Good work with wounded soldiers will be appreciated

The Knowl Hill section of the Wargrave parish magazine reports that one female parishioner had joined the ranks of those nursing wounded soldiers. Meanwhile, the local school was struggling to find staff under war conditions.

We are much pleased to hear that Mrs. Firbank, who has been earnestly preparing for such work during several years, is now helping as Nurse at the Parkwood Home for Convalescent Soldiers. We believe her good work will be more and more highly appreciated.

In the June Magazine we expressed a hope that, in spite of difficulties through the war, we should for long have a settled and successful School Staff. At the last moment and in a very strange way Miss Messenger who had accepted the situation of an assistant, wrote to cancel her acceptance. The Berks Education Committee Secretary expressed displeasure at the way in which the School Managers had been treated. We are thankful that we are now receiving good help from Miss Hewitt, who has come as Supply Teacher, but she can only stay for a few weeks only.

Wargrave parish magazine, July 1915 (D/P145/28A/31)

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Making dressings for wounded soldiers

20 women in Wargrave set up a working party to manufacture dressings to treat wounded soldiers.

On April 27th, in connection with the Wargrave Emergency Surgical Dressings Society, a Branch was opened at the Working Men’s Club by Miss Sinclair; in the unavoidable absence of Miss Choate.

Mrs. Bulkeley has kindly consented to be President. The Working Committee consists of Mrs. W. Dulley, Mrs. Hawkins, Miss Lovett, Miss Oliver, Mrs. T. Whitbread, and Mrs. Wrigley.

At present there are about 20 members. Three boxes of dressings and linen for the wounded have been sent to Headquarters, at Wargrave, to be sterilised and sent to the Front.

Thanks are due to the Club Committee for the use of the room, to Mr. and Mrs. Wrigley for a Social, which realized £1 7s. in aid of the fund for materials; to Mrs. Bulkeley for materials for Respirators and a subscription, and to Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Barham, Mrs. Brunsden, Mrs. Dell, Mrs. Hawkins, Mrs. Marshall and Miss Maskell for linen; to Miss Sinclair for a subscription.

New Members will be gladly welcomed. The Meetings are on Thursdays, between 3 and 6.30 p.m.

Old Linen, Collars, etc. will be greatly appreciated.

M. Firbank, Hon. Secretary.
May 22nd, 1915.

Wargrave parish magazine, June 1915 (D/P145/28A/31)

Praiseworthy interest from a Red Cross class

18 villagers from Knowl Hill signed up to study first aid and basic nursing.

Knowl Hill Red Cross Class
This class consisting of some 18 Members is having a most successful run, and is now nearing the end of the first session, but it is hoped further courses will be taken.

The earlier classes were taken by Mr Butterworth until the Doctor of the class Dr. J. McCrea was able to come, and he gives his last lecture and demonstration on Wednesday, 24th, the examination being the 25th.

The interest among the members of the class is praiseworthy.

The individual practices were carried out on a separate time with the assistance of Miss Lovett, Mrs Firbank, (Secretary) Mr. Butterworth and members of Red Cross from Burchetts Green.

Wargrave parish magazine, April 1915 (D/P145/28A/31)

A Red Cross class graduates in Knowl Hill

Several residents of Knowl Hill studied first aid and basic healthcare in order to offer their services to the Volunteer Aid Detachments who supplemented fully trained nurses working with the wounded.

Knowl Hill Red Cross Class
We are pleased to announce that the result of the examination in connection with the above class has been very satisfactory.
Twelve members, out of the 15 entered, receiving certificates enabling them to become members of the Volunteer Aid Detachment and it is believed that some will make use of the same.

The Certificates were presented on Friday, the 16th, by Dr. and Mrs. McCrea. A surprise Whist Party and Presentation was held when several friends were present, including the Vicar. Several presentations took place from the members of the class. Mrs. Firbank was the recipient of a handbag, for work as a secretary, etc. and Mr. Butterworth a surgical haversack for work in connection with the class and bandaging, etc., and Mr. Rufey who did the extra cleaning, etc., free, with a walking stick. The members of the Burchetts Green Red Cross Society were thanked for their valuable assistance. In making presentations, Dr. McCrea spoke of the work done by various ones mentioned, which had relieved him considerably and hoped the class would continue.
Mrs. McCrea was presented with a bouquet at the commencement of proceedings.

The Vicar proposed, and Mrs. Firbank seconded, a vote of thanks to Dr. and Mrs. McCrea, to which the Doctor responded.

Wargrave parish magazine, May 1915 (D/P145/28A/31)

Red Cross training funds raised

The Red Cross class in Wargrave raised funds to keep going by playing cards.

On Thursday February 11th, a Whist Drive was held in connection with the Red Cross Society Class now being delighted with the arrangements made for them. The prize winners were Mrs. Baxter and Mr. Murkett, for the highest; Mrs. Prater and Mr. J. Brant, mystery number; and Mrs. Goodal and Mr. Roberts, for Bridge, respectively. The arrangements were carried out by a Committee of Class, including Mrs. Butterworth, Mrs. Firbank, Mrs Dulley, Mrs. Mead, Miss Lovell and Miss Oliver, and Mr. Butterworth, assisted by Mrs. A. Whitbread, Mr. Wrigley, and Mr. T. Whitbread. It is expected that the funds will be augmented by over £2. 10s. 0d.

Wargrave parish magazine, March 1915 (D/P145/28A/31)