News item in the Surrey Advertiser, 31st August 1914
“The villages of Shere and Gomshall were alarmed on Wednesday evening by a ‘spy scare’. The affair took place near the railway arch at Gomshall, where the report of a gun close to the road was heard. The story that there was a spy in the vicinity spread, and a thorough search of the line and the neighbourhood was made. Eventually it was discovered that the shot had been fired by Mr Muzzlebrook, who was rabbit shooting on his own property”.
Only one month after Great Britain declared war on Germany, fears of invasion and spying were affecting every part of the county.
“Mr. Muzzlebrook” was in fact Mr. Albert Harry Misselbrook of Edmonds Farm, Station Road, Gomshall. He is recorded on the 1911 Census as being the Horseman on the farm, aged 32, living with his father Stephen and mother Emma – my wife’s Great-Grandparents.