Studland Garden of Remembrance and War Memorial
This new War Memorial in the Remembrance Garden at St Nicholas, Studland, was dedicated on Remembrance Sunday, 13 November 2016, by The Right Reverend Karen Gorham Bishop of Sherborne. Brownsea residents who died in The Great War 1914-1919 are included as the Island was part of Studland Parish until 1929. Brownsea Island once had a War Memorial near the statue of St Christopher on Brownsea Quay with these six names but this is now lost.
Of the Studland men who died in The Great War, William Algeo was the son of the Studland Rector, Rev J Algeo, who also took services in St Mary’s Brownsea, The other men possibly had relatives on Brownsea as we have records of members of the Churchill, Davis, Marsh, Savage and Summers families in Brownsea Island’s History Collection.
Thomasett is an uncommon surname but has links with Tower Hamlets in London.
There were few residents on Brownsea Island during the Second World War although the Army and the Navy were stationed there and the local Home Guard went over to relieve these troops. By that time Brownsea Island was part of the Parish of Parkstone St Peter.
Janet Mellors November 2016 – Churchwarden Branksea St Mary
Photo John King from Australia – a descendent of the Toms family who once lived on Brownsea, members of the Toms family also served in The Great War but survived as they were all musicians