Local heroes of World War l

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In grateful memory of the men of Shackleford and Peper Harow who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 – 1918”.

Their name liveth for evermore

  • Lance Corporal James Bias – 7969 – 1st Battalion, The Border Regiment

Born 1886 in Guildford, baptized and lived in Shackleford, enlisted in Guildford in 1904

Son of George and Ellen Bias

Went overseas to join the 2nd Battalion in November 1914, wounded in action 11.3.1915

After recovering he went to join the 1st Battalion in 86th Brigade of 29th Division on the Western Front and was killed in action 11 April 1918 near Estaires in Belgium aged 32 He is also commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium and on bronze plaque *.

  • Private James Duke – 8825 – 2nd Battalion, The Manchester Regiment

Born in Elstead, lived in Godalming, enlisted in Aldershot

Son of James Duke and Frances Lucy Randell of Attleford, Shackleford

Husband of Ann Duke of High Croft, Milford

Killed in action 19 October 1914 aged 30

He is also commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in France and on bronze plaque +.

  • Private Frederick Arthur Edwards – 59299 – 6th Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment

Formerly in the Royal Army Service Corps RX/4/210923

Born in Oxford, enlisted in Godalming

Son of Arthur and Louisa Edwards of Shackleford

Husband of Alice Maud Edwards of 47, Town End Street, Godalming

Died of wounds 5 November 1918 aged 32

He is also commemorated in the Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension in France, on the Memorial in Busbridge church and on bronze plaque *.

  • Private Harry Edwards – G/3222 – 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment

Born 1894 in Hurtmore, baptized in Shackleford, enlisted in Guildford

Son of Frederick Charles and Sarah Jane Edwards

Killed in action 25 September 1915

He is also commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France and on bronze plaque *.

  • Private Arthur Elson – G/4302 – 1st Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

Born 1884, baptized 1885 in Shackleford, lived in Godalming, enlisted in Guildford

Son of Zacharias and Eliza Elson of Hurtmore Bottom, Godalming

Husband of Louisa Ellen Withall (formerly Elson, née Padwick) of Squirrel Cottages, Hurtmore

Killed in action 25 September 1915 at the start of the Battle of Loos aged 32

Also commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France and on bronze plaque *.

  • Colonel Frederick Howard Fairtlough C.M.G. – commanding 8th (Service) Battalion,

The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

Born 1860 in Godalming, resided in Shackleford

He gained distinction in the South African War 1900/02 when he was awarded the C.M.G.

Son of Colonel Charles Edward Fairtlough 1818-1862 (63rd The Manchester Regiment)

Husband of Florence Maud Lynch-Staunton (née Sandeman) of Hurtmore Holt, Shackleford

Killed in action 26 September 1915 East of Vermelles in the Battle of Loos aged 54

Also commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France and on bronze plaque *.

  • Captain Gerard Howard Fairtlough M.C. – 423rd Field Company Royal Engineers

Formerly with the Artists Rifles and a signal squadron in the 3rd Cavalry Division

Born 1889 in Shackleford, lived Hurtmore Holt, Godalming

Son of Colonel Frederick Howard Fairtlough and Maud Sandeman

Died of wounds in hospital in Le Touquet 13 June 1918 aged 28

Also commemorated in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France and on bronze plaque *.

  • Private Alfred Ernest Fry – 15105 – 11th (Service) Battalion, The Essex Regiment

Born and baptized 1894 in Shackleford, enlisted 1914 in Godalming

Son of Robert and Henrietta Fry of Lone Barn, Shackleford, brother of Walter Percy

Crossed to France 28 August 1915

Killed in action 26 September 1915 at the Battle of Loos

Also commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France and on bronze plaque *.

  • Private Walter Percy Fry – 29391 – Depot The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Born 1892, baptized in Shackleford

Son of Robert and Henrietta Fry of Lone Barn, Shackleford, brother of Alfred Ernest

Went to France 30 Nov. 1915, served in the 4th Battalion

The Armistice was announced 11.11.1918

Died 15 December 1919 aged 28 in the UK of pulmonary tuberculosis

Buried 19.12.1919 in St. Mary’s churchyard with an Imperial War Graves Commission headstone

Commemorated on bronze plaque *.

  • Rifleman Ronald Hawker – 552159 – 16th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment better known as the Queen’s Westminster Rifles (affiliated to the King’s Royal Rifle Corps)

Born 1890 in Reigate

Son of William and Amy Hawker of Reigate and St. Leonard’s-on-Sea

Husband of Marian E. Walker of High Wigsell, Bodiam, Sussex

Resided in Elstead, enlisted Westminster 1915

Killed in action 14 April 1917 aged 26

Also commemorated in the Bootham Cemetery, Heninel, France and on bronze plaque +.

  • Driver William James Hewett – 9070 – 110th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Driver is equivalent to Private in R.F.A., he is also mentioned as Gunner

Born 1895 in Midhurst

Eldest son of William (Park-keeper of Viscount Midleton) and Alice Hewett of Oxenford Gatehouse, Elstead. Died 8 June 1915 aged 20 in the Military Isolation Hospital in Aldershot

Buried 12 June 1915 in Peper Harow churchyard in the same grave as his parents who died later and commemorated on bronze plaque +.

  • Bombardier Frank Lamboll – 52261 – “X” 37th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Bombardier is equivalent to Corporal, also described as Gunner

Born and baptized 1888 in Shackleford, enlisted in Guildford

Son of George and Mary Jane Lamboll

Killed in action 30 January 1917

Also commemorated in the Rue-des-Berceaux Military Cemetery in France and on bronze plaque *.

