Communities and Society

These pages look at how different groups and communities within Surrey responded to the war and the call for every person to play their part, regardless of age, gender or creed.  Click on the links in the menu to the left to find out more.

Are you in this-society SGW

First World War propaganda poster.
Designed by Lt. Gen. Sir R.S.S. Baden Powell.
Published: London : Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, 1917.
http://www.ww1propaganda.com/ww1-poster/are-you

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Noeline Baker

New Zealander who contributed to Home Front in Britain both world wars

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Thomas Hendra

Story of Thomas Hendra (1889-1972) Private Soldier from Cornwall who became a photographer in...

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Dorothy Senior Dean

She was a pupil at Sutton High School and in 1904 went up to Girton College, Cambridge. In 1907 she...

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Arthur Ralph Notley

Surrey man who was imprisoned for two years on account of him being an 'absolutist'.

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Dora Richards (nee Coombs)

Nurse who married a holder of the Victoria Cross, having nursed him in hospital

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Miss Hester Mary GODFREY

Quartermaster at Oatlands Red Cross Hospital, Cranleigh. Voluntary Aid Detachment member (VAD)

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Nurse Phyllis Geen

A newspaper article about Nurse Geen, Ottermead Auxillary Hospital, Ottershaw, Red Cross Society

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Rose Kate Overington

Rose Kate Overington enlisted with the WAAC and worked at Denham Camp. She transferred to the WRAF.

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Belgian refugees in Cobham

Official records estimate that 250,000 refugees came to the UK from Belgium during WW1, the largest...

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Guardians of Morals: Women in the Police

The First World Was saw the recruitment of women police officers for the first time. A few were...

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War Memorial & Church Tablet

Oxshott Heath War Memorial photo, Nov 2014. St Andrews Church, Oxshott, memorial stone Tablet, with...

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Major Howard Graeme Gibson

Major Howard Graeme Gibson, whose death was recorded in the St Andrew's, Oxshott, parish magazine.

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Women in War Hospitals

An outline of a new scheme being inaugurated for women to take the places of men in Military...

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Private Hubert William Selby

Private Hubert William Selby, an Oxshott man whose death was recorded in the St Andrew's, Oxshott,...

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Private William Scarff

Private William Scarff, an Effingham man whose death was recorded in the St Andrew's, Oxshott,...

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Private Edgar William Parker

Private Edgar William Parker, a Cobham man whose death was reported in the St Andrew's, Oxshott,...

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Private Albert Harris

Private Albert Harris, an Esher man whose death was recorded in the St Andrew's, Oxshott, parish...

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Private Leland John George Finch

Private Leland John George Finch, a Cobham man whose death was recorded in the St Andrew's, Oxshott,...

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Major Ralph Smith

A brief story about the life of Major Ralph Smith

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Great Bookham - An Absentee

Newspaper account of trial of prisoner who was an absentee under the Military Service Act

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1919

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, taken from the 1919 parish magazines of St Mary's, Stoke...

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1918

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, taken from the 1918 parish magazines of St Mary's, Stoke...

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1917

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, taken from the 1917 parish magazines of St Mary's, Stoke...

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1916

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, taken from the 1916 parish magazines of St Mary's, Stoke...

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Windlesham Women's Institute

During the Great War, the Women's Institute movement grew rapidly. Windlesham's was established in...

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Hermann Mardus

A man of German parentage living in Surrey

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1915

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott during the first full year of the conflict, taken from the...

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Henry Puddick

Excerpt from the 'Surrey Comet', 11 November 1916, about this Surbiton man

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Harry Beavis

Excerpt from the 'Surrey Comet' about this Surbiton man

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1914.

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, and the outbreak of war, taken from the 1914 Parish...

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Milford - 1915

News about Milford and the war's impact upon the community, taken from the 1915 Parish magazine of...

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Milford - 1914

News about Milford and the outbreak of war, taken from the 1914 Parish magazine of St John's...

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IN MEMORIAM - Doris Luker

In Memoriam to Doris Luker from the Woking News & Mail, Friday 13 February, 1920, Page 5.

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Indian Army Facts

Some facts about the involvement of the Indian Army in the First World War.

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Mahrup Shah

After being wounded Mahrup Shah was sent to the Royal Pavilion Hospital at Brighton, where he died...

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Sir Noël Coward, (1899-1973)

Noel Coward, famous as an actor and playwright, briefly served in the East Surrey Regiment in the...

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EM Forster (1879–1970)

E M Forster, author of A Room With a View, served with the Red Cross in Egypt during the First...

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Witley - 1914

News about Witley and the outbreak of war taken from the 1914 Parish magazine.

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Witley - 1915

News from Witley and details of the first casualties taken from the 1915 Parish magazines.

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Witley - 1916

News from Witley and the first signs of the war's impact on local families, taken from the 1916...

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Witley - 1917

Witley Parish magazines in 1917 show a resolve to cope despite the impact of the war and the...

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Witley - 1918

The Witley Parish magazines in 1918 talk about the strong bond developed with the Canadians based at...

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Witley - 1919

In 1919 the Witley Parish magazine shows life returning to normal but the tragedy of the First World...

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Witley - 1920

News about the Great War recorded in the 1920 Witley Parish Magazine.

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George Alfred Shurlock

Albury man who enlisted in 1918, after the upper age limit for eligible soldiers was increased.