Taken from the Woking News & Mail, 14 December 1917 (page 7)
Ripley War Memorial
Comrades’ Association Scheme Approved
“A meeting was held in Ripley Schools, on Wednesday week, to consider the question of providing a memorial for the men belonging to the parish who are or have been serving in the war. Mr C. F. M. Cleverly, [Justice of the Peace], [County Councillor], presided over a large attendance.
The Chairman suggested that whatever was done should be of permanent character, and gave particulars of the scheme put forward by the great democratic association, called the Comrades of the Great War Association, which, he said, was originated in the trenches by an officer and a private, and was promoted with the object of keeping the men in touch with each other after the war. If a centre was formed in Ripley he hoped that Ockham and Wisley would be able to join.
Mr. Pullen (who handed the chairman a letter from Mr. H. A. Lacey subscribing 10s. towards whatever object was decided upon), said he would like the memorial to be placed in the village so that everybody could see it rather than in a church. – Dr. Pearse also expressed himself in favaour of a memorial being provided in the village itself.”