“We have no traitors in our midst worse than the so-called “pacifists,” who want peace at any price and, in many cases, are simply enemy agents.”

The fourth anniversary of the start of the war was commemorated soberly in churches throughout the county.




Sunday, August 4th, has been set apart for the purpose of commemorating our entry into this terrible war. We shall remind ourselves that it was impossible so long as we maintained honour, righteousness and justice to hold back. We took our place by the side of France and Belgium, not from any desire to increase our own power or raise our position in the world, but simply to prevent wrong and to work righteousness. Our objects are still the same. There is no hope for the world until the gigantic military despotism of Germany is destroyed. There will be services of Intercession at 11 a.m., St Mary’s Church, followed by the Holy Communion; 6 p.m., St Michael’s Church.

There were good attendances at the church on Sunday, August 4th, for Thanksgiving and Intercession. The offertories for the fund for assisting Prisoners of war belonging to the Royal Berks Regiment amounted to:

11 a.m. £3 11s 0 ½ d
6 p.m. £1 13s 1 ½ d
Total £5 4s 2d

Earley St Peter

August 4th

The anniversary of the proclamation of war (August4th) will this year fall on a Sunday. I do not know whether any special Order of Prayer will be issued. For myself I consider that the forms of Prayer for use in the time of War (by authority, S.P.C.K., 1S.) Contains sufficient material. But I hope all the clergy will prepare well beforehand to stimulate and satisfy the spiritual needs of their people. The collect, Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday (x. after Trinity) might well be used. Otherwise the order suggested for the last year may be used again (Forms of prayer, P. 87 FF.) with necessary changes.

My Dear Friends

The first Sunday of this month, August the 4th, is the anniversary of the war. I wonder what we should all have felt if on August 4th 1914, we had thought it would have continued up to this time. Lord Kitchener indeed said three years and enrolled his army for that time, but such is a contingency seemed impossible to the generality of our countrymen, many of whom thought that the first battle of the Marne was the beginning of the end.

Who then dreamt of the collapse of Russia, or of the entry of America into the war? Who for a moment imagined that Germany would descend to the depths of degradation to which she has sunk in the eyes of the world by her false dealings and her barbarities. Who had any conception of the miseries, the losses, the bereavements, of the greatest war that the world has ever seen?

And still it continues: the decision is still delayed: and many of our best and highest are asking plainly whether this is not due to the fact that, as a nation, or as nations, we are not taking God seriously, but are trusting to our own strength. Or are absolutely indifferent.

In former days of anxiety the Crimean War for instance days of humiliation and prayer were observed, on which, even on week-days, all places of business were closed by order and so even the most careless were made to think. Why is it not the same now? It is hard, of course, to keep things up month after month and year after year, but our Intercessory Services and celebrations of Holy Communion with special intention for the war might be attended by many more who are in anxiety for loved ones at the front.

Fortunately nothing prevents the Church from having her own Days of Prayer, and August 4th is ordered to be specially kept, with special prayers and special forms of service: it is hoped therefore that as many as possible will come on that day; or that they will attend the service at the nearest Church, if they are, as many will be, taking holiday. (The Bishop in his message, received since this was written, expresses the same hope).

And while we pray, let us not forget to be thankful, for we have very much to be thankful for, in spite of all: when we think of the ruin of the invaded countries and districts, ought we not to thank God that our enemies do not occupy a single square mile of British territory, and that He has vouchsafed so large a measure of success to us and our allies, especially in the late fighting, which may be the turning point of the war.

Let us pray too for peace, but a peace that will be a real and lasting peace for the world in general. Our enemies are only to ready to make peace, but it must be on their terms, and would really be a defeat of the worst kind. We have no traitors in our midst worse than the so-called “pacifists,” who want peace at any price and, in many cases, are simply enemy agents. We are fighting for right and liberty, and we are resolved that our children shall not suffer as we have, and therefore we feel that we must fight on to the bitter end, and that God is on our side but we must not either materially or individually neglect Him.

Your friend and Vicar,


Reading Christ Church

On August 4 we complete the 4th year of the Great War. For the first time the anniversary of the Declaration of War by England falls on a Sunday. It should therefore be possible for everyone, with very few exceptions, to be present in church during part of the day. The suggested note of our services is thankful remembrance, especially of those who have laid down their lives for their country. And indeed by remembering what, by God’s help, we as a nation have been able to do and suffer during four years of relentless and bitter war, we shall best learn to face with hope and courage whatever the fifth year of the war may bring to us.

Our thanksgiving on that Sunday will be shewn by our attendance at the Holy Communion (8am and 11.45). After the 3rd collect at evensong there will be an Intersession Service during which I propose to read out as complete a list as possible of those from this parish who have died for their country.



On Sunday, 4th August, special services were held, with good attendances, at Church and Mission Room, the Rector preaching an excellent sermon at the morning service. The collections throughout the day were for the Lord Roberts Memorial Fund. In Burghfield, in spite of the heavy losses which we have suffered, and of the strain and trial of the war, the determination remains unabated to carry on to a satisfactory termination this great struggle for all that makes life worth living. It is in a spirit of grave thankfulness that we welcome the better news which last month brought.


Sunday, Aug. 4., the anniversary of the Declaration of War was clearly marked at Sunningdale, the number of Communicants being much above the average for the first Sunday in the month and the congregations at midday and evening, large. The special lessons and psalms, collect, epistle and Gospel were of course used and we were glad to find that the Authorities had made such appropriate selections in these passages from Holy Scripture. In these Forms of Prayer there are some new point, notably an intercession from our whole British Empire, and a strong, simple prayer for Victory. The litany also containing many good helpful suffrages, for example that we may be delivered from ‘Cowardice and faint heartedness and weariness in prayer from foolish talk and baseless rumour and from discord and suspicion at home’.


