A brave man’s death for his King and Country

A bellringer at St Andrew’s Church, Clewer, was the latest to be reported killed.

In Memoriam: Henry Wetherall. R.I.P.

We desire to express our heartfelt sympathy with Mrs. Wetherall, who has lost her husband at the Front. Henry Wetherall was one of our Bellringers, and we could ill afford to lose him.

The Chaplain has written: –

“Your husband was killed in his dug-out by a shell. I know what a blow this will be to you, but I pray that God may show you that even in this ‘all things work together for good to those who love Him.’ You have the pride and the joy of knowing that he died a brave man’s death for his King and Country. I buried him on September 8, in the little village of Boeringhe, in Belgium, in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to Eternal Life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. He was buried alongside of some of his Comrades, and the Police, to whom he belonged, have erected a Cross over his grave. May God comfort and bless you in your great need.

F. W. HEAD, Chaplain of the Guards Division.

Clewer parish magazine, October 1917 (D/P39/28A/9)

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Special services for soldiers in Winkfield

The Royal West Kent Regiment had been stationed in Winkfield for a couple of months.

The 4th West Kent Regiment have now left the neighbourhood, and the four Companies that during the last nine Sundays have been attending our Church at 9.40 for Church parade, were addressed by their Chaplain on their last Sunday here, January 24th.

We were very glad to hold these special services for the men, whose behaviour was always excellent, and our thanks are due to the Sidesmen and other gentlemen who helped in the necessary arrangements. Special thanks must be given to Mr. Clayton who at a good deal of inconvenience bicycled over very early to take the organ, to Mr. Wetherall who undertook the work of organ blower at every service, and to Mr. Head who regularly at the close of each service collected and put away the special hymn books used by the men.

Winkfield section of Winkfield District Magazine, February 1915 (D/P151/28A/7/2)

The Buffs brighten up Bracknell

The 5th battalion of the “Buffs” (the nickname for the East Kent Regiment) was a Territorial Army unit.

The 5th Buffs have been billeted for three weeks in Bracknell, Easthampstead and Binfield. They arrived on January 6th, and expect to move away on the 28th. It is pleasant to be able to say that their departure will be views with universal regret by the people of Bracknell. We have been brightened up by their visit and interested in what we have seen of their work. On each Sunday there has been a Church parade at 9.45, and afterwards the men, headed by their excellent band, have marched around the town. A good many of the men have also attended the Sunday evening Service, and a few have been singing in choir. The Victoria Hall has been open every day as a Soldiers’ Club and Recreation Room where the Soldiers could sit and read papers and play games. On Saturday, January 23rd, a short entertainment was arranged. Mrs. Arthur Lawrence recited and Mrs. Cowman and Miss M. Lawrence sang, and the Band, and Bandsman Head, a most excellent singer, helped to make up the programme. An entertainment, kindly provided by Mrs. Sheppee, on Tuesday and Wednesday night, will complete the work for the Buffs. The Workmen’s Club has also been thrown open for the use of the soldiers and has been much appreciated. A large number of stewards have attended every night at the Victoria Hall and done their best to make the soldiers comfortable.

Bracknell section of Winkfield District Magazine, February 1915 (D/P151/28A/7/2)