Woking Remembers: First World War Gallery: Memorials

The gallery below has been created from pictures which appeared in the Woking News and Mail during the Great War (1914-1918). The photographs record some of the men and women from Woking who served and died in the First World War. Click on one of the thumbnail images to open a slide show.

We are interested to hear from anyone who has family connections with any of the men and women featured below or has any information about them. Please use the form at the end of the page to leave comments or e-mail us at [email protected].

Click this link to download a PDF copy of a spreadsheet which accompanies the gallery below. The spreadsheet gives more details about the pictured individuals, including which memorial they are recorded on, their rank, regiment and battalion (where known and appropriate). The spreadsheet lists the names in alphabetical order and the images are presented in the same order. Hover over one of the thumbnails to see the individual’s name.

This gallery and the accompanying spreadsheet have been created as part of Surrey Heritage’s Woking Remembers project and gives an impression of the type of information that will be available though Surrey’s First World War Centenary project: Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers. Click here to read more about this project.

10 thoughts on “Woking Remembers: First World War Gallery: Memorials”

  1. Annie Medhurst says:

    W.E. Medhurst (William Edward) is my great uncle – he was my paternal grandfather’s brother and was killed on 25th April 1915. He was a 1st class Petty Officer on HMS Cornwallis and was rowing solders across to the beach at Gallipoli and was shot. His memorial is there and I plan to visit it next April around the 100th anniversary of his death.

    His father was Edward Medhurst and his mother was Margaret Jane Medhurst (formerly Allen). They lived in Pyrford. They both pre-deceased him. I do not know the exact date when Edward died (1915) but Margaret died March 1915 and an article appears in an Australian newspaper as ‘Mother of Heroes – buried with semi-military honours’ about how all six sons were fighting in the great war and only two could attend her funeral.” [Link to Australian newspaper ‘Mother of Heroes’ article: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/90780624]

    Medhursts were definitely still in Pyrford in the 1920s as my Dad (another Edward) was born in 1921 there. My grand dad and granny lived there until their deaths. The family originally came from Ripe and/or Chalivington in Sussex. William and Robert James (my grand dad) were born there. It looks like the family moved in 1879 to 1881 to Pyrford but I don’t know why.

    William had five brothers who were all in the Great War. He was in the navy, the others were in the army. The newspaper article lists them all but I think they have muddled up William and Robert as it says Robert was petty officer in the Boer War, I think that was really William. It looks like all the other brothers survived the war – certainly Robert did!

    1. Alice Laird says:

      I was very interested to see your comments Annie. I am William’s great granddaughter – and was looking at his name on the Woking war memorial just last week. William had one very much adored child – my granny – who was born in 1906 and was eight years old when her father died. My father, William’s grandson, was born in 1937. He has always been very interested in his grandfather’s story and will be very excited to know that you are planning to visit the memorial next year for the centenary of his death.

      1. Susan Jacobs says:

        Alice, you might be interested to read my post below but I also have a lovely photo of William with his father Edward with your grandmother sitting on his lap taken approx July 1907. I would be happy to email you a copy Best wishes Sue

    2. Jean says:

      Hello .. I am researching Medhurst family. Trying to piece it together. Just hope you can help. My Grandmother was a Medhurst and I am in Australia. I am on Ancestry. Com.au or my email is [email protected] my name is Jean Winterfield

  2. m.laird says:

    W.E.Medhurst was my grandfather. I have the last letter he wrote to my mother and the piano he bought her before he set out for the Dardanelles aboard HMS Cornwallis. I also have a copy of the book ‘The Immortal Gamble’, that tells of the part played b y HMS Cornwallis, and gives details of how he came to be shot.

  3. I was fascinated to read the comments regarding Petty Officer William Medhurst’s gallant death at Cape Helles. I am in the process of writing a book about the V Beach Landings on April 25, 1915 and shall be featuring his story. I would welcome the opportunity to make contact with PO Medhurst’s relatives. My tel no is 01603 435624. Stephen Snelling

  4. Susan Jacobs says:

    I am the Great Grandaughter of Eleanor Jane Lintott (nee Medhurst) sister to William Edward Medhurst. I am very interested in family history and have done quite a lot research into the Medhurst family. Just to help out with a few facts Margaret Jane Allen died on 28th February 1915 aged 61 and her funeral was on the 4th March. Her husband Edward Medhurst did actually live on another 12 years and died on 31st December 1927 my Gt Nan being present at the death. Both of them are buried at Pyrford Church.
    I have always wanted to visit William’s resting place at “V Beach” and this September I did a trip to Turkey and spent a couple of days in Gallipoli I manged to visit 8 of the 31 war cemetries. V Beach was beautiful and so very hard to believe so many lost their lives there, I found William’s memorial and felt very proud that he had actually volunteered to go back into service at the age of 39 and sadly lost his life helping to land the Dubin Fusiliers. The Helles Memorial was also very emotional with rows upon rows, thousands of names alot of the men never found.
    I truly recommend a vist to Gallipoli very sad but very worth while.
    All the other brothers did survive the war and I have copy of a telegram that was sent to Edward Medhurst on 10th June 1915 from the Privy Purse Office, Buckingham Palace commending the spirit which prompted his six sons to give their services to the Army and Navy.
    I am very happy to share any information I have and would also love to meet any family members and friends of the Medhursts.

  5. ESP Admin says:

    The Surrey Heritage team never anticipated that putting up a one hundred year old image would make so many connections.

    We’re really pleased and privileged to have been able to help re-connect family members. Examples like this clearly demonstrate how an image can connect people across the world.

    We really hope that other families and descendents of Surrey people affected by the Great War will also find something useful on these pages and through our planned project – Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers..

  6. Julie Allard Bray says:

    Stanley Nelson Allard was my grandfather’s brother.
    My grandfather’s name was Horace Augustus Allard.
    After WWI, Horace left England and settled in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
    He married Mary Cody from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.
    They had two sons, one named Stanley (after his brother) and Herbert (my father).
    Sadly Horace also died very young, in his early 30s.
    Stanley (now deceased) left Calgary and lived in Montreal.
    Herbert (89) is still living in Calgary.
    There are Allard relatives still living in Woking.
    My father and I very much appreciate the effort that has been made to document the war heroes of Woking. Thank you.

  7. Sheila Richards says:

    I am very grateful to the Surrey History centre for publishing these photographs as I have learnt such a lot about my dad’s family the Medhursts. We have had two family reunions at the centre and hopefully will have another at some this year. I am in regular contact with newly discovered relatives including Jean in Australia and find it all very fascinating. It has been lovely sharing photographs, newspaper cuttings and correspondence and seeing the amazing family tree.

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