FETCHAM U3A LOCAL HISTORY GROUP 1
William Diment was baptised in Fetcham on the 30th May 1886 at St. Mary’s Parish Church. Both the 1891 and 1901 census show him living at Barracks Farm with his family. Upon leaving school he worked as a “cow boy” on the farm.
In 1910 he married Julia Fanny Perry, who was born in Dorking and the 1911 Census shows him and Fanny with a 5 months old son William living in Eastwick Street, Great Bookham. The family went on to have a daughter Ellen Margaret on 15th March 1913.
With the start of World War 1 William became a Corporal in the Royal Engineers (Railways) Regimental Number 160730 (the WR representing Waterways and Railways.
William was awarded the British and Victory Medals which indicates that he served overseas during the conflict but not until at least 1915.
William and Fanny moved to East Flexford, near Guildford, at some stage between 1911 and 1918. They had two further daughters, Julia Mary born in June 1919 and Elsie May born in 1927. William died in 1974 and is buried at St. Mary the Virgin church, Worplesdon.