Probate – B



Beatrice Bessie BALSON died 20 January 1946 – see Beatrice Bessie WALLBRIDGE

Herbert John BALSON died 4 May 1962

BALSON Herbert John of 57 Green Road Poole died 4 May 1962. Administration Winchester 15 August (1962) to Gertrude Ellen Balson widow. Effects £280 10s.

Susan Priscilla BALSON died 28 June 1947 – see Susan Priscilla CHARLES

James BASCOMBE died 21 January 1911

BASCOMBE James of Baltington Farm Tyneham Dorsetshire died 21 January 1911. Administration (with Will) Blandford 21 March (1911) to Bessie Eliza Bascombe widow. Effects £1,101 4s 11d.

Leonora Sophia BOND died 21 March 1956

BOND Leonora Sophia of Holme Wareham Dorsetshire spinster died 21 March 1956. Probate Winchester 21 June (1956) to Lloyds Bank Limited. Effects £10,027 8s 4d.

Louisa Charlotte BOND died 21 July 1963

BOND Louisa Charlotte of East Holme Wareham Dorsetshire spinster died 21 July 1963 at 3 Owls Road Boscombe Bournemouth. Probate Winchester 11 October (1963) to Lloyds Bank Limited. Effects £20,833 11s.

William Henry BOND died 11 January 1935

BOND William Henry of Tyneham Corfe Castle Dorsetshire died 11 January 1935. Probate (save and except settled land) London 11 March (1935) to William Ralph Garneys Bond retired political service officer and Charles Henry May solicitor. Effects £27,335 17s 6d. Further grant 19 August 1935.

BOND William Henry of Tyneham Corfe Castle Dorsetshire died 11 January 1935. Probate (limited to settled land) London 19 August (1935) to Lewys Legge Yeatman solicitor and Herbert Ivo De Kenton Bond civil engineer. Effects £8,600. Former grant P.R. 11 March 1935.

William Ralph Garneys BOND died 10 February 1952

BOND William Ralph Garneys of Moigne Combe Dorchester Dorsetshire died 10 February 1952 at Moffat House Weymouth Dorsetshire. Probate London 21 March (1952) to Charles Henry May solicitor. Effects £85,471 0s 7d.

Winifred Mary BRACHI (formerly WHEELER neé MATTHEWS) died 9 September 1942

BRACHI Winifred Mary of the Mill House Bourne End Boxmoor Hertfordshire (wife of Charles Clarence Brachi) died 9 September 1942 at West Hertfordshire Hospital Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire. Administration Oxford 8 January (1943) to the said Charles Clarence Brachi squadron-leader R.A.F. and David Peter Brachi flight-lieutenant R.A.F.V.R. Effects £1,710 2s.

Gravestone Images & Inscriptions – B


Images of gravestones are arranged in alphabetical order of surname


Elizabeth Mary Bascombe (1826-1827)
Photo copyright of Martin White

In Memory of
E. M. B. 
who died July 2nd 1827
aged 18 months

Note: The mason appears to have carved 18 months in error. Elizabeth was aged just 8 months when she died.

James Bascombe (1849-1921)
Photo copyright of Martin White

BORN MAY 24TH 1849


Editha Augusta M. Bond
Photo copyright of Martin White


William Ralph Garneys Bond (1880-1952) 
& Evelyn Isabel Bond (1884-1954)
Photo copyright of Martin White

BORN 12TH DEC. 1880 – DIED 1OTH FEB. 1952
BORN 11 SEPT. 1884 – 3RD SEPT. 1954




The Bond Family lived at various times at Tyneham House.

Thomas Bond (1807-

Thomas Bond was living at Tyneham House in 1871.

William Henry Bond (1852-1935)

William was born at South Petherton on 27 May 1852 and baptised there on 15 July 1852.

William grew up at South Petherton where his father was Vicar from a1832 or before until his death in 1875.

William married Mary Caroline Meysey Thompson (1851–1949) at St Marylebone.

William and Mary lived at Fryern Court, Burgate near Fordingbridge.

William and Mary had two sons and three daughters:

William owned Tyneham House from 1898.

In 1937 his widow Mary visited Norway with daughter Margaret.

Algernon Arthur Garneys Bond (1879-1911)

Algernon, known as Algy, was born 21 June 1879.

He was severely wounded in the South African War.

Algy’s parents

William Ralph Garneys Bond (1880-1952)

Known as Ralph, he was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. He served in the Sudan political service from 1905 to 1926 and was governor of Fung (1922-24) and of Dongola (1924-26). He was a Justice of the Peace for Dorset, having qualified at the 1927 Midsummer Quarter Sessions, and was a member of the Wareham and Purbeck Rural Council. He was High Sheriff of Dorset in 1945.

Ralph married Evelyn Isabel Bond nee Blake (1884-1954). Evelyn was 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’.

After the evacuation, Ralph and Evelyn moved to Moigne Combe House, built by Henry Pomeroy Bond in 1900.

