First World War centenary

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  1. 1. First World War centenary
  2. 2. First and Second World War points of interest in the borough
  3. 3. You are here: War graves and memorials refurbishment
  4. 4. Commemorative events
  5. 5. Wartime experiences of R G Emmett
  6. 6. Men of Horley book
  7. 7. Related websites

3. War graves and memorials refurbishment

As well as restoring six war memorials, we have identified and refurbished around 200 private war graves across the borough, working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

We are keen to trace any relatives or friends of those buried in the borough's war graves to let them know about this project and to find out more about the lives of the people buried there and their wartime experiences.

If you have a story to tell, please get in touch by emailing

Adopt a grave scheme

Over the last four years school pupils, uniform groups, local organisations and residents from across the borough have stepped forward to help us to look after the refurbished war graves, so they can be kept neat and tidy over the coming years.

Volunteers are still needed to help care for war graves at certain sites, so if you’d like to get involved, please email or call the Greenspaces team 01737 276096 to find out more.

Victoria Cross Memorial Stone

Memorial Stone in honour of 2Lt Rupert Price Hallowes VC

Memorial Park in Redhill is home to the Victoria Cross (VC) memorial stone dedicated to First World War soldier 2Lt Rupert Price Hallowes. Rupert Hallowes was born on 5 August 1881 in Station Road, Redhill. A pre-war Territorial soldier Rupert Hallowes arrived in France on 28 October 1914. Commissioned on 14 April 1915, Lieutenant Hallowes served with the 4th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. 

He died on 30 September 1915 and was awarded a VC for his 'Most Conspicuous Bravery and Devotion to Duty' during the fighting in Hooge in Belgium.

As well as the Victoria Cross, Lieutenant Hallowes was awarded the Military Cross.

He is buried at the Bedford House Cemetery in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

The commemorative stone was unveiled on 24 September 2015, the centenary of the battle for which Hallowes was awarded his VC.

You can read more in our news item here