Towns and villages welcomed service men home after the war with church services, parades, dinners and celebrations. A wide range of commemorative certificates and gifts were produced to express a nation’s gratitude.


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Kindly donated by Mrs Grace Drugan and Mr Fred Ball

William Ansties (St John’s Street, Farncombe)

Invitation to and menu for the Peace Dinner.

Godalming held a peace dinner for its returning servicemen. There was a parade at the Phillips Memorial Ground, followed by dinner and entertainment in the Drill Hall in Hallam Road.


Kindly donated by Mr Fred Ball

The Peace Sports were held on South Hill, with entertainers and races for the children.



Kindly lent by Shirley Harvey

Edward “Ted” Baker (Yew Tree Road, Witley)

Wallet presented to Ted Baker, army badge and medallion and photograph. The medallion has the lamb and flag emblem of the Royal West Surrey Regiment.

The wallet presented to Ted Baker by the residents of Milford on his return from the war is inscribed with his name and "1914-1918 Milford's Gratitude".

Kindly lent by Kevin and Philip Gorton

Walter Henry Batchelor (Farncombe)

Cigarette case

Walter Henry Batchelor was a Driver for the Red Cross in France for most of the war. From 1918 – 1919 he served with the Royal Air Force, at the sea plane training unit at Sandbanks in Poole Harbour and the cigarette case in the display is inscribed “To W H Batchelor RAF, from his commanding officer, Sandbanks 1918 – 1919”. After the war Walter drove a charabanc, the Farncombe and Godalming Belle, and worked as a chauffeur and handyman for Major Rudkin at Brook House.

Kindly donated by Stephan Parsons

Frederick Howard (Elstead)

Certificate from the Elstead Peace Celebrations Committee, who presented each ex-Service man with a framed certificate “in recognition of valuable services rendered during the Great War.”
This certificate was presented on the 19 July 1919 to Frederick Michael Howard (c1894-1968).


Prisoners of War

The medal has the lamb and flag emblem of the Royal West Surrey Regiment on one side and an inscription on the other “Prisoners of War, The Queen’s Regiment, Welcome Home MCMXVIII”.


Charles Burgess (Busbridge)

The owner of Burgess’ Stores, Godalming’s largest grocery store, on the High Street, Charles Burgess was Mayor a record seven times and was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough in 1920. He was Mayor in 1916/17 and again in 1918/19 and features in the photograph of the Mayor and Councillors at the Peace Sports on display in the Local History Gallery in the Museum.

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