Ralph and Evelyn had two children:

  • Mark
  • Elizabeth

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. He lived at Moigne Combe House until his death in 2017.

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. In later years she lived at The Stable House, Moigne Combe.

2008: History wakes up

By Nick Churchill

BENEATH the muck and dust of ages, Tyneham’s centuries-old farm is stirring. For nearly 65 years all that has moved through its stables and stalls are bats, creepy-crawlies and the odd range warden – but a new project is under way that will see these buildings restored and reopened.

Not that it will ever be a working farm of course – Purbeck’s famed ghost village has long since surrendered all possibility of human habitation – but it will provide a unique vantage point from which we can peer into the past.

I’m lying awake at night working out how I can bring the whole thing together, but the idea is to show how the farm worked.

Lilian Bond

Project manager and designer Lynda Price and her husband John have already cleared the pond by the time I find them ankle-deep in mud.

A small double-arched bridge has been uncovered, and so, to their surprise, has the cobbled floor of the stream. “This must have been for decoration, because I can’t imagine why someone would go to all that trouble if they only used the stream to flush away waste from the stables,” says Lynda.

“It’s a puzzle, one of many, but that’s what I love about this job.

Lilian Bond called this the Pond Yard in her book (Tyneham: A Lost Heritage) but, although she gives very detailed descriptions, I have no idea how this was laid out. I’d imagine there’s a stone road over that bridge as this was the main entrance to the farm from what they called the Lulworth road.”

Tyneham and the surrounding area was evacuated in 1943 to allow Allied troops to exercise in the build-up to the Normandy landings. The villagers and the estate’s owners, the Bond family, never returned.

Retained as part of Lulworth Ranges, for decades it remained largely unseen, gradually returning to nature until the mid-1970s when the Ministry of Defence agreed greater public access on weekends and holidays.

In 1994, the old school was reopened, restored to how it looked in the 1920s. Work followed on the church and many of the cottages with a series of displays explaining village life under what was, to all intents and purposes, the last vestiges of feudal England.

Swanage-based artist Lynda has now turned her attention to Tyneham Farm. “The farmhouse is only two bricks high, so that is lost, as are some of the other buildings.

“But the Great Barn, the granary, stables, tack room and cowsheds are all there. So is the mysterious bull house, which had a chicken coop on top.”

She plans to reopen the main barn as The History Barn, for use by community groups and schools, as well as placing the farm in its historical and environmental context.

One wall appears to have been painted blue. “Well, Lilian Bond talks about the Tyneham Players, and the shows they put on. Her father erected a stage on the north aisle, so it could be that they painted it. She says they used to have up to 160 people sitting in there.”

In the store above the 1904 coach house, Lynda opens the shutter doors and the light floods in.

The original tiles are on the roof and, although part of the timber framing has been patched up, there are materials here that are hundreds of years old.

“Most of this is 1904 because we know the steps were originally on the outside of the building, but the stables, stalls and mangers are part of a much older building.

“I’m lying awake at night working out how I can bring the whole thing together, but the idea is to show how the farm worked and to look at the decline of small farming communities. It will also acknowledge the radar research work at Brandy Bay.”

Lynda is on the lookout for pre-1940s farm implements and excitedly showed me photos of long-redundant chaff-cutters and hay-balers sent to her by a property developer who was impressed by her work at Tyneham.

“You get involved in every aspect of the project – from tracing families to finding the right wood and stone, designing displays and clearing bramble.”

Her boundless enthusiasm surfaces again as she shares with me a letter from the nephew of Walter Case-Smith, the tenant farmer until the early 1940s.

He talks about a much-admired flock of Dorset Horn sheep and how the milk had to be stored overnight in tanks of water to keep it fresh in summer before a lorry arrived to take it to Corfe Castle.

“It’s amazing what you find out – Walter Case-Smith was quite a character. The field in front of the farmhouse was open, so cows, chickens and sheep would be out grazing together. You wouldn’t see that nowadays.”

The last tenant of Tyneham Farm was one S C Churchill. “Now he wasn’t very popular. He was a newcomer for one thing, but he also brought the first tractors to the valley.

“Previously everything had been done by horse, so he laid farmworkers off – and, of course, he got all the compensation when the village was evacuated.”

As with the rest of the work at Tyneham, the farm project is not commercially-driven.

The village remains a gentle oasis for the imagination untainted by tea rooms, gift shops and hi-tech displays, allowing the ruins to retain the mystery that has captured the minds of thousands of visitors over the years.

“I can’t stand that phrase visitor centre’ – it’s so dry and dull,” says Lynda.

“What I love about Tyneham is that it’s a great place for people of all ages where they are not hassled by ice cream sellers, hot dog stands and souvenir stalls.

“The Army does not have a vast budget of taxpayers’ money for Tyneham, so I’ve had to get very good at asking people for things for nothing and the £2 parking fee really does pay for the upkeep.”

