War Memorials -
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC):
Epsom Cemetery

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  1. The 'CWGC Plot'
  2. Private P. McMahon memorial
  3. Private HW James memorial
  4. Scattered Great War burials
  5. Scattered Second World War burials

The 'CWGC Plot'


The CWGC Plot in Ashley Road, Cemetery, Epsom
The CWGC Plot in Ashley Road, Cemetery, Epsom
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2009

At 3pm on 17 May 1925 the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Henry Cubitt, 2nd Baron Ashcombe, who lost three of his six sons in the war, unveiled the 'War Cross' and Memorial in a special plot within Epsom Cemetery. A small booklet was produced for the occasion. The Bishop of Winchester then dedicated the Cross and Memorial. Behind the Cross of Sacrifice is a screen wall, on which are inscribed the names of 148 men. Their deaths occurred in the following places:

Horton War Hospital 94
Manor War Hospital 30
Long Grove Asylum 19
Old Rifle Range Chalk Pit, Epsom 2
Dr Copes Surgery, Ewell 1
Military Hospital Newport, Monmouth 1
Military Hospital Brighton 1
Total 148

Lord Ashcombe unveiling the Cross of Sacrifice The Bishop of Winchester addressing the congregation
Left: Lord Ashcombe unveiling the Cross of Sacrifice
Right: The Bishop of Winchester addressing the congregation
Source of images believed to be the Epsom Herald Newspaper.

Click on one of the following names to see what has been discovered about the men buried in the CWGC plot.

Click on a name Allison, MR Allum, H Anderson, EC Angell, JT Ashcroft, R Attwood, J Ball, FM Ballard, E Barkwith, E BarnesW Barrette, PJ
Click on a name Beattie,S Bebbington, H Bishop, WH Blew, WH Blythe, JMCW Boden, W Bolduc, E Bonnell, L Bourget, A Bowels, AT Britten, L
Click on a name Britton, J Brown, JW Bruns, FB Buchanan, OL Cameron, HA Carrigan, M Chapman, J Clarke, P Clevendon, T Collings, A Cooper, WA
Click on a name Corrigan, AVE Cummings, WH Cunliffe, E Darling,C Davidson, W Davis, GM Davis, HA DevereuxR Deyell, JW Duffett,AG
Click on a name Duggan, R Dumbrill, R Dumais, JJ Duquette, AN Dyer, OJ Etheridge, D Fallow, W Faulkner, SA Fick, W Flanagan, T

Click on a name Forrest, T Fox, F Frost, AE Gillen, FC Gough, PJ Graham, RSD Granville, J Grimbly, SP Grimshaw, S Hansford, AV
Click on a name Harrison, T Hill, WJ Hogarth, E Hollingshead, W Howard, A Howsam,RF Humphrey, HA Hunter, AC Kelly, B Kemp, AF
Click on a name Kerr, HW Kirk, A Lacroix, A Laughton,  HHS Laurie, J LeBlanc, EH Leigh, BH Leonard, G Leppard, FH Limby, AA
Click on a name Little, T Living, PE Lyle, A McBurney, JT McGillen, DF Mack, WH McKay, GC MacMurchy, WC McPherson, FE Martin, FC
Click on a name Laws, GF Miller, H Murray, FJ O'Keeffe, M Page, F Palmer, JH Patten, RE Pears, W Perry, S Peters, JHW
Click on a name Quittenden, H Raddatz, A Ramsay, M Read, GA Rhawn, CH Riley, EA Roberts, SC Robinson, F Robinson, T Robinson, WD
Click on a name Rooney, LV Russell, FC Shultz, TJ Shaw, W Shimmin, F Shuley, G Smith, E Solomon, CN Stewart, J Stewart, W
Click on a name Stuart, WJ Swannack, A Teneycke, LF Thomas, GE Thompson, W Tooth, AH Tope, JA Topham, H VereW Verney, G Vokes, W
Click on a name Walker, GV Walker, WE Walsh, MJ WaterfieldJ Watson, AE Wells, AJ White, A Wilson, W Wonsawitch, N Woodward, FW
Click on a name Singh, GD Dichhit, DD Mohun,F Rai, P
Caution some names are out of order on the memorial.
To read more about an individual please click on their name. Also please note that ALL the names are from the Great War.
Photographs courtesy of Clive Gilbert


