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Compiled and copyright © Jacqui Wragg 2009

The Hammoon memorial is in the form of a 21” high brass cross and sits on the communion table in the parish church of St Mary, Hammoon. According to the Church Wardens Accounts of 1920/21 “the cost being defrayed by subscriptions received from every house in the parish without distinction”.

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“To the Glory of God This cross placed here by the inhabitants of Hammoon.
In the memory of Pte H Kerley (Dorset Regt) & Pte W Kerley (Dorset Regt) & Pte W G Long (Hampshire Regt) who gave their lives for their country in the Great War AD 1914-1919.
And is a token of thankfulness for the safe return of their comrades-in-arms whose homes are in the Parish.”


Private 3/7329, 1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in Action 5th May 1915, aged 24. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Panel 37. Born 1890 Wyke Regis and resided at Sturminster Newton when he enlisted.


William James
Private 14762, 1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment. Died 8th September 1917, aged 35. Buried St Sever Cemetery Ext Rouen P. III. E. 10B. Born Winfrith or Wareham 1882 and resided at Charlton Marshall when he enlisted.


William George Oliver
Private 17181, 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment. Born Wincanton and resided at Blandford when he enlisted at Oxford. Killed in Action 6th August 1918. Aged 30. Son of Mr Walter G and Annie Long of Hammoon, Sturminster Newton. Listed on the Helles Memorial.

Last updated 25 April, 2018

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