No more fighting and killing, and our sailors and soldiers soon to come back

Families anticipated the return home of their loved ones.


Donations received during the month: Mrs and Miss Heywood, 5/-; Mrs Baughan, 10/-. Articles made: 6 pyjama suits, 4 mufflers, 2 pairs of gloves, 2 pairs of cuffs, 10 face cloths, 20 treasure bags: total, 3.354 articles.


I should think that you all must nearly have forgotten where Princes Street Room is by this time, what with having the “flu”, being away from school, and hearing all about the end of the great war. Just think of it: no more fighting and killing, and our sailors and soldiers soon to come back. It won’t be very long now before you see your dad again, or your brother, or uncle, or whoever it may be. We always used to ask God in our meetings to stop the war and keep them safe – be sure and not forget to thank Him with all your heart, and don’t forget either to ask Him to comfort all those boys and girls who have not got any soldiers or sailors to come back because they have been killed….


Reading St John parish magazine, December 1918 (D/P172/28A/24)

More from the Care and Comforts Working Party

Women in Reading were continuing to make clothing and supplies for wounded soldiers.


We acknowledge with many thanks the following donations:
Mrs Baughan, 10/-; Miss L A Smith, 10/-; A Friend, 2/6; Anon, 5/-.

During the month 10 white shirts, 6 pairs of pants, 7 operating sheets, 1 pillow case, 3 pairs of slippers and 7 bags have been completed and sent to the depot.

Total already sent, 2.572.

Reading St. John parish magazine, December 1917 (D/P172/28A/24)

Baby Dardanella’s father joins up

One new recruit from Reading (a worker at Huntley & Palmer’s biscuit factory) decided to name his baby daughter Dardanella. This topical/patriotic choice was not unique – if you check freebmd, you’ll find that 17 little girls born in England (and eight in Wales) between 1915 and 1917 were given this first name. In fact little Miss Horne only had Dardanella as a middle name – her first name was Marjorie.

The work for our wounded soldiers goes steadily on, but owing to holidays we have not had quite so many meetings, or so large attendances. The following further subscriptions have been received: Mrs and Miss Cray, 5/-; Mrs Baughan, 10/-; Mrs Hamilton, 10/-; Mrs Murley, 10/-; and these additional items have been sent to the depot: night shirts, 12; bed-jackets, 3; dressing gown, 1; pairs bed-socks, 9; pillow-cases, 6; face-washers, 40; tray-cloths, 16; many-tailed bandage, 1, Total, with those already sent in, 807.

Amongst the latest to join His Majesty’s forces are A. W. Case and Edward Horne, both clerks in the factory and ‘pals’, who have just joined the Hampshire Regiment. Mr Horne leaves behind him a wife and little baby daughter who was baptised by the name of “Dardanella” the other day!

Reading St John parish magazine, September 1915 (D/P172/28A/24)