Godstone, St Nicholas

Five members went to war from Godstone, one did not return. Three were brothers, who caused some confusion as their surname is given variously as Humphrey, Humphreys and even Humphery in different sources. Two of the Humphrey[s] brothers undertook most of their service in India, where most of the Surrey Territorial Forces Battalions were sent to relieve regular battalions for service on the Western Front.

  • Private Arthur Frederick Roberts † Killed 16 July 1918 — 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. [Some sources have his forenames reversed, Frederick Arthur Roberts]
  • Gunner William Thomas Beeson jr — Signal School Southampton, Irish Command Signal Depot, 114 Siege Battery, A Battery No 5 Fire Command (Dorset), Royal Garrison Artillery.
  • Signaller Arthur David Humphrey [or Arthur David Humphreys] — ?Rifle Brigade; Royal Engineers; Royal Corps of Signals?. [Seems to have joined up underage (16), most likely recruitment register entry has him going to Rifle Brigade, only Royal Corps of Signals shown on original roll, however this was not established as a separate corps until after the war. During the war signalling was largely the responsibility of the Signal Service of the Royal Engineers. There is a medal card for Arthur D Humphreys with Rifle Brigade and Royal Engineers service, which would appear to allow the circle to be squared]
  • Serjeant John Robert Humphreys [or Robert John Humphrey] — 1/4th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment; Contracted malaria in 1916, discharged with 10% disability pension as result. [A pre-war territorial, he began his service in 1908. He has one of the more interesting medal sets of the men on the roll, with both the Territorial Force War Medal and the Indian General Service Medal (the latter for his service in the Third Anglo-Afghan War of 1919)]
  • Private William Henry Humphreys [or William Henry Humphrey] — ?1/6th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. [of the three brothers, his service is the hardest to pin down]

Also mentioned as ringing at Godstone in 1916 is Corporal W Cockings – it is not clear if he was a regular ringer at the tower, or if he was merely ringing there while stationed in the area.

Details of today’s ringers can be found on the Surrey Association website.

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