Burbage During the Great War
Burbage During the Great War

3rd Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment

221082 Frederick John FLIPPENCE


Frederick was born in 1899, son of Jasper, a farm labourer and Louisa Flippence. 


Frederick enlisted at Devizes on 9th June 1915.  His address was given as 40 Stibb Green.  At the time he was 5ft 6ins tall.  The Statement of Service notes his discharge on 12th July 1915 for being unlikely to become an efficient soldier.  Frederick served for 35 days in B Company at the Depot, his conduct was good.  It looks as though he had lied about his age at enlistment.


Army records note that he was employed by Chivers Cole (sic) and Coke Merchants.


Frederick Flippence was called-up on 27th July 1916 and joined the training reserve but was found unfit.  

20869 Maurice Frederick SCAMMELL


Maurice was born in the spring and is recorded on the 1901 Census living in Shalbourne.  The son of Frederick, a police constable, and Catherine, he grew up in Shalbourne moved to Corsley Heath, Warminster before the 1911 Census and later went to school in Burbage when his father took over as constable from Henry Moore.


Few records survive of Maurice’s Army Service.  However, we know he joined the Wiltshire Regiment and that he died and was buried in a Commonwealth War Grave at Melcombe Regis, Dorset.


20869 Cpl M F Scammell apparently attested on 25th May 1915, however, he was listed as a server at All Saint’s on 30th May!    His attestation is mentioned in the August 1915 issue of the Parish Magazine.  Although under age, he may have served overseas.  On the evening of 14th January 1917 Maurice was walking from Bincombe Camp (near Weymouth) towards Preston with friends when he was hit by a car.  He was taken to the military camp hospital and transferred to Princess Christian Hospital where he died of his wounds at about 10pm.  The Coroner returned a verdict of accidental death.


Rev’d Sands wrote in the February 1917 issue of the Parish Magazine that the whole village will sympathise with Mr & Mrs Scammell in the death of their third son Maurice Scammel, through an accident at Weymouth.  He was formerly a server and in the choir, and a fine and promising youth.  Though under 16, he was Corporal in the 3rd Wilts.  May he by the mercy of God rest in peace!


Cpl Scammell was probably entitled to the British War & Victory medals and may have been entitled to the 1914-15 Star. He is remembered on the Burbage War Memorial in All Saints' Churchyard.


Albert & Bertie STONE


The November 1914 list of Burbage servicemen published in the parish magazine includes Albert Stone, 3rd Wilts with a further comment that the Stones of Ram Alley are just in Easton Parish so they cannot be included in this list.  Twelve months later, the updated list, notes the names of several whose homes are now elsewhere, but who were educated at Burbage Schools: - L Corp A Stone, Ptes E Stone, F Munday,……


There are 2 Albert Stones listed in the 1911 Census:


  • One, aged 27 and single, was living at 37 Stibb with his Grandmother, Ann.  Occupation - bricklayer
  • The second, aged 20, was living with Alfred and Alice Stone and Frank Mundy (step son) at 78 Ram Alley.  Occupation – bricklayer.  It also notes Alfred and Alice had 2 children and had been married for 12 years.


Earlier census records explain the anomaly. 


  • In 1901 the record shows Alfred married to Alice and children William 19,  Albert 17, Elizabeth 13, Bertie 10, Florence Mundy 9, Frederick Mundy 5.  All in the Parish of Easton Royal.
  • In 1891 the record shows Alfred 41, married to Mary A 38 and their family of 7 children, the youngest of which was Bertie not yet 1 year old.
  • The 1881 census record is consistent with later records.


9674 Albert STONE


Many service records were destroyed in a fire during the blitz in the Second World War but one record remains for an Albert Stone from Burbage.


9674 Pte Albert Stone was 29 when he joined the Wiltshires in Devizes in August 1914.  He was described as 5ft 8ins tall, weighing 126 lbs, with blue eyes, light brown hair and a fresh complexion.   His occupation was described as bricklayer. However, he was discharged not being likely to become an efficient soldier in October 1914.  His attestation papers list his mother, Alice and father, Alfred.


19871 LCpl Albert (Bertie) STONE


Bertie, son of Alfred and Mary Ann (nee Inns) was baptised Albert Thomas Stone at All Saint’s Church, Burbage on 17 May 1891.   His mother died in 1894 and his father married Alice in 1900.  They lived at 78 Ram Alley in the parish of Easton Royal.


Bertie followed his brother Ernest and joined the 1st Battalion in Belgium on about the 13th May 1915.

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