HERE’S the third instalment of the Loders war project with thanks to Caroline Budden and Chuck Wilmott who have helped put together a website with information on the men of the village who lost their lives in World War I and World War II. Their website is accessed through the website of the Eggardon and Colmer’s View parish magazine.

Alfred ‘Edgar’ Samways was born on 18 September, 1892 and baptised on October 16 1892 at Loders Church. He was the son of Alfred, born in Loders, and Mary, born in Hinton St George, who had married on October 281890 in Loders. There was also an Alfred Edward Samways baptised the same year at Loders Church.

In the 1901 census Edgar was aged eight and was living with his parents Alfred (35) and Mary (33) and sisters Beatrice (10), Elsie (5), Ada (3) and brother Levi (3 months) in Uploders.

In the 1911 census Edgar was 18 and living in Uploders. He was single and working as a grocer.

He was living with his parents Alfred (45) and Mary (43) and sisters Elsie (15), Ada (13) and brothers Levi (10), Herbert (6), Frederick (2) and Sidney (6 months).

Alfred Edgar Samways was a Private, no. 151909 in the 43rd Canadian battalion of the British Expeditionary Force Infantry.

When he enlisted on November 11, 1915 in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force, he was living in Wawenesa, Manitoba and was single and a farmer.

He was killed in action on October 5, 1916 in the trenches north of Courcelette.

His name in recorded on the Vimy memorial in France.

His grave is in the Departement due Pas de Calais, Nord Pas de Calais, France.

Probate was granted to his mother Mary Samways on 19 September, 1917 in relation to Alfred Edgar Samways (d. October 5 1916) then said to be of Symondsbury.

Frederick William Hyde was born on October 30 1882 and baptised at Loders Church on December 31 1882. His father was Frederick and his mother was Phillis.

At the time of the 1891 census Frederick was living in Loders with his parents Frederick (40) Phillis (41) and sister Emma E (5) and a Mary Muti 42).

In the 1901 census Frederick Hyde was aged 18 and living with his parents and sister and working as an errand boy.

In the 1911 census Fred Hyde was aged 27 and living at 41 Loders.

He was a jobbing printer living with his sister Emma (25) and brother-in-law Dan Travers (35) their daughter Ivy (1) and Fred’s mother Phillis Hyde (61).

Frederick William Hyde served as a Private in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry Battalion 1/1st Bucks Battalion.

He was killed in action on October 2 1917 in France and Flanders.

Service no. 267707. He has a grave or memorial at Zonnebeke, West Flanders, Belgium.

His name is remembered on Panel 96 to 98 of the Tyne Cot Memorial Zonnebeke.

In 1917 the Third Battle of Ypres was mounted as an offensive by the Commonwealth Forces to divert German attention from a weakened French front further south.

The initial attempt in June to dislodge the Germans from the Messines Ridge was a complete success, but the main assault north-eastward, which began at the end of July, quickly became a dogged struggle against determined opposition and the rapidly deteriorating weather.

The campaign finally came to a close in November following the capture of Passchendaele.

Frederick John Bartlett was baptised in Loders Church on October 17 1897 the son of Frederick John and Adelaide Louisa Bartlett. Frederick John senior was an innkeeper.

In the 1901 census Frederick was aged three and living with his parents and two brothers and two sisters at the Crown Inn.

Frederick Bartlett was a Private in the Somerset Light Infantry. Service no. 28575.

He died on February 21 1918.

He is buried at Serancourt British Cemetery, Serancourt-le-Grand, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France Plot VI.I.14.

He also has a memorial in Loders, Churchyard.

George William John Read was baptised on November 5 1899 at Loders Church and was the son of James and Charlotte. His father James was a shepherd.

The 1901 census records George Read as living with his parents James and Charlotte and six sisters at Yondover.

George Read was a Lance Bombardier Royal Garrison Artillery Dorset [RGA-(TF)] No. 334297 He was killed in action in France and Flanders on March 21 1918. His memorial is at the Pozieres Memorial Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France.

The Pozieres Memorial relates to a period of crisis in March and April, 1918 when the Allied Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields, and the months that followed before the Advance to Victory, which began on August 8 1918. The memorial commemorates more than 14,000 casualties of the UK and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who died on the Somme from March 21 to August 7 1918.

The memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery, Plot II of which contains original burials of 1916, 1917 and 1918 carried out by fighting units and field ambulances. There is a memorial to George Read in Loders churchyard.