Post War

People in Woking celebrating peace, following the signing of the Armistice.

People in Woking celebrating peace, following the signing of the Armistice, 1919.
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The war transformed Britain and its impact was enduring. Once the peace had been celebrated, communities across Britain sought to come to terms with their losses and to commemorate their dead through erecting memorials in churches, town squares and on village greens. Veterans struggled to adapt to a changed world and sought the company of those who would understand what they had endured by joining organisations such as the British Legion. The transition back to a peacetime economy was painful and many questioned whether the sacrifice had been worthwhile.

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John Doran Macdonald

One of the six officers working for the organisation that eventually became the Commonwealth War...

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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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The Witley War Memorials

How the memorials to the men of Witley who died in the First World War came into being

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Homes Fit for Heroes

Housing the returning soldiers. After surviving the horrors of WW1, many returning soldiers, sailors...

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Arthur Albert Messer (1863-1934)

Lt-Col. Arthur Albert Messer CBE DSO FRIBA is buried in Plot 29 of Brookwood Cemetery. He trained as...

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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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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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Charterhouse at War

An account of the influential Godalming school during the Great War

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Frank Bookham

Frank was a professional soldier before the war and re-joined in 1915

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Long Hill at War

Long Hill Sanatorium and the surrounding area played a part in both World Wars.

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Frank Sparkes

Frank Sparkes was a resident of Wonersh who died in Paris on Christmas Day 1920 at the age of 60....

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William James Ord

Former Selhurst Grammar School pupil whose family waited two years to hear of his death

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Englefield Green Roll of Honour

A transcript of the list of names which appeared in the 1929 Programme for the unveiling ceremony...

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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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In Memoriam

An 'In Memoriam' published in the 'Woking News & Mail', April, 1921.

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George Carman

Reigate man whose death was missed by the Common Wealth War Graves Commission but was finally...

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A Surrey boy dies a POW

My great uncle, Frederick Dean, enlisted in late 1913 and died in a German POW camp after Christmas...

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Burgh Heath War Memorial Hall

The residents of Burgh Heath, unlike those in Banstead, opted not for a stone memorial but for a...

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Blind Veterans UK

The story of a charity that has been helping ex-Service men and women blinded in action, and...