“In death, they were not divided”

The people of Ascot mourned the death of some of their sons who had lost their lives at the Front – including two brothers, a soldier and a sailor, killed on the same day. They also had a military hospital in the village, and contact with well-wishers in Japan (which was an ally of the British).

Roll of Honour
Oscar William Tottie R.I.P.
Eric Harold Tottie R.I.P.
Alfred Harry Tidbury R.I.P.
Bernhard Pratt-Barlow R.I.P.

A REQUIEM EUCHARIST for our Sailors and Soldiers is celebrated on Saturdays, in All Saints Church, at 8 a.m.

THOSE AT THE FRONT.

We have to add the following names to our List in the October Magazine.

NAVY – William Walter Paxford, Stephen John Waite, Egbert Arthur Tidbury.

ARMY – Sydney George Sumner, Charles John Walls, Ernest Monk, James Johnston, George Lappage, Ernest Oram, Harry Bonnard, Matthew O’Connor, Thomas John Minns, William Brown, Paul Meakin, John Henry Baker, Robert Waight Sensier.

LIEUTENANT ERIC TOTTIE, Northumberland Fusiliers, was wounded at the Front on Sunday, September 20th, and expired in the base Hospital on the 22nd, being the same day on which his brother Lieutenant Oscar Tottie lost his life on H.M.S. Aboukir. “In death they were not divided.” We can only repeat what we ventured to say last month in regard to the elder brother. We pray that GOD will comfort the father and mother of two noble lads. R.I.P.

A Memorial Service for the two young officers was held at All Saints Church on Tuesday, October 6th. It was largely attended.

“THE SUGGESTION” in last month’s Magazine has met with a most generous response, and a family of Belgian Refugees is happily installed at Easton Villa, Kennel Ride – resting after their sad flight on foot from Antwerp a short time ago. We know they will soon have many friends, for we feel sure that all who go to see them will want to go again. Anyone wishing to pay his or her subscription direct to Mrs. Elliot and “Sandridge” will find a box on her front door on Sundays, from 10.45 a.m. to 12 noon, and from 2.45 p.m. to 4 p.m. Envelopes to contain the subscriptions (on which the Donors names must be written) will be given on application to Mrs. Elliot – who is the Hon. Treasurer for all monies subscribed for the purpose.

THE ASCOT MILITARY HOSPITAL is, at the time that we write, full to overflowing with wounded and sick Soldiers. They seem happy in their quarters; and in many cases, what with Ascot air and good treatment, their convalescence has been rapid. Already several patients have sufficiently recovered to be dismissed.

EXTRACTS from a letter from a Japanese Quarter Master (a Christian) now serving on an English Steamer:-

“I deeply sympathise with your peoples in this war, but you need not be anxious about it. I am sure that England must be to win a splendid victory. Yours have most big navy and army in the world. Now P… San, will you do me a favour? I should like to go to war for England if I could. I don’t mind to lay down one’s life for your country… Will you please this my wish ask to British War Office… Just about 10 years ago I lost my brother and my uncle. They was killed by Russian bullet. They was most honourable officers of Japanese army when they died at Mukden… GOD bless your country.”

THROUGH MISS PALMER, the self-devoted Lady who has charge of the Japanese Seaman’s Mission in North Woolwich, the Rector was deputed to hand to the Matron of the Military Hospital a box with an accompanying long Japanese envelope, on the back of which was written “Nippon Yusen Kaisha – The chief officer carried around this envelope and filled it for me – 4 cigars, 51 cigarettes, from the officers of the Japanese Liner, Iyo Mara – for the wounded in Lord Roberts’ Hospital, Ascot.”

OUR ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE will take place in December. We know how many have been the calls, of late, on the residents of Ascot, and how generously they are responding to them. May we, none the less, put in our plea for material to be placed on one side by them for the purposes of our Rummage sale? Our power to help the poor of Ascot at Christmas very largely depends on the proceeds of this Sale: and we hope that our own needy parishioners at home will not be allowed to suffer because of all that, quite rightly, is being done for the Sailors, and Soldiers, and the Refugees.

Ascot section of Winkfield District Magazine, November 1914 (D/P151/28A/6/11)

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