War Memorials -
All Saints Churchyard, West Ewell

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  1. The West Ewell Shrine
  2. Removal to All Saints Churchyard
  3. The Great War Memorial
  4. The Second World War Memorial

The West Ewell Shrine


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.

Like the Dipping Well memorial, the 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 above of the original memorial, was most likely taken not long after the memorial 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, a sister of Lt Reynard killed at Loos in 1915.

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Removal to All Saints Churchyard


In the early 1930s the church authorities sold the church rooms and adjacent land. Consequently the memorial had to be resited, and was moved to the east end of All Saints Churchyard in Fulford Road. The church rooms and adjacent land became the West Ewell Social Club. The following is an extract from the Parish magazine dated May 1934:
THE WAR MEMORIAL
     As a result of the sale of the adjoining plot of land for building, the Memorial to the Fallen which has stood in Chessington Road for many years has had to be moved. Before any action was taken, diligent enquiries were made by the church authorities and by the Ewell Branch of the British Legion, to try and discover if anyone was officially and properly responsible for the care of the Memorial, but no definite information on the point could be obtained.
     Mr. B.Weekes kindly undertook to remove and re-erect the Memorial, and the British Legion has promised to be responsible for its care in the future. Meanwhile a suitable site has been found for the re-erection, and with the permission of the Archdeacon, the Parochial Church Council has offered a space at the East end of All Saints' Churchyard, which we expect will shortly be suitably laid out.
     It should be placed on record that while the care of the Memorial and its site has been undertaken by the Ewell British Legion--and we know of no more fitting body for the purpose--the offer of the permanent site in the Churchyard does not include the ownership of the land, which the Church Council is not empowered to part with.
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 12 Nov  2006
All Saints, West Ewell 12 Nov 2006
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2006

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The Great War Memorial


Of the 24 men Great War men commemorated on the All Saints memorial, 23 are repeated on the 'Dipping Well' memorial and the St Mary's Churchyard memorial. The only man not repeated is Ernest Hopkins, but he also appears in the book 'CROYDON and THE GREAT WAR' which was published in 1920 by the Libraries committee of the corporation of Croydon. His family returned to Croydon in 1919 having lived there previously.

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.

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The Second World War Memorial


Twenty one men are commemorated on the All Saints Church memorial.

Click on a name Watson, PL Routledge, LT Sutton, FC Greenslade, C Harris, SF Ayling, A Carter, WT Cook, JRA Hobby, JC Freakes, K Rawson, JL Conder, PJ Smith, JA Wood, H Abel, JS Croft, RHG Jackson, EG Stone, R McLennan, AW Stewart, D Harlow, E - No Trace of this person
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Photograph courtesy of Clive Gilbert 2018

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