War Dead

World War 1

Private Henry George BALSON

Henry 28569, 6th Bn., Somerset Light Infantry who died age 38 on 20 October 1917. Henry was the son of William and Amelia Balson, of East Lulworth, Dorset and the husband of F. A. Balson, of “Rocquaine,” Victoria Avenue, Swanage, Dorset. He is remembered at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

Private Reginald James BASCOMBE

Private Reginald James Bascombe 535078 served with the 15th (County of London) Battalion (Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles). Reginald was born at Tyneham on 30 August 1898 and lived there until 1911 or later. Sadly he died of pneumonia while on leave on 20 October 1918 and is buried at Southampton Hollybrook Cemetery. His name is not included on the Tyneham memorial plaque.

Charles Job CLEALL

113367, 257th Coy., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) who died on 2 November 1917 aged 27. Charles was the son of John and Hannah Cleall. He is remembered at the Basra War Cemetery.

Private Harry HOLLAND

8117, 2nd Bn., Dorsetshire Regiment who died on 8 December 1915. He is remembered at the Kut War Cemetery.

Harry Holland
26 Sep 1888 – 8 Dec 1915
Photograph courtesy of Mark White

Private John HOLLAND

29626, 14th Bn., Hampshire Regiment who died on 13 November 1916 aged 21. John was born on 3 February 1897 to He was the son of Rose Holland of Tyneham and the late John Holland. He is remembered at the Netley Military Cemetery.



Lieutenant Claude Knox HOMAN

Claude served with the 6th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment and died on 18 September 1915 aged 19. Claude was the son of Claude Samuel and Adelaide Mabel Homan, of 72, Parkstone Road, Poole, Dorset. Native of Tyneham, Corfe Castle, Dorset. He is remembered at Voormezeele Enclosure No.3. His name is not included on the Tyneham memorial plaque.

Charles William Lemuel McPEAK

Charles was born at Warbarrow 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. I am not aware of any children from either marriage. His name is not included on the Tyneham memorial plaque.

Private William George MEECH

996, 1st/1st, Dorset Yeomanry (Queen’s Own) who died on 26 February 1916 aged 28. He is remembered at the ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY. William was the son of Emily Taylor and her first husband Thomas How Meech

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 and the Helles Memorial.

World War 2

Able Seaman Charlton HOLLAND

D/J 81779, H.M.S. Mahratta, Royal Navy who died on 25 February 1944. He was the son of John and Rose Holland. He is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial

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