William Herbert Bowditch

Male 1901 - 1954  (52 years)


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  • Name William Herbert Bowditch 
    Born 14 Nov 1901  Melbury Sampford, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 2 Apr 1911  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Age: 9y 
    Address:
    Hazel Farm 
    Confirmation 21 Mar 1917  Maiden Newton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Baptism 8 Jul 1934  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Role: Godparent
    Ancestor Count 32 
    Descendant Count 15 
    Buried Sep 1954  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    St Osmonds Church 
    Died 2 Sep 1954  Dorchester, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    Cause: knocked down and crushed by two army lorries 
    Address:
    County Hospital 
    Person ID I93  Taubman Family Tree
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2018 

    Father John William Herbert Bowditch,   b. 10 Jan 1878, Stockwood, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1964, Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Judith Batten,   b. 25 Jun 1876, Farley, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1959, Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 11 Oct 1900  Melbury Osmond, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    • The Mebury Estate, belongs to the Earls of Ilchester, the Fox Strangeways, who also own(ed) the lands around Farley and Pitton, so it's likely Judith met William while working in the household of the Ilchesters, but no proof has yet been found.
    Notes 
    • Judith was aged 24 and John was aged 23 and a laborer, both were living at Melbury Osmond. The marriage was witnessed by Henry Batten and Rosa Collin.
    Photos
    William and Judith Bowditch
    William and Judith Bowditch
    Bowditch Children Group Photo
    Bowditch Children Group Photo
    William and Judith Bowditch
    William and Judith Bowditch
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    Bowditch Children Group Photo
    Bowditch Children Group Photo
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    Family ID F32  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Edith Lilian May Isaacs,   b. 16 Jun 1905, Melksham, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1976, Wincanton Hosp, Wincanton, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 26 Dec 1929 
    • Melbury Bubb, Dorset, England
    Children 
     1. Robert Willam George Bowditch,   b. 5 May 1931,   d. 2 Jul 1996, Yeovil, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Photos
    William Herbert Bowditch Robert William Bowditch and Family
    William Herbert Bowditch Robert William Bowditch and Family
    William Herbert Bowditch Robert William Bowditch and Family
    William Herbert Bowditch Robert William Bowditch and Family
    Media Date: EST 1941
    Keywords: photos,Picture
    Last Modified 3 Apr 2009 
    Family ID F42  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Nov 1901 - Melbury Sampford, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 9y - 2 Apr 1911 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsConfirmation - 21 Mar 1917 - Maiden Newton, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 8 Jul 1934 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    St Osmonds Church - Sep 1954 - Evershot, Dorset, England
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    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: knocked down and crushed by two army lorries - 2 Sep 1954 - Dorchester, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William Herbert Bowditch Robert William Bowditch and Family
    William Herbert Bowditch Robert William Bowditch and Family
    William Herbert Bowditch Robert William Bowditch and Family
    William Herbert Bowditch Robert William Bowditch and Family
    Media Date: EST 1941
    Keywords: photos,Picture

  • Sources 
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    3. [S326] Census 1911 Evershot, Dorset, England RG14/12/4/54, (RG14/12/4/54), 326.

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    5. [S835] .

    6. [S748] Newspaper - unknown - Crushed between two lorries at Holywell.
      CRUSHED BETWEEN TWO LORRIES AT HOLYWELL
      - Man killed when returning home from harvest field

      A FATALITY when returning from harvesting was described to the Deputy Coroner, Mr. G. A. Lipscombe, when he Conducted an inquest at Dorchester on Friday into the circum-stances surrounding the death of Williain Herbert Bowditch, aged 52, of Holywell, near Evershot.

      Bowditch was crushed between two Army lorries at Porchester Hill, on the Yeovil—Dorchester Road, on September 1 as he was walking home from Porehester Farm. Reginald Kerton, of Holy-Well, said that as he Bowditell and William Hutchings were descending Pordhester Hill they dodged between two of a convoy of Army lorries standing on the roadside in order to avoid on-coming traffic. They moved out to continue( down the hill and Bowditch was hit by another lorry which was moving- up to take in tow thE one they had been sheltering behind.

      TURNED HIM ROUND
      Hutchins said a soldier shout-ed .a warning and he and Ken ton jumped back, but Boviiditch, who was in front, didn't. seem to worry. The lorry hit hirr, and seemed to turn him round against the stationary vehicle. Sapper Douglas Frank Lux. ford, undergoing T.A. training at Wyke Regis Camp, said that the lorry he was driving broke down on the hill. Sapper Wisbey decided tc take his vehicle in tow and he shouted a warning to three civ-ilians who were in front. "I looked down," said witness, "to examine my towbar and the next thing I saw was a man, who seemed to be twisted by the lorry. The other two men caught him. "I shouted to the driver to stop when I saw what had happened. He seemed very surprise'd when he got down from his cab." Sapper. Arthur William Wisbey, also in training at Wyke Regis Camp, said that he was driving in convoy from Yeovil and climbing Porchester Hill he saw Luxford's vehicle on the roadside and stopped to see it he could assist. It was decided they should take this lorry in tow. He had noticed three civilians coming down the hill, but they were a long way off. "As I passed the bonnet of the other vehicle I saw, through my near side window, some men standing in front of Luxford's lorry. As I was passing the front of the lorry I heard the other Sapper shout 'Stand back.' "I carried on a little distance until I had enough clearance, then I proceeded to turn in. I heard. a confused shouting, applied my brakes and stopped immediately." In answer to questions from Insp. F. Payne, Wisbey said no one was standing beside Luxford's lorry as he approached. He gave himself about 18 inches' clearance as he passed alongside the other lorry. P.C. W. Cross found Bowditch with a badly laCerated right arm and complaining of pains in his chest.. OPERATED ON Dr. J. E. Thomas. said Bowditch was admitted to hospital at about 8.50 p.m. on September 1 suffering from severe shock and with evidence .of interabdominal bleeding: Blood transfusions were given and the patient's condition improved sufficiently for an operation to be performed. He recovered from the anaesthetic but his condition deteriorated and he died at about 4.30 a.m. on September 2. Cause of death was shock and haemorrhage due to multiple laceration of the upper abdominal organs, consistent with a crushing injury . DRIVEN CAREFULLY The Coroner, addressing the jury, said, "All the witnesses agreed that Wisbey's vehicle was being driven slowly and carefully. Wisbey himself need not have given evidence, but chose to do so. "He had no knowledge of the persons in front of Luxford's vehicle until he had actually passed the front of the lorry. "If you accept his story you can have no doubt in returning a verdict of accidental death." The jury returned a unanimous verdict of accidental death.


    7. [S25] GRO Index, 25., Death Q3 Jul-Aug-Sep 1954 Weymouth 6A 470.

    8. [S930] .

    9. [S38] Marriage Certificate : John William Herbert Bowditch & Judith Batten, 38.