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Past Events: A short report about the meeting on Saturday 17th March 2018 when Mel Harrison spoke about "Shakespeare Debunked: What We Don't Know".

News Items: Spring 2018 newsletter printed on Friday 16th March 2018 and will commence distribution at the meeting on Saturday 17th March 2018.


Five Claygate men who died in the Great War in January - May 1918 are recorded below.

100th anniversaries

William Albert Belcham Cherry, Stoker 1st Class, K/24749, Royal Navy died on 3rd January 1918 aged 24 on H.M. Submarine "G8" of 1 Osborne Cottages, Vale Road

Remembered with Honour Chatham Naval Memorial

Alfred Devonshire, Driver 181067, 462nd Bty. 179th Brigade., Royal Field Artillery died on 21st March 1918 aged 20 of Bonesgate Brickfield, Chessington

Remembered with Honour Pozieres Memorial

Alfred Whetstone, Private 83824, 50th Coy., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) died 26th March 1918 aged 30 of 1 Matthew's Terrace, Claygate (Two other brothers Charles and Walter also fell)

Remembered with Honour Pozieres Memorial

James Edgar Matthews, Private 58266, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) died on 10th April 1918 aged 37 of 7 Sims Cottages, Claygate

Remembered with Honour Asnieres-Sur-Oise Communal Cemetery

John Shepherd Scotland, Lance Corporal S/14541 13th Bn., Rifle Brigade died 8th May 1918 aged 41 of Gordon Road, Claygate

Remembered with Honour Pozieres 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 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

A lack of resources means that there will often be a long delay with replies


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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