German PoW on the run “is alleged to have drawn a formidable looking dagger (which was afterwards discovered in a rick where the fugitives had been hiding”

Three Germans PoWs on the run were foiled by the brave actions of a Berkshire policeman and three Special Constables.

6 July 1918

CHIEF CONSTABLE

Lt-Col Poulton attended the Committee and stated that he had been absent from his Police work for three years, and he thought it was time he returned to such work; that his Army work was now so organized that it could be easily carried on by some other officer; and that he had now reached the age of 60; and suggested that the Secretary of State be asked to apply to the War Office for his relase from Army Service to enable him to resume his duties as Chief Constable of the County, as from 31 August, 1918.

Resolved:
That the Secretary of State be asked to make the application to the war Office as suggested.

Resolved also on the motion of the Chairman [J. Herbert Benyon] and seconded by Sir R. B. D. Acland, knight: That the very best thanks of the Committee be accorded to Col. Ricardo for services rendered as Acting Chief Constable.

Capture of three escaped German prisoners

The Acting Chief Constable has brought to the notice of the Sub-committee the action of PC 105 Reginald Jordan, stationed at Burghfield, and of Special Constables Webb, Holland and Hill, in effecting the capture of three Prisoners of War who had escaped from Bramley Camp on 24 April 1918.

PC Jordan challenged these men whom he met at Burghfield at midnight, and, finding they were foreigners, attempted to arrest them. After a struggle in which one of them is alleged to have drawn a formidable looking dagger (which was afterwards discovered in a rick where the fugitives had been hiding), the Germans succeeded in escaping, but were discovered and recaptured the following evening by PC Jordan – with the assistance of the Special Constables above-named, who had been working indefatigably all day in search of them.

The Military authorities sent £4.10s.0d as a reward, which was apportioned as follows: PC 105 Jordan, £2; Sergeant Taylor (who had also assisted) and the three Special Constables, 12s.6d each.

MOTOR CARS

The two motor cars which were so kindly placed at the disposal of the Superintendent at Maidenhead and Wokingham at the commencement of the war by the late Mr Erskine have now been returned to the present owner, Mrs Luard of Binfield Grove, and I beg to recommend that a letter expressing the gratitude of this Committee for the use of the cars, which have been of very great value to the Police, be sent to that lady.

I should also like to take this opportunity of referring to the loss sustained to the Force by the death of the late Marquis of Downshire, who, as a Special Constable from the commencement of the war, had kindly placed his valuable time and the use of his two cars (free of any charge) at the disposal of the Superintendent of the Wokingham Division, and by this means saved the County a great deal of expense.

I recommend that a letter be written to the present Marquis from this Committee, expressing regret at the death of his father, and its appreciation of his generous services.

The present Marquis of Downshire has very kindly placed his car at the disposal of the Superintendent at Wokingham on condition that the County keeps the car insured, [and] pays the licence duty and cost of running.

Berkshire County Council and Quarter Sessions: Standing Joint Committee minutes (C/CL/C2/1/5)

Advertisements

The Holy City so recently fallen into the keeping of Christian nations

Warfield parishioners were interested to learn more about Jerusalem.

THE SOCIAL EVENING on January 10th was a great success, well attended and equally well enjoyed, bearing that bond of good fellowship for which such evenings are held. The early portion was filled with games for the younger ones, the central portion was an exhibition of lantern slides of Jerusalem, the Holy City so recently fallen into the keeping of Christian nations. Those present were very grateful to the Rev. J. W. Macnam, of Binfield, for so kindly explaining the pictures, which made them so much more real.

Warfield section of Winkfield and Warfield Magazine, February 1918 (D/P 151/28A/10)

War charities registered

The County Council’s War Charities Sub-committee had been busy registering local war charities, ranging from bandage making to Christmas gifts for the armed forces.

