WW2 Survivors


We have an extensive WW2 memorial section on this site listing those who died as a result of the conflict. But war is not only about the dead, it is also about the people who came through the horrors of war and rebuilt their lives. So this page is dedicated to a few of these WW2 survivors. Anyone can submit a wartime photo and a brief outline of the person but please limit this to just the very basic of details and no more than one paragraph of text. Naturally the person has to have some connection to the borough of Epsom and Ewell.

WARNING - People are added in random order
HOBLYN (Nee Reed), Alice
Born: Poplar 1922
War Time: Woodwork machinist also National Fire Service
Postwar: Factory and Shop worker
Married Michael Hoblyn, Epsom and has one daughter Anne
Alice Reed (Now Hoblyn)
James Joseph Reed (bare chested) thought to be in Chittagong (Bangladesh)
REED, James Jospeph
Born: Poplar 27 June 1921
Died : Epsom June 1994
War Time: RAF Leading Aircraftman 1 (Radar Technician)
Postwar: Process Engraver (Printing Industry)
Married Evelyn Gibb in Scotland and had 3 children, Ronald 1945, Patricia 1948 and Peter 1952
ROSE, Ronald Ernest
Born: 15th May 1922 Epsom
Died: 26th June 1963, Epsom
War Time: Royal Corps of Signals no. 5957544 in Cairo, Egypt
Postwar: Carpenter in the Manor Hospital then trained as a S.R.N.
Married: Jessie Phillips in 1945 in Newcastle upon Tyne
Children: Twins John and Jeanne in 1946
Ronald Ernest Rose, Egypt
Kenneth John Read Wing
WING, Kenneth John Read
Born: 25th March 1914 Epsom
Died : 22nd September 1986 Epsom
War Time: Gloucestershire Regiment

Postwar: Worked for W.H. Smith on Epsom Station for 45 years
Married Constance Lilian Chilcott December 1941 Welwyn Garden City
REED Charles Thomas
Born: 30 Nov 1914 Poplar
Died : December 2002 Epsom
War Time: PT Instructor
Postwar: Engraver (Printing Industry)
Married Constance Woolcott in 1942 and had one child Marilyn 1945
Peter Reed 2018