The War Memorial, St. Andrew’s Church, Surbiton: Behind the names


The memorial tablet on the wall of St. Andrew’s Church, Surbiton KT6 4AB, has a roll of honour with 53 names of men who died in the service of their country in 1914-1918.  Biographical notes and details of each death, burial or commemoration, where there is no known grave, are provided for each man listed.  The analysis and discussion section reviews connections with St. Andrew’s Church, domiciles, whether the man listed was a regular serviceman, volunteer or conscript, family relationships, theatres of war, ranks and decorations, cause of death, the memorial as a history of the course of WW1 and the meaning of the term “They gave their lives for their God, King and Country” which is cited on the memorial.

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The Author

David A. Kennedy, PhD

About 20 years ago, I accompanied my late wife to some talks on the use of computers in historical research and began to help her with her genealogical studies. Later, I took part in a project, organised by the Centre for Local History Studies at Kingston University, to digitise the Enumerators’ Books for the Kingston Census of 1851-1891. This rekindled my interest in history, especially that of Kingston upon Thames, where I live. This website has been set up so that I can share my research findings, some based on digitised material, with others who may be interested in them.

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