World War I, 1914-18

 

War was declared on 4 August 1914 and it ceased with the armistice on 11 November 1918

The German field gun that is visible here was captured during World War I. It was the subject of a complaint later because it pointed at the War Memorial. It was then removed.

image: Godalming in Old Picture Postcards, vol 4, no. 51

This photograph of servicemen and residents outside no. 120 Ockford Road appears to date from the 1914-18 War.

image: Godalming Museum: ref B984.98.6

This shows the dedication ceremony for the war memorial in Busbridge churchyard. The design of the cross was by Sir Edwin Lutyens, a famous architect who had many local connections.

image: Godalming in Old Picture Postcards, vol 2, no. 52

This shows the dedication ceremony the Godalming War Memorial on the edge of the churchyard facing onto the Bury Fields in 1920.

Local losses were substantial:

Chiddingfold

45

Godalming

274

Grayswood

17

Milford

23

Thursley

23

Witley

65
 
Source: Witley & Milford History and Godalming Town Council

image: Godalming in Old Picture Postcards, vol 4, no. 55

These included ....

Evelyn Henry Lintott

This shows the Parish Church bell ringers with hand-bells 'On the occasion of Peace Celebrations, 1919'.

The Rev. Gerald Fanshaw and his wife are seated in front.

 

image: Godalming Museum, ref B996.24

This shows the dinner for the servicemen who returned from the war. It was held in the Drill Hall in Meadrow.

image: Godalming in Old Picture Postcards, vol 3, no. 40

Godalming's peace decorations, 1919 - Bridge Street. Hostilities ended in November 1918, but celebrations were delayed until the peace was secure.

image: Godalming in Old Picture Postcards, vol 3, no. 39
- and High Street

image: Godalming in Old Picture Postcards, vol 2, no. 29

Allotments were set up in order to feed the population whilst food supplies from overseas were interrupted. These were on the recreation ground on Holloway Hill.

image: Godalming in Old Picture Postcards, vol 3, no. 43

During the war, there was a substantial army camp on Witley Common. To find out more, click here.

image: Godalming in Old Picture Postcards, vol 4, no. 52

 

See also The Poppy Trail

 

 

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