The year that saw the out-break of the Great War showed us clearly the fragility of the burgeoning air forces, with a series of disastrous air crashes on Salisbury Plain with the Gipps, Downer, Allen, Treeby, and Skene and Barlow cases.

The Brown / Dredge lovers’ suicide pact is the only such I have come across to use the verdict felo de se, which means ‘murder of self,’ indicating that they clearly knew and consented in their own deaths, and were not insane at the time.

The outbreak of the War both flooded the press and society with patriotism, and Salisbury Plain with soldiers from around the Empire. There are a number of deaths of Soldiers, some attributable to the inevitable rush at the onset of such a conflict, and one or two perhaps to the dawning of the nearness of personal battle.

The Resnick case is curious, featuring as it does Jewish craftsmen from London down in Wiltshire working on the camps. One wonders if there was an undercurrent of anti-Jewish feeling at the start of the Great War, for it seems possible the drunkard definitely pulled Resnick down on to the track and under the wheels of the train.

Tucker, Miriam

Collins, Frederick

Bush, James                                 Warminster

Hobbs, Joseph                             Upavon

Blake, Samuel                              Shrewton

Hale, Annie

Gipps, George                             Larkhill

Fulford, George                            Downton

Brown, Walter / Dredge, Dorothy       Redlynch

Downer, Cyril                               Upavon

Martin, George                              Devizes

Allen, Clement / Burroughs, James      Bulford

Wisdom, George

Treeby, Hugh                               Upavon

Budden, George

Frances infant                               Donhead St Andrew

Reeves, Elizabeth

Weeks, Albert                                Bulford

Rees, Agnes                                  Donhead St Mary

Collins, George

Goddard, Francis

Badham, Walter                             Bemerton

Haines, James                                Laverstock

Sartin, Wilfred

Devonport, Henry

Mussell, Albert                               Downton

Steward, Muriel                              Boyton

Coombs, Fanny

Skene, Robin / Barlow, Raymond      Netheravon

Barnett, William                             Tisbury

Biddiscombe, Frederick                 Donhead St Mary

Watts, George                                Wilton

Read, Eric                                      Bishopstone

Dorrington, Job                               Sutton Mandeville

Tutt, Arthur                                     Tisbury

Smith, infant                                   Landford

Chesman, Frank                              Bulford

Chalmers, John                               Tilshead

Stringer, Alfred                               Netheravon

Lee, Austen                                    Shrewton

Brown, Hilda

Hartley, William                              Shrewton

Sawyer, Percy                                  Tilshead

Ogden, William                               Tilshead

Smith, Samuel                                  Tilshead

Pitt, Edward                                     Whiteparish

Pendleton, Walter                            Tilshead

Baxter, Ernest                                   Bulford

Moseley, Richard

Nurden, William                              Newton Toney

Peden, Hugh                                   Larkhill

Barnes, Edith

Resnick, Samuel

Grover, Charles                               Amesbury

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by noel on January 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    charles smith dies at bulford camp in september 1914 he was from longparish nr andover . any info on cause of death ?

  2. Hello, I do not have the answer to that query Noel. You may look on freebmd to try and find the ref no for a death certificate and then apply to the relevant local registrar for a death certificate. There is a Charles Smith noted in newspaper items of Oct and Nov 1914 as deserting from Bulford, but, of course, its a very common name indeed. I found this on the British Newspaper Archive, a super resource you should have a look at. Good luck.

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