“They have quickly finished their service and laid down their young lives in the great cause”

Many Bracknell families had reason for concern.

We have to record, with very much regret, and with great sympathy with those who are bereaved, that the following have fallen in action.-

William Collinson Harry Wilkes
George Rance Harry Winter
George Morton

Most of these are very young, and they have quickly finished their service and laid down their young lives in the great cause.

We also greatly regret to learn that Vernon Taylor, son of our Station Master, has died of his wounds.

Amongst the missing is Henry Hayles.

Walter Blyth is reported to be a prisoner, as is Charles Smee, who was serving in General Townshend’s force in Mesopotamia.

Amongst the wounded is Reginald Taylor, another of Mr. Taylor’s sons, but we hope that his wound is comparatively slight.

Arthur Jenkins, who was missing, is now reported amongst the wounded, and a postcard has come from Fred Morgan who was reported missing to say that he is a prisoner in Germany.

Bracknell section of Winkfield District Magazine, September 1916 (D/P151/28A/8/9)

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Lieutenant Spencer in command

Sydney Spencer was still in training as he saw several fellow officers moving to face direct action.

Sept 21st
Battalion order 4. Following officers struck off strength to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force today.

Lt H W St George
Lt A L Shutes
Lt G H Shakespeare
Lt A C Blyth
Lt D F Harvey
2nd Lt T G Howell
2nd Lt Tebbutt
2nd Lt C E Durrant
2nd Lt C G S Russell
2nd Lt R R Plaistowe

Battalion order 6: A company in command Lt R G Cubitt, 2nd Lt Bagott, 2nd Lt R G Ferrier, 2nd Lt S Spencer

Diary of Sydney Spencer (D/EX801/12)