Wimbledon, St Mary

Just three ringers from St Mary’s, Wimbledon, served – and all survived. However, two have not been completely identified. One man is listed as W de Vulder – there is a de Vulder family in Wimbledon in the censuses, but two brothers have the first initial W. The roll also indicates that he served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers – there are no army records to match this, though there is one for a W A de Vulder (matching the younger of the two brothers) who served with the local East Surrey Regiment. The other mystery is S Howard of the RAF, there are a few candidates in the census, but none obviously the right man: nor has the correct RAF service record yet been identified.

  • Sapper Richard Rapson — Royal Marine Engineers. [Royal Marine Engineers were a home-based corps, he was probably making use of his civilian skills as a plumber)
  • ?Willis Austin? de Vulder or his brother ?William Ewart? de Vulder — Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. [Initial only given as W on original roll. There is a medal card for a W A de Vulder (or de Yulder) with the East Surreys, who served in India – but no evidence of service with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers..]
  • Sergeant-Major S Howard — Royal Air Force. [no definite census candidate, RAF record not yet identified]

Information on today’s bells and ringers can be found on the ringers’ own website and the Surrey Association website.

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