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On 16 November 1943, all households were issued with the following evacuation notice:



In order to give our troops the fullest opportunity to perfect their training in the use of modern weapons of war, the Army must have an area of land particularly suited to their special needs and in which they can use live shells. For this reason you will realise the chosen area must be cleared of all civilians.
The most careful search has been made to find an area suitable for the army’s purpose and which, at the same time, will involve the smallest number of persons and property. The area decided on, after the most careful study and consultation between all the Government Authorities concerned, lies roughly inside of the square formed by EAST LULWORTH – EAST STOKE – EAST HOLME – KIMMERIDGE BAY.
   including your properties – see overleaf [HANDWRITTEN]
It is regretted that, in the National Interest, it is necessary to move you from your homes, and everything possible will be done to help you, both by payment of compensation, and by finding other accommodation for you if you are unable to do so yourself.
The date on which the military will take over this area is the 19th December next, and all civilians must be out of the area by that date.
A special office will be opened at Westport House, WAREHAM, on Wednesday 17th November, and you will be able to get advice between the hours of 10a.m. and 7p.m., from there on your personal problems and difficulties. Any letters should be sent to that address also for the present.
The Government appreciate that this is no small sacrifice which you are asked to make, but they are sure that you will give this further help towards winning the war with a good heart.

Major-General I/c Administration,
Southern Command
16th November 1943

The Parishioners

In 1981, the Royal Armoured Corps Gunnery School restored the bible used at St. Mary’s Church up to the evacuation and added names of ‘The Parishioners’ presumably intended to be those present immediately prior to the evacuation. We do not know who compiled the listing or what resources were used.

Please note that the list:

  • excludes the names of those parishioners who lived in the forgotten parts of the parish, namely Povington and Whiteway
  • includes the names of some who had passed away or left the parish before the evacuation in December 1943.

Below we set out fuller information about those named.


H. M. G. Bond
Henry Mark Garneys Bond (1922-2017) – Known as Mark, he was the son of Ralph and Evelyn Bond. He later served in Royal Green Jackets and became Major-General and Brigadier. He was High Sheriff of Dorset in 1977.

E. M. G. Bond
Elizabeth Mary Garneys Bond (1921-2010) – Elizabeth was the daughter of Ralph and Evelyn Bond. She married David Philip Williams, Third Baronet of Bridehead. She was High Sheriff of Dorset in 1979.

Mr & Mrs Ralph Bond
William Ralph Garneys Bond (1880-1952) – Known as Ralph. He was High Sheriff of Dorset in 1945.
Evelyn Isabel Bond nee Blake (1884-1954) – Evelyn, as churchwarden and person responsible for clearing the church prior to evacuation, is believed by some to be the person who pinned the note on to the church door in 1943 saying:

‘’Please treat the church and houses with care. We have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly’’.

Mr & Mrs William Bond
The ‘Mr &’ would appear to be an error as William Henry Bond died in 1935. is widow was Mary Caroline Bond nee Thompson.

Miss Margaret Bond
Margaret Helen Bond (1892-1988) – Known as Margot. Spinster sister of Ralph.

The Misses Blake
Alice Victoria Blake (1887-1970) – Spinster sister of Mrs. Ralph Bond
Phyllis Constance Blake (1893-1976) – Spinster sister of Mrs. Ralph Bond

Mr & Mrs Churchill
Sidney George Churchill(1900-1975) – In 1939 was farming West Cruxton Farm near Maiden Newton. Took over Tyneham Farm from Walter Case Smith not long before the evacuation.
Edith Laura Churchill nee Pitcher (1901-1973)

Mr & Mrs Curtis
Charles James Curtis (1879-1970) – ‘James’ was born at East Grafton in Wiltshire. He was Captain of  the Air Rifle Shooting Club.
Lilian Bond wrote

“James Curtis was head gardener, an expert at his work and a trusted friend, for eighteen years and was succeeded by his second in command Tom Gould”.

Lilian Bond

Annie Curtis nee Wilson (1877-?) – Annie was born at Lymington.
James and Annie married at Lymington in 1907 and were living in Tyneham by 1911.  At the outbreak of World War 2  they were living at Sevenoaks, Kent where James was employed as Head Gardener. They did not have any children.

Joe Dando
Joseph Alfred Dando (1912-2002) – Joe Dando worked as a Servant for the Bond Family at Tyneham House from 1926. He married Alice Edith ‘Rose’ Wellman, daughter of Bob & Alice Wellman, in 1934. Rose was also a servant at Tyneham House.