REGISTRATIONS

Since the last report to the Council the following applications for registration under the War Charities Act, 1916, have been approved, and the Clerk has been instructed to issue certificates and to notify the Charity Commissioners:

No of Cert. Name of Charity Applicant

21 Bracknell War Work Depot (Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild) Mrs Littlewood, Hillside, Bracknell

22 Hanney Xmas Tree Fund for men serving HM Forces H. Leslie Edwards, schoolmaster, Hanney

23 Bracknell Xmas Parcels Fund Canon H. Barnett, Bracknell Vicarage

24 Bradfield District of Berkshire Branch of British Red Cross Society C J Haviland, Mead House, Bradfield

25 Bracknell Oaklea Auxiliary Hospital Mrs L A Berwick, Sunny Rise, Bracknell

26 Crowthorne Waste Paper Collection of War Charities Miss H M M Moody, Ferndene, Crowthorne

27 Wargrave Woodclyffe Auxiliary Hospital W. Ryder, The Little House, Wargrave

28 Wokingham Work Guild Mrs H M Lomax, Frog Hall, Wokingham

29 South Easthampstead District of Berkshire Branch of British Red Cross Society Miss E Monck, Aldworth, Crowthorne

30 Heatherside Auxiliary Military Hospital Miss E Monck, Aldworth, Crowthorne

31 Finchampstead Belgian Refugees S F Smithson, The Old Rectory, Finchampstead

32 Maidenhead Rural North Branch of British Red Cross Society Mrs Carpendale, Pinkneys Green

33 Hungerford Sailors and Soldiers Xmas Parcel Fund E C Townshend, Willows Close, Hungerford

34 Finchampstead Hospital Supply Depot Miss L M Hopkinson, Wyse Hill, Finchampstead

35 Bourton War Hospital Supply Depot Mrs W H Ames, Church Farm House, Bourton

36 Hungerford District of Berkshire Branch of British Red Cross Society A S Gladstone, JP, Wallingtons, Hungerford

37 The VAD Red Cross Hospital, Hungerford A S Gladstone, JP, Wallingtons, Hungerford

38 The VAD Red Cross Hospital, Barton Court, Kintbury A S Gladstone, JP, Wallingtons, Hungerford

39 Twyford and Ruscombe War Committee Rev. R W H Acworth, Twyford Vicarage

40 Sonning and Woodley Surgical Requisites Association Mrs C Christie Miller, The Deanery, Sonning

41 Mortimer VAD Hospital Miss F M Wyld, Highbury, Mortimer

42 Waltham St Lawrence Prisoners of War Fund Claude M Warren, Old School House, Shurlock Row

43 Wokingham South Rural District of Berkshire Branch of British Red Cross Society Mrs A M Western, The Coppice, Finchamapstead

44 Registered in error – subsequently cancelled

45 Ascot Military Hospital Miss Nora Collie, Ascot Military Hospital

46 Wantage District of Berkshire Branch of British Red Cross Society Miss Gertrude Elliott, Ginge Manor, Wantage

47 Binfield Popeswood Auxiliary Hospital Henry E A Wiggett, White Lodge, Binfield

48 Spencers Wood Local Red Cross Fund Rev. F T Lewarne, Spencers Wood, Reading

49 Faringdon District of Berkshire Branch of British Red Cross Society Henry Procter, Gravel Walk, Faringdon

EXEMPTION CERTIFICATES (to 7 January, 1917, only)

2 Burghfield Sailors and Soldiers Xmas Parcel Fund H G Willink, JP, Hillfields, Burghfield

3 East Challow Xmas Presents Concert Fund Miss E B Vince, Manor Farm, East Challow

4 Kintbury Xmas Presents Fund Mrs Alice G Mahon, Barton Holt, Kintbury

Report of War Charities Sub-committee of BCC, 20 January 1917 C/CL/C1/1/20)

War bonus for a Binfield nurse

Nurses got a pay rise in Binfield.

At a meeting of the executive committee held in the parish room on Wednesday Oct 31st 1916 …

The minutes were read and signed. It was thought advisable to give Nurse Ryley a War bonus of £5.00. Proposed by Mrs Williams and seconded by Miss Knipe, that it be recommended to the quarterly committee.

Mrs Gibson represented a family who thought they ought not to pay 4/- as their earnings were much more than last year. It was decided not to alter the rules.

General Committee Minutes of Binfield District Nursing Association (D/QNA/BI1/5)

People must put up with the varied trouble which arose out of the war

Medical services at home were disrupted by the loss of doctors who had gone to treat wounded soldiers.

At a meeting of the executive committee held in the parish room on Tuesday May 2nd 1916 …

Mrs Minchirn asked if any difference was to be made for non subscribers who owing to Dr. Courtney’s absence at the War were obliged to have Nurse.

