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World War One

A commemorative plaque to the men of the parish who gave their lives in the First World War can be found in the New Church of Kingston St. James. It starts:


The names inscribed are shown below, together with further information established about each serviceman killed where known:

Richard BYDDER

Richard St. George Bydder was a Master Mariner in the Mercantile Marine and died on 18 July 1920. He was the sister of Kingston school teacher Beatrice Allen nee Bydder.

Sidney COOK

No information located as yet.


No information located as yet.

George DAVIS

George Davis was a Corporal with the Royal Garrison Artillery 11th Seige Battery (service number 137061) who died on 1 November 1917. George is commemorated at Dozinghem Military Cemetery in Belgium (grave/memorial reference X11. D. 8.).


Henry James Furmage, known as ‘Harry’, was a Private with the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 100 Company (service number 14992) who died of wounds on 21 August 1916 in the Battle of the Somme. Harry is also commemorated on the war memorial at Corfe Castle. He was buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L’Abbe, Somme, France (grave/memorial reference III. F. 23.).

Harry was the second of two children born to clay miner James Furmage (1862-1956) and his wife Elizabeth Ellen Furmage nee Burgess (1859-1930). Harry was baptised at Corfe Castle on 7 July 1889. By 1901 his father had become a dairyman and the family were living at Afflington Dairy House near Kingston. By 1911 the family were at Scoles Dairy with Harry and his brother Thomas both Assistant Dairymen.

Robert GRANT

Robert Grant was a Corporal with the Royal Garrison Artillery, 285th Siege Battery (service number 334335) who died on 25 March 1918 aged 23. Robert is commemorated at Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France (grave/memorial reference VI. C. 25.). Robert was the son of Edward and Susan Grant, of Kingston, Corfe Castle, Dorset.


David Hooper had served in the regular army with the Dorsetshire Regiment (service number 15705) and was discharged having completed both active and reserve service in 1910. He was called up in 1916 when the Military Service Act extended conscription to the ages of 18 – 40 years and then served as a Private with the Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment, 2nd Battalion (service number 5359).

David was listed “Missing Presumed Dead” during the German offensive “Operation Michael” launched on 21 March 1918 in an attempt to regain areas of the Somme that they had lost earlier in the war. David died on 27 March 1918 aged 40. He is commemorated at Pozieres Cemetery, near Albert, Somme, France (memorial panel 78).

David was the son of David Hooper and Emily Sarah Hooper nee White of West Street, Kingston, Corfe Castle, Dorset.

Charles LOVEL

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James MEDD

James Medd was a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment, 1st Battalion and also the Wiltshire Regiment, attd. 1st Battalion (service number 3/7850) who died 20 August 1916 in the Battle of the Somme. James is commemorated at Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuile Wood, Somme, France (grave/memorial reference I. C. 3.).

James was the son of Thomas Swan Medd (1846-1919) and Emily Ann Medd nee White (1843-1893).

Albert SPECK

Albert George Speck was a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery, 112th Siege Battery (service number 55793) who died on 21 March 1918 aged 20. Albert is commemorated at Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery, Beaumetz-les-Cambrai, Pas de Calais, France (grave/memorial reference B. 11.). Albert was the son of Walter and Mary Speck, of West Hill, Kingston, Dorset.


Harry Stevens was a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion (service number 27367) who died on 16 July 1917 aged 34. Harry is commemorated at Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq (grave/memorial reference XV. C. 11.).

Harry was the son of the late John Stevens (1848-1915) and Mary Stevens nee Savage (1848-1898), of Eastington Farm, Swanage and husband of Alice ‘Daisy’ Maria Stevens nee Howard (1892-1976) of Blashenwell Farm, Kingston, Dorset. Harry and Daisy had a son Laurie Howard Stevens (1912-2005) and twins May Howard Stevens and Edward Howard Stevens both of whom sadly died shortly after birth in 1914.


Frederick John Stickland was a Private with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 6th Battalion (service number 29199) who died on 23 August 1917 aged 19. Frederick is commemorated at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (grave/memorial reference LXVI. H. 29.). Frederick was the son of Alice Mary Stickland, of Encombe, Kingston, Corfe Castle, Dorset, and the late Edward Stickland.


Henry Lawrance Travers was a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery, 278th Siege Battery (service number 334312) who died on 30 May 1918 aged 26. Henry is commemorated at Pernois British Cemetery, Halloy-les-Pernois, Somme, France (grave/memorial reference I. E. 13.). Henry was the son of Henry ‘George’ Travers (1866-1951) and Bessie Maud Travers nee Speck (1870-1954) of South Street, Kingston, Corfe Castle. He left a widow Ellen Olive Travers nee Burden (1895-1968) of Tadnoll Cottage, near Dorchester and two children Thomas Henry William Travers (1915-2004) and Margaret ‘Joyce’ Travers (1917-2007).

