A fine response from Ascot

The Ascot parish magazine shows how that village was adapting to war conditions. Some of the entries are typical of other parishes; more unusual is the use of Ascot Racecourse for a hospital, and the encouragement of the working classes to take responsibility for care of refugees.

THE WAR.
No less than 95 names of parishioners, or men connected with the parish, are mentioned in All Saints Church at the Special Service of Intercession on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. All these have, in some capacity or other, joined the Navy, or Army. It is a fine response, on the part of Ascot, to the call of the Country upon her sons to take up arms in her defence, and in the great struggle for justice and righteousness. May GOD watch over all our lads, and keep them from harm, both moral and bodily.

THOSE AT THE FRONT.- The names of those at the front are mentioned at the Holy Eucharist on Sundays and Thursdays ay 8 a.m. : also at Matins and Evensong on Sundays. We ask the help of our people to ensure an accurate list, for it would grieve us to leave nay names out. A box, with pencil and paper, is placed on the table at the west end of the Church for the reception of the full names (of those at the Front).These names shall be inserted in the Parish Magazine month by month. We append the first list, which we trust is complete as far as it goes –

NAVY. – Eric Welman, Herbert Edward Cook, Archibald James Ewart, John Nobbs, William Luke Havell, Frederick George Barton, Oliver Frank Tindall, William Percy Siggins, Joseph Wilfred Ferns, Thomas William Hawthorn, Herbert William Wilderspin, George Parker, Albert Arthur Barton.

ARMY.- Eric Harold Tottie, Herbert Lane Poole, Reginald Poole, Vernon Charles, Tapscott Cole, Maurice Wingfield.

RED CROSS HOSPITAL, &c.

We extract the following from the Windsor Express –

Mention has already been made in these columns of the valuable uses to which the racecourse buildings and enclosures at Ascot are now being put. The five-shilling stand, as previously announced, has been arranged in wards for the accommodation of wounded soldiers, and to make things as comfortable as possible, a heating apparatus costing between £400 and £500 is being installed.
But this is not all. Series after series of ambulance lectures have been given here by Dr. Gordon Paterson to prepare men and women for the duty of attending to the sick and wounded, while the grounds adjoining have been occupied considerably by special constables and others at drill – this being another kind of preparation of which the importance cannot be overlooked.

The latest development is that every suitable building is to become a dwelling for wives and children of soldiers at the front. It means that these families will leave barracks, thus making room for recruits, and will come to comfortable quarters at Ascot, where everything will be provided – furniture, firing, light, etc. – but food, and the latter they will provide for themselves from their separate allowances. The number of those who will swell Ascot’s normal population is at present unknown, but it is expected that full advantage will be taken of the preparations now in progress.

GIFTS OF BLANKETS for our Soldiers.
The cold weather is coming on. Who will send one blanket, or more, for the Berkshire Territorials? They will be most gratefully received by the Secretary, Berkshire County Association, Yeomanry House, Reading, or at Ascot Rectory.

LIEUTENANT OSCAR WILLIAM TOTTIE R.N., lost his life in H.M.S. Aboukir, on September 22nd. A young life, manly, clean, brave, affectionate – he passed into Eternity in the service of his Country, ranged on the side of justice and honour. What better ending for a young Englishman, even though he be cut off in his prime? But each of us pray, in respectful but deep earnestness, that GOD will comfort and sustain the father and mother of that noble son. R.I.P.

A SUGGESTION.
If a cottage, rent free, or reduced rent, can be found and furnished, it is suggested that the poorer members of All Saints Parish might care to provide for a family of impoverished Belgian Refugees, as an offering to their Country, and to its heroic Belgian Allies. Granted the house, it is then proposed that a small Committee of say, two working men and two working women should be formed, for the purpose of collecting subscriptions, and looking after the family, with some Parishioner as Referee who could speak French, in case of emergency. 240 pennies a week would provide £1 towards the keep of the family. Others, who could not spare pennies, might like form time to time to give vegetables, eggs, pots of jam and so on, as their offering, and we feel sure that all would show kindness. The difficulty for the moment is to find the suitable cottage. This attained, the future will be comparatively easy, for we know well the kind and generous hearts of our poor, and can most happily entrust the provisioning into their sympathetic charge.

Ascot parish magazine, October 1914 (D/P151/28A/10)

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