“To the Glorious Dead of the Parish of Bletchingley: These gave their lives for their King and Country in the Great War.”
War Memorials Trust Reference Number – WM1700
The names and regimental details of those who “paid the ultimate price” in two World Wars are recorded for posterity on tablets on the simple but impressive Gothic Memorial Cross which stands on the north side of the High Street. It was designed by Philip M. Johnston, F.S.A., F.R.I.B.A. and built by the Nine Elms Stonemasonry Company in 1920. It cost just £500 and was entirely funded by public subscription. In the church there is also a plaque bearing similar information for World War I.
The surround to the base was added later to commemorate the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in May 1937. Other tablets showing the names of the 18 young men who died between 1939 and 1945 were added later, of course, to the 38 which were already there. However, the Church does not contain the list of those who died in World War II
It was on the 9th January 1921 that the Dedication Service was conducted in the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin by the Rector, the Reverend C.D. Raven. It was preceded by the tolling of a single church bell. Representatives of many denominations took an active part and the service was attended by a large number of delegates from civil authorities and local organisations.
After a procession to the Memorial the unveiling ceremony was performed by Lieutenant General Sir Edmond R. Elles. The Rector pronounced the words of Dedication and Requiescat, after which two buglers from the Guards’ Depot at Caterham sounded the Last Post. When the floral tributes had been deposited the congregation returned to the church. Here the choir, augmented by that of the Free Churches, sung unaccompanied, before the pronouncement of the Blessing and the sounding of the Reveille. A muffled peal, rung after the service, concluded an impressive and inspiring ceremony. To this day, ninety years later and in common with so many villages throughout the country, we are proud to commemorate with respect the signing of the Armistice every year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month on Remembrance Sunday.
There is a 20 page booklet which records in some depth information about the families and service details of the young men of the village who died in the First World War. It lists, amongst other things, their next of kin and where they are buried or commemorated. It also includes several relevant photographs, one of which is the Unveiling Ceremony. The preparation and analysis in the booklet was researched and presented by Edwin Smith from Caterham who has visited several of the battlefields. He asserts that “in France and Belgium, major battles such as Somme, Loos, Arras and Passchandaele – plus the continual drain on human resources at Ypres – produced the major part of the casualties. Campaigns in Gallipoli, the Balkans, Italy, Egypt and Mesopotamia made up the remainder.”
Copies are available to view in the Redhill Library or, by arrangement, at the Imperial War Museum. The Bletchingley Conservation and Historical Society which contributed towards the information and provided most of the photographs also has a copy. It was hoped to add Second World War details on a similar basis.
On the Upright of the Cross: AD 1914 – 1919
Facing West, Top Panel:
TO OUR GLORIOUS DEAD
OF THE PARISH OF BLECHINGLEY
THESE GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR
THEIR KING AND COUNTRY
A.D. 1914 – 1918
The Queens R. West Surrey Regt.
Pte H.V. Agate Cpl G.H. Brown
Cpl E.A. Carey Pte E.H. Cheal
Pte H.W. Colgate Pte A.G. Dinnage
Pte W.H. Dulake Dmr F.G. Humphrey
Pte O. Morley Cpl J. Osborne
Pte C. Worsfold Cpl H.W. Wright
Facing South, Top Panel:
Lce Cpl J. Adams – York & Lancaster Regt
Pte T. Borer – Middlesex Regt
Cpl L.W. Brown – R.Berkshire Regt
Pte H. Cheeseman – Canadian Scottish Regt
Pte A.E. Coomber – R. Field Artillery
Pte F.E. Coomber – R. Highlanders
Pte C.B. Coppard – Grenadier Guards
LIEUT E.H. De Fontaine – London Regt
Cut into the Memorial beneath the Top Panel as an addendum:
Pte T. Briggs – Canadian Inf
Carved Around the Memorial Between the Top and Bottom Panels:
TO THE GLORY OF GOD + AND IN
GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF BLECHINGLEY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR KING & COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR
Facing East, Top Panel:
Pte C.W.R. English – R. Irish Rifles
Sgt G.S. Godson – London Regt
Tpr C.E. Hatfield – Life Guards
A.B. A. Legg – R. Naval Vol. Res.
