"IN HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN OF EWELL WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918".
"THIS SEAT WAS GIVEN BY MR & MRS HOPKINSON OF GARBRAND HALL IN LOVING MEMORY OF THEIR ELDEST SON HUGH J. P. HOPKINSON. LT. R. E. WHO FELL AT GALLIPOLI NOVEMBER 1915"
"Over 30 years ago I was working at Ewell Castle School in the village. One day, crossing the courtyard on my way back to class, I saw a large wooden seat being loaded into a van. I noticed it because it was in a bad state of repair and had been vandalised with a saw or knife. The woodwork tech told me that he had been given it to repair in the workshop but felt it was beyond repair and he was taking it to the dump. I saw the inscription and the brass plaque on the front of the seat and was sure it should be saved and I knew the man who could do it! My husband Frank. Consequently it was delivered to my house and soon the repairs were done as Frank loved his hobby of carpentry and D.I.Y.
It has been a wonderful seat - the family and many friends have sat on it and talked about its history and how we saved it.
Now on this centenary remembrance of the beginning of the Great War I feel I must return it to its rightful place in Ewell - much as it holds special memories of my late husband. I have loved having it in my garden all these years."