Ewell, St Mary

Just two members from St Mary, Ewell served. One of these was the man who in all probability wrote the roll as it appears in the peal book. Certainly a report of a Surrey Association meeting just before the war states that Jesse Beams was to write up the previous volume, and throughout much of the war The Ringing World carried adverts from him for writing peal cards and similar. Further increasing the likelihood of this being the case is the fact that he is the only man on the roll whose forename is given in full (though that could be because his brother John was also a ringer, though he apparently didn’t undertake war service). The basic identification of F Lauer seems sound, but his slightly unusual (and rather Germanic) surname seems to have caused problems for record-keepers and transcribers ever since.

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