Pte J. Osborne – Monmouth Regt
Lce Cpl W.G.Parsons – East Surrey Regt
Pte E.S. Pynegar – Australian Artillery
Pte K.T. Pynegar – London Regt
Facing North, Top Panel:
Pte T.W. Stratton – R. West Kent Regt
Pte J. Schofield – South Notts Hussars
Pte S.J. Smith – Welsh Regt
Pte G. Southam – R. Army Service Corps
Lce Cpl W.J. Stanbridge – Middlesex Regt
Pte H.C. Stanbridge – East Surrey Regt
Spr F.A. Webster – R. Engineers
Sgt G. Wisden – South African Regt
Pte H. Wren – R. Highlanders
Facing West, Bottom Panel:
THE MEN WHO GAVE
ON ACTIVE SERVICE
1939 – 1945
Facing South, Bottom Panel:
1st Gnr G. Banks – Royal Navy
Lieut J.D.N. Bland – Scots Guards
Lieut E.R. Cecil – East Surrey Regt
A.B. G. Charman – Royal Navy
Gnr J.S. Coppard – Royal Artillery
Lieut L.E. Davis – R.N.V.R.
Facing East, Bottom Panel:
A.C. D.E Dobson – Royal Air force
Flt Sgt R.F.A. Dobson – Royal Air Force
Lieut P.M. Gale – Coldstream Guards
Pte R.T. Hook – Northants Regt
O.S. A.G. Macer – Royal Navy
Gnr J.E. Mayne – Royal Artillery
Facing North, Bottom Panel:
Fus J.L. Robinson – Royal Fusiliers
Marine A.H. Smith – Royal Marines
F.O. D.J.A. Smith, D.F.C. – Royal Air Force
P.O. R. Wigington – Royal Air Force
A.B. G.A. Williams – Royal Navy
Pte R.A. Williams – Wiltshire Regt
On the horizontal slabs around the base:
THIS BASE WAS ADDED TO COMMEMORATE THE CORONATION OF KING GEORGE VI MAY 1937
On a horizontal slab to the North-West of the memorial
RESTORED 1994 PARISH COUNCIL CENTENARY
( NJP, April 2007
NJP updated, September 2011)
War Memorial in St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bletchingley
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF
BLECHINGLEY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919
James Adams Frederick Geo. Humphrey
Lce-Cpl.,., 9th York & Lancs Rgt. Drumr., 8th The Queen’s Rgt.
Henry Victor Agate Archie LeggPte., 1st
The Queen’s Rgt. A.B., R.N.V.R.
Thomas Borer Oliver Morley
Pte., 16th Midd’x Rgt. Pte., 1st The Queen’s Rgt.
Thomas Briggs James Osborne
Pte., 1st Canadian Infy Cpl., The Queen’s Rgt.
George Hubert Brown John Osborne
Cpl., The Queen’s Rgt. Pte., 2nd Monmouth Rgt.
Leonard Wilfred Brown William George Parsons
Cpl., R. Berks Rgt. Lce-Cpl., 12th E. Surrey Rgt.
Earnest Arthur Carey Edgar Sylvanus Pynegar
Cpl., The Queen’s Rgt. Australian Arty
Ernest Sidney Cheal Kemys Tynte Pynegar
Pte., 7th The Queen’s Rgt. London Rifle Bdge
Harry Cheeseman James Schofield
Pte., 16th Canadian Scottish Pte., S. Notts Hsrs
Horace Walter Colgate Sidney James Smith
Pte., 7th The Queen’s Rgt. Pte., 14th Welsh Rgt.
Alfred Edwin Coomber George Southam
Gnr., R.F.A. Pte., R.A.S.C.