George & Ellen Davis
The ‘George &’ would appear to be an error as George Davis died in 1927.
Ellen Louise Davis nee Orchard (1884-1977)

Mr & Mrs Phillip Draper
Philip Draper (1902-1979) – Owned ‘Sheepleaze’ on the cliffs above Worbarrow.
Jane Esther Draper nee Lawson (1904-1985)

Gwendoline Driscoll
Gwendoline Agnes Jane Driscoll nee Hall (1897-1975) – Gwendoline, a widow, ran the Post Office in The Row. She later emigrated to Rhodesia.

Mr & Mrs Durrant
Albert George Durrant (1915-1998)
Rosalind Emily Durrant nee Samways (1914-1966)
Albert and Rosalind came to Tyneham after the outbreak of World War 2. Albert enlisted with the Tyneham Home Guard in 1941.

Maud Ellis
Ethelwyn Maude ‘Maud’ Ellis (1879-1951) – Spinster: lived in ‘The Bungalow’ on the cliff edge overlooking Worbarrow Bay.

George, Lily & Archie Everett
George William Everett (1888-1957)
Lily Everett nee Hawkins (1888-1957)
Archibald James Everett (1912-1970) – Archie, also known as ‘Whippet’.

The Rev. & Mrs Frend
Revd. Edwin George Clifford Frend (1871-1937) – : Revd. Frend died before the evacuation and was buried in Tyneham churchyard.
Edith Frend nee Bacon (1876-1966) – Edith had moved to Hindhead, Surrey before the outbreak of the Second World War.

William Frend
William Hugh Clifford Frend (1916-2005) – Second son of Revd. Edwin & Mrs Edith Frend. Was living in Oxford at the outbreak of the Second World War.

Tom, Virtue & John Gould
Thomas Henry Mansbridge Gould (1872-1948) – Tom was the Head Gardener.
Virtue Mary Park Gould nee Everett (1877-1964) – Virtue was the sister of George Everett and aunt of Archie Everett.
Tom married Virtue at Tyneham on 20 April 1904.
John Cedric James Gould (1912-2010) – John was a central figure in the campaign to return Tyneham to its residents.

Harry, Marjorie, Arthur Grant
Henry George Grant (1898-1977) – Harry Grant was the woodman at Tyneham House from 1926.
Beatrice Marjorie Grant (1901-1982) – Marjorie
Arthur Henry John Grant (1922-2010) – Arthur later married Grace and had two children, Geoffrey and Annette. Arthur’s ashes are buried in the graveyard at Tyneham Church.

Cyril Griffiths
Cyril Frank Griffiths (1928-1998) – Cyril lived with the Grant Family at Gwyle Cottages.

James & Edith Herd
Edith Herd nee Knight (1886-?) – Born Edith Knight, she married Harry Barnes in 1908 at East Lulworth and then married Scotsman James Forgan Herd in 1920. Edith was Tyneham’s postmistress in the 1930s.
James Forgan Herd (1892-1943) – James died early in 1943 before the eviction.

Charlotte & Helen Hole
Lottie Hole

William Holland
William Holland (1886-1946)

Herbert & Jessie House
Herbert John House (1889-1958) – Herbert was the farmer at North Egliston, sometimes referred to as South Tyneham Farm.
Jessie Emily Pitcher House nee Bowditch (1893-1978) – Jessie

Gerald, Gwen & Poppy House
Gerald, Gwen and Poppy were children of Herbert & Jessie House.
Gerald House (1918-2006)
Gwendoline ‘Gwen’ House (1923-)
Poppy Ciceley House (1925-2006) – Poppy was 18 when evacuated. She married Clifford Budden in 1946 and they had three children.

William House
William House (1913-?) – Married Violet Ruth Collins

Arthur & Rose House
Albert Arthur House married
Eveline Rose Collins

Sylvia House
Sylvia House (1919-1999) – Daughter of Herbert & Jessica (Jessie) House of Povington Farm. She married George Francis Braisby (1917-2000) of Blackmanston Farm, Steeple in 1943 – they were the last couple to be married at Tyneham.

Mr & Mrs Howard
Charles William Howard

Percy Howard
No further information yet available.

George Howard
George Frederick Howard –

Percy & Ellen Kerley
Percy Henry John Kerley (1886-1959) – Percy
Ellen Louisa Mary Kerley nee Evans (1887-1972) – Ellen

Albert & Reginald Longman
Lived at Baltington Farm.

