ringer)

WWI Survivors


 St Julien post card W Bartlett - Tank Poelkapelle

Willoughby Bartlett

 

Willoughby (Travers?) Bartlett was the son of Frederick and Adelaide Bartlett and was baptized at Loders Church on 24 January 1892.

In the 1901 census he was aged 9 and living with his parents and brothers and sisters Herbert 7, Ella 5, Frederick 3 and Alma. Eliza Gale a niece aged 18 was a domestic help.

In the 1911 census Willoughby was aged 19 and was a domestic gardener. He was still living at the Crown Inn with his parents and brothers and sisters, Herbert 17, Frederick 13, Alma 11, Florence 9, Kate 6, Doris 3, and Maggie 1. Another niece Adelaide Gale, 21 was living with the family.

Willoughby enlisted in 1914-1915 when he was living in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. He joined the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and was a Private in the Wellington Infantry Battalion.

He visited Loders School on Friday 4th February 1916. The entry in the Log Book for the school records –

‘School visited by Willoughby Bartlett an old scholar who has been in New Zealand a few years but joined the New Zealand Forces and came to do his share in the Great War. With him was Mr George Alex Maunsell a typical New Zealander. Both of them have been wounded and had seen some heavy fighting.’

With the school records is an old postcard showing the ‘Road to Ypres, St Julien 1914-15’. It is marked in handwriting ‘wounded here on 17.3.15.’ It is believed that this postcard was left at the school by Willoughby Bartlett.

Willoughby’s brother Frederick was in the Somerset Light Infantry and died on 21 February 1918 in France.

Willoughby is recorded as travelling from New Zealand to England for a visit in March 1958.

Willoughby Bartlett died in Bridport in 1966 aged 74.

 

 

13 November 2019 LLHG Exhibition of Loders School 150th Anniversary

 

At the end of the evening Rolly Moores (pupil at Loders School from 6/1/1971) waved a poly-pocket at me. It contained the postcard left at the school by

Willoughby Bartlett (see above). He excitedly said that he had been at the very spot on the postcard only the week before. The tank had been a tourist/pilgrimage attraction between the wars. It was then recycled during WWII and then a dummy was erected in the village. A group of locals and enthusiasts had built a working replica tank and Rolly had been to the unveiling ceremony. On further investigation I found that this had been on the 9th November 2019 via their Facebook page. I passed this document to Stijn Butaye, St Julien, Belgium.

Follow link  https://www.facebook.com/tankpoelcapelle/

 

Follow link St Julien with the same postcard/photo 

WWII Survivors

Bill Budden was in D-Day Dakota KG 355.  His story on that day is told on this website.

Follow this link F/Lt Bill Budden

 

 

 

 

Email received December 2019  

"Hello! My name is Mike Tabone and I am in Hamilton, Ontario CANADA. I’m hoping you can assist me in tracking down a person or people who were related to this person who, sometime around 1945 lived in Loders, Bridport, Dorset, Leeds...see link below. The person’s last name was PRYER and he was a driver during ww2 and was wounded in Germany on 27, Feb. 1945. Now, for some history that may help put this request into some perspective. I volunteer twice a week at a museum called The Canadian Warplane Heritage in Hamilton Ontario Canada. Recently, we restored an aircraft called a C-47 which was used for paratroopers to jump from into Normandy on June 6 1944 during the D-Day invasion as well as other missions. During the restoration, we stripped the aircraft down to the bare interior cladding (skin) and in doing so, we found 8 different names written on the actual surface of the interior in pencil. Mr. PRYER once healed from his wounds, was flown back on this actual aircraft as is evident by his writing inside of it. See link below. As you can see, this is an example of what I am talking about..... This aircraft now shifts over from a piece of history to a LIVING piece of history as these pencil scrawled names brought the aircraft to life in my mind. I am taking it upon myself to see if I can connect with in this case either Mr. PRYER (if he is still alive) or any of his surviving extended family members. I am really hoping with the limited information that I provided you perhaps you can trace something down and get back to me. I know that there are potential privacy issues regarding you passing contact information to me but, you can absolutely give my email to anybody related to this search so as to let them email me if they are comfortable in doing so. If you follow the link below, you can learn a little more about our aircraft called FZ672 and see a photo of Driver Pryer’s hand written message some 75 years ago. Our aircraft is still a flying aircraft and, if he is still with us, I would love to arrange to bring him here to once again, fly in this iconic piece of history. As I close, I just want to thank you for at least taking the time to read this letter. I realize that this is a school but it was the first place in Loders I could find with an email link! Perhaps with your local knowledge you can forward this to someone who can help me out. May you have a fabulous Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. With much gratitude and respect Mike Tabone".

 Follow this link Dakota FZ692 'Kwicherbichen'

 

Mike Tabone is looking for relatives of Charles Stanley Pryer.  Possible DOB 1908

 

T232160 driver 1945 Royal Army Service Corps

Lived at Myrtle Cottage, Uploders, Bridport. Dorset. They had 3 children at Loders School

Doreen and Keith admitted to Loders School 1 June 1942 having attended Bridport General prior to this. They left Loders 23 December 1942.

Patricia admitted to Loders School 17 April 1944 returned home 26 July 1945,  Battersea Park Road, London SW11.

Does anyone know of their whereabouts or have any recollections of them?