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Epsom Urban District Roll of Honour 1914

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Epsom Urban District Roll of Honour 1914
Epsom Urban District Roll of Honour 1914
Close-ups are shown below
Photograph courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2015

In July 2015 the Mayor's secretary was tidying some cupboards when she came across a framed Roll of Honour dated 1914.

Looking back at the minutes of Council meetings there is an entry dated 17 November 1914 which reads:
WAR: Roll of Honour.
The Council decided to take steps to provide a Roll of Honour of men serving the country in the forces of the Crown, from the Epsom Urban District.
There is another minute, a week later, dated 24 November 1914 which reads:
ROLL OF HONOUR.
The Chairman of the Council reported that Mr. G. T. Langridge was kindly assisting in securing information for the completion of this list.
The framed Roll of Honour records about 600 names, some of which, for reasons unknown, have been struck out. The names are arranged alphabetically but are not necessarily alphabetical within an individual letter. Furthermore, the alphabetical list, having reached the letter Z, recording A.C. Zander (Killed in Action 9 April 1917, aged 22) commenced again from 'A'. But the letter 'C' is as far as the list went, H. Claydon being the last entry.

As no other references have been found in Council minutes to the Roll of Honour, it is possible that only the one board was produced. In the early days it was generally thought that the war would 'be over by Christmas', and maybe the magnitude of the task of gathering all the names of volunteers was grossly under estimated and the task was abandoned?

But perhaps another board will surface one day!

Clive Gilbert August 2015


Epsom Urban District Roll of Honour - Extract 1
Epsom Urban District Roll of Honour - Extract 2
Epsom Urban District Roll of Honour - Extract 3
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Epsom Urban District Roll of Honour - Extract 7
Epsom Urban District Roll of Honour - Extract 8
Epsom Urban District Roll of Honour - Extract 9
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Epsom Urban District Roll of Honour - Extract 11
Epsom Urban District Roll of Honour - Extract 12
Epsom Urban District Roll of Honour - Extract 13
Epsom Urban District Roll of Honour - Extract 14
Close-ups of Epsom Urban District Roll of Honour 1914
Photograph courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2015