Sunday, August 4th, 1918.

The fifth anniversary of the outbreak of War falls upon a Sunday. It will be kept everywhere as a Day of National Observance for prayer, thanksgiving, intercession, remembrance and resolution. The services at the Parish Church will be at the usual times and the special Forms of Prayer will be used. There will be a celebration of Holy Communion at Hare Hatch at 7 a.m.

Roll of Honour

Almighty and everlasting God, unto whom no prayer is ever made without hope of thy compassion: We remember before thee our brethren who have laid down their lives in the cause wherein their King and country sent them. Grant that they, who have readily obeyed the call of those to whom thou hast given authority on earth, may be accounted worthy of a place among thy faithful servants in the kingdom of heaven; and give both to them and to us forgiveness for our sins, and an ever increasing understanding of thy will; for his sake who loved us and gave himself for us, thy Son our saviour Jesus Christ – Amen.


Sunday, August 4th is the fourth anniversary of the Declaration of War and will be observed as a day of special intercession on behalf of the Nation and Empire and our Allies. There will be Celebrations of the Holy Communion at 7 and 8, at which we hope many will be present to remember the men who are engaged in His Majesty’s Forces. The collections at all the services will be given to the Church Army Hut Fund, which has done such a splendid work among the men on the various fronts. We trust the congregation will show by their offerings a generous appreciation of the benefits rendered by the Church Army.

Reading St Mary
All Saints’ District

The Fourth anniversary of the declaration of war

We earnestly hope all our readers will do their very best to join in keeping Sunday August the 4th as a great and solemn Day of Intercession and thanksgiving to Almighty God on behalf of the Nation and Empire and our noble allies. Copies of the Forms and Prayers issued under the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury and York will be provided and we would especially ask all communicants to join us in pleading the Great Sacrifice.

S. Saviours
Sunday, August 4th

The fourth anniversary of the declaration of the war with Germany falling this year on a Sunday, should find our Churches throughout the country and empire thronged with worshippers, in which prayer, patience and thanksgiving should each have their portion. At S. Saviours the eleven o’clock service will be preceded by the Litany and it is hoped that the services and especially the Lord’s own Service, will be well attended.

The Vicars Notes

The 4th anniversary of the entry of Great Britain into the war fell on Sunday. There were large congregations at all services, and a notably good number of communicants in the early morning. This tends to shew that the religious spirit, which was quickened at the beginning of the war, has not altogether died down. But it needs to be continually revived and refreshed, just as much now, when the hopes of victory seem far brighter, as in the dark days when the enemy was pressing us hard.

All Saints’ District

It was a matter for great thankfulness that Sunday, August 4TH was so well observed. The War will indeed prove a blessing in disguise if it serves to make us as a nation put our trust in God rather than in men and material things.

Reading St Giles

Notes from the Vicar

I hope that Sunday, August 4th will be properly observed by all. It will be the Fourth Anniversary of the declaration of war and the beginning of the fifth year. I understand that a special form of intercession will be issued, and this will be used at Evensong. I am sure that everyone will make a special effort to be in church as much as is possible on this day to ask for God’s help and blessing and guidance in our fifth year of fighting.

Maidenhead St Luke

Dear Friends and Parishioners,-

This month the one great appeal is for the observance of August 4th as a Day of National Prayer throughout the British Empire. It is, I understand, arranged that the Mayor and Corporation go in state to St Mary’s in the morning, to give a corporate lead to the townsfolk. Each Place of Religious Worship is asked to draw its own people together to pray to Almighty God for forgiveness of our past sins, personal and national; for strength to serve Him and our country better; and for a speedy victory and a righteous and abiding Peace.

I shall be much disappointed if St. Luke’s and St. Peter’s are not packed with earnest worshippers. There is indeed a large fringe of people who come occasionally to church, who, on a day like this, will be stirred to draw near to God in humble and earnest prayer for His blessing on our cause and ourselves.

The hours of service, with special prayers, will be those usual for a First Sunday in the month, except that Mattins will be at 10.30, Holy Communion at 11.30, to enable members of the congregation to attend the Meeting presided over by the Mayor at the Town Hall at 12.30.

I remain, Your faithful friend and Vicar

Wokingham St Sebastian

August 4th is the Anniversary of the Declaration of War. Falling as it does on a Sunday, it will give many, who would otherwise be prevented, the opportunity of meeting together in God’s House for worship, prayer and thanksgiving. Will you pray that God will help us to seize and make use of this chance which He is affording us.
The Services will be:-

7 a.m. Holy Communion.
11 a.m. Mattins.
11.45 a.m. Holy Communion.
6.30 p.m. Evensong.

Sulhamstead parish magazines, August and September 1918, and Burghfield, September 1918 (D/EX725/4); Earley St Peter parish magazine, July and August 1918 (D/P191/28A/25);
Reading Christ Church parish magazine, August 1918 (D/P170/28A/24);
Sunningdale parish magazine, September 1918 (D/P150B/28A/10); Wargrave parish magazine, August 1918 (D/P145/28A/31); Speenhamland parish magazine, August 1918 (D/P116B/28A/2); Reading St Mary parish magazine, August and September 1918 (D/P98/28A/13); Reading St Giles parish magazine, August 1918 (D/P96/28A/35); Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, August 1918 (D/P181/28A/27); Wokingham St Sebastian parish magazine, July 1918 (D/P154C/28A/1)

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