Tuesday 11th November 2014
Photo and words : Dave Stockle
The Wreath Laying Ceremony at Chertsey War Memorial was led by Rev’d Tim Hillier accompanied by Rev’d Christine Pattinson. The following names of men recorded on the Memorial who lost their lives in 1914 were read out by Major Robert Marshall ( see below). Cllr Chris Norman read the stanzas from Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’ published in September 1914:
‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them’.
Well over 100 people attended the ceremony and more wreaths were laid this year than in living memory. Wreaths were laid on behalf of the following organisations and families:
SCC, RBC, Surrey Police, Surrey Fire Services, Chertsey Rotary Club, Chertsey Chamber of Commerce, Chertsey Scouts, The Chertsey Society, Chertsey Agricultural Assn, The WI, Runnymede St John’s Ambulance, Weybridge St John’s Ambulance, Pyrcroft Grange School, Chertsey Social Club, the Saise-Marshall family and the Cook family.
In addition the two Poppy Crosses and a small wreath were still in place from the August Ceremony commemorating the start of WWI. Also approximately 20 individual small wooden crosses had been placed in the grass box on the steps of the memorial.
Sgt H W Hunt, East Surrey Reg. ( 09/09/1914); Sgt R H Hunt, East Surrey Reg. (09/09/1914); Pt F J Remnanat, Kings Liverpool Reg (15/09/1914); L Sgt. R C Hurley, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. (17/09/1914); Pt H H Higgins, West Surrey Reg. (27/10/1914); Pt W G Grinstead, Manchester Reg,(29/10/1914); Pt F J Alford, West Surrey Reg. ( 31/10/1914); Pt A G Hollick, West Surrey Reg. ( 7/11/1914); Pt J White, East Surrey Reg. ( 23/11/1914); Capt P E Viney, Leicestershire Reg.(17/12/1914) & Pt W E Moore, West Surrey Reg. ( 18/12/1914).
Well known Chertsey resident Roland Hurley is show alongside the War Memorial whose relation, L Sgt. Rowland Charles Hurley of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. died on 17/09/1914.