Strange as it might seem, up until now Godalming has not had a central war memorial that honours all those from the town that died in the service of the country. However, after nearly three years of research, Godalming Town Council’s Policy & Management Committee resolved at its meeting of 23 February 2017 to finally rectify this omission. The Committee agreed that commemorative plaques naming those from the town who fell during the First World War should to be installed alongside the existing plaques commemorating those who fell during WW2. It also agreed that the names of those who fell in subsequent campaigns during the 20th century should be added so that at last Godalming would have a fitting memorial to commemorate, in one location, all those from the town who fell.
Since August 2014, both Godalming Town Council and Godalming Museum have researched and recorded as accurately as possible the list of 281 Godalming names who fell during World War 1. This year’s Remembrance Sunday commemoration marks the poignant 100th year anniversary of the end of World War 1 and will see the Godalming War Memorial re-dedicated to remember all those who died in 20th Century conflicts. The re-dedication will take place on the Phillips Memorial Ground at the eleventh hour of the eleventh month of 2018.
The Godalming War Memorial has been funded by public subscriptions and the kind generosity of The Peter Caudle Memorial Trust.
Godalming Town Council invites all ex-servicemen and women who have served in Her Majesty’s forces, to take part in the Remembrance Parade on 11 November. Muster at Waverley Borough Council Car Park at 0900; medals to be worn. Ex-Servicemen and women wishing to parade on behalf of a relative who has served, please join the parade; medals to be worn on the right-hand breast pocket.
For this commemorative year the timings and order of Godalming’s annual Remembrance Service are different from previous years. The timings for this year’s parade, church service, Act of Remembrance and dedication of the new Memorial plaques can be found by clicking here.
Anyone who wishes to discover if they have a relative from Godalming who died during the First World War can find out by visiting Godalming Museum and looking at the town’s roll of honour, or by viewing it online by clicking here.