The Rector said he considered all parishioners could and should subscribe, the subscriptions were so small. The difficulties with regard to medical assistance were only some of the varied trouble which arose out of the war and people must try to put up with them. This subject however had perhaps better come up later on when one saw how it all worked.

Agreed.

General Committee Minutes of Binfield District Nursing Association (D/QNA/BI1/5)

It is hoped that everyone who wishes, may be able to assist

The many groups of women offering their sewing skills to support the war effort were becoming more tightly organised.

BERKSHIRE COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTARY WORK ORGANISATION (Approved by the War Office.)

The County has been divided up into eleven districts to assist the War Office to carry out their scheme of organising voluntary effort for the supply of garments, etc. for the Troops, and Hospital requisites for the sick and wounded.

The Lady Haversham has undertaken to organise the Easthampstead District, consisting of the parishes of Easthampstead, Warfield, Winkfield and Cranbourne, Binfield, Sandhurst, Crowthorne and Ascot.

Mrs. Ferard has been appointed the head of the group comprising Winkfield, Cranbourne and part of Ascot.

To carry out the scheme effectually, weekly working parties have been organised at Winkfield Manor, also by Mrs. Asher at Ascot Place, and by Mrs. Burdekin at the Sunday School, Cranbourne. In this way it is hoped that everyone who wishes, may be able to assist.

Badges will be granted to workers, who, for not less than three months have been actively engaged in work under the scheme.

From time to time the War Office sends to the Red Cross Depôt at Reading, lists of the things required, which lists are circulated by Lady Haversham among the different working parties.

As to the cost of the material; this has to be provided out of private donations; sums, however small, will be most gratefully received by Mrs. Ferard and by Mrs. Burdekin.

Winkfield District Monthly Magazine, March 1916 (D/P151/28A/8/3)

A masque for Serbian relief

An enterprising drama teacher put on a performance in aid of our suffering Serbian allies. To get an idea of the evening, here is the script of The Masque of the Two Strangers.

THE TOWN HALL, READING

MISS MARY HAY, A.L.A.M. ELOCUTION, ASSISTED BY HER PUPILS, Has much pleasure in announcing Two Dramatic Recitals of the “Masque of the Two Strangers” (by kind permission of Lady Alix Egerton), And Scenes found on incidents in Dante’s “Vita Nuova”, On Wednesday, October 20th, 1915 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., IN AID OF THE SERBIAN RELIEF FUND,
And under the distinguished patronage of

The Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire and Mrs Benyon,
His Worship the Mayor of Reading
His Excellency Monsieur Creddo Miyatovich (Serbian Minister)
Mr. Henry Ainley
Lady Armstrong
The Rev. and Mrs Beloe
Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Benson
Mr. Acton Bond
The Principal of University College, Reading and Mrs. Childs
Mr. John L. Child
The Ven. Archdeacon of Berkshire and Mrs. Ducat
Mr. and Mrs. C. I. Evans
Mrs. Downing Fullerton
Countess Gurowska
Viscountess Hambleden
Miss Holmes
Miss Knighton
The Misses Lacy
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Mackenzie
Lady Makins
Mrs. W. A. Mount
Mrs. Murdoch
Miss Musson
Mrs. G. W. Palmer
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Palmer
Miss Prebble
Mr. and Mrs. Rannie
Lord and Lady Reading
Mr. F. G. T. Rowecroft
The Rev. Gore Skipwith and Mrs. Skipwith
Mr. W. Stewart
Mrs. Tyser
Lady Wantage
Mrs. Waring
Miss White
Mrs. Leslie Wilson.

Doors open at 2.30 and 7.30 P.M.

Tickets: Afternoon Sofa Stalls, 4- Reserved Seats, 3/- Admission 2/-
Evening Sofa Stalls, 3/- Reserved Seats, 2/- Admission 1/-
Special Terms to Schools.

Box Office : – Attwells, Binfield & Co., 162 & 163 Friar Street, Reading. Telephone No. 11 .

Programme for recitals at Town Hall in Aid of Serbian Relief Fund, 1915 (D/EX1734/1)

Nursing Belgian refugees

The district nurse employed in the Binfield area wanted to help with sick refugees.

