Woking Borough’s First World War Memorials

Headstone, Old Woking Burial Ground

Headstone, Old Woking Burial Ground

Pyrford War Memorial

Pyrford War Memorial

Byfleet War Memorial

Byfleet War Memorial

During the First World War, over 760 people who either lived or worked within the boundaries of the modern Borough of Woking lost their lives due to enemy action. This exhibition looks at the various memorials found throughout the district. From small individual plaques to large memorials, many of the fallen are commemorated on a number of sites.

2009 has seen the Great War pass from living memory into history with the deaths of the last three veterans who served during the conflict.  To commemorate their passing, Surrey History Centre has embarked on a project that aims to identify and produce an illustrated biographical database of the 764 individuals so far recorded from the Borough of Woking who gave their lives for King and country during the First World War.

World War One Roll of Honour: click here to see a searchable pdf PDF listing of all the men named on the memorials included in this exhibition. This provides information on rank, regiment, age, date of death and other family details. If you want to find out who is recorded on which memorial click here to download a searchable pdfPDF .

Click here to see an interactive map showing the location of memorials in Woking Borough.

If you have any information, including documents or photographs, relating to someone mentioned on the memorials, or the memorials themselves, Surrey History Centre would very much like to hear from you. Surrey Heritage now has a dedicated First World War commemoration website: Surrey in the Great War.

Click here to see images of individual memorials.

Research of this kind is very time consuming and the staff of the Surrey History Centre are extremely grateful to all the people who have freely shared information and provided access to buidlings and memorials.

Surrey History Centre holds extensive records from the Surrey Regiments. Click on the following links for further information:

Click here to read more about the Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment.

Click here to read more about the Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment.

Click here to read about the East Surrey Regiment’s ‘football’ charge on July 1st 1916, one of the most famous incidents to occur during the carnage of the first day of the battle of the Somme.

Click here to see the research guide (pdf) “Tracing military records at Surrey History Centre“.

Click here to read a summary of the arrangement of the records of the Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment held at the Surrey History Centre.

Can you help?

There are a number of projects in progress around Surrey that are seeking information about the lives of those listed on War Memorials around the County, so that they can be remembered and honoured not just as names but as men and women with families and stories to be told.

These are some of the websites for the projects in Surrey:

If you would like to help with any of these projects by providing information about any of your Surrey ancestors who died in either of the two World Wars, please use the contact details given in the websites listed above.

Another source of information is the Roll of Honour, Surrey website.

17 thoughts on “Woking Borough’s First World War Memorials”

  1. Jennie Butler says:

    I have located one of your missing men highlighted in red on your database.
    Robin Woodward 1st Btn Hampshire Regiment, Private, no 11188. Died 13 May 1915 aged 21. Name on Menin Gate Ypres Memorial, Panel 35. Brother of Mr F A Woodward, 5 Minorca Road, Weybridge. Sources: Ancestry, CWGC

  2. Jennie Butler says:

    Details of Edward Bide listed in red in your database:
    Born Fareham, Hants Sep Q 1873. Died 27 Oct 1917 of myocardial degeneration. Served with 2nd Protection Company Royal Defence Corps in Burma. Chelsea Pension no. 90078/E. Wife Mary Jane Bide, Littlewick, Horsell, Surrey.

  3. Jennie Butler says:

    Possible identification of Ernest Westbrook, one of the men listed in red in your database. 2nd battilion Border Reg no, 11054, private. Died 23 Feb 1915, killed in action France & Flanders. Born Weybridge, residence at time of death Maybury, Sry. Name at Rue Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix I M 25. Sources: Find my Past, Ancestry, CWGC

  4. Jennie Butler says:

    Identification of one of the soldiers listed in red in your database:
    John WIllard Private 2nd Bn Royal Irish Reg. Died 17 Aug 1917 no. 10160 (formerly 146839 RFA). Name on Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, panel 33. Husband of Elizabeth Willard, 13 Stanley Cottages, Knaphill. Born Portslade, Sussex. Sources: CWGC, Ancestry

  5. Alan Jackson says:

    Identification of First World War Dead.

