Pte. WILLIAM KNIGHT: 19225

7th. Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

William was a member of the Knight family-owners of the Bull Hotel in East Street since 1849.

He was born in 1890, the son of William and Elizabeth and at the time of William’s birth, his father was the   proprietor of the hotel.    William was the first son, following the births of five daughters-Helen, Florence, Lilian, Elsie and Dorothy.

William’s father died in 1900 and his brother George, took over the Bull. William
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Pte. WILLIAM ALBERT SAMWAYS 16406

1st. Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment

William was one of twelve children born to George and Rosalie Samways. George was a shepherd and the family moved around Dorset following his work.

William was born in Piddlehinton and in 1901 he was living with his family at Maiden Castle Farm. Ten years later the family was living at The Old Turnpike House, Crawthorne, Dewlish. George and son Walter were working as shepherds, while William was employed as a general farm
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PO Albert Tiltman Royal Navy: 177951

PO ALBERT TILTMAN Albert was born in Bridport in 1897 and lived with his family in East Street. He was one of ten children and at the age of 15 he joined the Royal Navy as a  boy, second class.

He worked his way up through the ranks and first saw action in the Persian Gulf, on board HMS Espiegle and for his part in that action he was awarded  the Naval General Service Medal.

He returned to England after
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Hill 60

1st May 2015 sees the 100th anniversary of a tragic episode in World War I involving men of the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment. On 1 May 1915 the Dorsets were holding part of the front line near the Belgian town of Ypres at Hill 60, a large spoil heap from the construction of the nearby railway cutting. It was a fine sunny day and the enemy was unusually quiet until around 7.15 p.m.
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James Sargent: Royal Navy 304553 [PO]

HMS Paragon

James was born in Preston, Dorset, but when he married his wife Kathleen, they lived in Magdalen Lane, West Allington. They had a daughter, Bertha, who was 6, at the start of the Great War.

After the declaration of war, James served as a stoker on board the destroyer HMS Paragon.

On March 18th 1917, HMS Paragon engaged with destroyers from the German fleet , who were attacking the Dover barrage in the English Channel. Paragon was
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