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Tyneham War Dead War Memorial Plaque

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.

Boer 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.

Reginald subsequently attended Dorchester Grammar School.

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.

Reginald’s grave at Hollybrook Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Frank Grant / Find A Grave

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.

The Dorchester Grammar School Memorial Roll
Photo courtesy of Kevin Matthews, Thomas Hardye School
Humanities Teacher and Head of the Thomas Hardye School’s Combined Cadet Force, Mr Kevin Matthews, made this informative and moving video to commemorate Private Reginald James Bascombe especially for Remembrance Day 2020.

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
Photograph courtesy of Nancy Wright

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

Harry Holland
Photograph courtesy of Mark White

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
Photograph courtesy of Mark White

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’s blood-stained bible with bullet that killed him Photograph courtesy of Mark White

John is remembered on the Tyneham memorial plaque and at the Netley Military Cemetery.

John’s headstone at 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.

Claude’s headstone at Voormezeele
Photograph courtesy of International Wargraves Photography Project

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.

Page last updated: 23 June 2021

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