Loss just as the whole nation is rejoicing at the dawn of peace

Deaths just before the end were perhaps the most poignant.

We regret also having to report the death at sea of one of our old Senior Boys – Bert Crocker – the news of whose decease reached us on November 6th. It is doubly hard for the parents and other relatives to bear this loss just as the whole nation is rejoicing at the dawn of peace, but Mr and Mrs Crocker have been much assured of the prayers and kindest thoughts of their fellow members. Bert was a typical sailor, more fond of the sea than of almost anything else in life. We have thought much of him during the last years, which he has spent in the Royal Navy. We shall always remember his genial open face, and thank God that he knew what it was to live in the spirit of his Godly home. We do not forget her to whom he was so lately married, and pray that she and the others may be fully upheld.

Tilehurst Congregational Church section of Reading Broad Street Congregational Magazine, December 1918 (D/N11/12/1/1)

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