“These young lives so bravely laid down at the call of duty are not wasted”

The melancholy news of the death of a Winkfield man cast a pall over harvest festivities.

Again with sincere regret we have to record the addition of another name to the honourable list of those from this parish who have made the supreme sacrifice for their country, and deep sympathy is felt for the bereaved relatives of Lieutenant Gerald Ralph Hayes-Sadler, who was killed in action on September 3rd.

A Memorial Service was held on Friday, September 22nd in the Church, which was decorated for Harvest Festival; but in view of this memorial service, only mauve and white flowers had been used, striking a note of sadness amidst our Harvest rejoicing appropriate for these sad times, but also reminding us that these young lives so bravely laid down at the call of duty are not wasted, but will surely have their harvest, not only in the Great Beyond, but in the happier and better England which their sacrifice will have ensured for many generations.

Winkfield section of Winkfield District Magazine, October 1916 (D/P151/28A/8/10)

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