Godalming War Memorial
There are several war memorials within Godalming and on this site we will attempt to cover all of them and so remember all of the fallen of both World Wars from the old Godalming Borough.
So our starting point will be at the Godalming parish church of St Peter & St Paul. A memorial was erected in the form of a cross on the boundary wall between the churchyard and the park. It was dedicated in 1920. The dropping away of ground level gives a good height for the inscriptions above a wooden bench and the view from here looks over the river to Frith Hill, with the Philips Memorial Cloisters to the left. The site now shows the names of WW2 casualties (109), whilst those from WW1 (105) are on a plaque inside the church, on the south wall. Also inside of the church there are individual memorials to Private C J G Weston ( South African War) on a pillar & Second Lieutenant Frank Bertram Bond, to the left as you enter the church. Also there is the memorial to Branksome School Old Boys carved on the back of the choir stalls.
In addition to these there is a plaque in the Fire Station, which was moved from the old Queen Street site to the present location.
Charterhouse School has it's own memorial, which will not be included here.
The source of this information is initially the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site. This isn't always helpful as it's coverage is uneven. The Roll of Honour Book (WW1) created by Norah E. Easterbrook (a student at Godalming School of Art) has been a help with identifying some individuals although sometimes the facts do not agree. There are 2 names where the Book shows a demob date and the name hasn't been found on CWGC site. Did they die later of a related cause?
The site now contains the initial information on both wars. We would like to add more information & photos, where available, to bring the individuals to life. If you can help with this please contact us here and we will reply promptly. If you spot any errors do let us know about them. If you know of any relatives please point them in our direction even if they don't have any extra information.
Both the Roll of Honour Book and the list of names on the Service of Remembrance sheet include people not on this memorial so we will move on to the surrounding memorials and hope to achieve complete coverage. Therefore this site will be a 'work in progress' for some considerable time. We have found some errors in the records and these will be explained on a separate page.