Tag Archives: Surrey

The 1st Queen’s 1914 Star Medal Roll

It has been a while since I last posted on here but I’ve been trying to fit in my ongoing research into the 1st Battalion The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) when time allows. One project I recently completed was … Continue reading

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Mapping Carshalton’s First World War casualties

Recently I have been ‘mapping’ the men named on Carshalton war memorial to show where they lived in the area. My research into the men has really focused on them as individuals rather than looking at how the community was … Continue reading

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Carshalton War Memorial – Book out now!

I am proud to announce that my book about the men commemorated on Carshalton war memorial, Their Name Liveth for Evermore: Carshalton’s First World War Roll of Honour, is published today by The History Press. In the words of the blurb … Continue reading

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Sutton war memorial

The war memorials in the London Borough of Sutton have recently benefited from a deep clean in preparation for the centenary. Sutton’s memorial in particular was in dire need of attention, its location overlooking the busy A232 making it a … Continue reading

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The 1st Queen’s At Gheluvelt

“October 31st and November 1st will remain for ever memorable in the history of our country, for, during those two days, no more than one thin and straggling line of tired-out British soldiers stood between the Empire and its practical … Continue reading

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‘Thomas Hardy’ of Festubert

Whilst searching for biographies of officers of The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment in The Times, I came across a story that grabbed my attention entitled ‘Thomas Hardy of Festubert’. The story begins with an incongruous entry in the London … Continue reading

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The Battle of Loos

Today marks the 97th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Loos, the British ‘big push’ of 1915. The battle was the first time some of Kitchener’s volunteers saw action – for many it would also be the last. … Continue reading

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The Youngest Lieutenant Colonel

Eric Gordon Bowden was killed on 22nd July 1918. At the time of his death he was Lieutenant Colonel of the 11th Battalion The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), aged just 24. His Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry reads “Lt. … Continue reading

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The Surrey Regiments in the First World War

The Surrey Regiments in the First World War My research into the men named on the Carshalton war memorial has focused quite heavily on the wartime experiences of the two Surrey regiments. 37 of the men from Carshalton who lost … Continue reading

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