So far recovered from the effects of being gassed, a soldier gets married

There was sad news for many Reading families, but one soldier, home after the nasty experience of being gassed, decided to marry his sweetheart.

The Vicar’s Notes

For our Russian allies in their time of need.

For our own fighting men, and especially for our lads who have just joined the army, particularly Charles Upstone.

For the wounded, especially Percy Viner.

For the fallen, especially Thomas Murray, William Eaton, Albert Ford, George Lawrence, Frederick Lewis. R.I.P.

S. Saviour’s District

The brass tablet placed in the Church by Miss Ward, and the new Epistle and Gospel lights for the sanctuary, presented by Mrs Ward and Miss Ward, are in memory of the late Evelyn Paget Graves, Major R.A. and R.F.C.

Albert Edward Barnet and Albert Edward Turner are reported killed in France. Our sincere sympathy is with the bereaved families.

Our best wishes to Alfred James White (Corporal R.G.A.) and Miss Nellie Allwood, who were married at S. Mary’s on September 1st. We are glad that Corporal White has so far recovered from the effects of being gassed in France.

S. Mark’s district

It was with great sorrow that we heard that one of our servers, Leonard Pusey, had been killed in France on August 22nd. He had been a server at S. Mark’s for about 7 years and he always took a keen interest in all that was done in connection with the Church; he will be much missed – we offer our sincere sympathy to his wife.

Reading St Mary parish magazine, October 1917 (D/P98/28A/15)

An expert airman is an inspiration

Evelyn Paget Graves (1890-1917) was one of the pioneers of the Royal Flying Corps. Born in India, he was educated in Sussex and had spent some time as a teenager in Germany. His family home was in Coley Avenue, Reading – the same street where the Record Office is today.


Evelyn Paget Graves gave his life for his country on March 6th. He had rapidly become an expert airman, and though he was only 26 years of age, had reached the rank of Major and Squadron Commander. He is a great loss to the Air service, but those who knew him speak confidently of the inspiration which his example has been, and will still be, to all with whom he had to do.

Our deep sympathy is with his family, and with Mrs. Ward, whose grandson he was, and with Miss, for many at S. Saviours will remember him from his childhood. There was a Requiem Celebration of the Holy Communion for him on March 14th, at S. Saviour’s.

Reading St Mary parish magazine, April 1917 (D/P98/28A/15)