The war memorial plaque can be found in Tyneham Church. It commemorates six men associated with Tyneham who lost their lives in the First World War.
Below we record details of all of the men associated with Tyneham that we know of who have lost their lives serving their country in the Boer Wars, First World War and Second World War.
Private William James BALSON
William James Balson was the second of of ten children born to William Balson (1851-1933)and his wife Amelia Balson nee Gould (1854-1921). He was baptised at Corfe Castle on 5 September 1875.
William enlisted on 18 August 1894. He served with the Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment (3372). He died on 10 July 1902 at Standerton.
World War 1
Private Henry George BALSON
Henry George John Balson was a brother of William James Balson (see Boer War above) and the fourth of ten children born to William Balson (1851-1933) and his wife Amelia Balson nee Gould (1854-1921).
Henry spent his teenage years at Tyneham. He later worked as a gardener at Holnest Park near Sherborne, Dorset.
Henry married Florence Amelia Barnard (1881-1966) at Holnest on 28 August 1910. Florence later lived at “Rocquaine,” in Victoria Avenue, Swanage.
Henry initially served with the 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment (13760) before joining the 6th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry (28569). He died aged 38 on 20 October 1917.
Henry is remembered on the Tyneham memorial plaque and at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.
Private Reginald James BASCOMBE
Reginald James Bascombe was born at Tyneham on 30 August 1898. He was the only son of James Bascombe (1849-1911) and his wife Bessie Eliza Bascombe nee Longman (1860-1918). His father was farmer at Baltington Farm. Reginald attended Tyneham School and had a younger sister Dorothy.
Reginald’s father James died on 21 January 1911 when Reginald was just 12. Bessie, Reginald and Dorothy were still at Tyneham on 2 April 1911.
His mother Bessie was living at 5 Belvedere Terrace overlooking the Esplanade at Weymouth.
Reginald moved to 192 Brixton Hill, London and was employed as a clerk. While living there enlisted on 14 August 1916 but was placed on the Army Reserve list. He moved to 25 Amesbury Avenue, Streatham Hill in September 1916.
Reginald served with the 15th (County of London) Battalion (Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles) (535078) in France from 20 September 1917. He suffered with septic heals on several occasions.
Reginald died on 20 October 1918 aged 20 of pneumonia, most likely as a consequence of the Spanish Flu pandemic, at 30 Livingstone Road, Portswood, Southampton while on leave. He was buried at Southampton Hollybrook Cemetery. His mother Bessie’s death was registered at Southampton in the final quarter of 1918.
Sadly Reginald’s name is not included on the Tyneham memorial plaque but it is included among 28 former pupils commemorated on the Dorchester Grammar School Memorial Roll which is now displayed at the Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester.
Gunner Bernard Gerald Lawrence CHILCOTT
Bernard Gerald Lawrence Chilcott was born at Tyneham and baptised at St Mary’s Church on 18 July 1886. He was the second son of James Arthur Chilcott(1855-1933) and his wife Mary Caroline Chilcott nee Lawrence(1857-1940) who farmed Baltington Farm and then Lutton Farm, Steeple.
Bernard enlisted at Sherborne, Dorset and served as a Gunner (137017) with the Royal Garrison Artillery, 250th Siege Battery. He was killed in action on 28 December 1917 in France and is commemorated at the Aeroplane Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Charles Job CLEALL
Charles Job Cleall was the son of John Cleall (1851-1906) and his wife Hannah Cleall nee Burden (1861-1900).
In 1911, Charles and his two brothers, Francis Henry ‘Frank’ Cleall (1884-1993) and Walter James Cleall (1894-1984), were boarding with the Turner family at West Whiteway, Tyneham.
Charles served with the 257th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) (113367). Charles died on 2 November 1917 aged 27.
Charles is remembered on the Tyneham memorial plaque and at the Basra War Cemetery.
Private Harry HOLLAND
Henry Holland, known as Harry Holland, was born on 26 September 1888 at Hounslow. He was the son of the late John Holland (1845-1920) and his wife Rose Ballam Holland nee Hansford (1861-1944).