Of the 148 men named on the bronze panels 59 are Canadian, 6 are Australian, 2 are Ghurkhas, 1 is from Burma and 1 from India. The other 79 are from a variety of units from the UK, mainly army but there are 3 from naval forces. Some of the graves were dug to a depth of 22 feet and some initially held 12 bodies. However the maximum number of bodies held in each grave is nine.

The remains of the 59 Canadians, six Australians and the four from Asia are now all buried in individual graves. But initially this was not the case. Originally 33 of the Canadians and four of the Australians were buried in multiple graves. The Canadian and Australian governments were not satisfied with this situation and in 1919 paid 2 10s 0d each, for individual graves for their servicemen.

The 37 men were duly exhumed from their multiple graves and re-interred into individual graves. Council minute 830 of 9 November 1920 read as follows:
Exhumation and re-interment of 37 bodies of Colonial soldiers had been completed.
In some cases the coffins were very much decayed, and in one case special arrangements had to be made to exhume and re-inter same.
Two of the men, both local, William Herbert Mack and Arthur White are also commemorated on the Ashley Road memorial.

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Private P. McMahon memorial


One man, Private P. McMahon who died in the Long Grove Asylum and was buried within the Horton Estate Cemetery is commemorated within the CWGC plot, with a special memorial. See picture. Why Private P. McMahon was the only Great War soldier to be buried in the Horton Estate cemetery is a mystery. Note: The Horton Estate cemetery holds the remains of over 8,000 people who passed away whilst they were inmates at one of Epsom's asylums. The site, now privately owned, is overgrown and not obviously recognisable as a cemetery.

The Great War soldier P McMahon's Headstone in the CWGC Plot although he is buried in an unmarked grave in Horton Cemetery
The Great War soldier P. McMahon's Headstone in the CWGC Plot
although he is buried in an unmarked grave in Horton Cemetery
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2010

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Private HW James memorial


A Second World War casualty, Private HW James, who died in the Long Grove Asylum and was buried in the Horton Estate cemetery, is also commemorated in the CWGC plot. See picture.

The World War 2 soldier Private HW Jones's Headstone in the CWGC Plot although he is buried in an unmarked grave in Horton Cemetery
The World War 2 soldier Private HW Jones's Headstone in the CWGC Plot
although he is buried in an unmarked grave in Horton Cemetery
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2012


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The 34 Great War CWGC burials scattered throughout the cemetery


In addition to the 148 men buried in the CWGC plot and commemorated on the Screen Wall, another 34 men who died in the Great War are buried in scattered graves throughout Epsom cemetery.

Cemetery Plan - click on image to go to a larger version with links to plans showing individual plots
Plan of Ashley Road Cemetery courtesy of the Superintendent and Registrar of Epsom Cemetery
Click on image to go to a page with a larger plan and links to plans showing individual plots.


SURNAMENAMEBURIED
ANDREWARTHAWilliamD. 220A.
BATESJohn Thomas GeorgeA. 336.
BROWNAlfred LlewellynA. 339.
BUCHANANEdmondD. 220A.
CALDWELLJohnB. 180A.
CHANDLERDorothy MaudA. 277.
COULSONWilliam EugeneD. 317.
DALEYJamesH. 138A.
ELLISHenry DavidB. 185A.
FERGUSONPhilipD. 559A.
GIRLINGCharles NormanD. 336.
GOREYFredC. 251.
GRINTERGeorge HenryH. 139A.
HARVEYClementV. 337.
HEFFERNWilliamK. 721.
HYDEGeorgeF. 327.
JOHNSONJohn WilliamD. 332.
JOHNSTONJonathan LockeD. 531.
KITCHERSIDEEdwinA. 397.
MARSHALLHarry CecilD. 339.
MASKELLAlbert EdwardA. 447.
MATTHEWSWilliam JamesA. 309.
PERKINSFrank Percival CoxD. 338.
PIRIEGeorge LaurenceA. 404.
POTTERTONTedD. 481.
PROSSERJohnD. 482.
RASEYFrederickA. 437.
RATCLIFFEFrederick HaroldA. 391.
SIMMONDSAlfred MontagueA. 398.
SIMMSThomasD. 220A.
SPENCEColin GeorgeD. 368.
STURTReginald PhilipD. 312.
THORNTONWilliam JohnF. 256A.
TREAYSJohnK. 639.


