From Surrey To The Somme

                        From The Heart of the Surrey Countryside.

In the heart of the Surrey countryside, between the evergrowing towns of Guildford and Dorking lye a cluster of small villages and hamlets from which a handful of families all interlinked by one way or another had established themselves. 

From the early part of the 1900's these villages and hamlets had scarcely changed or adapted to the modern world.  Dating back many centuries these villages all in the district of what was then known as Hoe were about to be torn apart. 

It wasn't until the outbreak of the Boer War communities such as these had experienced their men leaving there families, homes and villages for life in the army and a life overseas.

At the outbreak of war in 1914 it was the ex -servicemen of these villages some of which had seen action during the Boer War who led by example and answered the call to King and Country....  Life was about to change for just about every family throughout the land.

(Postcard above shows Peaslake village, view taken from Pond Lane home to the Tickner's).

Names which were common throughout the local hamlets and surrounding villages such as Edser, Aylwin, Peto, Killick, Stemp, Mansell, Abrehart, Downing, Whitty and of course my own family the Tickners' to name just a few were all to pay the price.  We must understand that as the local men volunteered all were misguided as to exactly what they were about to become part of.  Of course we now know this as The Great War.....

As our friends, families and relations embarked at the call of King and country it soon became apparent that this was not going to be over very quickly.  The months began to drag on and slowly and gradually the news filtered its way through the heartlands of the small villages that fierce battles were raging in the fileds of France and Flanders and the sad news wrenching at every mothers heart was that there husbands and sons had been killed or were missing or wounded.

On the hills in the heart of the Surrey heathlands the roar of the guns could be heard, to many a family this meant days, weeks and months of anxious waiting.  Eventually that fateful day would come to just about every family.  Each family lost someone close to them often more than one....

I have created this website to honour the memory of the men who fought and died during the Great War, also to those who were lucky enough to have survived, as we remember....

 'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old'.

'Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning'.

'We will remember'.

'Poppies on the Somme'

On completion of this website the villages I have included will be the ones that I have researched with direct links to my own family and relations all within a few miles of each other they are; Peaslake, Shere, Gomshall, Abinger, Wotton, Ewhurst, Albury, Ockley and Forest Green.  I have listed on the Roll Of Honour page the name, rank and number of the individual including the date of his death.  On my own private database I have collated as much personal information as possible including place of birth, date of death, where he was killed and where he know rests.  Please feel free to browse the Roll of Honour page for names of the fallen. (please be patient as this is still under construction and not yet complete).

If any visitor to this site wishes to know such details please contact me at the following email address and I will assist when and wherever possible.


C.N. Tickner

'Reuniting the families of today with the fallen'


              Tickner Brother's At War; George, Albert,  Mornington & Nelson

Born in Peaslake, Surrey. G. H. Tickner Royal Field Artillery. (Survived).

Born in Peaslake, Surrey. A. W. Tickner Royal Flying Corps. (Survived).

Born in Peaslake, Surrey. Sergeant Mornington Tickner  M.M. 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards.  Killed in action 15th September 1916 aged 19yrs, near Ginchy during the Battle of The Somme.

Born in Peaslake, Surrey. Eldest of the four brothers Royal Army Service Corps. (Only photo of Nelson).

Many thanks for the ongoing work by the CWGC.