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                                                                                                       Courtesy of the Ewhurst History Society

 

The Men Who Served and Returned

The men of Ewhurst who served and returned were hosted by the village for a "Welcome Home" meal in May 1919. The Surrey Advertiser reported that "upwards of seventy men had sat down to a supper presided over by Maj. Gen. Piggott representing the Army and Lord Abinger representing the Navy. The band of the Royal Engineers played and afterwards they marched to the Village Hall for an entertainment". Here they are pictured out side the Crown public house (background right of picture) and Ivy Cottage (background left of picture). Sixty seven men are pictured, can you identify any of them? If so please contact Andy Bailey at the email address below.


Front Row, Seated

 

Benjamin Sellings (born 1869). Identified by Thelma Bicknell.

Pte Alfred Bicknell (South Staffordshire Regiment) & Pte Albert John Bicknell (Machine Gun Corps)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Row, Seated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Row, Standing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Row, Standing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Albert John Bicknell

Albert John Bicknell. Born Fittleworth 09/11/1893. Son of Alfred & Elizabeth Bicknell, brother of Alfred (born 1898), Mary (born c1900), John (born c1904), Rose (born c1907) and Ralph (born c1908). In 1901 the family lived in The High Street, Amberley and by  1911 had moved to at Garmans Cottage, Warnham, Sussex.  Enlisted in Horsham on 09/09/1914. Became Private In the 7th Cavalry Reserve. Transferred to the Rifle Corps, becoming Private 10406 in April 1915. Transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, becoming Private 49089.   to Died 1980. Present and pictured seated next to his brother Alfred at the 'Welcome Home' meal in Ewhurst, May 1919. Awarded 1914 Star, BWM & VM.

Father of Thelma Bicknell.

 

Alfred Bicknell

Alfred Bicknell ('Alf'). Private 41686, 1st Bn South Staffordshire Regiment. The battalion served in Italy from as an element of 91st Brigade of 7th Division. Born Amberley 1898. Son of Alfred & Elizabeth Bicknell, brother of Albert (born 1893), Mary (born c1900), John (born c1904), Rose (born c1907) and Ralph (born c1908). In 1901 the family lived in The High Street, Amberley and by  1911 had moved to at Garmans Cottage, Warnham, Sussex. Present and pictured seated next to his brother Albert at the 'Welcome Home' meal in Ewhurst, May 1919. Awarded BWM & VM.


William John Elliott

1st Class Air Mechanic, Royal Flying Corps. Born Ewhurst, 20/08/1889. Son of George & Mary Elliott and elder brother of Private Thomas Elliott . In 1901 the family were living in Ellen's Green. Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate number 4951, issued on 06/07/1917 at the London & Provincial Flying School, Edgware. Address given on certificate: 27, Fovehow Road, Shanghai, China. (source Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificates online)

 


Arthur Alfred Gill

Private 2420(?) 1st Bn The Queens (Royal West Surrey) Regiment transferred Private 604219 Labour Corps. (promoted Corporal). Lodging at Lower Lodge, Holmbury in 1914 (Electoral Roll). Born 05/09/1888 in Elstead, one of 4 sons of Arthur Gill & Emily Sarah Bookham who served and returned. At the start of the century he moved into the parish and became a gardener for the Joynson-Hicks family of Holmbury. Arthur joined up at the start of the war, and served under his employer with the 1st Bn Queens. He was wounded on more that one occasion (probably once at the Battle of Loos) before transferring to the Labour Corps. Mentioned in Surrey Advertiser 19/9/14, 17/4/15. Married Ellen Violet Wisdom in 1919, and the family moved away from Ewhurst in 1928. Died 21/05/1967.

Pictured standing second from left  with his parents and brothers Jack, George and Frank (Information from Colin Pipe, grandson of Arthur Gill).

 

 

Denis Ledger

Petty Officer, Royal Navy, served on HMS Ajax and HMS Exeter, stationed at Scapa Flow. Born Ewhurst 1897, Son of George Knightly Ledger of Burstowes Croft (photo and information from John Ledger, son) Married Doris Saunders, daughter of Samuel Saunders.

 

 

 

 

 


 
   

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Andrew Bailey, Ewhurst, Surrey
andy@ewhurstfallen.co.uk
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