The Second World War Memorials of Epsom and Ewell

Epsom's famous clock tower has a plaque
Epsom's famous clock tower has a plaque:
'IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY'.
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

Not quite 21 years after the end of the most lethal war that Britain had fought in, the Great War, the Second World War began. Whilst many new memorials to the dead of the Second World War were created, often existing Great War memorials were modified to include the victims of the Second World War.

The memorials in Epsom and Ewell are a mixture new and modified memorials.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH, WEST EWELL.

The Great War memorial at All Saints church commemorating the 24 service personnel killed, was modified to include the names of the 21 service personnel killed in the Second World War.

About three times as many men were killed in the First World War as in the Second World War. That the All Saints church memorial does not reflect this can be explained because much of the housing in West Ewell was built between the two world wars, which greatly increased its population.

All Saints Memorial
All Saints Memorial
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

ASHLEY ROAD.

The base of the Ashley Road memorial has three tiers, originally inscribed:

Top tier
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND

the second tier
TO THE LASTING HONOUR
OF THE MEN OF EPSOM
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

and the bottom tier
THEIR REWARD ALSO IS WITH THE LORD AND
THE CARE OF THEM IS WITH THE MOST HIGH

The second tier was subsequently amended to read:
TO THE LASTING HONOUR OF THE
INHABITANTS OF EPSOM
AND EWELL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
AND THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945

No names of the Second World War dead were added to the panels behind the cross, instead they can be viewed in the Book of Remembrance kept in the foyer of the Town Hall.

Ashley Road War Memorial, Remembrance Ceremony 12 November 2006
Ashley Road War Memorial, Remembrance Ceremony 12 November 2006
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2006

BURIALS WITHIN IN THE BOROUGH.

Epsom cemetery holds the graves of 48 service personnel. St. Mary's churchyard and extension hold 2 and 11 respectively. Horton Estate Cemetery holds the remains of one serviceman, who is commemorated within the CWGC plot in Epsom Cemetery.

CHRIST CHURCH.

Christ Church has a separate Second World War memorial on which are commemorated fifty eight men from the congregation.

Christ Church Memorial
Christ Church Memorial.
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

COUNCIL STAFF.

A plaque commemorating the twelve members of staff of the Epsom and Ewell Corporation hangs on the wall in the entrance foyer of the town hall in Epsom.

Council Staff Plaque
Council Staff Plaque
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

EPSOM AND EWELL BOROUGH BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE.

A Book of Remembrance commemorating all the dead of Epsom and Ewell, including civilian deaths can be seen in the entrance foyer of the town hall in Epsom.

The Epsom and Ewell Book of Remembrance
The Epsom and Ewell Book of Remembrance
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

EPSOM BROTHERHOOD.

The Epsom Brotherhood plaque commemorating the 22 men who perished in the Great War was modified to include the four men who perished in the Second World War. Plaque is now in Bourne Hall museum.

Epsom Brotherhood Plaque
Epsom Brotherhood Plaque
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

EPSOM COMMON CLUB.

A memorial to

Epsom Common Club Memorial
Epsom Common Club Memorial
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

EPSOM GOLF CLUB.

The golf club's Great War memorial was modified to include the three members who died in the Second World War.

Epsom Golf Club Memorial
Epsom Golf Club Memorial
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

EWELL CASTLE SCHOOL.

A plaque in Ewell Castle School commemorates 24 old boys who lost their lives.

Ewell Castle School Memorial
Ewell Castle School Memorial
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

GLYN SCHOOL.

Glyn school has a war memorial in the quadrangle to 32 old boys who lost their lives in the Second World War, and to one old boy, Major Paul Harding who was killed by a mortar in Iraq on 20 June 2007.

Glyn School Memorial
Glyn School Memorial
Glyn School Memorial
Images courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

HORTON HOSPITAL.

Within the, now disused, Horton chapel is a plaque commemorating the four staff members killed in the Second World War.

Horton Hospital Plaque
Horton Hospital Plaque
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

MANOR MENTAL HOSPITAL.

Manor Hospital produced a plaque commemorating the three men who perished in the Great War and the one man who perished in the Second World War. Plaque is now in Bourne Hall museum.

Manor Hospital Plaque
Manor Hospital Plaque.
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

ST. BARNABAS CHURCH.

This St Barnabas' Church Roll of Honour bears the names of 18 local men who lost their lives fighting for God, King and Country during the Second World War. It is paper based and was previously held in a frame.

In order to prevent the Roll from deteriorating and therefore preserve it for future generations, it is stored at the Surrey History Centre (SHC), in Woking.

However inside St. Barnabas Church, a facsimile of the Roll of Honour along with biographies of the fallen can be seen, all housed in a special cabinet. Also within the cabinet can be seen the Roll of Honour and biographies for the fallen of the Great War 1914-1918.

St Barnabas Church Rolls of Honour, 1914 - 1918, 1939 - 1945
St Barnabas Church Rolls of Honour
1914 - 1918
1939 - 1945
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

Outside the church in the Field of Remembrance, a stone plaque has been placed, dedicated to the fallen.

St Barnabas Church Plaque 'For the Fallen'
St Barnabas Church Plaque 'For the Fallen'
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

ST. MARTINS OF TOURS CHURCH.

The names of the 77 men from the congregation who fell in the Second World War were added to The Great War memorial in St. Martin's church.

St. Martin's War memorial
St. Martin's War memorial.
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

Memorial plaque to the men who fought in the Burma Campaign
Memorial plaque to the men who fought in the Burma Campaign, known as 'The Forgotten Army'
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2017

ST. MARYS CHURCH, EWELL.

The Great War memorial in St. Mary's churchyard was modified to include the Second World War by simply modifying a panel, adding the years 1939 - 1945. As with the Ashley Road memorial no names were added, instead they can be viewed in the Book of Remembrance kept in the foyer of the Town Hall.

The Modified Panel of St. Mary's Memorial
The Modified Panel of St. Mary's Memorial
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

UNITED REFORMED CHURCH.

The United Reformed church has a wooden memorial plaque commemorating the eleven men from the congregation who lost their lives in the Second World War.

The United Reformed church has a wooden memorial plaque
The United Reformed church has a wooden memorial plaque
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

Please contact the webmaster if you are aware of any other Second World War memorials within the Borough.



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