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Private Alfred Applin
5th Battalion, The Dorset Regiment
Private Alfred Applin of the 5th Battalion, the Dorsetshires, was badly wounded at Gallipoli, leading to his discharge from the Army in 1916 and his admission to the Star and Garter Home in Richmond, where he sadly passed away in 1920, aged only 34. He is buried at the church in Bere Regis, Dorset, where his name is inscribed on the Village War Memorial.
Alfred did not have children of his own but he did have six siblings, one of whom, Thomas, had ten children, of whom one was the late Morgan Applin, the father of Heather Frazer.
Heather, Alfred’s great niece writes:
There were seven from the Applin family in Bere Regis who went to fight in World War One. Alfred, his brother Sydney and their nephews, Frederick, Jasper, Reginald, Frank and Maurice. All of them returned alive but unfortunately Alfred later died in the Richmond Star and Garter home in 1920 of war wounds. He was a farm labourer although his father and brother Sydney worked as brewers or brewer labourers. His nephews were all children of Thomas Edward Applin and they owned the butcher’s shop in Bere Regis.
The following details were supplied by the Royal Star and Garter Home where Alfred was treated:
Date of Birth: unknown
Age on Admission: 26
Date of Admission to RSGH: 23 June 1916
Transferred from: 4th London General Hospital
Nature of illness and injuries: Paraplegia
Date of Discharge from RSGH: 6 May 1920
Reason for Discharge: Death
Regiment: 3rd Dorsetshire Regiment
Regimental Number: 12646
Rank: Machine Gunner
Length of Service: unknown
Date of discharge from forces: 6 January 1916
Applin, Private Alfred - headstone in cemetery
Applin, Private Alfred - memorial in cemetery
Applin, Private Alfred - papers 1