Guildford (Stoke) Old Cemetery

Private Hornblow (above) and Drummer Murray (below) were the first two wounded casualties to die at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, and were accorded full military honours when they were buried on 20th October 1914; the war would be over by Christmas, let’s not forget, and these two young men would be among the few casualties before it was all over.  The town came to a standstill as thousands of people lined the funeral route.  The local paper reported “It was an imposing but respectful tribute to two young men who had done their duty amid a hell of shot and shell”.

One wonders how many people lined the streets in February 1918 when Private Simpson’s funeral took place.

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