A young man whose like we shall not see again

An Ascot man’s family were just too late to say goodbye to their fatally wounded loved one.

THE WAR.

With deep sorrow we have to announce the death, in a Hospital near Boulogne, of Corporal Arthur Thomas Neville Jones, Berks Regiment. He was dangerously wounded no Tuesday, May 16th. He passed away on the following Friday. His mother and elder sister were able to reach the Hospital in time for the funeral, but too late to see him before he fell asleep in Christ.

“Arthur” was very dear to a great many of us. Of a singularly holy life, one of the most zealous members of our Church Men’s Society, a regular attendant at its gatherings for “Bible Study,” an Altar Server, and foremost in everything that told for good in the Parish, he was a young man whom, humanly speaking, we could least afford to part with, and whose like we shall not see again.

A touching coincidence was a letter received from him by the Rector, which arrived the day after his body was laid to rest in France, at a beautifully-cared-for cemetery attached to the Hospital.

“I am sorry to say,” he writes, “that I do not get the chance of serving now, because the Chaplain that I served to went back ill… We had our Easter Eucharist in a cellar 30 feet under ground. All through it was very very crowded, but it was a very happy service. I had a rather close shave with a shell a few weeks back, but I am very thankful to say it only just splintered my hand: but I had to be invalided for it.”

How little he thought, as he wrote the words, that his summons to enter into his eternal Home was only a few hours distant. We commend his soul, in deep thankfulness and absolute faith, to the Master whom he served so faithfully and loved with his whole being.

R.I.P.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes to his mother and her other son (serving at the Front), and his two sisters.

Ascot section of Winkfield District Magazine, June 1916 (D/P151/28A/6)

A Boer War chaplain addresses soldiers

Men of the Auxiliary Service Corps stationed in Newbury in spring 1915 regarded St Nicolas’s Church as their home church.

For the last few Sundays we have had a Church Parade Service, for the men of the A.S.C. quartered in Newbury, on Sunday mornings at 9:30. On Sunday, March 14th, the address was given by the Rev. J.L. Greenfield, formerly Chaplain to the Forces, who wore his South African War Medal on his scarf.

Newbury parish magazine, April 1915 (D/P89/28A/13)

Exemplary behaviour of soldiers in Newbury

Newbury welcomed soldiers billeted in the town.

We ought not to forget at this time that the C.L.B. [Church Lads’ Brigade] has supplied from its old members over a thousand men to His Majesty’s Forces.

The Yeomanry have now left their encampment on the Race-Course, and have gone into billets in the town and neighbourhood, those in Newbury being the Worcestershires, the Red Cross, and A.S.C. We are glad to be able to testify to the exemplary behaviour of the men, during all the time they have been about here: and we are glad to know that the townspeople have behaved in a hospitable way towards them: it is the least that we can do for men who have sacrificed so much to fight our battles for us. Let us not forget to pray for them, both now and when they are called abroad. It has been splendid to see and hear the large body of men in uniform at the Sunday evening’s services.

Newbury st Nicolas parish magazine, November 1914 (D/P89/28A/13)