Ordinary men and boys who have paid the extraordinary personal price

A new London hospital helped badly injured soldiers.

Wounded Soldiers

Miss Sinclair sends the following description of the Manor Orthopaedic Hospital, North End Road, Hampstead, which is the scene of her new work:-

“This Hospital is for the after treatment of discharged men from the army. Any man who has been a soldier and who in the opinion of his own doctor, would benefit by special expert treatment, can come to it, recommended by his own doctor, through the Pension Board. Everything in the Hospital is done for the patients but no one is accepted whose case is hopeless.

The Hospital is just starting and is growing at a wonderful rate, but it cannot grow quickly enough and there is a long waiting list.

These men are in their own clothes, many of them shabby and poor. But they stand for England’s Liberty, for the Liberty of the world, if they had not come out at the first call where would we be today? Where would all our homes be? They are ordinary men and boys. But they have paid the extraordinary personal price, which we have not paid, and can only pay by looking after them, and teaching the children to remember what they owe to the wounded men.

We have to thank the Surgical Dressings Society for coming quickly to our aid and for sending us promptly many beautiful gifts, to help meet the growing necessities of the Hospital wards, where we have so little, the help is enormously appreciated, and most of the articles sent are already in use.

Wargrave men can be sent here for treatment, our patients come from everywhere”.

Wargrave parish magazine, September 1918 (D/P145/28A/31)

Children suffer from lack of teachers

Children at an Aldermaston school were suffering from a restricted curriculum now that teachers were away at war. Luckily the inspector made allowances:

23rd November 1916

In the upper division some of the children answered very nicely, and I expect the rest knew more than they were able to shew. Obviously this is the class that has suffered the most from the reduction in the staff, and I indicated to the Head Teacher how the syllabus might best be used under the existing circumstance.

Ashampstead C of E School log book (D/EX1493/1, p. 225)

A war hymn sung with expression

The inspector was struck by the children’s patriotic singing at Ashampstead Church of England School.

24th July 1915
The singing was nice, especially a war hymn which was sung with much expression.

Ashampstead CE School log book (D/EX1493/1, p. 212)