In the Local Studies collection in Sutton Central Library there is a torn piece of newspaper about the laying of the foundation stone for the war memorial in Cheam. At the service, the Rector said “that no one would be able in years to come to pass that spot without a loving thought for those who fell and without a feeling of pride in that gallant spirit which sent their men out from that village and all the villages and towns in England to fight for their country and for them”.
Inevitably 100 years on, and the names on the memorial are becoming just names, their families have gone and there is no one left who remembers them.
So who are the 69 men named on the memorial in Cheam? The majority are from the First World War although names from the Second World War were added.
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