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Appendix 1

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The Epsom Advertiser (incorporating The Epsom Observer) edition of Friday, July 29th 1921 printed the following:


In the name of the people of this parish, I unveil this memorial to our brothers who have given their lives for our safety in the cause of country and freedom, and I ask that it may be dedicated to the glory of God.

In these words Pte. Frank Stone (late of the Royal Army Service Corps) unveiled the war memorial stone at Ewell raised by the inhabitants in honour of the 82 men of the village who fell in the war.
     The stone, which is placed in a Garden of Remembrance is situated in a prominent position in the churchyard. The monument is of Portland stone, and on the front is the simple inscription "To the glory of God and in memory of the Ewell men who died in the war, 1914-1919", while on each side of the panel is carved a Crusader's sword, the other sides bearing the names of the fallen.
     In front of the stone is a flower bed in the shape of a cross. On two sides there is a bed of rosemary and at the rear are some small holly trees. The garden is enclosed with Bargate stone and is reached by mounting two steps. The scheme, impressive in its simplicity, cost about £700, practically all of which has been subscribed.


The unveiling and dedication ceremony took place in the presence of a large number of villagers on Wednesday afternoon. A procession consisting of the choir, the Bishop of Guildford, the Vicar of Ewell (the Rev. J. Wallace) and the Rev. E. E. Cleal (of the Congregational Church) formed at the Parish Church and marched to the memorial site, at the entrance to which the Ewell Fire Brigade formed a guard of honour.
     The service commenced with the singing of the hymn, "For All the Saints Who From their Labours Rest," which was followed by the Responses and the 23rd Psalm. The lesson read by the Rev. E. E. Cleal, was taken from the Third Book of Wisdom, verses 1-9, at the conclusion of which the Vicar read the names of the 82 men inscribed as under:---

William Ayling Isaac Mason
George Edward Baker John Martin Mace
Percy Thomas Blanchett Alfred George Muspratt
Frank John Benger Victor Harold Newman
William Joseph Benger Edwin Thomas Neville
Frederick Charles Brook John Addison Oldridge
George Henry Warner Budd James Edward Peters
Edward Talbot Bowman Edward Gwinn Powley
Hugh Ernest Butcher Frederick Parker
James Child Ernest John Pearce
Richard Brinsley Cook Albert Edward Parker
Henry John Cook James William Petchey
Robert Clark Henry Lowe Penson
William Henry Channell Edmund Powell
Cyril Stephen Clark Henry William Poplett
Edward Clark Frederick Oliver Pearson
John William Church Herbert Corner Reynard
William Charles Cook William Roote
Ernest Cooper William Smith
William Elson Julius Murray Scott
Cecil Faber Henry Sparrow
Thomas William Fenner George Henry Searle
Percy Garman Hedley Mackney Sutton
Sydney Goodship Albert Edward Sycamore
Charles Daniel Goodship George Henry Savage
William Godden Walter Snook
Albert Edward Glover William George Stripp
George Gaunt John Tester
John Gladman Alfred Joseph Henry Tuppen
John Latham Hampton William Thomas Tinker
Walter David Hampton George Henry Gwilliam Tomsett
Malcolm Leslie Higgins Robert Leslie Wood
William Abraham Harman Charles Wimhurst
Edward George Hemming Thomas Edward Warr
William Hodgson Henry Edward Williams
William Richard Harlow Raymond Willis
Alfred Charles Imber Ernest Willis
George Albert Jones Philip Joseph Walker
Charles Ernest Larby Urbane William Ward
Frederick Charles Long George Whiskerd
Dennis Milnes Alfred George Young

     Following a short period of silence for the purpose of commending the souls of the men to the mercy of Almighty God, the Bishop read the specially appointed prayers, and then came the act of unveiling by Pte. Frank Stone. He wore his fireman's uniform, and in addition to his war medals evidence of service to his country was afforded by the scar on the lower portion of the face.      Dedicatory prayers were read by the Bishop; and the hymn, "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine," preceded the addresses.
     The Bishop said he counted it a high privilege to be among them and join with them in paying their tribute to the memory of those men to whom everyone of them owed more than words could express. They were there for a simple act of remembrance. They wanted to remember, first and foremost, what they owed God, for those men and why they had placed that memorial on such a sacred spot. Of all the wonderful blessings God had showered upon them as a country the best of all was the character of such men as these. They owed it to God that those men were here in the great day of emergency when the country was faced with perhaps the gravest peril in its history, and the act of dedicating that tablet of stone would be unmeaning, or far worse than that, unless at the same time they renewed their resolve to carry on the task they had bequeathed to them.

The Rev. E. E. Cleal remarked that they were all of one heart and soul that afternoon in desiring to pay honour to the brave men who, in a very real sense, died for them. He would like to congratulate those who conceived and designed the beautiful Garden of Remembrance. They read of the Lord God planting a garden in Eden, and He planted the love of gardens in the heart of man, and it had been there ever since. No more feeling memorial could be found for those men, and surely no more fitting place could be found for it than that site of God's Acre, where their friends and forefathers lay at rest. Had it not been for the war and they had lived out the normal span of their lives many of them would have been brought there, and though they were not able to give their bodies a resting place in that churchyard by setting up that garden they had at any rate given them a position among the people they loved. The great task left for them was to complete that for which they gave the last full measure of devotions---the raising up of a fellowship of nations, helping to establish a reign of peace and goodwill and love amongst men. That was the ideal which drew tens of thousands of men to the colours when going quite voluntary, and it was for that ideal they died. The defeat of the great power which menaced the peace of the world was but the first and not the final step towards its realisation. The final step was with those who remained. The work they began so gloriously they had to carry on in order that their brothers should not have died in vain. Those whose memory was being honoured that day had done their part, and God grant that they might be faithful and, like them, at last not found wanting.
     "Oh God, Our Help in Ages Past" was sung after which the Bishop pronounced the Benediction. Following the National Anthem buglers from the East Surrey Regiment sounded the "Last Post," and an impressive service concluded with the recessional hymn, "Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow."
     Relatives and friends of the fallen then placed flowers at the foot of the monument.

It is interesting to note that the names as printed in the Advertiser are not strictly alphabetical. Also there are three instances of the names being wrongly quoted; James Childs is shown as Child; Walter Hampton has had a spurious David added and Henry Corner Reynard has become Herbert.