    Herbert Shrubsole 38998 9th Bn. Welsh Regiment killed in action 24/07/1916

    Granville Herbert Shrubsole born 1880 Kingston(e), Kent, Son of Henry Shrubsole (c1830-1914) & Eliza Shrubsole (c1838-1917). Living in with parents Woking at 1901 and 1911 censuses.

  6. Clive Temple says:

    One more who’s listed in red…
    HOLBOURN, Cyril Ralph
    Private 14086, ‘A’ Company, Inns of Court Officer Training Corps. Born 1900 in St. Helier, Jersey. Son of Major William and Frances Holbourn of ‘Redstacks’, Goldsworth Road, Woking. He enlisted in Woking and died of pneumonia at the OTC Training Camp at Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire on 1 November 1918 just 10 days before the armistice was signed. He was 18 years old and is buried in Brookwood cemetery.
    He was the only Old Wokingian pupil to die in service in WW1.

    1. Pete says:

      Minor correction – according to his brother Wiliam who registered the death – Cyril died at the West Herts Hospital in Hemel Hempstead – cause 1) Influenza 2) Septic Pneumonia

  7. Alan Bussey says:

    Can you please advise why the Woking memorial has dates 1914 – 1919 and not 1918

    1. Kevin Glynn says:

      28th June 1919 was the date of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles which officially ended the war.

      1. Alex Baxter says:

        It ended with the Armistice of 11 November 1918, that’s when the dying stopped, they forgot to tell Woking.. Surely it’s not a war if no-one is fighting..

        1. Pete says:

          The 1918 Armistice was only between the Allied forces and Germay. Men were still stationed in France and Belgium and were dying from Disease and Wounds until long after Versailles.

          What Woking forgot or decided to ignore was that Allied Forces were still fighting and dying in “Russia” until 1921,

        2. Pete says:

          Incidentally the Armistice of 11 November 1918 only applied to the German (and Allied) forces who received the news in time!
          The German forces in East Africa under General von Lettow-Vorbeckwere still carrying out offensive operations in what we now know as Zambia until they received notification of the Armistice under a White flag on November 14th.

  8. Pete says:

    George Frederick BARNES listed in red on the spread sheet and remembered on the Woking Town Memorial as G Frederick Barnes was George Frederick BARNES the eldest son of George Henry Barnes (aka George William BARNES )and Ann Maria Elton born in St Johns Wood in 1894, the family were living in Horsell in the 1901 census and had moved to Cartbridge by 1911. George served as Frederick Barnes and was killed on either 21st or 22 Sep 1918, dependant which paperwork you believe, he was buried 440 yards North East of Soyecourt in Aisne but in 1919 was exhumed and finally buried at ROISEL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

    At the time of his death “Frederick” was serving in the 1st/6th South Staffordshire Regiment, his younger brother James Harold Barnes, born Woodham in 1899, was serving with the same Battalion at the time of his brother’s death, but went on to survive the Great War, James was still living in his (deceased) parents Cottage in 1945 and died in Burpham in 1989

  9. Peter Smee says:

    Edward Joseph Bide
    1. He was born 1863 not 1873
    2. He was invalided out of the Royal Defence Corps in December 1916 due to myocardial degeneration
    3. Cause of death in October 1917 was a Cerebral Haemorrhage and Bulbar Paralysis
    4. The Royal Defence Corps did not serve overseas? His service in Burma presumably predated his status in the 1891 census as a 28 year old Army Reservist.

  10. ESP Admin says:

    Many thanks for all these comments and contributions. To mark the Centenary of the First World War Surrey Heritage launched a dedicated website to remember the men and women of Surrey who were involved in or affected by the war and to show the impact the war had on the county. More up-to-date information about Surrey people involved in the war is available on Surrey in the Great War.

  11. pete Smee says:

    J Thorpe
    Headstone, St Peters Churchyard, Old Woking
    The CWGC Headstone for James Thorpe who died of heart failure (aged 54) whilst on Guard duty at Weybridge Raiway Station is located in the Old Woking Burial Ground, not in the St Peters’ churchyard. His eldest surviving son, Alfred James, was killed 2 October 1916 in the 3rd phase of the Battle of the Somme having served 4 years in the Queens he had been transferred to the 1/23rd London Regiment in August 1916

    1. ESP Admin says:

      Hi Pete
      Many thanks for pointing out the captioing error, I’ve made the correction.

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