The First World War and the Mapstone Family

The Somerset Rural Life Museum has an interesting First World War connection.

George Mapstone took over the tenancy of the farm in 1917, a year before the end of the First World War. A photograph taken in 1918 shows the Mapstone family standing outside the Abbey Farm, Glastonbury.

Top Row, left to right: Bertram Mapstone, Reginald Mapstone, Dorothy Mapstone, Leonard Maptone, Harold ‘Bob’ Mapstone Bottom Row, left to right: Freda Mapstone, George Mapstone, Louisa Mapstone, Arthur Mapstone

Top Row, left to right: Bertram Mapstone, Reginald Mapstone, Dorothy Mapstone, Leonard Maptone, Harold ‘Bob’ Mapstone
Bottom Row, left to right: Freda Mapstone, George Mapstone, Louisa Mapstone, Arthur Mapstone

The photograph shows three of the Mapstone brothers served in the armed forces.

Bertram Mapstone was a Second Lieutenant in the East Yorkshire Regiment. His uniform shows he served in one of the regiment’s pioneer battalions. Bertram’s military records show he fought in France and Flanders.

His brother, Reginald Mapstone, enlisted as a trooper in the West Somerset Yeomanry before the war but was discharged due to ill health. In the photograph Reginald is wearing a Silver War badge. Approximately 1,150,000 of these badges were issued to service personnel who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness.

Harold ‘Bob’ Mapstone is pictured wearing an RAF uniform. In later years Bob took over the farm.

We also believe Dorothy Mapstone may have worked as a nurse in Weston-super-Mare during the war. Further research may reveal more.

A group of British Army officers, Western Front, c. 1917. Lieutenant Bertram Mapstone is seated in the front row on the left hand side.

A group of British Army officers, Western Front, c. 1917. Lieutenant Bertram Mapstone is seated in the front row on the left hand side.

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