Old Oxted Roll of Honour

My notes said, ‘tablet on side of building’, and as Old Oxted consists of pretty much a single street, I reckoned we’d have a decent chance of finding it.  So we parked up, the dog and I made a couple of passes up and down the street with no success, after which we embarked on Plan B – local knowledge.

So many thanks to Dave, not because of his local knowledge (he had heard of the plaque, but was unaware of its location),…

…but because at the time I was beginning to doubt its very existence and he ensured I took one further, this time successful, look.

And no, I cannot explain why I had missed it previously, but I am very pleased that I didn’t give up!  Perseverance, folks, without which, well, this would be a smaller website!

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9 Responses to Old Oxted Roll of Honour

  1. Liz Tobin says:

    Great story , I found one of the soldiers Spencer Malyan . https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2897057
    Maybe somebody else could follow up on the others.
    Liz

    • Magicfingers says:

      Thanks Liz. And I note Gunner Malyan died on 1st November 1918. So close. As you will know, reading this site over time, I have a ‘thing’ about the men who died in last few weeks of the war. The men who nearly made it. I find it difficult, even after all these years, to come to terms with men who fought for years, or men who fought for just days, dying so close to the end. Silly, really. Dead is dead, whenever it occurred. By the way, he is buried in http://thebignote.com/2016/07/29/high-wood-london-cemetery-extension/ at High Wood.

  2. John says:

    Most interesting, from a distance the whole panel just looks like a window, no wonder you didn’t see it first time past.
    I see that none are listed for 1915 which I find curious.

    • John says:

      Oops, my mistake, was peering at too small a screen, my apologies, there were lots in 1915 listed straight under 1914… far too many in fact.

    • Magicfingers says:

      That hadn’t occurred to me – I reckon you are right and that’s exactly why I missed it originally. The date thing – easily done!

  3. Sid from Down Under says:

    A most appealing Roll of Honour and excellent photographs, thank you Sir.

    It exudes great warmth and feeling including the crucifix and carved timber that has weathered the ravages of time in what appears to be a quite exposed location.

    Please keep your wonderful posts coming MJS – we’ll have to rename you Sherlock

    • Magicfingers says:

      Thanks Sid. Lovely place, Old Oxted. Never been there before but it’s only half an hour’s drive away. And as you say, a really nice Roll of Honour.

      As long as it isn’t shortened to Shirley.

  4. Joe says:

    Hi every one.

    Interesting that 1917 has more names than 1916.
    Of the 2 1914 boys they were both 1 Queens, though their is two years between them their Regimental numbers are close.

    Joe

    • Magicfingers says:

      Indeed Joe. I am going on a trip next year which will follow the Queens & East Surreys durimg the course of 1918, which should be interesting.

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