Harry served with the 2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment (8117). He was killed in action on 8 December 1915 in Mesopotamia (now Iraq).
He is remembered on the Tyneham memorial plaque and at the Kut War Cemetery.
Private John HOLLAND
John Holland was born on 3 February 1897. He was the son of John Holland (1845-1920) and his wife Rose Ballam Holland nee Hansford (1861-1944).
John served with the 14th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment (29626). He died on 13 November 1916 aged 21.
John is remembered on the Tyneham memorial plaque and at the Netley Military Cemetery.
Lieutenant Claude Knox HOMAN
Claude Knox Homan was born at Winterborne Came, Dorset on 12 July 1896. He was the son of Reverend Claude Samuel Homan (1867-1947) and his wife Adelaide Mabel Homan nee Digby (1862-1947).
Claude spent much of his childhood at Tyneham Rectory. where his father served as Rector from 1897 to 1913. His parents later moved to 72 Parkstone Road, Poole, Dorset.
Claude served with the 6th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment and was killed in action at Ypres on 18 September 1915 aged 19.
Claude is remembered at Voormezeele Enclosure No.3. Sadly his name is not included on the Tyneham memorial plaque.
Charles William Lemuel McPEAK
Charles was born at Worbarrow on 11 March 1892 and was baptised at St. Mary’s Church, Tyneham on 10 April 1892. His father was a Coastguard Boatman.
Charles joined the Royal Navy on 5 September 1907 aged 15 and married Florence Margaret Smith of Eton in 1915. Sadly Leading Seaman Charles was killed along with all other 856 hands onboard when H.M.S. Black Prince (pictured) was attacked and sunk by five German warships on 31 May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland in WW1.
His widow later remarried.
Sadly his name is not included on the Tyneham memorial plaque.
Private William George MEECH
William George Meech was born in 1887. He was the second son of Thomas How Meech (1860-1888) and his wife Emily Meech nee Hyde (1865-1917).
Sadly William’s father Thomas died in 1888 when William was less than 12 months old. The following year his mother Emily married William Taylor (1865-1952).
William served with the 1st/1st, Dorset Yeomanry (Queen’s Own) (996).
William died on 26 February 1916 aged 28.
He is remembered on the Tyneham memorial plaque and at the Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery.
Private Reginald Bertie ‘Bertie’ TAYLOR
Bertie was the second son of William Taylor and Emily Taylor nee Hyde.
Bertie served with the Dorset Yeomanry (Queen’s Own) and died at Gallipoli on 21 August 1915 aged 21.
He is remembered on the Tyneham memorial plaque and the Helles Memorial.
World War 2
Able Seaman Charlton HOLLAND
Charlton Holland was born at Bere Regis on 6 May 1901. He was the son of John Holland (1845-1920) and his wife Rose Ballam Holland nee Hansford (1861-1944). He was a younger brother of Harry Holland and John Holland who both lost their lives in World War 1.
Charlton served with the Royal Navy (D/J 81779) aboard H.M.S. Mahratta. an M Class Destroyer. While guarding the largest-ever Arctic convoy sent on its way to Russia she was torpedoed by German U-Boat U-990 off the coast of Norway and sunk on 25 February 1944. Only 16 of the 236 crew survived. Charlton’s death came just five weeks after his mother Rose died.
Charlton is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial (Panel 86 Column 3). A memorial to those who lost their lives on the Arctic Convoys was unveiled at Murmansk in 1991 on the 50th anniversary of the first Arctic Convoy.
Home|Families|A-E|F-J|K-O|P-T|U-Z The Meech Family Thomas Charles ‘Charlie’ Meech (1884-1971) Charlie was the son of Emily Taylor nee Hyde (1865-1917), the Laundress, from her first marriage to Thomas How Meech (1860-1888). He was four when his father died. Charlie was the ‘Odd Man’ at Tyneham House. Beloved Charlie Meech … stayed… Continue reading
The Kerley Family were living at Up Under Barrow, between Baltington and Worbarrow, in 1939
Percy Henry John Kerley (1886-1959)
Percy was born on 2 May 1886 in Christchurch, Hampshire. He was the son of woodcutter Cornelius Kerley (1843-1937) and his wife Sarah Sophia Kerley nee King (1846-1915).
