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Past Events: A short report about the Christmas meeting on Saturday 9th December 2017 when Stephen Chater and Steve Webbe spoke to the Society about Esher's Princess.

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

Four Claygate men who died in the Great War in October and November 1917 are recorded below.

100th anniversaries

Walter Tugwell, Private 1st Battalion East Surrey Regt died 4th October 1917 aged 20, 2 Foley Cottages, High Street

Remembered with Honour Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) Belgium. His brother Frank James Tugwell also fell.

William Herbert Elworthy, Private 1st Battalion East Surrey Regt died 10th October 1917 aged 35, 1 Fairview Cottages, Vale Road

Remembered with Honour Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium.

Frank James Tugwell, Private 7th Battalion East Surrey Regt died 30th November 1917 aged 22, 2 Foley Cottages, High Street

Remembered with Honour Cambrai Memorial, Louverval. His brother Walter Tugwell also fell

Peter John Carter, Rifleman 11th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps died 30th November 1917 aged 19, 2 Albany Crescent

Remembered with Honour Cambrai Memorial, Louverval

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 Dr David Taylor who is our current 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.

If you have any query about the Society please address your message to

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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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