11th October 1915
Proposed by Lady Mary Bevan, seconded by Mrs. Gibson, that nurse be permitted to nurse the Belgian refugees after a 3 weeks quarantine on their part if her duties allow her so doing.

General Committee Minutes of Binfield District Nursing Association (D/QNA/BI1/2)

All must help in war time, and none are too young

The people of Bracknell were sending photographs of home to loved ones at the front, while those at Cranbourne were urged to save money by giving children home made jam instead of treacle.

BRACKNELL

SNAPSHOTS

The Y.M.C.A. have a scheme on hand to cheer our gallant Soldiers and Sailors on active service. It is not money they ask for, only snapshots for our men, pictures of their little children, dear friends and relations. Helpers are wanted and wanted at once, so anyone with a camera who is willing to assist should at once communicate with Mrs. Vlasto, Binfield Park, who is Secretary for this district.

Many brave men have gone from this neighbourhood and their relations and friends are invited to write to Mrs. Vlasto, who will then arrange with as little delay as possible for photographs to be taken and forwarded. We know what a joy these pictures of home will be to our men.

CRANBOURNE

The voluntary enumerators for Cranbourne in connection with the making of the National Register were Mr. L. Creasy, Mr. R. Martin, Mr. Maxwell Williams.

We print below the rest of Mrs. Smith’s letter.

As for jam, the little ones need it. Make what you can at home. It is a lot of bother, and is cheaper, but good. Mrs. Dash will lend her preserving pan all along the road, now that it is war time. If you eat the jam quick as it is made, you may skimp the sugar. Boil the fruit till tender. Then add the sugar, and boil short and sharp. If it boils till it begins to brown, that shows it is wasting away.

Treacle pleases most children, but that gain comes from foreign parts, I fancy. Make the children save their half-pence, too. This sounds rather strict, but once taught to save, they are proud of it, and they learn to say “no” to temptation, which is half the battle of life. All must help in war time, and none are too young. Save the odds and ends, pieces of paper and string, jam glasses, old tins, pins, corks. It is true I am afraid that we are a wasteful nation, so let us try and learn our lesson during what will be for ever known as “the great war.”

I am forgetting the tea. Our tea is now so dear, and may be much dearer. When you only want one cup, or a cup for yourself and a friend, at odd times, use a penny strainer. Stand it over the cup, with a pinch of tea, and pour the water very slowly through it. It will taste alright and save half the tea. Cold tea with no milk, very weak, and if you can manage it, a squeeze of lemon, makes a refreshing drink. One of Queen Victoria’s doctors told me of this, to use in sickness or health. You could make this from the tea leaves, and still have them to sweep with. Now I must conclude, from your sincere friend and well-wisher.

MRS. SMITH.

WINKFIELD

Our Choir men have again unselfishly foregone their excursion this year in order that the burden on Church expenses may be lessened and enable more offertories to be given to War funds, and also that each of their brother members at the Front might receive a special present and token of remembrance.


Winkfield District Magazine, September 1915 (D/P151/28A/7/9)

Belgians mow and reap the hay

As Warfield men went to war, Belgian refugees helped to take on some of the work at home.

C.E.M.S.

Mr. Hammond, Junr., Secretary of the Wokingham Federation, was the recipient of a silver tray from the members of the branches in the Federation, on the occasion of his marriage on June 12th, and also of his resignation as Secretary, has now got a commission in the New Army. His place has been taken, at any rate for the present, by Mr. C. Jones, Moor Cottage, Binfield. Warfield was represented at the Slough Conference of the C.E.M.S. by the Vicar (Branch President), Mr. Brockbank (Branch Secretary), and Mr. H. Parks (Delegate of the Branch). We were very sorry that our other Delegate, Sir William Herschel, was unavoidably prevented from attending.

Some of our own Branch have been very helpful in a practical way, coming in the evening to mow and reap the hay in the Churchyard. Our biggest thanks are due to Messrs. G. Higgs, G. Lewis, H. Parks, Probyn, and B. Peat, also to the other non-members, L. Bristow, Chaney, Dyer, J. Lewis, our Belgian Guests Messrs. Taes and van der Voorde, also to Mrs. Thackeray and Mrs. Parks for their assistance.

Warfield section of Winkfield District Magazine, July 1915 (D/P151/28A/7/5)

A general unsettled feeling in consequence of the war

The Church of England Men’s Society was affected by the war, with increasing numbers leaving for the armed forces.

