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Past Events: Thursday 18th May 2017, a short report about the evening visit and guided tour of St Andrew's Church Cobham with Dr David Taylor. A fuller report will appear in the Autumn 2017 newsletter.

Future Events: Dates, and speakers when known, shown until May 2018.

100th anniversaries

William Walter Russell Private 13th Battalion Royal Fusiliers died 11th April 2017 aged 26 of Ruxley Lodge, Claygate.

Remembered with Honour Arras Memorial.

His brother William Henry Russell had also fallen on 1st November 1914.

Alfred Richard Barton Gunner Royal Field Artillery died 30th April 1917 aged 21, 13 Matthews Terrace, Claygate.

Remembered with Honour Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France, 5 miles west of Arras..

Thomas James Williams Sapper 510th Field Coy. Royal Engineers died 1st May 1917 aged 35, Alma Cottage, Common Road, Claygate.

Remembered with Honour Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France, 5 miles west of Arras.

Frederick Percy Grimsaw Private 8th Battalion East Surrey Regt died 3rd May 1917 aged 21 2 Prince's Cottages, Coverts Road, Claygate

Remembered with Honour Arras Memorial

Further details appear on the Claygate War Memorial Page.


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Welcome, the Society was founded at a public meeting in May 1968 with a committee consisting of well known local historians such as: E. Royston Pike, Rowland Baker, Arthur E. Berry, T.E.C. Walker F.S.A., G.B. Greenwood, Richard Haynes, T.S. Mercer and remarkably David Taylor who is a current Vice-President.

As well as Esher, the Society covers the communities of East and West Molesey, Thames Ditton and Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Claygate, Oxshott and Cobham. Quite a wide parish representing the former administrative area of Esher Urban District Council.

The steady membership of 180 is divided into those who enjoy the atmosphere of meetings and outings arranged by the committee and those who only attend a study based event such as a tour of the Surrey History Centre in Woking. One objective of the Society is to awaken and foster an informed interest in the history of the neighbourhood of the former Urban District of Esher.

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Our late President Christine Whittle-Dall was also a local artist who painted this charming picture of Wayneflete Tower. In April 2011 Christine published a book entitled "A Box of Paints" which contains some of her work including local scenes and also reflections on her life and painting.



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