Godalming, St Peter & St Paul

Two ringers are listed on the Central Council roll of honour as Godalming ringers (Winchester Diocesan Guild):

  • Private Alan Gordon Boxall † Missing, presumed killed, 31 August 1918 — Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment); Royal Fusiliers posted to 1/4th Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) [wounded while serving with Queen’s]
  • Private William Frederick Lawes MM † Died of Wounds, 9 November 1917 — 55th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps [the reason he was awarded the Military Medal has not yet been identified].

However, Lieutenant John Grant Stilwell of 4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment was schooled at Hillside School, Godalming. He was taken prisoner by the Ottoman Empire at Amara (in modern Iraq), and is reported as a Yately ringer, he may also have rung at Godalming. Born at Godalming was Lt Col Charles Frederick Jerram CMG DSO RMLI (and also Mentioned in Despatches five times). He was a member of the Central Council, and brief biographical details are available on their website.

Information about today’s ringers and the bells can be found on the Guildford Diocesan Guild website.

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