Very fortunate to be able to go to the front

The vicar of Reading St Giles said he envied his fellow Reading clergyman T Guy Rogers, who had signed up as an Army chaplain. Incidentally, you may recognise one of the names on the wounded list – the heroic Fred Potts.

Notes from the Vicar

The following names should be added to those on our Intercession list:

Henry Charles Pyke, A.P.C.; F. Mathews, 5th Worcestershire Regt; France Scott Stokes, “H.M.S. Alastia”; Francis Lancelot Temple Friend, Canadian Contingent; Waller William Horlock, “H.M.S. Chatham”; J.C. Englefield, 21st R. Fusiliers; J. Gooding, 14th Glousters; S.J. Curtis, Inns of Court O.T.C.; F. Turner 6th North Staffords; Private Dwyer, 10th Warwicks

Wounded G. Brown, Sherwood Foresters; Trooper F. Potts and Trooper R. West

Missing – R. Ayers, Berks Yeomanry

TO THE LIST OF THE FALLEN
Percy Hamilton, Rifle Brigade; Norman Eady and Charles Butler, Berks Yeomanry ; Alan McKinley, Australian Field Artillery ; Horace Percival Cadman, R.W. Fusiliers. The Yeomanry and our 1/4th Batt. Royal Berkshire Reg. and the 7th and 8th Batt. are very much in are thoughts and prayers.

I am sure we shall not fail to remember in our prayers the Rev.T. Rogers who is resigning the living of S. John’s and going out within the next 2 weeks as Chaplain to the troops in France. He has realized the call and made the sacrifice. S. John’s will greatly miss him and so will the town of Reading where he has done great and useful work. Personally I will miss him, we have worked together in many ways (e.g. the Convention) and although we differed strongly on some point, yet we remained great friends, and I shall not easily forget very and happy (and very solemn) hours spent together.
He is very fortunate to be able to go to the front. God bless him in his work.

Reading St Giles parish magazine, October 1915 (D/P96/28A/32)

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Cutting down on cookery and handicraft lessons

Berkshire schools continued to be affected by the war, as the reports of the Education Committee’s sub-committees reveal.

Higher Education Sub-committee
BELGIAN CHILDREN
The Sub-committee have approved the admission of certain Belgian children into the County Secondary Schools without payment of fees. The Board of Education have informed the Government that these children need not be calculated in determining the number of free places to be awarded under S.20 of the Regulations.

School Management Sub-committee
TEACHERS ON MILITARY SERVICE
There are now 38 teachers from the Elementary Schools of the county on military service. The Sub-committee have learned with regret that Mr Berry, Assistant Master at Sunningdale School, has been killed in action…

SPECIAL SUBJECTS INSTRUCTION
Owing to the use of three of the Cookery and Handicraft Centres for hospital purposes, the Sub-committee have found it necessary to effect some re-arrangement of the work. As a result, they propose to terminate the engagement of one of the Cookery Teachers and do not propose to fill temporarily the post of one of the Handicraft Instructors who has joined HM Forces.

By-Laws and Attendance Sub-committee
SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE
Both of the Assistant School Medical Inspectors (G H Culverwell and L E Napier) have applied for and been granted leave of absence to join the RAMC for the period of the war.

The Sub-committee have authorised the Acting School Medical Officer [Dr Sisam] to engage temporary assistance for the examination of special cases and G R Lake, MRCS (Eng), LSA, of Burghfield, is being employed about two half-days per week.

Nurse Dwyer has applied for and been granted leave of absence, without salary, to take up military hospital work.

LABOUR CERTIFICATE EXAMINATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS
Since August 1914, 394 boys of 13 years of age have been granted Exemption Certificate under the By-laws for employment on farms; and in addition the Sub-committee have excused temporarily from attendance at school 154 boys over 12 years of age for agricultural employment owing to shortage of labour.

Reports of sub-committees to Berkshire Education Committee, 10 July 1915 (C/CL/C1/1/18)