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 Sidney Howard — Royal Air Force. Served as Private 4554 in the Royal Sussex Regiment before transferring to the RAF as 408909. He was from a ringing family, originally from Barley, Hertfordshire and lived in Mitcham between the wars, but eventually moved to Sussex

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

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