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

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.)

The Epsom and Ewell Book of Remembrance
The cover of the Book of Remembrance and its illuminated title page.
Images courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

OTHER WW2 MEMORIALS

In addition to the plaque on Epsom's Clock Tower (as at the head of this article), the other WW2 memorials (a mix of new and modified ones) of which we are aware are as listed below.


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.

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

BURIALS WITHIN 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.

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 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

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
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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
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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.