C.E.M.S.

There was a meeting of the Delegates of the Wokingham Federation at Montague House, Wokingham, at 7.15 on May 20th. Mr C.H. Jones, of Moor Cottage, Binfield, was elected Secretary in place of Captain Hammond, who is shortly starting at the Front. There was a general admission on the part of all the parishes that the C.E.M.S. work had got very slack since the war began, and it was felt that it was in part due to the cancelling of the annual Federation meeting at the end of last year, as well as the general unsettled feeling in consequence of the war. Mr. Jones pointed out that as a matter of fact it was indeed time for the C.E.M.S. as a whole to be alert and active, as never would men’s minds be so receptive of the things of Christ as they are now and will be at the end of the war. The Rector of Wokingham asked us all to make the re-awakening of our Federation a very real matter for earnest individual prayer. The Vicar of Warfield, who is President of the Federation this year, opened and closed the meeting with prayer. Warfield as usual was fully represented by the Secretary and two delegates (Messrs. Brockbank, Johnstone and G. Higgs).

Warfield section of Winkfield District Magazine, June 1915 (D/P151/28A/17/6)

No evidence that distress caused by the war

The Berkshire branch of the National Relief Fund met again on 23 March to consider cases of distress due to the war. They tended to be suspicious of claimants, and perhaps it is no surprise that they didn’t bother to meet for another two months.

23 March 1915

Applications for relief were considered from:
W Russell, Woodley. Resolved that no grant be given as no evidence was given that the applicant was in distress owing to the war.

Mills, Kintbury. A letter from Colonel Willes was read with regard to this case. resolved that upon the information before the Committee, the applicant’s distress was not caused by the war, & therefore no grant be made.

Gunn, Binfield. Resolved that a grant of 10/- a week for the period of one month beginning March 22nd be made. The secretary was instructed to intimate to the local secretary that the Committee trusted a further grant would not be necessary.

Cole. The assistant secretary reported that the Maidenhead Sec. had written saying Cole had disappeared from the town.

George. Also that the Vice Chairman had authorized a grant of 12/6 per week for four weeks beginning March 13th on behalf of D J George of Maidenhead. The Committee confirmed such grant.

National Relief Fund Berkshire Committee minutes (C/CL/C6/4/1)

Disabled soldiers will get pensions, so shouldn’t need extra help

The Berkshire branch of the National Relief Fund met to consider various needy cases resulting – or allegedly resulting – from the war:

9 March 1915
The Ass. Sec. reported that John Nobes of E Hanney had obtained an Army Pension, & therefore no longer required assistance from the NRF, nor had the grant made for him at last meeting been given on his behalf.

It was further reported that a letter from Mr Mount, MP, had been received, in which the following passage occurred. “Every soldier who is discharged for disability due to military service & whose disability interferes with his capacity for earning a living is eligible for Pension under the regulations”, & Mr Mount stated that this was the official reply of the War Office to his question on the subject of men invalided from the New Army.

Applications for relief were considered from
Russell of Woodley, Wokingham RDC, Taylor & Capell, Windsor RDC, each of which was adjourned for further enquiry.
Mills of Kintbury. Resolved that upon the information supplied the Committee did not consider the applicant suitable for relief from the N R Fund but that the secretary should make further enquiry into the conditions by communicating with Colonel Willes.
Tyrrell, Abingdon Borough. The Chairman reported that he had authorized a grant of 5/- a week for four weeks beginning Feb 24th to the applicant. The Committee confirmed this grant.
Gunn, Binfield, Easthampstead RDC. A grant of 10/- a week for two weeks was made to applicant, the secretary being instructed to ask the local Hon. Sec. for a report upon the case from the Local Sub-committee of the NRF.
Cole, Maidenhead Borough. Resolved upon the information given the applicant, being an invalided soldier, was not a suitable case for this Fund. The Secretary was instructed to draw the attention of the local Hon. Sec. to the statement in Mr Mount’s letter (as above quoted) regarding the claim of disabled soldiers for a pension, & also to inform him that it is possible for a recommendation to be given by the Army authorities to local National Insurance authorities by which a disabled tuberculous soldier may obtain tuberculosis treatment.
George, Maidenhead Borough. The Chairman reported that he had authorized a grant of a sum not exceeding £2 on behalf of the applicant, should the local Committee consider the case one of urgent necessity. The Committee confirmed such grant.
Allen, Cookham RDC. Resolved that the applicant was a case for Poor Law relief & not for the Nat. Relief Fund.
Bailey, Cookham RDC. Resolved that as the information produced shewed no evidence that the applicant was in distress owing to the war, no grant be made on her behalf.
Ashford, Cookham RDC. Resolved that a grant of 6/- per week for one month beginning March 8th be made.
White, Shinfield. Resolved that as the information upon this case shewed a difference of opinion between the officer & local Committee of the Old Age Pensions as to the suitability of the applicant for relief, no grant be made from the Nat. Relief Fund until such divergence of views cease.

