Charlotteville 1914-1918 Heritage Trail

To commemorate the 100 years since the 1918 signing of the Armistice, we created a self-guided 1914-1918 Charlotteville Heritage Trail with 28 posters displayed in Addison, Cline and Cooper Roads

Open pdf of Poster 1 Map and Overview
Open pdf of Posters 14-27 Addison Rd
Open pdf of Posters 28 Alexandra Place
Open pdf of Posters 7-13 Cline Rd
Open pdf of Posters 2-6 Cooper Rd

2018 Heritage Trail Addison Road

One of the posters in Addison Road

The display was left up for a couple of weeks and attracted appreciative comments from locals who were able to learn about more than 100 men who served in the military plus the women and men who enlisted in the Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachments. Many discovered history of their house and the service men who lived there including history of old Charlotteville, its eight shops, pub, St Luke’s Church and Institute and laundries – all now gone.

2018 Heritage Trail Cline Road

One of the posters in Cline Road showing each house where somebody served in the War

2018 Heritage Trail

Posters outside Addison Court, detailing the history of St. Luke's Church

Service of Remembrance 2018

2018 Service

2018 Service led by Revd Rod Pierce. Trumpeter Gemma Bartlett

With the mid-afternoon skies darkening and threatening rain, people gathered in Charlotteville for its annual service of remembrance at its war memorial in front of Addison Court.

As the service began the heavens had already opened. With brollies raised all around him, the Revd Rod Pierce from Holy Trinity Church led the service. Gemma Bartlett, a first year music student at the University of Surrey, played the Last Post and Reveille.

During the two-minutes silence it was easy to imagine a padre on the Western Front in the First World War in the rain and mud, perhaps conducting a burial service with comrades of the fallen standing in silence, far wetter than we were. After wreaths were laid and laminated cards with the names of Charlotteville’s war dead were placed at the memorial and with their names read out, with the rain still beating down and a clap of thunder above, the Revd Pierce decided to halt the service and continue it inside the lounge area of Addison Court.

Once everyone was inside, the Kohima epitaph was read and the National Anthem sung. Val Crompton read details of her great uncle Arthur Newman, who lived at 52 Addison Road, and who died on June 10, 1918, age 22. At the service Julie Howarth also gave some fascinating details about not only Charlotteville’s war dead, but others from Charlotteville who served in ancillary services such as Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses.

Acknowledgements to David Rose for the text of this report: Full Guildford Dragon Report

2018 Service

Local Residents and Relatives of men commemorated on the memorial lay wreaths

2018 Service

A Representative of the Residents of Addison Court lays their wreath

2018 Service

Name cards of the men commemorated were announced one by one and placed at the memorial

2018 Service

Posters in the Lounge detailed the story of the local men and women who contributed to the War effort

2018 Service

Ian Nicholls with Posters in the Lounge which detailed lost Charlotteville

2018 Service

Name cards of the men commemorated placed at the memorial

2018 Service

Tributes to the men commemorated on the memorial, including one from the great-niece of Ernest Jelly

2018 Service

Our unknown soldier keeps a vigil over the memorial

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Original Memorial

 Photograph of the memorial in its original  position, circa 1964. Reproduced by  permission of the Surrey History Centre.

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