This Web Site is Dedicated to the Men from Addlestone in Surrey, England,
Who Died During The Great 1914-19 War.
Why These Men?
The men were picked for me in the 1920's (I didn't find them, they found me) as they are the men who are named on the memorial that once proudly hung in St Augustine's church in Addlestone. In 2006, St Augustine's church was deconsecrated and sold by the Church of England to become a Muslim study centre. At this time the church's memorial scroll from the Great War, which hung on its wall, became redundant.
Why my Interest In This Memorial?
This memorial was built by my Great Grandfather, John Arthur Goulter, a boat builder and joiner, and all the calligraphy work was done by his son, my Great Uncle, Thomas (know as Leslie) Goulter, a solicitor's clerk. When St Augustine's church was de-consecrated, the memorial was given back to my family and it is now safely in my hands. Today it forms the center of my ever growing Great War collection.
Victory Park, Addlestone
Most of the men listed on this memorial are also listed on the Memorial Gates of Victory Park in Addlestone. Victory park is Addlestone's Civic Memorial to the Great War and the names are engraved on both pillars of the entrance gate. Victory Park was opened as a Memorial park to the Great War in 1919 by General Sir James Brunker who lived at Fairoaks, Liberty Lane, Addlestone. For modern pictures of the Victory Park Gates and their inscriptions please click on my link to Andy Jones's great website which can be found on my links page.
I am currently researching all these men and would welcome ANY information you may have, no matter how trivial it may seem, on the men listed. Please see my "list of names" page to see who they are. As you look at the list of names you will see that a number of the men have no service details, this is because at present I have been unable to positively identify them. This web site is currently under construction and is constantly being updated as new information on these men comes to light.
Check back regularly to see how I'm doing and who's details have been added.
These men gave their all and paid the ultimate price for our freedom, let us not let their names die with them.
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
John McCrae - Essex Farm, Flanders, 1915
Thank you for taking the time to visit and please honour the memory of these men by reading their stories.
Remember, you're not dead until you're forgotten!