National Relief Fund Berkshire Committee minutes (C/CL/C6/4/1)

The Buffs brighten up Bracknell

The 5th battalion of the “Buffs” (the nickname for the East Kent Regiment) was a Territorial Army unit.

The 5th Buffs have been billeted for three weeks in Bracknell, Easthampstead and Binfield. They arrived on January 6th, and expect to move away on the 28th. It is pleasant to be able to say that their departure will be views with universal regret by the people of Bracknell. We have been brightened up by their visit and interested in what we have seen of their work. On each Sunday there has been a Church parade at 9.45, and afterwards the men, headed by their excellent band, have marched around the town. A good many of the men have also attended the Sunday evening Service, and a few have been singing in choir. The Victoria Hall has been open every day as a Soldiers’ Club and Recreation Room where the Soldiers could sit and read papers and play games. On Saturday, January 23rd, a short entertainment was arranged. Mrs. Arthur Lawrence recited and Mrs. Cowman and Miss M. Lawrence sang, and the Band, and Bandsman Head, a most excellent singer, helped to make up the programme. An entertainment, kindly provided by Mrs. Sheppee, on Tuesday and Wednesday night, will complete the work for the Buffs. The Workmen’s Club has also been thrown open for the use of the soldiers and has been much appreciated. A large number of stewards have attended every night at the Victoria Hall and done their best to make the soldiers comfortable.

Bracknell section of Winkfield District Magazine, February 1915 (D/P151/28A/7/2)

No need for Workrooms for Women – but yes please to 2000 Christmas gifts for soldiers’ children

The Berkshire Committee of the National Relief Fund met at Shire Hall on 15 December 1914.

Reports from Abingdon, Wokingham & Wallingford RDC were read to the effect that no special unemployment existed in their respective areas.

A report from various Districts upon Workrooms for Women was read, shewing that no such workrooms had been opened, nor was there need for them.

Applications for relief were considered.
Hellyer, Windsor. Case considered on Nov 24th ult. Mr Gardner undertook to see the landlord’s agent & make an arrangement regarding payment of arrears of rent; also to pay a sum of 28/- representing rent of 7/- per week for the four weeks ending Dec 12/14.
Cox, Windsor. Resolved that a grant of 2.0.0. be made as representing 10/- per week for four weeks, & that the Windsor Committee be asked to furnish particulars of applicant’s former wages in case of renewal of application.
Cole, Wargrave. A grant of £1 was made.
Ottley, Easthampstead. Resolved that a grant of 10/- be made. The secretary was instructed to ask the local Committee to furnish further proof that the applicant’s unemployment was due to the war if another demand for relief were made.
Gunn, Binfield. The case was referred back to the local Committee for further enquiroes.
Nobes, East Hanney. Resolved that a grant of 10/- per week for the four weeks ending January 9th be made.
Bourvalet, East Challow. Resolved that a grant of 5/6 per week for four weeks ending December 26th be made. The secretary was instructed to convey to the local Committee the information that the Committee would be prepared to consider a renewal of the grant should the local Committee make a satisfactory report at the expiration of the four weeks.

The “American Xmas Gifts of Children” were considered. Mr Wright read a letter he had sent to the Local Gov Board asking for a consignment of 2,000 gifts & a letter he proposed to send to District Committees. Both letters were approved by the Committee.

The Chairman reported that Shepherd of Abingdon had written saying his carpet factory was likely to close down, & that he had interviewed Mr Shepherd & endeavoured to put him into touch with wholesale buyers.

National Relief Fund Berkshire Committee minutes (C/CL/C6/4/1)