A war bonus for a nurse at home

There was trouble when a local nurse was dissatisfied with her pay and conditions, as the cost of living soared.

March 6th, 1917

Nurse had sent a letter of resignation since the last meeting, owing to being refused a weekend holiday or one night’s absence of the District during her attendance at a midwifery case, by Mrs Christie-Miller and Mrs Crawford acting on behalf of the Committee. Mrs Crawford had seen nurse privately and had asked her to withdraw her resignation, promising to persuade the Committee to do what they could for her in the way of weekends and in giving her if possible a further ‘war bonus’ or increase of salary: The Committee agreed to allow nurse to go away for Easter ie April 5th – 12th provided that Miss Skinner could send a nurse (midwife) to take charge of the District during that time. The Committee entirely supported Mrs Christie-Miller and Mrs Crawford in their refusal to allow nurse to be away from the District during a Midwifery case….

The Committee agreed to give nurse a war bonus of £1 to cover the remainder of the financial year.

Sonning and Woodley District Nursing Association Minutes (D/QNA/SO1/2)

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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)

Nurse Belgians and soldiers without charge

The Sonning and Woodley nurse who had volunteered to nurse wounded soldiers found that her own health wasn’t up to it. That was quite lucky for her normal employer. Nursing associations provided nursing care to local people in their own homes, and was a paid service with charitable status. Offering free care to servicemen and refugees was an unusual and patriotic step.

Thursday November 5th, 1914

Mrs Vaughan Williams had most kindly paid for 3 weeks and Mrs Drury Lavise for the 4th week of Nurse Bell’s services, thus saving the association all expenses, for which the very grateful thanks of the Committee were expressed. Nurse Mitchell had arrived on Tuesday October 6th and had taken charge of the District and had worked well. Nurse Andrews had broken down in health at the Military Hospital and had been released and had gone to her own home to recover, but after a rest had written to say she could return to tale up her District work again on Thursday November 3rd. Nurse Mitchell left on the morning of that day. The Committee were very glad to welcome her back….

It was proposed by Mrs Christie Miller and seconded by Miss Deare that any Belgians or Soldiers and Sailors in either Sonning or Woodley should be nursed free.

Sonning and Woodley District Nursing Association minutes (D/QNA/SO1/1)