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The 49 Second World War CWGC burials scattered throughout the cemetery


Cemetery Plan - click on image to go to a larger version with links to plans showing individual plots
Plan of Ashley Road Cemetery courtesy of the Superintendent and Registrar of Epsom Cemetery
Click on image to go to a page with a larger plan and links to plans showing individual plots.


SURNAMENAMEBURIED
ALWAYEDWIN JOHN N. Grave 263.
BIRDEDWARD JOHN O. Grave 505.
BIRKHEADGEORGE THOMAS G. Grave 542.
BROWNWILLIAM THOMAS O. Grave 372.
BURTONMARGARET N. Grave 592.
COLLISREGINALD N. Grave 243.
FOLEYHERBERT ONSLOW G. Grave 601.
FOSTERFRANK JOSEPH M. Grave 614.
FURNELLHARRY LEONARD K. Grave 320.
GEENHENRY ERNEST M. Grave 403.
GLADMANCHARLES CLIFFORD M. Grave 468.
GREENSLADEJOHN LEONARD K. Grave 688.
HANLEYMATTHEW WILLIAM N. Grave 255.
HICKSARCHIBALD JACK N. Grave 260.
HILLSOLIVER LILBURNE RIEU N. Grave 256.
HORDERCYRIL STEPHEN M. Grave 601.
HOSLINLOUIS CHARLES H. Grave 560.
IRISHCYRIL VIVIAN A. Grave 384.
JAMESHENRY WALTERSpec. Memorial.
MANSFIELDHARRY WALTER O. Grave 486.
MILESROBERT JOHN O. Grave 287.
MOOREALAN BERESFORD N. Grave 261.
MOOREHARRY U. Grave 31.
NEWMANERNEST JAMES N. Grave 253.
OLNEYSTANLEY K. Grave 32.
PEDDIETHOMAS JOHN M. Grave 600.
PETHERICKEDWARD FRANK O. Grave 444.
PLATFOOTGORDON LEONARD M. Grave 571.
POOLEBASIL WARSLEY Q. Grave 138.
REDFORDKEITH GEORGE N. Grave 257.
REYNOLDSERNEST ROBERT FRANK N. Grave 254.
RICHMONDJOHN RODERICK N. Grave 258.
RUSSELLALEXANDER N. Grave 593.
SAUNDERSVICTOR LEWIS F. Grave 178.
SAVAGEERIC JOHN M. Grave 623.
SELMANHARRY WILLIAM F. Grave 410A.
SHERRIFFJAMES THOMAS ROY O. Grave 243.
SHRUBBLEONARD CHARLES G. Grave 28.
SIMMONDSHUNTER EDWARD K. Grave 123.
SPARKBASIL DOUGLAS N. Grave 595.
STEELEFREDERICK ROBERT ELLIS K. Grave 30.
TAYLORDOUGLAS ALBERT T. Grave 275.
TEPPERROLAND HARCOURT N. Grave 259.
TIPLADYGEORGE O. Grave 337.
TODDERIC JOSEPH O. Grave 177.
TUCKWILLIAM ERNEST L. Grave 198.
WESTALFRED MALET N. Grave 262.
WILLIAMSHERBERT CHARLES M. Grave 131.
WILSONGEORGE (TUG) O. Grave 475.

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