Churt and the War to end all Wars
Gillian Devine

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As described in the parish magazine, the Churt Church Monthly

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Front cover: Churt War Memorial on Redhearn Green

Paperback - 60 pages
Gillian Devine; February 2014

Associated titles: Churt, an Oasis through Time - Churt Remembered - Further Reflections on Churt - A Time of Change

Back Cover . Contents . List of Illustrations . Preface . Further information

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Reverend Augustus William Watson was the vicar of Churt from 1884 until his death in 1917. He seems to have been a well-loved man, very interested and involved in the life of his parishioners. He started the Parish Magazine, the Churt Church Monthly, in January 1892. His opening sentence in the first magazine is: In starting a Parish Magazine for Churt, it is my hope that it may be a means of good to the Parish in many ways. It was very much a village magazine, reporting on not only church news, but everything else that went on in the village as well.

It has been an invaluable source for this book about the First World War. The deaths of each of the serving men were all (nearly!) listed in the magazine and news of life on the home front in Churt was given in detail. It makes very interesting reading.

This book has been published, at the request of the Parish Council, in the year of the centenary of the start of World War I as a tribute to the people of Churt. The Churt Church Monthly has provided most of the information, supplemented, of course, by the internet!


List of illustrations
The Outbreak of War
Casualties of the First World War
Life on the Home Front
After the End of the War
Appendix: Those Who Came Back

List of Illustrations

View of Crossways in 1912
Pupils at St John's School, Churt, about 1916
Cover of the Churt Church Monthly Magazine, April 1917
King George V, the Queen and Princess Mary
visiting troops on Frensham Common, 29 September 1914
Mess tents blown down by a storm on Frensham Common
Company Camp at Silverbeck, Churt, 1915
'D' Company quarters at the school in Churt, 1915
Meynell Hospital, 8, Lennox Gardens, SW
8, Lennox Gardens today
Hill Military Hospital at Gong Hill
War Memorial on Redhearn Green
War Memorial tablet in the church
Memorial stone pillars at entrance to the Recreation Ground
Depiction of the Second Battle of Ypres, 1915
Le Touret Memorial in the Pas-de-Calais region of France
Cedric Larby, killed in action 8 October 1916 aged 23
Thiepval Memorial in Picardie
Herbert Larby, died 13 September 1919 aged 28
Hill 10 Cemetery, Suvla, Gallipoli
James Clark Hook who lived at Silverbeck for many years
Heninel Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas-de-Calais
Frederick and Desmond Trouton
Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-au-Bois
The Military Medal
Memorial on Southsea Common
HMS Black Prince
The Menin Gate Memorial at Poperinge
Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras
Grave of Albert Voller at Arras
Gladys Crompton and family
HMHS Letitia
St Dunstan's Hostel in Regent's Park
Postcards relating to 'Our Blinded Heroes'
Poster for the 'League of National Safety
HM Minesweeper Miltiades
Posters for the National Egg Collection
Plaque in the church relating to
the colours of the 125th Can. Inf. Batt. 5th Can. Div
Churt Recreation Ground map 1918


The year 2014 is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Every year, on Remembrance Day, we hear the names of those men of Churt who died. Do we wonder who they were? In this book I have tried to put some flesh on those bones and tried to show something of what Churt was like 100 years ago and the impact of the war on the village. It draws most of its information from the parish magazine, a little from the memoirs of Will Croucher, who lived in the village for many years, and some from an article which appeared in Olivia Cotton's book, "Further Reflections on Churt", published some years ago. I must also thank Olivia for her suggestions for this book. Detailed information about the Trouton brothers was provided by a descendant of theirs, Anita Searle.

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