All Saints Churchyard, West Ewell


All Saints, West Ewell c.1917
All Saints, West Ewell c.1917
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

This memorial commemorates twenty four men with local connections who lost their lives during the Great War. It also bears the names of twenty one men who lost their lives during the Second World War.

Of the twenty four men recorded at All Saints, twenty three are repeated on the 'Dipping Well' memorial and the St Mary's Churchyard memorial. The only name not repeated is Ernest Hopkins, but he also appears in the book 'CROYDON and THE GREAT WAR' published in 1920 by the Libraries committee of the corporation of Croydon. His family returned to Croydon in 1919 having lived there previously.

Like the Dipping Well memorial, All Saints memorial started as a shrine in 1917. In December 1916 Mr. J.H. Bridges obtained permission from the Council to erect a "war shrine for West Ewell" by the side of the Chessington Road. He pointed out, that it would be close to the fence, and that it would cause no obstruction. The Parish magazine dated December 1916 reported that the residents of West Ewell were thinking of erecting a shrine in the Chessington Road in the neighbourhood of the Church Room. It would contain the names of all those who were serving their King and Country from that part of the Parish, as well as the names of those who had made the great sacrifice.

The shrine was duly erected outside the Church Rooms. The picture of the original memorial was, I suspect taken not long after it was erected. The largest central area bearing the legend 'Requiescant in Pace', and what looks like the names of twelve men, all, unfortunately being illegible. The smaller panels to the left and right bearing the names of all those who were serving in the Forces.

The April 1918 edition of the Parish magazine gives thanks to Mrs Cox for her unremitting care for the shrine during the previous 15 months, but reports that she has now left the neighbourhood. Care of the shrine by removing dead flowers, etc., was to be taken over by Miss Reynard (probably a sister of Lt Reynard killed at Loos in 1915).

In May 1934 the church rooms and land were sold, and the memorial was moved to the east end of All Saints Churchyard (see appendix 9). The site of the old church rooms in Chessington road was used to build the West Ewell Social Club. However, the east end of All Saints churchyard was not to be the Memorial's final site, as in 1975 a new church hall was built and a car park laid out. So the Memorial was moved a second time to its present position adjacent to the main entrance to the Church.

All Saints, West Ewell January 2006
All Saints, West Ewell January 2006
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2006

By 2006 it had become somewhat whether worn, so was refurbished by the British Legion.

All Saints, West Ewell 12 Nov  2006
All Saints, West Ewell 12 Nov 2006
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2006

The names of the 24 men inscribed on the All Saints memorial are:

Click on a name Cook, H Scott, J Higgins, M Milnes, D Mason, I Gaunt, G Neville, ET Cook, RB Glover, AE Harman, WA Hemming, EG Parker, AE Whiskerd, G Mace, J Cooper, E Childs, J Smith, W Hopkins, E Butcher, HE Walker, PJ Imber, AC Young, AG Reynard, HC Oldridge, JA
To read more about an individual please click on their name.
Photograph courtesy of Clive Gilbert 2007

The logic used for the order they appear on the memorial is unknown. The names on St Mary's memorial are alphabetical. The names on Dipping Well memorial were in the order that deaths were officially notified. But all Saints has no logic known to me.

The numbers of All Saints men killed in each year of the war is as follows:

1914=0:   1915=3:   1916=11: 1917=5:   1918=4:   1919=1.

  • The oldest man to die was 40 year old Driver John Mace. He was also the last, on 26 January 1919.
  • The youngest man to die was 17 year old Isaac Newton Mason, on 7 October 1916.
  • Their average age was 25.7 years.
  • The first to die was 36 year old James Childs, on 21 June 1915 in Gallipoli.
  • Two brothers died Henry Hugh and Kenrick Watykn Brindsley Richard Cook.
There were: 13 Privates, 3 Drivers, 2 Riflemen, 1 Sapper, 1 Guardsman, 1 Able Seaman, 1 Corporal, 1 L/Corporal and 1 Second Lieutenant.

They served in 18 different units. Australian Infantry, Black Watch, East Yorkshires, Grenadier Guards, Hampshires, Kings Royal Rifle Corps, London Scottish, Leicesters (2), Civil Service Rifles, Machine Gun Corps, Rifle Brigade (2), Royal Engineers (2), Royal Fusiliers (3), Royal Field Artillery (2), Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, South Staffords, Sussex, and the East Surreys.

They died mainly in France and Flanders (20), but 1 died in Egypt, 1 in Salonika, 1 in Gallipoli and I died at home in England.

Appendices


Memorial Summary

Address of Memorial : All Saints Church, Church Road, West Ewell, Surrey KT19 9QY
Location of Memorial : Close to the junction of Church Road with Fulford Road
OS Map Ref : TQ208632
Type : Roll of Honour Board
Physical Description : Glass fronted wooden board with hand painted inscription.
Number of Names : 24 (WW1)
Access : Open
UKNIWM Reference : 23334



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