Video: Marc Dyos remembers his great-uncles Charles and Ernest Dyos

In this highly personal video, Marc Dyos visits Chertsey to talk about his great-uncles Charles and Ernest Dyos who both served in France during the Great War. The lives of Charles and Ernest Dyos, the two oldest in a family of seven children, were destined to be relatively short. In contrast, their five younger siblings,… Continue reading Video: Marc Dyos remembers his great-uncles Charles and Ernest Dyos

Charles and Ernest Dyos: Two early volunteers

Charles and Ernest Dyos were brothers from a large family who lived in White Hart Yard off Guildford Street in Chertsey. Both Charles and Ernest had sampled life beyond Surrey before joining the Army in the first few months of the Great War. For different reasons, their experiences of the Western Front were destined to… Continue reading Charles and Ernest Dyos: Two early volunteers

Herbert Wells: The Chertsey boy soldier interned in the Swiss Alps

Herbert Augustus George Wells, known to many as Gus, was the Chertsey shop boy who enlisted in the Army in 1914 aged only 16, was seriously wounded and taken prisoner within two months of arriving in France, and spent part of the Great War interned in a Swiss alpine resort. Gus returned home and went… Continue reading Herbert Wells: The Chertsey boy soldier interned in the Swiss Alps

Chertsey Town War Memorial turns 100 in October 2021

Welcome to the first blog in a series to be published ahead of the centenary of the Chertsey Town War Memorial in October 2021. We are seeking your participation in this commemoration. The memorial next to St Peter’s Church in Windsor Street, Chertsey was unveiled at a grand ceremony on 30 October 1921. Displayed are… Continue reading Chertsey Town War Memorial turns 100 in October 2021