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Dorset

Dorset, county, 1,025 sq mi (2,655 sq km), SW England, on the English Channel. The county seat is Dorchester, and the county is divided into six administrative districts: West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland, North Dorset, Purbeck, East Dorset, and Christchurch. The rolling country is crossed by the North Dorset and South Dorset downs, chalk ranges running east and west. The rocky coastline has a harbor at Poole, historically part of the county but now administratively separate. The fertile valleys (the Vale of Blackmore, the Stour, and the Frome) are devoted to agriculture. Sheep, cattle, pigs, and poultry are raised, and barley, kale, wheat, oats, beans, and peas are grown. There is also dairy farming. Portland and Purbeck marble are quarried in Dorset. Tourism is increasingly important to the economy; Bournemouth, also now administratively separate from the county, has been a resort since the late 19th cent. The county's pre-Roman antiquities include Maiden Castle. Dorset, also known as Dorsetshire, was part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex. Thomas Hardy was born there and treats the region in some of his novels. In 1974 the county was reorganized as a nonmetropolitan county, and a section of Hampshire was added.
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Dorset

a county in SW England, on the English Channel: mainly hilly but low-lying in the east: the geographical and ceremonial county includes Bournemouth and Poole, which became independent unitary authorities in 1997. Administrative centre: Dorchester. Pop. (excluding unitary authorities): 398 200 (2003 est.). Area (excluding unitary authorities): 2544 sq. km (982 sq. miles)
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After receiving the first enemy report on the morning of May 26, the cruiser Dorsetshire left Convoy SL74 and proceeded to join the Battle Force.
Serge B 191 Br se j Sergeant Perry Webb 7th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment 1918 - BATTLE OF CANTIGNY Bread was very, very scarce.
Some survivors were later picked up by HMS Dorsetshire.
In 1857 and at the height of the Indian Mutiny, she was chartered by the Royal Navy to convey officers, their wives, children and their schoolmistress and around 350 rank and file of the 54th of Foot, the Dorsetshire Regiment, who were tasked with reinforcing the troops already fighting the mutineers.
In the "Present Day" chapter of Woolf's 1937 novel, The Years, elderly Eleanor Pargiter regrets the "little red villas all along the road" that she observed on a recent trip to Dorsetshire and her agitated nephew North complains to his family, "how you've spoilt England while I've been away" (TY 275).
I still find it difficult to start with East Dorsetshire, which is what Bournemouth are.
By the first Newfoundland Census in 1836, 12 families called Pushthrough home, and the population--principally English from Dorsetshire and Somerset and almost all Anglican--had grown to 86.
Ian went to remember his mother's uncle's L-Cpl Walter Dean Brittain, a brass moulder, who died on the first day of the Somme, July 1, 1916, while fighting for the Commercials, and William Brittain, who died six weeks later on August 28 and who had been serving with the Dorsetshire Regiment.
Ian went to remember his mother's uncles Lance Corporal Walter Dean Brittain, a brass moulder, who died on the first day of the Somme, July 1 1916, fighting for the Commercials and William Brittain who died six weeks later on August 28 and who had been serving with the Dorsetshire Regiment.
Atkinson, "History of the Second Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment, 1914-1919," in Anon., History of the Dorsetshire Regiment, 1914-1919, vol.
Appleton At the outbreak of war, Albert joined the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment, part of the 5th Division of the British Expeditionary Force.