Merstham, St Katharine

Merstham, St Katharine, originally appeared to have suffered the worst casualty rate of all the towers on the original roll. Neither of the two men named returned home, neither has a known grave. However, the version of the roll published in the annual report lists four other men

  • Private Joseph Abbott † Missing, presumed killed, 27 September 1915 — No. 3 Company, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards.
  • Private Ernest Morley † Missing, presumed killed, 27 March 1918 — 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
  • Signaller Alex Frederick Cheasley, HMS Victor, HMS Tower, Royal Navy
  • Private William Henry Etherington, Royal Army Service Corps [army service not yet corroborated]
  • Private Alfred Morley, Suffolk Regiment
  • Private Horace Morley, 3rd Hussars

Ernest Morley is commemorated on the war memorial in All Saints, South Merstham. This church was destroyed by a German parachute mine during the Second World War, and the memorial was believed to have been lost, but was rediscovered and rededicated in 2008. The two other Morleys were his older brothers, all three were living in the household of Alfred (the eldest) and his wife Elizabeth. Alex Frederick Cheasley’s Royal Navy record confirms that he was from Merstham. W Etherington is almost certainly William Henry Etherington, a 26-year-old chauffeur in 1911. No definite army records relating to him have yet been found – there are several Etheringtons with service in the Army Service Corps, but nothing to tie any particular candidate to Merstham.

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