World War Two

Beneath the many body of the commemorative plaque dedicated to those who gave their lives in the First World War is the following simple inscription:

The names inscribed are shown below, together with further information established about each serviceman killed where known:


Ronald Henry Beavis was a Sergeant with the Royal Engineers. He died in September 1943 and was buried at Kingston.


Able Seaman Henry Charles Kellaway (service number P/JX 249485) was serving with H.M.S. President III., Royal Navy. Henry died on 13 August 1942 aged 28. Henry was the son of Charles Henry and Lilian Kellaway, of Kingston, Dorset and the husband of Kathleen May Kellaway. Henry is remembered with honour on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Douglas John HIXSON

Douglas John ‘Jack’ Hixson (1920-1949) is believed to have been invalided during World War 2. He died at The Borough Sanitorium, Weymouth on 14 November 1949 aged 29. Jack was buried at Kingston on 19 November 1949.

Jack was the son of Albert ‘Ernest’ Hixson (1886-1962) and Elsie Hixson nee Collins (1885-1957).



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Thomas Swan Medd (1846-1919)

Thomas was born at Maidenhead in 1846 to plumber John Medd (1809-1881) and Hannah Elizabeth Medd neé Worrall (c.1813-1892). ‘Swan’ was his paternal grandmother’s surname. Thomas followed in his father’s footsteps and became a plumber. The family moved from Berkshire to Middlesex, first to Islington and then to Twickenham.

Thomas married  Emily Ann White (1843-1893) on 30 March 1874 at Holy Trinity, Twickenham. Emily, born at Corfe Castle, was then in domestic service in Twickenham as a cook for retired shipowner George Louthean. She had previously been in domestic service as Cook for James Kent of Lynch Farm, Kingston. After their marriage, Thomas secured employment at Kingston as estate plumber. Thomas and Emily had seven children (see later), all born at Kingston.

By 1880 Thomas, in addition to being a plumber, had become Kingston’s postmaster and grocer. Thomas served as postmaster for over 35 years. Emily died in May 1893 aged 49 and Thomas died in January 1919 aged 72. They are buried at Kingston in unmarked graves.

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Kingston c.1939 with the bay window of the Post Office visible on the left

Children of Thomas & Emily:

1.   Eleanor Worrall Medd (1875-1951)

Eleanor was baptised on 14 March 1875 by Rev. Spencer-Smith. At the time of the census in 1901 Eleanor was employed as a clerk in the Kingston post office. She married Charles Willie Ernie Orchard (1878-1955) at Kingston on 6 April 1908. They had two children,  Kenneth Charles ‘Ken’ Orchard (1910-1965) and Emily Joan ‘Joan’ Orchard (1912-2010). After her father’s death, Eleanor, also known as ‘Nell’, took over as postmistress and later her daughter Joan  succeeded her.

2.   Hannah Maud ‘Annie’ Medd (1876-1956)

Hannah was born at Kingston and baptised by Rev. Spencer-Smith on 18 June 1876. Hannah married telegraph engineer Augustus Walshe (1873-1963) at Kingston on 28 July 1909 and the service was conducted by Rev. Spencer-Smith. Hannah and Augustus had two sons, Thomas Askew Walshe (1911-1972), who became a postman at Shepton Mallet in Somerset, and John Donald Walshe (1913-1981), who was shot down in the early years of World War 2 and spent many years as a Prisoner of War after which he worked for a glove manufacturer.

The marriage of Augustus Walshe to Hannah Maud Medd

The wonderful photo above has been provided by Sandra Walshe, grand-daughter of Augustus and Hannah, who says “Family tradition has always been that Augustus and Hannah were the first couple to be married in the new church, while Hannah’s older sister Eleanor Medd was one of the last brides at the old church, when she married Charles Orchard in 1908”.

3.   John Thomas Medd (1879-1968)

John was born at Kingston on 9 September 1879. When he joined the Royal Navy on 3 September 1901 he gave his occupation as Fitter / Turner. H.  John married Rose Cains (1882-1969) at St. James’ Church, Poole on 3 September 1904. His older sister Eleanor was a witness. John served onboard Lion Class battle cruiser H.M.S. Princess Royal as an Engine Room Artificer for the duration of World War 1. His conduct throughout his 22 year naval career was always rated ‘Very Good’ being awarded the Good Conduct Medal. In 1920 Rose was living at 18 Tottenham Road, Kingston, Portsmouth. John died at Portsmouth in 1968 and his widow Rose died there the following year.

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H.M.S. Princess Royal & John’s entry in ‘The National Roll of the Great War’

4.   James Medd (1881-1916)

James was born at Kingston in 1881. In 1901 James was a blacksmith boarding at 1 Mill Pond Cottages, Swanage. In World War 1, James served with the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment but sadly was killed in action at The Somme on 20 August 1916. He is buried at Blighty Valley Cemetery and he is commemorated on the memorial plaque inside Kingston New Church.

