Epsom Common, Christ Church

Seven men from Christ Church, Epsom Common went to war, all survived (as did the five from St Martin’s, Epsom). There is one pair of brothers, the Manns, just a small part of a much larger ringing family of their father and seven brothers in all. The seven were:

  • Gunner William I Robinson — 55th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. [There is a service record matching these details, the man served only a month or so, being discharged as “unlikely to become an efficient soldier”, it’s possible he could have been conscripted later in the war]
  • Private Arthur John Fisher — Bedfordshire Regiment. [there is a possible Medal Index Card which seems to match, but no way to absolutely confirm, the details seem consistent with service only towards the end of the war, which also fit with the man identified in the censuses who was born late 1899/early 1900]
  • Corporal Frederick James Mann — Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment.[initially attested aged only 16, but was found out and discharged in October 1915 (without overseas service). Presumably called-up again once of age. Younger brother of Alfred Albert below, both from a large family of ringers.]
  • Driver Alfred Albert Mann — Royal Field Artillery. [Listed only as A Mann in original roll. Most likely candidate in Medal Index Cards has an L-prefixed number indicating he joined a locally recruited unit (equivalent to a pals battalion in the infantry). Obit states he only started ringing in 1917, so presumably joined up after that, but that doesn’t match with local enlistment?]
  • Private Thomas Henry R Harris — Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. [enlisted under age, unlike Frederick Mann above, he seems to have got away with it, despite actually being a few months younger. His relatively common first name makes the identification of a medal card difficult]
  • Private George Francis Oakshott — 2/2nd and 2/1st Battalions, the London Regiment; 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers; Wounded, November 1915, Gallipoli — discharged 10 April 1916 with pension. [Initials given as F G, rather than G F, on original roll, name sometimes given as Frank, rather than Francis. Only Royal Fusiliers service given on original roll but 2nd Battalion, the London Regiment was affiliated to the Royal Fusiliers]
  • Acting Corporal Richard Kendall — Bedfordshire Regiment; Royal Dublin Fusiliers; Wounded 3 times. [originally from Barton-le-Clay in Bedfordshire, and later settled in Luton. His Ringing World obit makes no mention of time in Surrey, but it is confirmed by the census. Only one likely MIC, but not definitely tied to this man.]

Today’s ringers are affiliated to both the Surrey Association and the Guildford Diocesan Guild. They have their own website.

7 thoughts on “Epsom Common, Christ Church

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    David, from your Ashtead correspondent.

    George Frank Oakshott appears to have been the child baptised at Christ Church, Epsom, 14/4/1895, a son of George [Frank] and Annie [Rebecca nee Haseman] who had been born on 11/1/1895. An article on George , senior, may be read at http://www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/OakshottG.html

    He was buried in Plot A278A in Epsom Cemetery on 15/4/1935 followed by his widow, 15/9/1941.

    Marriage of the younger George F Oakshott to Beatrice Minnie Garrad came to be registered in Epsom 9/1917. A daughter Annie Rose was born 27/6/1918 and a son Dennis John Frank 4/10/1920 – both baptised in Christ Church from 45 Stamford Place, Epsom. Their father was described as a Post Office Clerk, then Postman.

    Beatrice Minnie Oakshott was interred in Plot M30 of Epsom Cemetery 26/11/1952 [aged 57, death reg. Surrey Miid E, 12/1952] to be joined there by widower George Frank on 21/3/1963 [aged 63, reg.Hammersmith ,3/1963].

    1. davidunderdown95 Post author

      Thanks again, in this case much of the detail is confirmed by an obit in The Ringing World. That also shows that he followed his father into the Post Office, ending up as Superintendent Postman.


    Thomas Henry Richard Harris, son of Thomas and Sarah Goff [married Christ Church, reg Epsom 9/1899], born 12/11/1899 [reg Epsom 12/1899] baptised Christ Church 25/2/1900 from 28 Bramble walk, Epsom Common. Possibly RNVR PZ1531 Palace ADM337/63/31 although month of birth declared as July.

    1. davidunderdown95 Post author

      The RNVR possibility is interesting, as shown the roll indicates he was Queen’s, though it wouldn’t be the only mistake. However there is a Surrey Recruitment Register entry for T Harris of 28 Bramble Walk, Epsom, enlisted Kingston 26 May 1915 to Queen’s, which does match both sets of details


    While under momentum, George Frank Oakshott appears to have re-joined the GPO in 1920 as a postman at Mitcham under a WWI resettlement scheme. He rose to the rank of Inspector at Epsom main office. Award of BEM gazetted 1955 followed by ISO on retirement in the same year.


    For what the information is worth –

    Ernest Arthur Fisher m Rose Caroline Irons reg West Ham 6/1899.He was a Laundryman.

    Arthur John Fisher was born 11/2/1900. They lived in Harris’ Cottages, Epsom Common

    Alfred Daniel Mann m Louisa Ann Divall reg. Epsom 6/1894. He was a gardener and they lived in Betchworth Cottages on Epsom Common.

    Alfred Albert born 10/2/1895

    Frederick James born 16/12/1898


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