Updates: Further on Ernest Hamblin and three new names

Since my original post on Ernest Hamblin, I’ve received a few more photos from Alan Regin showing his name on the Tyne Cot Memorial, and the photo memorial which still hangs in the ringing chamber at Hersham. I’ve added these to the original post.

In addition, going through the war time issues of The Ringing World threw up three new Surrey names in a single article. Six ringers happened to be stationed together at Royal Naval Air Service station at Kingsnorth. The station commander, Wing Commander Clement Richard Dane (a rather suitable name for a flyer, though St Clement Dane did not become the central church of the Royal Air Force until after the Second World War) married at nearby Hoo St Werburgh and the six airmen rang for the service. One was Arthur Strutt of a well-known ringing family from Kingston-upon-Thames – it is rather a mystery as to why he was omitted from the roll. The second was Frank Skinner of Barnes. The third, Arthur Henry Blake of Merrow, near Guildford. Merrow was probably never a Surrey Association tower, it is now Guildford Diocesan Guild.

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