Picture Gallery> Godalming, Surrey> This page
The Andrews Pages Picture Gallery : Godalming, Surrey
A selection of photographs and postcards of a Surrey country town
 
War Memorial Chapel, Charterhouse School, 1927


The Archbishop of Canterbury laid the foundation stone of the memorial chapel in 1922; it was to be erected to the honour of the former Charterhouse pupils who had fallen during the First World War. A sealed jar was placed beneath the stone, containing the full list of the Carthusians who served in the war, together with a copy of the latest school and other lists. The ceremony was held on the same day that the Carthusians, both former pupils and those still at the school, played their annual cricket match[1].

The chapel was designed by Gilbert Scott, R.A. elect and was to cost £58,000. When it was first built it was reported that Mr Frank Fletcher, the headmaster of Charterhouse, and the committee who approved the commission had been inspired by Scott's design for Liverpool Cathedral[2]. The chapel's architecture has been described as being of the Crusader type, recalling the churches which the Crusaders built in the Holy Land[1] and was built from stone quarried in the school grounds[3].

The dedication took place on 18 June 1927, the anniversary day of the school moving to Godalming in 1872, and the service was attended by eight bishops. Screens near the west end bore the names of 686 who had lost their lives, out of the 3,000 Carthusians who went to war[3]. After the Second World War the memorial was extended.

Amongst the second group of names was that of Major-General Orde Charles Wingate. On 11 March 1951 Vice-Admiral Earl Mountbatten unveiled a tablet in the chapel in Wingate's memory, subscribed for by officers and men who served under him in Burma. Mountbatten paid tribute to Wingate and his extraordinary skill in jungle warfare. He also read out a message from Mr Churchill during the service. Churchill had written: "It seems fitting that this memorial tablet to one of the most brilliant and courageous figures of the war should have been at Charterhouse, his school, where it will stir and inspire future generations of young men to defend the cause of freedom, for which he so heroically fought and died"[4].


"Memorial Chapel, Charterhouse". [Valentine's] Published by Field Bros., 24 High Street, Godalming, No.201351 in 1927. Not posted.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References:

[1] "Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer", 20 June 1922.
[2] "Hull Daily Mail", 9 July 1926.
[3] "The Times", Monday, 20 Jun, 1927.
[4] "Dundee Courier," 12 March 1951. Churchill was then leader of the Opposition, becoming Prime Minister for the second time on 21 Oct 1951.




Godalming Pictures Index
Next page
Previous page
Elsewhere on this website
Godalming, Surrey (about)
Godalming, Surrey: Murder, Trial and Execution, 1817-18