Percy married Ellen Louisa Mary Evans (1887-1972) in 1915. ‘Nellie’ was born on 19 November 1887 and was the daughter of Flintshire miner James Evans and his Hampreston born wife Emma Ellen Evans nee Wills.
Percy and Nellie did not have any children.
Percy and Nellie moved to East Stoke. Bill Holland lodged with them.
Percy died in 1959 and Nellie died at Salisbury Infirmary in 1972.
Members of the Holland family lived at Tyneham from after 1911 until the evacuation in December 1943
John Holland (1845–1920)
John was born on 6 May 1845 at Somerstown, Middlesex. He married Rose Ballam Hansford (1861–1944) on 25 August 1879 at St Paul’s Church, Hounslow Heath. Rose was born on 7 March 1861 at Turnerspuddle, Dorset. She was the daughter of John Hansford and Elizabeth Ballam.
John and Rose had eleven children, two of whom died in infancy and three of whom died serving their country:
In 1911, John and Rose were living at Hurpston near Bradle along with five of their six youngest children: Albert, John, Alice, Charlton and Percy.
John senior died on 3 May 1920 aged 74 and was buried in Tyneham Churchyard on 6 May 1920.. In September 1939 Rose was living at 5 Steer Road, Swanage. She died in Swanage on
Children of John and Rose Holland
John James Holland (1880–1881) – born at Heston but died as an infant
James Edward Holland (1882–1959) – James was born at Hounslow and married Lillian Amelia Margaret ‘Margaret’ Cosh at Bere Regis, Dorset on 4 April 1904 – they had six or more children and lived at Bloxworth, then Truro and Falmouth in Cornwall
Thomas Henry Holland (1884-1886) – born at Hounslow but died
William Holland (1886–1946) – born at Hounslow – never married – lived with Percy & Nellie Kerley first at Baltington and then East Stoke – died in Poole and buried in an unmarked grave at East Stoke.
Henry ‘Harry’ Holland (1888–1915) – Private Henry Holland was killed in action on 8 December 1915 in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) aged 27 – he is commemorated on the Memorial Plaque in Tyneham Church – see War Dead
Albert Edward Holland (1892–1972) – born Wareham. In 1920 he was living at Lutton.
Margaret Elizabeth Holland (1894-1977) – born at Bere Regis – known as Meg – married Alf Runyard at Tyneham and lived at East Stoke before moving to East Lulworth
John Holland (1897–1916)– born at Bere Regis – John served as a Private in the Hampshire Regiment in WW1. Sadly John was shot during the Battle of the Somme and died of his wounds at Netley Military Hospital. He was buried at Netley Abbey and is commemorated on the Netley War Memorial and on the Memorial Plaque in Tyneham Church – see War Dead
Alice Rose Holland (1898–1993) – ‘Rose’ was born at Bere Regis and married Frederick James Churchill (1895-1968) at Tyneham on 24 January 1920 – Fred and Rose had three children: Margaret (1923-2005) , Leslie (1927-2005) and Freda (1930-2018) – At the outbreak of the Second World War the family were living at 5 Steer Road in Swanage
Charlton Holland (1901–1944) – born at Bere Regis – Able-Seaman Charlton Holland was killed in WW2 on 25 February 1944 when a German U-Boat sinks HMS Mahratta – see War Dead
Percy Victor Holland (1903–1991) – Percy was born at Bere Regis on 1 April 1903 and married Florence May ‘Flo’ Davis (1908-1993) on 4 June 1927 at Tyneham – Flo was the daughter of George Davis (1876-1927) and his wife Ellen Louise Davis nee Osmond (1884-1977) – Percy and Flo lived at Up Under Barrow half-way between Baltington Farm and Worbarrow – their daughter Margaret now lives in Australia
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Home|Families|A-E|F-J|K-O|P-T|U-Z The Kerley Family were living at Up Under Barrow, between Baltington and Worbarrow, in 1939 Percy Henry John Kerley (1886-1959) Percy was born on 2 May 1886 in Christchurch, Hampshire. He was the son of woodcutter Cornelius Kerley (1843-1937) and his wife Sarah Sophia Kerley nee King (1846-1915). Percy… Continue reading
