One of the names which proved hardest to track down from the Milton Abbas Grammar School Memorial was that of ‘2Lt H H Bugg, 4th Suffolk’. The CWGC database only holds one H H Bugg for both World Wars and he was a Private in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. He was Hubert Henry Bugg and as he was born and lived in the Stalbridge area it seemed reasonable to conclude that they were one and the same as he had quite an unusual name – even if the distance to Blandford might have been a bit of a stretch for a daily commute.
Thus it would appear that for whatever reason, the school were told that ‘H H Bugg’ had been given a Commission in the Suffolks when he hadn’t. Other information was quite scant and when I found a photo of Hubert in the church at Stourton Caundle I left it as that, assuming that I had stumbled across a family curiosity from a century ago.
Hubert Henry was born in 1899 and died in August 1918 at the beginning of the ‘Last Hundred Days’ offensive which led to Germany’s final defeat in November. He would no doubt therefore have been a conscript but as is so common his main service records were destroyed in the Blitz.
After checking the British Newspaper Archive for Milton Abbas Grammar School I came across sports results for 1898 which have ‘H H Bugg’ winning the under 14’s Half Mile and coming second in the 220 yds. So H H Bugg cannot be Hubert Henry as I had so long thought.
Going back to first principles I checked the National Archives and turned up a file for 2/Lieutenant Harry Horace BOYNE, formerly BUGG. The Suffolk Regiment. With that information it was quite simple to find Harry on the war memorial at Tarrant Keyneston. The current mystery is why he and his older brother, Bertie Charles, changed surname from Bugg to Boyne when their younger brother, Frederick Jack remained a Bugg all his life