The War Memorial in the churchyard of St Nicholas Church
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THOSE FROM THIS PARISH
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR COUNTRY DURING THE GREAT WAR
J HENLEY E STRUDWICK
W WELLS J STRUDWICK
A WELLS A HERRINGTON
V STANDEN H WILLIAMS
C MOORE W WILLIAMS
J MOORE C BARNETT
W BENNETT G COVEY
W THAYRE H LUCAS
ON A SEPARATE TABLET for WW2
H HARMAN J POPE
W HEATHER R THOMPSON
Plaques inside the Church
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
FREDERICK HOLDEN PRATT-BARLOW
LIEUT 8TH (DERBYSHIRE) COY 4TH REGT IMP YEOMANRY
DIED AT LINDLEY O.R.C. FEB 26TH. 1902 AGED 19 YEARS
LIEUT 11TH (YORKSHIRE) COY 3RD REGT IMP YEOMANRY
KILLED IN ACTION AT MIDDLEPOST FARM
CALVINIA FEB, 6TH. 1902 AGED 28 YEARS
ANTE DIEM PERIERUNT: SED MILITES, SED PRO PATRIA.
In Memory of
Corporal WILLIAM ARTHUR BOXALL
Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)
23rd April 1960, aged 21 years
Presented by all ranks of the
Household Cavalry Regiment
The Fallen on the War Memorial WW1
Charles George BARNETT
Rifleman, 1st Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps, 6 Brigade, 2nd Division. Army no. 7940
He was killed in action on 2 November 1914 in the first battle of Ypres. He was 28
He was the son of Frederick and Emily Barnett, Pound Cottage, Alfold and the husband of Isobel E Barnett
He is remembered on panels 51 and 53 of the Menin Gate
William Thomas James BENNETT
Private, 1st/5th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey
Regiment), 12 Indian Brigade, 15th Indian Division. Army no.
He died, probably from illness on 30 December 1917. He was 31.
He was son of Harriet Sparkes and the step-son of Amos Sparkes, Wanbrooks, Alfold.
He is buried in grave II J 2 North Gate War Cemetery, Baghdad
George William COVEY
Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, 1 Guards Brigade, 1st Guards Division. rmy no. 9108
He was killed in action on 25 January 1915. He was 22
He was the son of George H and Emily Covey
He is remembered on panels 2 and 3 of Le Touret Memorial
Private, 8th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey
Regiment), 72 Brigade, 24th Division. Army no. G/4980
He was killed in action on 25 September 1915. He was 23
He was the husband of Mabel Howick (formerly Henley), 6 Bookhurst Hill, Cranleigh
He is buried in grave III H 21 Philosophe British Cemetery,
Lance Corporal, 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers, 2 Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. Army no. 7881
He died of his wounds on 11 November 1917. He was 24
He was the son of Charles and Annie Herrington
He is buried in the middle of the churchyard of St Nicholas, Alfold
Harmon Victor LUCAS
Rifleman, D Company, 9th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own), 42 Brigade, 14th Division. Army no. S/11918. He was formerly with 9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers. Army no. 7880.
He was killed in action on 8 March 1916. He was 24
He was the son of William and Catherine Lucas. He was living
in Alfold in 1901
He is buried in grave III A 15, Douchy les Ayette British Cemetery
Charles Benjamin MOORE
Sergeant, 1st/8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles),
The London Regiment, 140 Brigade, 47th Division. Army no.
He was killed in action on 7 October 1916 during the attacks on the Butte de Warlencourt. He was 23
He was the son of Frederick and Mary Moore
He is remembered on pier and face 9C and 9D of the Thiepval
Jack Albert MOORE
Private, 1st Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 5 Brigade, 2nd Division. Army no. G/4261
He was killed in action on 25 September 1915 during the Battle of Loos. He was 18
He was the son of Jack and Emily Moore of Rudgwick
He is remembered on panels 13 to 15 of the Loos Memorial
George Valentine STANDEN
Private, 2nd/4th (Cinque Ports) Battalion, The Royal Sussex
Regiment, Brigade, Division. Army no. 3618
He died in Colchester on 12 January 1916. He was 18
He was the son of George and Gertrude Standen, Rosemary Lane, Alfold.