Frank Edwin Coomber Henry Chas. Stanbridge
Pte., Black Watch Pte., 9th E. Surrey Rgt.
Charles Botting Coppard William J. Stanbridge
Pte., Gren. Guards Lce-Cpl., 4th Midd’x Rgt.
Edward Harold De Fontaine Thomas W. Stratton
Lieut., 19th London Rgt. Pte., 3rd R.West Kent Rgt.
Alfred George Dinnage Frederick Alan Webster
Pte., 1st The Queen’s Rgt. Sapper R.E.
William George Dulake George Wisden
Pte., The Queen’s Rgt. Sgt 3rd S. African Inf
Chas W. Radford English Charles Worsfold
Rifleman, R. Irish Rgt. Pte., 7th The Queen’s Rgt.
George Stuart Godson Horace Wren
Sgt., 2nd Cy of London Rgt. Pte., 42nd Canadian (R. Highdrs)
Charles Edward Hatfield Herbert Wright
Tpr., 2nd Life Guards Lce-Cpl.,., 22nd The Queen’s Rgt.
N.J.P.; July 2007
British Legion Boards in Bletchingley Village Hall Showing Those who Died on Active Service in the 1914-1918 War
Pte. AGATE Henry V. 1st Queen’s R.W.S.
Pte. BORER Thomas 10th Middlesex
Cpl. BROWN George Queen’s R.W.S.
Cpl. BROWN Leonard Royal Berks
Cpl. CAREY Ernest 8th Queen’s R.W.S.
Pte. CHEAL Ernest 7th Queen’s R.W.S.
Pte. CHEESMAN Harry 16th Canadian Scoth
Pte. COLGATE Horace 7th Queen’s R.W.S.
Gnr. COOMBER A.A.E. R.F.A.
Pte. COOMBER Frank E. R. Highlanders
Pte. COPPARD Charles Grenadier Gds.
Lt. DE FONTAINE Edward 19th London Rgt.
Pte. DINNAGE Alfred G. 1st Queen’s R.W.S.
Pte. DULAKE William Queen’s R.W.S.
Rfn. ENGLISH Chas. W. R. Irish R.
Sgt. GODSON George S. London Regt.
Tpr. HATFIELD Chas. E. jnr 2nd Life Guards
Drumr. HUMPHREY Fredk. G. 8th Queen’s R.W.S.
A.B. LEGG Archie R.N.V.R.
Pte. MORLEY Oliver 1st Queen’s R.W.S.
Cpl. OSBORNE James 2nd Queen’s R.W.S. M.M & Bar
Pte. OSBORNE John 2nd Monmouth R.
L.Cpl. PARSONS William E. Surrey Rgt.
PYNEGAR Edgar S. Aust’ln Artillery
PYNEGAR Kemys T. London Rifle B.
Pte. SCHOFIELD James S. Notts. Rgt.
Pte. SMITH Sidney 14th Welsh Regt.
Pte. SOUTHAM F.G. R.A.S.C.
Pte. STANBRIDGE Hy. Chas. 9th E. Surrey Rgt.
L.Cpl. STANBRIDGE William 4th Middlesex Rgt.
Pte. STRATTON Thos. W. 3rd R.W. Kent Rgt.
Sapr WEBSTER Fred A. R. Engineers
Sgt. WISDEN George 3rd S. African Infy
Pte. WORSFOLD Charles 7th Queen’s R.W.S.
Pte. WREN Horace 42nd Candn Highds
L.Cpl. WRIGHT Herbert 2/22nd London R.
Missing Names on British Legion Boards of Those Who Died
L Cpl. ADAMS James 9th York & Lancs Rgt.
Pte. BRIGGS Thomas 1st Canadian Infy.
The Royal British Legion boards in the Village Hall list ALL those from Bletchingley who fought in World War 1, marking those who died in the fight.
N.J. P, 2 November, 2011