South Croydon, St Peter

St Peter, South Croydon sent three of its ringers to war. Very fortunately they all survived, and it appears none were even wounded. They initially appeared to be three of the most difficult to identify, with no really obvious candidates in the census. Fortunately other sources revealed their histories, and they are now three of the best documented men researched for this project.

  • Air Mechanic Albert Reginald Brough — Royal Naval Air Station Tregantle, Royal Naval Air Service; RAF Blandford, No 66 Wing, Royal Air Force. [Joined RNAS in early March 1918, just before the formation of the RAF, 66 Wing was based in Italy. Subsequently worked for Creed’s of Croydon and was awarded British Empire Medal in the 1945 New Year Honours for his work for them during the Second World War]
  • Sergeant Henry Lewis Garfath — Royal Flying Corps; Royal Air Force. [Initials given as L F on the original roll]
  • Sapper Walter George Rowe — A Fortress Company (Line of Communications), Royal Engineers. [Initial W only given on the original roll]

Information about the current bells and ringers can be found on the Surrey Association website. There were 10 bells from 1912, which is what the ringers listed here would have been familiar with. They were augmented to 12 in 2002.

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