He is buried in grave in the south east part of the churchyard of St Nicholas, Alfold
He had only served in the UK and he had not been discharged so
his probably died from illness
Ernest Akerson STRUDWICK
Lance Corporal, 8th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's
Own), 41 Brigade, 14th Division. Army no. S/11761
He died of his wounds on 18 September 1916. He was 30
He was the son of William and Agnes M Strudwick, Alfold Crossway and brother of James, the next entry
He is buried in grave I F 5 Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte,
It is possible that he had been wounded in the fighting at
Delville Wood in August
James Samuel STRUDWICK
Private, 2nd Squadron, Machine Gun Corps, 2 Cavalry
Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. Army no. 41342. He was formerly with 7th Battalion, The King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Army no. 11512
He died of his wounds on 21 August 1918 probably in a hospital in Frévent. He was 26
He was the son of William and Agness M Strudwick, Alfold Crossways
He is buried in grave K 4 St. Hilaire Cemetery Extension, Frévent
William Henry THAYRE
Lance Corporal, B Company, 7th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 55 Brigade, 18th Division. Army no. 1295
He died on 22 November 1919. He was 25
He was the son of George and Annie Thayre, Pound Cottages,
He is buried in the north east of the churchyard of St Nicholas, Alfold
His health problem, tubercular disease of the hip, was attributed to his active service and he was awarded a pension of £0-17-6 a week and the Silver War Badge. He was discharged on medical grounds on 13 November 1917
Arthur George WELLS
Guardsman, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards, 3 Guards Brigade, Guards Division. Army no. 24159
He died of his wounds on 2 October 1916. He was 19
He was the son of Alfred and Rosetta E Wells, Fair View, Alfold and younger brother of William see the next entry
He is buried in grave B 17 45 St Sever Cemetery, Rouen
William Henry WELLS
Private, 2nd/4th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent
Regiment), 160 Brigade, 53rd Division. Army no. 201401
He died of his wounds on 12 May 1917 in Egypt. He was 28
He was the son of Alfred and Rosetta E Wells, Fair View, Alfold.
He is buried in grave F 287, Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt
Henry Ernest WILLIAMS
Private, 2nd Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 22 Brigade, 7th Division. Army no. G/3148
He died from his wounds on 28 August 1915. He was 36
He was the foster son of Phoebe Ellis, Burpham Cottage, London Road, Guildford
He is buried in grave G 42, Hinges Military Cemetery near
William James WILLIAMS
Private, 11th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 123 Brigade, 41st Division. Army no. G/6966
He was killed in action on 30 September 1916 on the Somme. He was 24
He was the son of Mary E Williams, Lyne Crossing, Lyne, Chertsey
He is remembered on pier and face 5D and 6D of the Thiepval Memorial
Whilst there is no certainty a William James Williams had married locally in the Spring 1913 which would explain his inclusion on the memorial
The Fallen of WW2
Gunner, 14 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery, 4 Infantry
Division. Army no. 14628220
He died on 12 May 1944 during the fourth battle at Monte
Cassino whilst engaged in crossing the Rapido and securing a
bridgehead. He was 34
He was the son of Sidney and Emma Harman of Alfold.
He is buried in grave I G 20, Cassino War Cemetery
Allied casualties in this campaign exceeded 100,000
William Bernard HEATHER
Lance Corporal, No. 2 Commando, formerly The Royal Sussex Regiment. Army no. 6400817
He was killed in action on 28 March 1942. He was 22
He was the son of William and Harriette Heather.
He is remembered on panel 11
column 3 of the Brookwood Memorial
The St Nazaire Raid, or Operation Chariot, was a British seaborne
attack on the heavily defended dry dock at St Nazaire in German-occupied France. The operation was undertaken by the Royal Navy and British Commandos on 28 March 1942. St Nazaire was targeted because the loss of its dry dock would force any large German warship in need of repairs to return to Germany.
The obsolete destroyer HMS Campbeltown, accompanied by 18 smaller craft, crossed the English Channel and rammed the dock gates. The ship had been packed with explosives. These detonated later and put the dock out of service for the remainder of the War.
The Commandos landed to destroy machinery and other structures. Heavy German gunfire sank or immobilised the small craft intended to transport the commandos back to England; so
they had to fight their way through the town to try to escape overland.
They were forced to surrender when their ammunition was
expended and they were surrounded. After the raid only 228 men returned to Britain; 169 were killed and 215 became prisoners of war. German casualties were over 360 dead, mostly killed after the raid when HMS Campbeltown exploded.