Clearing work continues – much of it involving community groups such as the Lulworth Society – but as befits this window on Purbeck’s past, there’s no set date for the reopening of Tyneham Farm. Things have a habit of working out when they’re meant to.

“There is a plan of sorts, but no timetable. There are so many possibilities – it’s very exciting.”

The Great Barn at Tyneham Farm will be open to the public on March 22. If you have old farm implements or other ephemera that may find a home at Tyneham, please contact range liaison officer Lt Col Ken Davies on 01929 404714.

Published by Daily Echo, Saturday 23 February 2008

1945: Dorset’s new Sheriff

Mr. William Ralph Garneys Bond, of Tyneham House, Corfe Castle, Dorset’s new sheriff, was born in 1880, was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. He served in the Sudan political service from 1905 to 1926 and was governor of Fung (1922-24) and of Dongola (1924-26). He is a Justice of the Peace for Dorset, having qualified at the 1927 Midsummer Quarter Sessions, and is a member of the Wareham and Purbeck Rural Council.

Published in Western Gazette, 6 April 1945

1910: Forthcoming Marriages

Mr. L.L. Yeatman-Biggs and Miss Cicely Bond

The marriage of Mr. Lewin Legge Yeatman-Biggs, son on the Bishop of Worcester and the late Lady Barbara Yeatman-Biggs, to Miss Cicely Bond, daughter of Mr. William H. Bond, of Tyneham House, Wareham, Dorset will take place on September 6 at Tyneham Church. The Bishop of Lichfield, the Bishop of Worcester, and the Rev, C.S. Homan will officiate. There will be six bridesmaids – the Misses Lilian and Margaret Bond (sisters of the bride), Miss Yeatman-Biggs (sister of the bridegroom), the Misses Barbara and Elizabeth Yeatman-Biggs (twin nieces of the bridegroom) and Miss Evelyn Blake. Sir Randolph Baker, M.P., will be best man. The reception will be held at Tyneham House, and the Bishop of Worcester has lent Hartlebury Castle for the honeymoon.

Among the wedding presents are the following:- A gold-fitted dressing-case from the Bishop of Worcester; a silver tea-pot and coffee-pot from the Earl and Countess of Dartmouth; an armchair from the Earl and Countess of Iddesleigh; four pierced gold-fruit dishes from Lord and Lady Knaresborough; a dinner service from the Bishop of Lichfield and the Hon. Mrs. Legge; a silver sugar-bowl from Viscount St. Cyres; an antique table from Lady Octavia Legge; an old chair from Lady Wilhemina Brooke; an umbrella from Lady Croft; and a leather blotting-book from Major and the Hon. Mrs. Geoffry Glynn.

Published by The Times, Tuesday 30 August 1910:

1893: The Royal Wedding

THE ROYAL WEDDING. – A tea for the people of Tyneham was given at Warbarrow by the Rev. J. Bond, of Tyneham House, to celebrate the wedding of the Duke of York. At the same time and place Mr. N. Bond, of Grange, gave a tea to the children of Holme, Grange and Steeple, and to such of the older people as could come. The children were driven over in waggons, and at once began to make the most of their time by bathing, going in the boats provided, and other seaside pleasures. At four o’clock the children were summoned to their tea, which was prepared just in front of the Coastguards’ houses, the scene being enlivened by flags, some of which had been hoisted by the Coastguardsmen, while others, which had been brought by the children in procession were now planted in the grounds at the top of the green. When the children’s tea was over, the elder folks gathered round and enjoyed the plentiful supply of good cheer. Mr. Bennett‘s well-known cakes and bread being as good as ever, thorough justice was done to them.  Altogether more than three hundred persons were thus entertained. Various races and sports were then improvised, conducted by Messrs. Chilcott, Nineham, Ogle, &c., and the onlookers seemed much interested, and applauded loudly. A concertina being forthcoming, some of the party were soon dancing, and the evening was so still that the music was sufficient to enable the dancers to keep step. About eight o’clock, as the more distant folk were preparing to leave, the Rector suggested that “God save the Queen” should be sung, which was done heartily without accompaniment. Then three cheers for Her Majesty were given with a will, led off by Mr. Ward, the officer in charge. Three more for the Duke of York and three for the Duchess followed. After that three for “Our entertainers,” the two Messrs. Bond, were enthusiastically given, and three more for the Rev. Canon and Mrs. Wordsworth and Mr. and Mrs. Filliter. The Rector responded by calling for three cheers for Mr. Ward and the Coastguards generally, who so greatly contributed to the success of the entertainment. After this dancing and races went on again, as long as the light lasted. The feature of the evening was the extreme good temper of the company, even the losers of the races coming in with a broad grin, and joining in the laugh at the good-humoured jibes bestowed on the laggards. Altogether it was a most delightful gathering, the weather perfect, the little bay looking at its best, and everyone on good terms with themselves and their neighbours. The Duke of York’s wedding day will long be remembered in Tyneham, where everyone wishes him and his fair bride all possible joy and blessing.

Published by the Western Gazette, Friday 14 July 1893