A gloom over all our celebrations

The parish magazine of Longworth had sad news for villagers from Charney Bassett, but some pious hopes for the new year.

By the time this Magazine is in our readers hands, Christmastide with its conflicting memories of joy and sadness will have passed away. The shadow of the Great War has cast a gloom over all our celebrations during this festive season, but it is to be hoped that in the hour of sorrow this glad festival has been the means of easing many an aching heart and brightening the sad homes that have been desolated by the war. May the New Year, by God’s blessing, bring peace, unity, and concord to all the nations of the world, and happiness and prosperity to all our parishioners.

CHARNEY

We are sorry to have to think that Private Frederick Franklin, Royal Berks., lost his life at the Front some weeks ago, although the War Office at present has only notified that he is missing. We feel much sympathy for the mother in her long anxiety about her son, but can only think that he is one of those who have so bravely and nobly laid down their lives for King and Country. Fred Franklin was the first Charney man to join Lord Kitchener’s New Army.

Longworth Parish Magazine, January 1916 (D/P83/28A/11)

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