Charles Meech
Thomas Charles Meech (1884-1971) – Charlie was the son of Emily Taylor, the Laundress, from her first marriage to Thomas How Meech. Charlie was the ‘Odd Man’ at Tyneham House.

Jack & Alice Miller
John Alfred ‘Jack’ Miller (1866-1947) – Also known as ‘Jam’.
Alice Mary White Miller nee Rose (c.1866-1959) –  known as ’Miggie’.
Jam and Miggie lived at Rose Cottage, above Worbarrow Bay.

Charles & Harriet Miller
Charles William Miller (1852-1943) – Charlie died a few days after the evacuation and the Army gave permission for him to be buried at Tyneham.
Harriet Deborah Miller nee White (1854-1947) – Harriet was buried at Wareham.
Charles and Harriet lived at Fern Cottage, Worbarrow.

Thomas & Minnie Miller
Thomas William Miller (1858-1952) – Tom, a fisherman, was single and lived at Hill Cottage, Worbarrow at the outbreak of the Second World War
Minnie Louisa Miller (1888-1965) – Minnie was Tom’s niece

Winifred & Beatrice Minterne
Winifred Elizabeth Minterne (1901-1973)
Beatrice Ann Minterne (1904-1966)

Tom Minterne
William Thomas Minterne (1862-1925)

The Rev. & Mrs Money
Revd. Humphrey Churchill Money (1884-1954)
Mary Constance Money nee Henderson (c.1889-)

Mr & Mrs Pritchard & son Arthur
Malvina Pritchard nee Pritchard (c.1875-1964) – Principal Teacher at Tyneham School. Her husband was Arthur Charles Pritchard (c. 1869-1929).
Arthur Walter Pritchard (1917-1988) – Arthur was their adopted son.

Mrs Rayner
No further information yet available.

Walter & Kate Smith
Walter Case Smith (1861-1948) – Walter, nicknamed ‘Leather Jacket’, farmed Tyneham Farm during the 1930s and up to the eviction in December 1943. He moved to Holly Lodge at Stapehill near Wimborne and died on 18 January 1948.
Kate Theodora Smith nee Doble – Kate was Walter’s housekeeper at Arne. Walter and Kate married in 1907.

Arthur & Phillis Stockley
William Arthur Stockley (1908-?) – Known as Arthur,
May Phyllis Stockley (1909-?) – Known as Phyllis,

Mr & Mrs James Tassell

William, Elizabeth & Helen Taylor
William Taylor: William was the woodman of Tyneham and was appointed Parish Clerk and Sexton by the Bond family. His wife was Emily, the laundress. She also doubled as local ‘midwife’ and was also caretaker for the church and school. She died in 1917 aged 52.
Harriet Elizabeth Taylor (1892-d): Known as Bessie.
Helen Beatrice Taylor (1901-1999): Helen, known as ‘Beattie’ was the Seamstress at Tyneham House.
After being displaced, the Taylor Family went to live at Corfe Castle.

Mr & Mrs Albert Toms
Albert Toms:

Mr & Mrs Upshall
William Upshall was a shepherd. The family lived at 4 The Row from 1925-1929.

Reginald Ware
Reginald Gower Ware (1891-1973) – Reggie was an ex-soldier severely wounded in World War 1. His left arm was virtually useless and he also suffered serious injury to his abdomen. He lived at Gate Cottage near the lower end of the Gwyle Stream. He had a boat called Witch of Worbarrow.

Mrs Wheeler
Mary Jane Wheeler: Widow whose late husband John was a cotton magnate from the Midlands. Mary had no children of her own but adopted her sister’s four children when their parents died.

Bob & Alice Wellman
Robert Wellman (1887-1964) – Robert married Alice Victoria Lucas in 1912.
Alice Victoria Wellman nee Lucas (1887-1975) – Alice was the daughter of ‘Shepherd’ Lucas (James William Lucas 1848-1925).
Their daughter Alice ‘Rose’ Wellman married Joe Dando in 1934. Bob and Alice had other children including Vera, Jim, Ivy, Peter & Joyce.

Ernest & Evelyn Whitlock
Ernest George Whitelock (1905-1947) – Ernest was a Carter.
Evelyn Mary Whitelock nee Kelly (1904-1989)

If you have any information about individual parishioners that you would like to share, please see contact details shown on the home page.

Page last updated: 11 June 2021

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