Home|Families|A-E|F-J|K-O|P-T|U-Z Members of the Holland family lived at Tyneham from after 1911 until the evacuation in December 1943 John Holland (1845–1920) John was born on 6 May 1845 at Somerstown, Middlesex. He married Rose Ballam Hansford (1861–1944) on 25 August 1879 at St Paul’s Church, Hounslow Heath. Rose was born… Continue reading
HISTORY stopped at Tyneham 32 years ago. Just before Christmas,1943, the villagers gave up their homes to make way for an army firing range, and the village died. The villagers of Tyneham never went back. Their bitter and protracted struggle for possession of their homes ended in failure as the… Continue reading
HISTORY stopped at Tyneham 32 years ago. Just before Christmas,1943, the villagers gave up their homes to make way for an army firing range, and the village died.
The villagers of Tyneham never went back. Their bitter and protracted struggle for possession of their homes ended in failure as the Army retained control over a hamlet of tumbledown cottages.
Now, as Army range wardens are working to clear up the remains of the village, has come a reminder of those early war years.
Ration books for everyone living in the village before they were dispossessed have been found by the wardens, in an old corrugated iron shed at the back of Tyneham post office.
Names like Everett, Longman, Colin Driscoll, the postmaster, and William Holland, who lived at Baltington Cottage, are still clearly legible on the tattered and crumbling orange and buff coloured pieces of paper.
And the injunction from the Ministry of Food to write your surname and National Registration Number on the counterfoil before handing it to the retailer is clearly visible, too.
Coupons for sugar, bacon and ham, meat and cooking fats are crossed off in blue pencil, for these bits of paper are the remains of used-up ration books, thrown into a pile by postmaster Colin Driscoll some time in 1943.
And there, it seems, they stayed for 32 years.
“We found them as we were demolishing the old shed at the back of the post office,” said warden Mrs. Jane Cato. “They were under a pile of ash on the floor, with rat holes all around. I’m afraid they all break up very easily,” she added.
Mrs. Cato, the only woman warden on the army range, took the ration books home to her cottage in Lulworth, and is now cleaning them up.
“We hope eventually to put them on show, wrapped in polythene, at Tyneham Church,” she told the Echo.
The church, deconsecrated some years ago, is planned by the Army as a museum and an information centre for the public who use the Army range walks when the soldiers aren’t firing.
The books will take pride of place in the museum, particularly as little else of value has been discovered in the village by the wardens.
“There was surprisingly little of value in the village – most of the villagers must have taken everything they had with them when they left,” said Mrs. Cato.
From a dump near the stream they found a few bottles and old inkwells, from the greenhouse of Tyneham House they took a water pump in perfect working order, and from a farmhouse they took a pair of Victorian scales.
But they found little else to stock a museum of old Tyneham.
So those who knew Tyneham in pre-war years will have to rely on the names in old ration books to spark off memories of life in the village.
Memories like those of Miss Margaret Taylor, whose name appears in faded ink on one of the ration books. Miss Taylor, who lives with her sister in Corfe Castle, is a frequent visitor to the tiny 13th century church, which is maintained by the Department of the Environment at the edge of the village.
“We showed her round the old post office and she was amazed to see the huge tree growing just in front of the building,” said Mrs. Cato. “She remembered giving it to the postmaster as a six-inch pot plant about 40 years ago!”
Published by Bournemouth Evening Echo, Tuesday 16 December 1975