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Banstead Village

By the Surrey Yeoman
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By the Surrey Yeoman

This was taken in 1954 by a deceased woman from Sydney, Australia, whose photo album of her trip to the UK that year was found by me in a junk shop in Sydney. The photo is entitled "Rosemary and self, Burgh Heath".

This seems to have been taken at the back of Rosemary's Pub, "The Surrey Yeoman".

NOTE FROM LNW: Historical definition of Yeoman: a man holding and cultivating a small landed estate; a freeholder.
Picture added on 27 November 2011 at 12:40
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The Surrey Yeoman was run for some time by my Grandfather, Oscar Collier and then my Dad, Richard Collier. This is a picture of my Auntie Rosemary Myles -nee Collier (standing). My Dad was also known as Dick and the other children were Carol and Vera.
Added by Shaun Collier on 25 April 2014
I knew Dick during my army days in Malta, we became good friends and he taught me how to sail which made a huge difference to my time on that tiny island. Some years later I visited him at "The Surrey Yeoman" and met his family.
Added by Bill Hargreaves on 01 February 2016
It was amazing to finally find a picture of the pub that my grandfather (Oscar) had owned. My mum was Carol Thomas (née Collier). I did not know that Dick had also run it as my Nan never talked about her past life once she moved to Australia at the grand old age of 70. I was 2 when this photo of Aunt Rosemary was taken and mum didn't get back to her homeland till the mid 1980's for a visit.
Added by Patsy Burgess (née Thomas) on 27 February 2016
Buddy Johnson was found dead after drinking a bottle of Whisky. His mum worked there and he was nine years old.

This snippet of information was supplied to us by Richard E Gratton from Australia however we can find no record of this tragic event. Can anyone tell us more?
Added by Lewis N Wood on 13 June 2017
Buddy Johnson was my brother. He died in 1946 in Banstead hospital of meningitis when he was six years old . The information supplied by Richard E Gratton was incorrect
Added by Hazel Tingley on 20 February 2019
I have just found Buddy's death certificate . He died of meningitis in Cuddington isolation hospital in Cheam on the 29th of September in 1943 he was six years old.
Added by Hazel Tingley on 20 February 2019
Hello, I am Richard D Grattan and I lived just across the road in the School House [Methodist] and before that I was in Duncan rd, I played with Buddy in the Stables at the back of the Surrey Yeoman many times when Dick Collier was the licencee at time. Oscar my dad & mum had a drink there and I did now & then. When Buddy died it was very hush I am sorry to say that the information we were told. it really knocked Dick he was a mess.
A Mr Ernie Bowes was a bar man who lived behind us and his back Fence joined our fence. I also worked with him helping make Tabacco at a bank manager's Greenhouse up the Drive. I was 2yrs when I moved to Burgh heath Duncan rd and went to school that was next to the common which the Surrey Yeoman was next to it and the front was next to the Galleon Club and Galleon pool. The picture shows the Beer Garden. I remember it well. I am so sorry if his sister is offended but I said what I was told. I was 9yrs old at the time.
R D Grattan
I will check with my sister as she was with me.
Added by Richard d Grattan on 31 March 2019
I am very pleased to say that the comment I made was proven wrong and to think the that my friend Buddy Johnson sadly passed away and that I am pleased to say the info I led to believe was misleading as a kid myself at the time. Please pass my deepest sympathy to all concerned.
It was something that I could not accept. He was a great little mate and that it just shows you that you can be wrong.
Sincerely Richard
Rest Peacefully little mate. God bless.
Added by R D Grattan on 31 March 2019
Who is the lady sitting next to Rosemary?

There was also a sister called Pamela who died from breast cancer early on I believe.
Added by Patsy Burgess on 01 April 2019
Thank you for your kind words Richard, It is amazing to be in touch with someone who knew my brother. I was only 2 years old when he died and we lived at The Surrey Yeoman with our Mother when Oscar Collier was the licencee. His son Richard took the pub over at a later date.
I have photos of Buddy playing in the summer house and in the pond, I also have a photo of him with a friend when he was about 5, maybe it's you Richard Gratton !!!
Best wishes
Hazel Tingley.
Added by Hazel Tingley on 01 April 2019
Hazel, Richard and you both have your email addresses visible so you can email him the photo direct if you wish. It may well be him.
Added by Lewis Wood on 01 April 2019
Thank you Hazel, it was a good having Buddy as a friend playing in the loft and on the Common and I missed him when he left. They were tough times as the war was bad at the time. I would like a photo if you have one of him, not so many had Cameras in those days. Getting food was bad enough. I had 2 older brothers and two sisters and we would eat the crab apples off the common.

It is hard to look back. Dad at War, I was 9 when he came home and it was hard. My brother died in 1947 aged 13 years at Epsom hospital when I was 10 years old. My mum looked after us in war time.

I remember 2 Bombs being dug up near Sheepshears pub as they did not go off. Just near the Surrey Yeoman there were 2 underground shelters near the cottages next to the pub and we played in them after the war.

Well Hazel, nice to send the message.
Bye for now
Best wishes.
Added by Richard D Grattan on 04 April 2019
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