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Rev. Helps, of Puddletown, and the 1st Middlesex Regiment


BereniceUK
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An umbrella stand at Puddletown church, Dorset, has the following inscription -

"TO THE GLORY OF GOD

AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF KINDNESS

RECEIVED FROM THE REVD. A. HELPS, C.E.(VICAR OF

PUDDLETOWN) ON A BATTLEFIELD IN BELGIUM. AUGUST 1914

FROM A GRATEFUL OFFICER OF THE 1ST BATTALION MIDDLESEX REGT.

 

Was Revd. Helps the battalion chaplain? I've never before come across an umbrella stand that has a connection to WW1.

 

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Could this be him

 

Medal Index Cards Transcription

First name(s) A L
Last name Helps
Service number -
Rank Captain Reverend
Corps Cavalry Brigade
Service record Rank: Captain Reverend, Corps: Cavalry Brigade
Archive reference WO372/9
Archive reference description Campaign Medal Index Cards and Silver War Badge Cards
Country Great Britain
Image link http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D2815641
Record set World War One British Army medal index cards
Category Military, armed forces & conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from Great Britain
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I'd say 'yes.' Thanks, johnboy.

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Here he is 1911 Census

 

1911 England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription

Piddleton Licarage Dorchester Dorset, Puddletown, Dorset, England

Household Members

First name(s) Last name Relationship Marital status Sex Occupation Age Birth year Birth place  
Arthur L Helps Head Single Male Clerk In Holy Order Ch Of England 39 1872 Clifton Gloucestershire
Emma S Kind Servant Widow Female Housekeeper Domestic 54 1857 Swindon Wiltshire
Bert Pope Servant Single Male Groom - Gardener Domestic 25 1886 Okeford Fitzpaine Dorset
Gertrude L Hand Servant Single Female House - Maid Domestic 19 1892 Piddleton Dorset
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All the info points to him, but he would have been 100yrs old?

You could not make up the surnames for inhabitants of a vicarage!

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I'm sure it Al Helps...

The 1908 Crockfords shows that Arthur Leonard Helps had been the vicar since 1906.

The 1932 edition shows he was he was 'T.C.F in 1914-48' and MID in 1915  (T.C.F - Temporary Chaplin to the Forces)
 

Craig

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The 1932 edition shows he was he was 'T.C.F in 1914-48' and MID in 1915  (T.C.F - Temporary Chaplin to the Forces)
 

 

Any idea how he became Captain ?

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1 hour ago, ss002d6252 said:

I'm sure it Al Helps...
 

Craig

* groan * :lol:

 

1 hour ago, johnboy said:

All the info points to him, but he would have been 100yrs old?

You could not make up the surnames for inhabitants of a vicarage!

Kind Hand Helps Pope!

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10 hours ago, johnboy said:

Any idea how he became Captain ?

He would have been a Chaplain to the Forces, 4th Class, rank equivalent to Captain. This was the lowest grade of chaplain.

 

He seems to have been a chaplain attached to a cavalry brigade, so he was probably not attached to 1st Middlesex. 

 

Ron

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On ‎09‎/‎10‎/‎2016 at 05:59, Ron Clifton said:

He would have been a Chaplain to the Forces, 4th Class, rank equivalent to Captain. This was the lowest grade of chaplain.

 

He seems to have been a chaplain attached to a cavalry brigade, so he was probably not attached to 1st Middlesex

 

Ron

Thank you; yes, I wondered if that might be the case from the wording of the inscription. A chance battlefield encounter then.

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