Burstow, St Bartholomew

Like Bletchingley, Burstow sent 11 men to war. Unlike Bletchingley, 4 of them would not return. One of these, W E Markey was one of the handful of association members who was in the regular forces before the outbreak of war. Sadly both his name and unit are recorded incorrectly in the original roll: at least this online version gives the chance to correct the 90-year-old error, though in fact the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and surviving contemporary army records give different forenames for him! He was the first member of the association to be killed, 1 day before, and half a world away from Albert Bashford of Nutfield who went down with HMS Good Hope on 1 November 1914 at the Battle of Coronel, in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile.

  • Private George Robert Kew † Missing, presumed killed, 24 April 1918 — 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment [original roll lists him as Queen’s Regiment, he may have trained with them before being posted overseas, but there is no evidence to confirm this. Older brother of Harold below]
  • Private Walter Eric Markey † Killed in action 31 October 1914 — 1st Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). [a pre-war regular who joined up in 1911. The first member of the association to die. His Medal Index card gives his first forename as William.  Unit incorrectly listed as RGA on original roll.]
  • Bombardier Albert Arthur Stoner † Killed 5 July 1916 — “C” Battery, 95th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery [listed as Stonor on the original roll]
  • Private Charles Herbert Varo † Died of Wounds 13 August 1917 — 1st Garrison Battalion, Suffolk Regiment; 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment [like Markey his unit is incorrectly given as RGA on the original roll]
  • Staff Serjeant Albert Harman — 123rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Awarded Meritorious Service Medal for devotion to duty gazetted 17 June 1918, slightly wounded (remained at duty) 30 August 1918. [Younger brother of Fred below]
  • Corporal Fred Harman — Royal Garrison Artillery. [Occasionally listed as Frederick Harman, older brother of Albert above]
  • Air Mechanic 2nd Class Henry William Humphrey — Royal Air Force. Enlisted as a regular, May 1916.
  • Harold Kew — Royal Irish Rifles [no army documents found, probably too young to have served overseas before the Armistice]
  • Leslie Walter Penfold — Royal Field Artillery [the original roll lists him as RAF, but there are no service records in AIR 79, and the Surrey Recruitment Registers suggest he went to the RFA. Royal Artillery enlistments show he continued serving as a regular until 1924, and remained on the reserve until 1934]
  • Maurice John Sherlock — Royal Field Artillery? [RFA listed on original roll, no obvious Medal Index Card or other supporting evidence though.  Nephew of John below?]
  • John Sherlock — 18th Battalion, Essex Regiment; Army Service Corps? [original roll shows RASC, recruitment registers say 18th Essex]

There is a photo of the war memorial in the church on Geograph (registration required for high resolution copy).  It lists all the men of the parish who served – however, the initials for some men do not line up with some of those given here, so it’s possible that there are even more errors than I have already identified – of course there may also be errors on the board in the church.

Information on the current ringers can be found on the Surrey Association website.

4 thoughts on “Burstow, St Bartholomew

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