WWI Village History Day and Proms

I am organising a village history day in Corfe Mullen on 2nd August 2014 to commemorate the first world war. We have displays by the Priest House Museum, The Sturminster Marshall Red Cross Hospital, Lockyers School, The Cordite Factory in Holtons Heath curators, St. Nicholas and st. Huberts churches, the Parish council. We are also organising interactive activities and crafts for the children of the village and refreshments.

As part of the Parish display we want to honour the men who fought and were either injured or killed in the war. We are having a memory board and we are appealing for relatives of those soldiers and their families to come forward with information about those men ie. who they were, what they did for a living, children, fun anecdotes and photos etc. that can bring these men alive to the younger people of today, so they can be seen as people rather than just names on a memorial stone... Read more

The soldiers that were wounded in the first world war and treated at Sturminster Marshall Red Cross Hospital (not on the memorial stone as they didn't die in battle) who are buried at St. Huberts are:
Private Vernon Frank Hoare 10427 Dorsetshire regiment died from wounds
24/05/1917 died age 22
Private R Blackmore L/14821 Middlesex regiment died from wounds 28/03/15
Sapper Alfred Edward Brookson 1539 Royal Engineers died from wounds
22/08/1916 died age 37
Private F Taylor 363 The Queens (royal West Surrey Regiment) 23/10/1915
Lance Corporal WE Vater 16303 Northamptonshire Regiment died of wounds
Private Sidney James White 10302 Dorsetshire Regiment died of wounds

Court Martial
The very first Officer to be court marshalled and shot was from Corfe Mullen/Sturminster Marshall parish. I want to contact his family again. A gentleman spoke to me at a parish meeting regarding this, saying it was just because the family claim that he left the trench he was in charge of to go back to get further orders as he hadn't recieved any for a long time. He was charged with desertion of his post and made an example of. I would love for the family to get in contact again, as their relative has an important story to tell.

Corfe Mullen had a Lavender farm and essential oil Distillery during the war as well as a railway station called Corfe Mullen Holt. I would love to know the part these businesses played in the war effort. If any one has any photos or stories on how the wider village helped with the war effort, that would be great.

I am also holding a Corfe Mullen Proms on the 19th and 20th September to commemorate the war with all proceeds going to local charities including the Royal British Legions Womens section. 19th will be at St. Nicholas Church and we have the Wimborne community Orchestra and St. Nicholas Church choirs and special guest singers and on the 20th we have the Land girls and the Christchurch brass band at the Royal British Legion Corfe Mullen.

I really hope you can help me, my contact details are: Cllr Sarah Burns tel:
01202 605505 email: cllr.sburns@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk

Best Regards

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