Lewis Henry Downton

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Private Lewis Henry Downton
Life dates
08 Jul 1909 - 13 Nov 1992
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Lewis Downton (from David Downton)

Lewis Downton had been an ARP Messenger before the war. He was well known locally for his use of the Dorset dialect (allegedly very similar to ancient Saxon) and his prize winning gardening skills. Percy Fost and Harry Atkins were neighbours in the estate cottages at Wrackleford and the latter was Best Man at Lewis Downton’s wedding in 1937. 

Unit or location Role Posted from until
Wrackleford Patrol Patrol member 16 Oct 1942 03 Dec 1944
D Day Dorset Guard Duties Patrol member 03 Jul 1944 03 Jul 1944
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WLDT 55/1

Farm Carter ARP Messenger

Manor Farm Dairy, Stratton
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Among his surviving possessions was a pass issued for him to travel from Godlingston to Langton Matravers between 10.00 and 20.00 on 3 July 1944. This indicates that he was one of the men providing guard patrols during the period after D Day. Godlingston is the estate which contained Knitson Farm. The pass was signed by Lieutenant Wilshire, suggesting he was present at this time.

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Harry Atkins, with his wife Madeline and Lewis Downton to his right (Margaret Cosh)

Margaret Cosh
David Downton