In March 1915 the St Andrew’s parish magazine recorded that:
News has come from India that Private William Scarfe (sic.), of the East Surrey Regiment, was drowned while bathing last month. William Scarfe (sic.) was a resident of Effingham, and was employed at Warren Mount, Oxshott, when called up for service at the general mobilization.
St Andrew’s, Oxshott, Parish Magazines, March 1915, SHC Ref. 8909/8/1/4.