5.   Bessie Medd (1883-?)

Bessie was born at Kingston in 1883. In 1901, Bessie was in domestic service as a cook for retired estate agent Frederick Jackson at Gwyle, Beach Road, Swanage. Ten years later, she was still in domestic service as a cook, but this time she was at 26 Gloucester Place, Portman Square, London and Bessie completed the census schedule in householder Mrs. Van de Meyer’s absence. On 7 August 1912 Bessie left the port of Bristol on board the Royal George. The ship arrived at Montreal on 14 August 1912. Bessie’s destination was Ottawa where she intended to be a housekeeper and cook. On 3 June 1916, Bessie married carpenter Lorenzo Archdale Murphy (1868-1935) at Carleton, Ontario, Canada. Lorenzo died in 1935 and Bessie remained in Canada.

6.   Lavinia ‘Lit’ Medd (1884-1906)

Lit was born at Kingston in 1884. She died in July 1906 aged 21 and is buried at Kingston in an unmarked grave.

7.   Arthur Swan Medd (1886-1967)

Arthur was born at Kingston in 1886. By 1901 he was a postman. Arthur enlisted for World War 1 on 29 October 1914 when he was living at 1 Cromwell Villa, Oxford Road, Bournemouth. He served with the Royal Garrison Artillery initially as a Gunner, then as a Bombardier, Corporal and Sergeant. On 3 August 1918 Arthur married Lizzie Campany (1885-1926) at Christ Church, Ore, Hastings, Sussex. Arthur was demobilized on 19 August 1919. Arthur and Lizzie had one son Arthur Thomas Medd 1920–2006. Lizzie died in 1926. Two years later, Arthur married Florence Myrtle Purver (1896-1951). Florence died in 1951 and Arthur died in 1967.

If you have any further information, memories, photographs etc. about the Medd family then please get in touch with us.

Page last updated: 7 January 2016

1914: December: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

Church Services

I hope to have the usual Lantern Services on the first three Wednesdays in Advent, namely – December 2nd, 9th and 16th, at 7 p.m.

There will be no Mid-day Service of Communion on the third Sunday of the month, but two Celebrations on Christmas morning at 8 and 11. The collections on this day will be made for the Church of England Society for Waif and Stray Children.


The Lord Bishop of the Diocese held a Confirmation Service at Corfe Castle on Thursday, November 26th, at 3 o’clock. Three candidates were presented from Kingston: George Caines, Seymour Tatchell and Lillian Allen.


We have now, I am proud to say, twelve (in addition to E. J. Collins, at present a prisoner of war) connected directly or indirectly with our village who are serving with the Colours.

May God protect them and enable them to be a credit to their King, their Country and their village home:

William Cooper            Fred Bullen

Walter Hunt                  Robert Grant

James Medd                 Jesse Marsh

Robert Dorey                George Davis

Jack Caines                  Alan Travers

Parish Almanacs

These Almanacs for the New Year can be had after any of the Lantern Services in December.


Nov. 15.            Mary Geraldine de Courcy Cooper

1914: May: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

Vestry Meeting

Held on Tuesday, April 14th, about 25 parishioners present. Chief points considered were as follows:

  1. The appointment of Sidesmen to collect and count the monthly offertory, at Morning and Evening Service.
  2. To adopt a scheme similar to that in use at Wareham, in response to the Bishop’s urgent appeal re Church Finance. First, a card will be sent to each Church-family to be signed and returned by those who are willing to take part in the scheme, stating the amount they are prepared to give (say, for example, 1d. per month). Upon the return of these cards, the Secretary will issue so many envelopes, which in the case of the monthly contributor would be brought once a month (in the case of a yearly contributor, once a year), and dropped into a box in the Church, this box to be cleared after each Sunday evening’s service.
  3. To adopt a suggestion that the hymn during the communion of the people at Choral Celebrations be discontinued.
  4. The question of the right to use the North and South aisles of the Church was brought forward; and after discussion it was ascertained that it was Lord Eldon’s express wish that the North aisle should be for the use of the young men, and the South aisle for the young women and children: as this is so, there is no more to be said on the matter except to ask those concerned to respect his Lordship’s wishes.
  5. The following appointments were made:

Mr. Hughes, Sidesman

Mr. Joyce, Sidesman

Mr. Medd, Sidesman

Mr. Seymour, Sidesman

Mr. F. Hunt, Sidesman

Mr. L. Jeffery, Secretary for Church Finance

N.B. – In our Parish we are so situated that we have no need to appoint Churchwardens as other parishes do, the wardenship of the Church being entirely in the hands of Lord Eldon and Mr. Candy.


The Easter Offering for the Bulford Camp Church Building amounted to £4. The May collection (which will be made on May 17th) is for the Temperance Society, when the address will be given by Mr. G. Scott, Diocesan Secretary.


Mar. 30.            Arthur Vincent and Susan Hibbs