John Tompkins was born on November 1, 1834 at Looke in the parish of Abbotsbury, Dorset, England the fifth of eight children of Richard Tompkins and Ann Churchill. Despite being born in Abbotsbury, John was baptised in the parish church at Puncknowle, which was physically much closer to the family home.
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The following members of my extended tree gave their lives for their Country during the First World War. If you are connected with or have further information on any of them I would be pleased to hear from you.
The following inscription from a gravestone at the Salisbury (London Road) Cemetery, Salisbury Wiltshire appeared in Volume VIII of Notes & Queries for Somerset and Dorset published in 1903. It is not known if the stone still survives or if it does is still in a readable condition.
George Tompkins was born on January 1, 1866 at Burton Bradstock, Dorset, England the eldest son of Richard and Ann Tompkins. Sometime between 1876 and 1881 the family moved to Broadoak, Symondsbury, Dorset where George was employed as an Agricultural Labourer. A life on the land was not however for George and he enlisted in the Royal Navy as a boy recruit.
Eliza Clark was born at Puncknowle, Dorset, England in 1838, the eldest daughter of carpenter Richard Clark from Stoke Abbot, Dorset andhis wife Ann Northover from the nearby village of Swyre. Eliza grew up in Puncknowle and by the age of thirteen was engaged in the local trade of net making.
Henry Richard Tompkins was baptised on April 22, 1781 at Puncknowle, Dorset, England, the 5th of 8 children to Nicholas Tompkins and his wife Joan Wallbridge. On May 18, 1818 at Puncknowle witnessed by Bernard Cox and William Thorner he married Elizabeth, the daughter of Joseph & Jane Cox.
George Müller (1805-1898) was a Prussian-born English evangelist and philanthropist. A man of faith and prayer, he established orphanages in Bristol and founded the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad. George Müller (1805-1898) was a Prussian-born English evangelist and philanthropist. A man of faith and prayer, he established orphanages in Bristol and founded the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad. The work of Müller and his wife with orphans begin in 1836 with the preparation of their own home in Bristol for the accommodation of thirty girls. Soon after, three more houses were furnished, growing the total of children cared for to 130. In 1845, as growth continued, Müller decided that a separate building designed to house 300 children was necessary, and in 1849, at Ashley Down, Bristol, that home opened. By 1870, more than 2,000 children were being accommodated in five homes.
Albert Pearce set up in business as the local carrier a few weeks after the end of the first world war in the Dorset Village of Cattistock after buying a coal round and carrier service from fellow villager Percy Shorto. Albert and his wife Susan, their family and their descendants, were to serve the transport needs of the local area for over seventy years.
William George Tompkins was born on February 13, 1868 at Shipton Gorge, Dorset, England the second son of Farm Labourer and ex-seaman, John Tompkins and his wife Eliza Matthews. At some time between 1877 and 1881 the family moved to Rookery Street, Burton Bradstock, Dorset where his father had obtained employment as a miller’s drayman.
On February 7, 1916, Francis Stephen Clark, a 22 years 1 month old Boot maker, next of kin, his father, William Clark of Shaftsbury Road, Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. At least that is what the attestation paper he signed on February 15, 1916 stated. He was actually Francis Curtin Clark born on July 25, 1897 at Tarago, New South Wales the son of William Clark and Catherine Curtin and thus only 18 years old. On his original application form Frank had stated that both parents were deceased, not true, although his mother died on December 30, 1898, his father did not die until July 2, 1935.