No less than 89 decorations were awarded to members of the raiding party, including 5 Victoria Crosses.
Frederic John POPE
Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force. RAFVR no. 72562
He died on 9 May 1944. He was 44.
He was the son of Frederick R Pope and Adeline M Pope and the husband of Mary M Pope of Alford.
He is buried in grave 112-113 in the cemetery of St Nicholas,
Probably REGINALD THOMPSON
Private, 1st Battalion, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Army no. 6093086
He died on 6 July 1941, no detail has been established. He was 21
He was the son of James F and Esther Thompson and the husband of Nellie A Thompson of Cranleigh.
He is buried in grave 4 B 11 Karachi War Cemetery
Edward Francis WILLSON
Rifleman, 7th Battalion (The London Rifle Brigade) Rifle Brigade. Army no. 14665396
He was killed in action on 21 August 1944. He was 19
He was the son of Francis W and Dorothy L. Willson of Cranleigh, Surrey.
He is buried in grave IV G 5 Florence War Cemetery
WW1 those not named on the War Memorial
Albert BUTCHER MM
Corporal 6th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey
Regiment). Army no. G/145
He was killed in action on 12 May 1917. He was 34
He was the son of the late Henry and of Mary Knight, formerly
Butcher, Oriston Cottage, High Path Road, Merrow. He was born in Alfold
He is remembered on bay 2 of the Arras Memorial
Eric Denison Seymour CASSWELL
Captain, 102 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. He was formerly with
6th Battalion, Rifle Brigade
He died on 7 November 1917. He was 23
He was the younger son of Henry and Anna M Casswell,
Stammerham Cottage, Holbrook, Horsham and born at Sachel Court, Alfold
He is buried in grave O 9 Pont-Neuville Communal Cemetery, Tourcoing
His parents lived at Old Park (now Old Park Farm) at Rusper
and later at Stammerham Cottage, Holbrook just north of Horsham. He was a scholar and exhibitioner at Tonbridge School, where he was in the cricket XI, and proved himself a good all-round athlete. He gained a scholarship at Pembroke College,
Cambridge, and he had been there a year when war broke
out. He obtained a commission in the Rifle Brigade. He was attached also to the Army Cyclist Corps, and he went to France early in 1915.
On re-joining the Rifle Brigade he was wounded twice but slightly. In the summer of 1917 he trained for the Royal Flying Corps and returned to the front early in October as an observer in 102
Squadron. Just a few weeks later he was killed in action on the night of 7 November.
His pilot was Captain E E Barnes and he was the Observer. They were in FE2b night bomber no A5577 and they were shot down over German lines.
102 Squadron was formed at Hingham, Norfolk in August 1917. From September 1917 until the Armistice it served in France as a night-bomber squadron equipped with FE2b with the role of night time bombing of enemy airfields, railheads and billets, night reconnaissance and the machine-gunning of troops and transport. During this period the squadron bombed trains on 93 occasions and transport on 113.
William TODMAN MM
Lance Corporal, 6th Battalion, The Lincolnshire Regiment, 33 Brigade, 11th Division. Army no. 9884
He died of his wounds on 31 August 1918. He was 23
He was the son of William and Annie Todman
He is buried in grave VII E 37 Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery,
He is entered in the CWGC database as TOPMAN,
Corporal, 1st/8th Battalion Prince of Wales's Own (West
Yorkshire Regiment), 146 Brigade, 49th Division. Army no. 307676
He was killed in action on 9 October 1917
He is remembered on panels 42-47 and 162 of the Tyne Cot
The official records state that he was born in Alford but that has not proved sufficient to identify him further. Maybe he was born in another Alfold
Charlie William WOODHATCH
Private, 52nd Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment. Army no.
He died on 29 May 1918 whilst he was serving in Norwich. He
He was the son of Charles and Sophie Woodhatch, late of
The Laurels, Bucks Green. He was born in Alfold.
He is buried in the north-east part of the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, Rudgwick
Those not named on the War Memorial WW2
Stanley Frederick Joseph FIELD
Aircraftman, 2nd Class, Royal Air Force. RAFVR no. 1084887
He died on 10 April 1945 as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese. He was 33.
He was the son of Frederick W and Mary L Field and the husband of Helen R Field of Alfold
He is buried in grave 1 E 19 Jakarta War Cemetery
I regret that I have found no further information