Sulhamstead and the wounded

News of new recruits and wounded men dominated the Sulhamstead parish magazine this month, as Sulhamstead House (now the Police Training College) joined the ranks of war hospitals.


Mr Norman Watson has been given a commission of Second Lieutenant in the Kings Royal Rifles.

Mr General Merton has gained his “wings” after many months of practice in flying and has been appointed a Second Flight Lieutenant.

The Recruiting Sergeant has been busy in Sulhamstead and in the neighbourhood. At the time of going to press it is stated that nine more recruits have been obtained in Sulhamstead.

We regret to hear that Lieutenant Grimshaw has been seriously wounded. Although a cavalry officer, he was serving in the trenches when he received his wounds from an explosion of shrapnel causing 18 wounds. He has been brought to Guy’s Hospital.

Robert East is also amongst the wounded, and is lying at the Hospital at Birmingham.

Lieut. Noel Carter was wounded in the trenches near Ypres some weeks ago, and was taken to the hospital at Fishmongers’ Hall, London. The Scouts will be glad to hear that he has recovered and is expecting to return to France.

Sir George and Lady Watson have opened their house as a Convalescent Hospital for the wounded. Fourteen wounded soldiers were sent from the Reading Base Hospital, of whom, ten had left at the time of writing, after more than a fortnight’s stay. They were very loth to leave as they had so thoroughly enjoyed their convalescent stage at Sulhamstead House.

Sulhamstead parish magazine, June 1915 (D/EX725/3)

Leather in the wound

Several of Florence Vansittart Neale’s family friends had been badly wounded.

She was, incidentally, wrong to believe that today was the Belgian King’s birthday; King Albert was born on 8 April 1875. Florence was confused by the fact that the day was a public holiday known as the King’s Feast Day, it being the feast day of the Catholic Saint Albert.

15 November 1914
Church. Funeral hymns & Dead March for Lord Roberts. Expected some Belgians but none came…

Church in evening. National Anthem. Birthday King of the Belgians.

Alick Mackenzie home wounded in foot. Toes off, some leather still in.

Charlie Jackson wounded in forearm. Colonel [Sercold?] at Guys wounded in thigh. Laid up 2 months.

Diary of Florence Vansittart Neale (D/EX73/3/17/8)