Operation Pied Piper evacuated 1.5 million people in the first three days of September 1939. A second wave of evacution took place in 1940 when a millon people were moved after the surrender of France and during the Blitz. Another million people were evacuated in Operation Rivulet between July and September 1944.

Some of the children evacuated to Sturminster Newton were originally pupils at Walworth Central school in south London.

The list of evacuees found so far.

Joan Irene Bateman 1926- Born: Lambeth, London
Olive Mary Bateman 1928-1982 Born: Lambeth, London
John Bowles 1933-2010 Born: Eastry, Kent
John Thompson Cameron 1935-1986 Born: Southwark, London
Robert Stark Cameron 1930-1973 Born: Southwark, London
Bessie A Cave 1925- Born: Camberwell, London
Yvonne Gwendoline Lee Chappell 1924-2011 Born: Camberwell, London
David C Coleman 1936- Born: Camberwell, London
Frederick Arthur Coleman 1926-1984 Born: Camberwell, London
Helen B Coleman 1930- Born: Camberwell, London
Iris M Coleman 1929- Born: Camberwell, London
Joan A Coleman 1924- Born: Camberwell, London
Helen Elsie Earle 1902- Born: Camberwell, London
Peter Albert Fisher 1939-1956 Born: Stepney, London
Doreen Frisby 1927- Born: Camberwell, London
Winifred Elizabeth Gray 1926-1992 Born: Camberwell, London
Harriet Annie Hales 1899-
Mary Hall 1909-
Audrey Harsant 1923- Born: Lambeth, London
Joan Elizabeth Hodgkins 1926- Born: Chelsea, London
Audrey Holmes 1927- Born: Hackney, London
Betty Holmes 1925- Born: Hackney, London
Phyllis Dorothy House 1931-2005 Born: Lambeth, London
Sheila M A House 1937- Born: Camberwell, London
Doreen M Humphries 1926-
Valerie A Lake 1939- Born: Camberwell, London
Edna May Levens 1927-1982 Born: Lambeth, London
Freda Margaret Levens 1930-1999 Born: Camberwell, London
Elizabeth Mary Long 1911- Born: Toronto, Canada
Michael Muddiman 1936- Born: Southampton, Hampshire
Ruby Murray 1929- Born: Southwark, London
Norton A Myhill 1930- Born: Camberwell, London
Verena Agnes Newby 1908- Born: St Pancras, London
Iris Violet Rayner 1927-2006 Born: Camberwell, London
Amelia Ellen Robertson 1911-2004 Born: Southwark, London
Ruth Margaret Stannett 1925- Born: Lambeth, London

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Frederick Mullett

On Monday afternoon an accident, which proved fatal, happened to a Mr Fred Mullett, farmer, of Okeford Fitzpaine, as he was leaving the Sturminster Newton Market to go home. It appears that Mr Mullet had recently purchased a young horse, and had driven it to the market in a waggon, for the purpose of taking home a load cattle cake, &c. Mrs Mullett, two children, and his man accompanied him. At about 2.30 they stopped in Bridge street, while Mr Mullett went into a shop, his man attending to the horse. When Mr Mullett came out of the shop he held the horse the head, while his man was about to take the reins and get into the waggon, when for some unknown reason, the horse suddenly became restless and started to run away down the hill. Mr Mullett and the man tried to check the horse, and at that moment Mr Jasper Miller’s sons were passing in a pony trap, and the waggon and pony trap collided. The trap was smashed to pieces, and Mr Mullett was thrown under his horse and waggon, the wheels passing over his body. With the heavy load death was almost instantaneous. The man held on to the horse’s head down the hill for some distance, but being almost exhausted, and fearing a similar fate might happen to him, he let go. Mrs Mullett and the two children were left in the waggon, with the reins loose about the horse’s hind-quarters and the horse galloping at full speed. All who saw it feared that on turning the corner at Bridge the waggon would overturn, with the result of further loss of life, but, fortunately, this was not so, and the horse was stopped near the Cemetery without further injury or damage.
As a rule, and especially market on days, there is considerable traffic on this road and many people about, but, fortunately, at the time the accident very little was the road, or there might have been further collisions.
Mr Mullett was taken to the St Mary’s Nursing Home, and Drs Hollick and Watts-Silvester sent for. They were on the spot almost immediately after the accident, and pronounced life extinct.
The deepest sympathy is felt for the widow and family in their very sad and sudden bereavement.
An inquest took place at the Nursing Home Dispensary on Tuesday afternoon, before Mr W H Creech (coroner) and a jury, of whom Mr W Westcott was chosen foreman.
After hearing the evidence, the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death” and expressed their sympathy with the widow and family.

