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DOLPHIN, James Hayward (c1893-1953) – Royal Berkshire Regiment/Devonshire Regiment/Labour Corps

PS-DOLPHIN%20James%20Hayward.jpgPrivate James Hayward Dolphin (ca1893-1953) moved to Wickhamford after his period of service in the war.

He first enlisted on 7th December 1915 and was moved to the Army Reserves.  Living in Bridge Street, Pershore and working as a market gardener, his next-of-kin was his widowed mother, Elizabeth.  He was mobilized on 4th July 1916 and sent to the 12th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (No 29524).  At some point he was transferred to the 13th Battalion and then to the 14th (Labour) Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment (No 40797) before ending his Army service in the 30th Company of the Labour Corps (No 91899).  He was sent to France on 3rd October 1916 with the Devonshire Regiment and the last record for him is a Statement of Disability issued in Cologne on 19th September 1919.

Always known as ‘Billie’ Dolphin, he had a fruit stall on Pitchers Hill after the War and lived in one of the houses at the Broadway end of the road.

See also this newspaper article and Fruit Stalls on Pitchers Hill.