  • Private William George Laney – 12774 – 14th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment

Born 1896 in Basingstoke, enlisted Portsmouth

Son of Mrs. Mary Ann Porter of Lox Hill, Godalming

Killed in action 3 September 1916 aged 21

Also commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France and on bronze plaque *.

  • Serjeant Andrew Boyer Marchant – 229273 – 1st Battalion, City of London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)

Formerly 2272 The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) – posted 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers

Born 1888 in Thursley, lived in Norney and Compton, enlisted in Guildford

Son of William Marchant (born Thursley 1850) and Jane Boyer (born Normandy) who married 1888 in Peper Harow

Killed in action 30 December 1917 aged 29

Also commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France, on a panel and the Memorial in front of Compton church as well as on Roll of Honour in the church (where shown as 1/5th Battalion, The Queen’s) and on bronze plaque *.

  • Private Sydney Padwick – G/8914 – 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment

Born 1884 in Milford, enlisted in Guildford

Son of Frederick William and Martha Padwick of Hurtmore

Husband of Annie Padwick of Milford

Died of wounds, British Expeditionary Force, 17 July 1916 aged 32

Also commemorated in the Dranoutre Military Cemetery in Belgium and on bronze plaque *.

  • Corporal Geoffrey Powell – 265543 – “H” Company 1st/1st Battalion, The Hertfordshire Regiment

Born in Denham, Buckinghamshire, residence Hatfield, Herts., enlisted in Hertford

Son of John and Kezia Powell of Warren Lodge, Gatwick, Shackleford

Died 5 August 1917 aged 28 of wounds received 1st August at the Battle of St. Julien

Also commemorated in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium and on bronze plaque +.

  • Private James Colin Preedy – T/2053 and T/240406 – 1st/5th Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

Born 1895 in Guildford, baptised in Shackleford and lived in Godalming, enlisted in Godalming

Son of William and Louisa Preedy of Squirrel Cottages, Hurtmore

Reported as having been taken prisoner by the Turks at Kut (escaped ?)

Killed in action in Mesopotamia 29 April 1916 aged 21

Also commemorated in the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery in Iraq and on bronze plaque *.

  • Private William Rodgers – G/4195 – 7th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment

Born Grimley, Worcestershire, enlisted Arundel

Son of W. Rodgers of Ladywood, Birmingham

Killed in action, British Expeditionary Force, 4 March 1916 aged 21

Also commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France and on bronze plaque *.

  • Private John Henry Stilwell – S/811 – 1st Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

Born 1886 in Farnham, lived Shackleford, enlisted Guildford, elder brother of Alfred Elias

Son of Harry and Alice Louise Stilwell of Lydling, Shackleford

Husband of Edith Garlick of Lascombe Cottages, Puttenham

Killed in action 16 May 1915 in the Battle of Festubert aged 29

Also commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in France and on bronze plaque *.

  • Bombardier Alfred Elias Stilwell – 41043 – 12th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Bombardier is equivalent to Corporal

Born, baptized 1897 and resided in Shackleford, enlisted in Guildford, brother of John Henry

Son of Harry and Alice Louise Stilwell of Lydling, Shackleford

Killed in action 10 July 1916 aged 19

Also commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France and on bronze plaque *.

  • ?/ – Private Charles Tongs – 14290 – 2nd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment

Born Southampton, enlisted Southampton

Son of Charles and Carrie Tongs of Southampton

Died of wounds 5 June 1816 aged 25

Also commemorated in the Beauval Communal Cemetery in France and on bronze plaque *.

  • Company Quartermaster Serjeant Alfred George Wallace Whiterod – WR/501371 – 5th Port Construction Company – Inland Water Transport – Royal Engineers

Born 1883 in Steyning

Husband of Alice Boxall of 2, Quarry Road, Hurtmore, Godalming

Date of death 12 November 1918 aged 35, one day after armistice was announced

Also commemorated in the St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen in France and on bronze plaque *.

  • ?/ – Private Albert Thomas Wright – 38710 – 14th (Service) Battalion, (West of England)

The Gloucestershire Regiment

Formerly in the Royal Army Service Corps – 32532

Born Marylebone London, enlisted London, posted abroad 29 July 1915

At time of his death he was attached to the 7th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)

Killed in action 4 April 1918

Also commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial in France and on bronze plaque *.

  • Trooper Christopher James Oswald Wrigley – 1436 – Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (incl. Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps), 2nd King Edward’s Horse

Trooper is equivalent to Private in the Cavalry

On Roll of Honour and on list of 1.11.1914 – men serving in His Majesty’s Navy and Army – he is listed as Lieutenant serving in Royal Field Artillery (34th Brigade Ammunitions Column)

Born 1894 in Hendon, educated Harrow and Cambridge

Elder son of Mr. & Mrs. Oswald Osmond Wrigley of Shackleford House, Shackleford

Killed in action near Festubert 26 May 1915 aged 21

He is commemorated in Le Touret Military Cemetery in France and on bronze plaque *

In memory of their son Mr. and Mrs. Wrigley presented to the Parish Church a window and lights in 1916. The work of Messrs. Powell & Son, it is of beautiful design and workmanship. The principal figures are of St. Michael and St. Gabriel and in the lower lights are groups respectively representing the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and John the Baptist and the Virgin and St. John at the foot of the Cross.