Western Gazette, page 9, Jan 3 1919

Sidney Rose

Prominent Miller and Farmer
Mr. Sidney Rose, member of an old local family, a well-known farmer and miller of Fiddleford Mills, Sturminster Newton, died on Friday at the age of 73. Born at Fiddleford, Mr. Rose spent the whole of his life there and had carried on the mill and farming there in succession to his father, the late Mr. Samuel Rose, for the greater part of his life.
Mr. Rose was a grandson of the “Dorset Miller,” who was immortalised by William Barnes, the Dorset poet, both of whom were born in the parish of Sturminster Newton. The deceased was in occupation of Fiddleford Mills, which was one of the old water mills rented by his grandfather, the late Mr. Job Rose.
Mr. Rose bred some of the best cattle in the county, and was prominent supplier of cattle to Sturminster market.
He did not take an active part in politics or other public affairs. He leaves a wife and two sons — Messrs. Richard and Howard Rose.
The funeral took place at Sturminster Cemetery on Tuesday, the Rev. J. Pulliblank (Manston) conducting the service.
The coffin was conveyed to the Cemetery on a miller’s waggon drawn by two horses, and driven two servants, Messrs. F. Yeatman and P. Gregory, who have, between them, been with the deceased from 70 to 80 years.
The family mourners were Messrs. R. S. and H. C. Rose (sons), Mr. A. Rose (brother), Mrs. O. A. Rose and Mrs. F. Scammell (sisters), Mr. O. A. Rose and Mr. F. Scammell (brothersin-law), Mr. J. Tapper (uncle), Mr. V. Rose (brother-in-law), Mrs. A. Rose (sister-in-law), Mr. Clement Rose (nephew), Mrs. Waltham, Mrs. R. Rose, Mrs. Ganderton, Mrs. A. Watts, Mrs. V. Watts, Mrs. Masters, Mrs. Placke, and Mrs. R. Harding (nieces), Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Scammell (nephew and niece). Mrs. Edwards (cousin), Mrs. Stainer and Mrs. A. W. Rose (nieces), Mr. Leon Rose (nephew), Mr. C. Masters, and Miss Jeanes (friend). Others present were Mr. E. C. Ingram (Messrs. Senior & Godwin), Mr. F. Cowley (representing Capt. Pitt-Rivers), Colonel C. E. Bower, Mr. F. Lemon (representing Messrs. W. E. Brennand & Wilson, solicitors), Mr. C. R. Stride, Messrs. J. J. Hall, Tom Oliver. J. R. Eaton Bradley, H. J. Coombes, L. Walters (Yeovil), B. Herrington, F. Hopkins, Mrs. Hopkins, Miss Hopkins. Messrs. C. Teed, W. Fish, S. Beale, Wm. King W. Cross, H. Clarke, S. Foot. Robert Rose. P. Stockley, M. G. Trowbridge, H. Turk H. Stride, A. Travers, R. Rowland. P. C. Benjafield, J. Ridout, Mr. Fripp (representing Messrs. Blandford & Webb), Messrs. W. Ricketts, J. Herrington, F. J. Hazell, C. Crew, G. Knott, L. Barnett, V. C. Hunt, A. J. Russell, S. Barnes, Hector Miller, O. Harding, S. G. Harvey, Frank Cowley, J. Downes, J. W. Mitchell, A. Gartell, Alan Clarke, A. J. Rose, E. Jeans and son. — Godlard —, Gale, W. Eaton, Mrs. Eaton, Mrs. P. Gregory, Mrs. C. M. Rowland, Miss N. Strange, Mrs. R. Rose, and Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts. There were many floral tributes.

