Horsell, St Mary the Virgin

No men who were regular ringers at Horsell before the war have so far been identified as serving in the First World War. However, the founding editor of The Ringing World organised ringing followed by a supper as a farewell for the following men stationed in Woking in August/September 1915, just before their units went to France. Private Fred Kilborn (Desborough)) and Lance Corporals C H Slarke and Charles S Faulkner (both Easton Neston) of 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment along with Serjeant Ernest Attwater of 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment (recorded on the original Surrey Association roll as an Immanuel, Streatham, ringer (he would be killed in early 1918). Faulkner was killed very shortly after, on 25 September 1915, when many newly-raised units received their baptism of fire in the Battle of Loos. Kilborn was wounded at Loos, first having his water bottle smashed by a piece of shell casing, then receiving a dose of gas. By March 1916 he was reported to be fit for duty again. Slarke was wounded on the Somme, and hospitalised in Rochester.

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