WHERE THEY LIVED
There are 168 poppies on the map. Eleven other men who are on the war memorial lived off the map, some close by in areas like Battersea or Tooting, others much further away. One lived in Bath and another in Berkshire. Some of these may be on the war memorial due to a relative’s connection to the church or they might have lived in the area once but moved away. There are now only three names on the war memorial who we still can’t identify; E Brown, GF Henry and EL Smith. Most of the details have been obtained via the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and their online database which in many cases provides a next-of-kin address. Other information has come from census records, electoral rolls and marriage certificates. We cannot be certain that a particular man was resident at a precise address at the time of their death but in the majority of situations it is probably very likely. What we have attempted to do is connect the 182 names on the St Mary’s Church war memorial with this area by establishing a location. In some cases the men had moved away but their family still lived here and thats why their names are on the memorial – most notably there are four who served with the Australian Infantry and two with the Canadian Infantry.