SidneyRose obituary
Western Gazette, page 2, Nov 20 1942

Alexander Morris Hutchings

Yesterday morning, at the Royal Hospital, the City Coroner held an inquiry concerning the death of Alexander Morris Hutchings, who was killed through falling down the lift at the Jessop Hospial, Sheffield, on Sunday evening.
The Rev. J. E. Jump and Messrs. B. T. Burdekin and T. H. Waterhouse, members of the committee; Mr. A. W. Warner, the secretary; and Mr. A Howe, solicitor, represented the Hospital.
No one actually saw how the accident happened, and the evidence given was therefore circumstantial.
Deceased, who was 40 years of age, was a porter at the Jessop Hospital. He had only been there a fortnight. His home was in Derby. Shortly after six o’clock on Sunday evening he fell down the lift, and when picked up was unconscious. His collar-bone and shoulder-blade were broken. He died at about 10 o’clock the same night.
Matilda Elstone, housemaid, said she was on the ground floor when the accident occurred. She was passing the lift, and saw deceased hanging, head downwards, as she thought, between the lift and side of the well. He did not cry out or make any sound. The cage was going up at the time, and the man fell to the ground.
Mr. A. Howe: Are the gates to the lift kept locked?
Witness: Yes Tho house surgeon has one key.
Mr. A. W. Warner said he had made inquiries, and believed deceased entered the lift on the ground floor, and went up to the second floor to collect the letters. He then went down the staircase to the first floor, and proceeded to the lift again to descend to the ground floor. He found, of course, that the lift was at the top floor, where he had left it. He pulled the rope to lower it, but the cage went slightly below the level of the corridor, and he raised it again; this time too high, and, attempting to step in as it was moving up, he slipped and fell into the well underneath. Deceased had had special instructions as to the working of the lift. There were collapsible gates to the well on each of the three floors. There were three keys, which were kept by the house surgeon, the matron, and the porter respectively. No one was ever allowed go up in the lift unless accompanied by one of these three persons.
Mr. Burdekin expressed sincere regret on behalf the hospital authorities for the accident, and also expressed commiseration with the relatives of deceased.
A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.

