Stoker 1st Class K/5973 HMS Cressy Royal Navy
Edward Fairchild was the son of Fredrick and Emma Fairchild of Wharf Road. He was baptised at St Peter's Church Ash 1 November 1891 and his father was a carpenter. His brothers and sisters were all born in Ash. Edward Fairchild was included in the memorial leaflet for the memorial service at St Peter’s Church in 1915.
Edward Fairchild's Navy service record gives his place of birth as Aldershot, on 19 July 1891. He enlisted 11 April 1910, and had brown hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion and a mole on the back of his left shoulder. He was 5 feet 8¾ inches tall and had a chest measurement of 35 inches. He had previously been a milkman. (TNA ADM/188/878)
The Naval Medal and Award Rolls record that he had earned the 1914/15 Star. His medals were sent to his father. The Ash rates book for 1918 gives Mrs Fairchild's address as The Laurels in Wharf Road.
HMS Cressy was sunk by a U-Boat.
Able Seaman J/12085 HMS Good Hope Royal Navy
Stanley Chesemar was the son of William Chesemar, baker, and his wife Mary. He was baptised at St Mary’s Horsell 9 September 1894. The censuses record that the family was living in Farnborough in 1901 and 1911.
Stanley’s sister Florence married Albert Bullen at St Mark’s Church in Wyke. Members of the Bullen family lived in Ash and Farnborough, and Florence’s nephew and niece, Harry and Florence Bullen, were born in Ash and attended Ash Street National School and later Ash Common School.
Stanley William Chesemar’s Service Record (TNA ADM/188/671) reveals that he was born in Woking on 13 May 1894. He joined up at Portsmouth when he was 17, and had light brown hair and a scar on the second finger of his left hand. He had previously been a milk boy. HMS Good Hope was sunk in action off Coronel on the Chilean coast.
The Naval Medal and Award Rolls record that he had earned the 1914/15 Star. His medals were sent to his father.