The Borough's principal war memorial is in Ashley Road, Epsom. This was established after what was then known as the Great War of 1914-18 - now called the First World War. It has a central cross with a suitable dedication in front of an arc of panels listing the names of the 265 fallen.
After the Second World War of 1939-45, the Borough wished to commemorate those service people and civilians who had died during the conflict. The original dedication on the Ashley Road memorial had read "TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND // TO THE LASTING HONOUR / OF THE MEN OF EPSOM / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 // THEIR REWARD ALSO IS WITH THE LORD AND / THE CARE OF THEM IS WITH THE MOST HIGH".
The central section of that (as emboldened above) was 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".
However, it was not thought feasible to adapt the overall memorial so that the names of the 342 who had died during WW2 could be displayed alongside the 265 WW1 casualties. Instead, it was decided to produce a Borough "BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE". Clicking on that link will take you to a page giving more details of the Book and a listing of all the names it contains, clicking on each of which will lead you to more information about the individual. (Those individual details are on A-Z pages which also contain details of others whom later research has shown need also to be remembered.)
Please contact the webmaster if you are aware of any other Second World War memorials within the Borough.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.