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Dunster was held for the Crown in the 1640s and was the last Royalist stronghold.

Like most communities Dunster suffered heavy losses in the First World war although at least one man survived only to die during the Second World W

Dunster's community was heavily engaged during the war with soldiers at Dunster Beach, coastal defences and civil defence besides feeding serviceme

The 233 names on the town memorial represent only a small proportion of Basingstoke men who died serving in the First World War.

Minehead like most places was affected by the loss of men to the front during the First World War but as a port the town was used to war and its conse

Standing on a hill above the marshy valley of the Loddon, Basing House has long been the site of human habitation.  I

There are seven wills and nine inventories for this period including the will and inventory of the major freeholder, John Sumner and the copyholder

During World War I, military units were based throughout Salisbury Plain for training before deployment to the front.

Although Codford was peripheral to the main army training areas on and around Salisbury Plain, its easy rail and road access to Warminster and Sali

In July 1916 Codford was chosen as the depot for housing wounded New Zealand troops during their convalescence and the hutted military hospital in