Alexander Morris Hutchings obituary
Sheffield Telegraph, page 8, May 6 1903

Alexander Hutchings

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Mary and Charlotte Dashwood

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Tom Hilliar

Funeral tribute
The death of Mr. Tom removes from the parish one of its oldest inhabitants. He passed away in his sleep on Sunday in his 87th year at Rose Hill Farm where he and his wife had been living in retirement with their son Mr. Frank Hilliar for upwards of nine years. Mr. Hilliar had been out and about, as usual, on the previous day and for his age was considered an active man.
For over 49 vears he lived at The Mill Okeford Fitzpaine and during that period always associated himself energetically with all the parochial activities. He was one of the early members of the Parish Council, an enthusiastic supporter of the village flower shows and Slate Clubs fetes.
The Cricket and Football Clubs also found in him a keen and ardent helper; indeed, in the early davs he was formidable member of both organisations. He also frequently and successfully appeared in the West Pennard eleven during their local cricket contests. He was an exceptional shot, being very quick with the gun, and he could formerly throw a good quoit. Also in the noble art of self-defence, many youngster was first brought to book at the Mill where the proprietor was no mean exponent of the craft. In fact, Mr. Hilliar was an all-round village sportsman.
The Funeral
The funeral took place on Thursday at St Andrew’s Church the service being conducted by the Rector (Rev. C G Rogers). Principal mourners were Messrs F Hilliar and C Hilliar (sons); Mesdames R Woolridge, E Mitchell, J Ridout, N Ridout (daughters): Messrs H Hilliar, G Hilliar (brothers); Mrs G Beale (sister); Misses P Hilliar, C Hilliar; Messrs G Woolridge, L Woolridge, P Ridout (grandchildren); H Hilllar, Miss M Hilliar, Mrs S Collinson, Mrs M Bastable, Mrs A Laws, Mrs F Hilliar (nephews and nieces); Mrs R Hilliar, Mrs H Hilliar (sisters-in-law); Messrs C Ridout and H Mitchell, Mrs H Hilliar and Mrs C Hilliar (sons-in-law and daughters-in-law): and Mr T Hilliar. Among the many other friends present were Mesdames W Lane, L Pope, and S Williams, Misses N Pope, F Ricketts and L Pope, Mr and Mrs E G Trowbridge, Mr and Mrs H J Trowbridge, Mr G Sutton (also representing the Okeford United Football Club), Messrs R Rose, E T Allen, J Fox, H Miller, F Fox, F N Pope, J H Ridout, John Ridout, Walter Ricketts, J Spicer, John T Sticklen, and John Trowbridge. Mrs Anna Hilliar (wife) was unable to be present, and Messrs John Hilliar and Herbert Hilliar were prevented by sickness from attending.
The floral tributes included those from his sorrowing Wife; From all his children: Edith and Harold; All his grandchildren; Bro Robert and family Henry and Kate: His everloving sister Jane, and all at Castle Cottage; All at East Pennard Somerset; Francie, Arthur and May; Lindy and Flo; C and N Fripp; the Kiener family (Byfleet); H J and R Trowbridge; Jack and Agnes Pope; Algia and Lily: Mrs Graham, Mrs L Rose and Miss Wilkinson; Mrs W G Orchard; Mr and Mrs W Lane and family; L H Splcer (Coulsdon, Surrey); Mr and Mrs Bert Lemon and from Alice, U.S.A.; C and I Rose; Mr and Mrs S Williams; Mr and Mrs Walter Ricketts; Miss B Spicer; The Okeford United Football Club. For the many kindly messages of sympathy, and also the beautiful flowers, Mrs Tom Hilliar and family wish all friends to know how warmly both are appreciated.
The funeral arrangements were carried out under the personal direction of Mr A J Lemon Okeford Fitzpaine.

Tom Hilliar obituary
Western Gazette, page 2, Nov 20 1942

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Thomas Edwin Applin

His many friends in the Katanning and surrounding districts were grieved to learn of the death of Mr. T. E. Applin, which took place at his residence on Wednesday, November 22, following a sudden heart seizure and collapse.
Deceased, who was 72 years of age, had lived an active and varied life, which was sustained to the last in spite of his advancing years. He arrived in Katanning 27 years ago with his wife and family of five boys and four girls, after voyaging from the Old Country on board the S.S. Belgic, which carried 1,500 migrants for Australia. His family, incidentally, was the largest one on board the vessel.
After gaining local experience around Katanning, Mr. Applin selected land about 15 miles from Nyabing, which he farmed for a number of years. Just prior to the Great War, his eldest son, Edward (Ted), suffered a breakdown in health and died after a long illness, and on the outbreak of hostilities his second son, Robert, enlisted with the A.I.F. He went overseas and was killed in action.
The family then persuaded their father to leave the farm and come to Katanning; and it was here that he started what is known today as the Monk’s Green stud. From a very modest beginning (two cows in a back yard), he succeeded by hard work and diligence in becoming the proud owner of one of the finest dairy herds in the State.
He was a highly successful exhibitor in local and district shows, where his splendid Ulawarra Shorthorns were universally admired. In this achievement he was ably assisted by his wife, two youngest sons, Victor and Tom, and a daughter, who have lost a good husband and father, while his wide circle of friends will regret the passing of a true Britisher.
The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon, the cortege moving from his late residence to the Baptist portion of the Katanning cemetery, where the last rites were administered by Pastor J. Wilson Brown, funeral arrangements being in the hands of Messrs. C. E. Courtis and Co.
Pall-bearers were Messrs. N. Ricket, N. Wells, L. Wells, A. A. Stevens, F. A. Rogers and E. Daniels.

Thomas Edwin Applin obituary
Great Southern Herald (Katanning, Western Australia), page 5, Dec 2 1939