The wounded are mostly doing well

There was news for many Reading families.

The Vicar’s Notes
Intercessions

For God’s blessing on S. Mary’s Dedication Festival.
For all our fighting men (especially among the wounded), Charles Woodman (suffering from shell-shock), Alfred Stanbridge, and William Yellen.
For George Patrick Wickham Legg, who has just joined the Army.
For the fallen, especially Reginald Martin, one of the Bible class, killed by a sniper in France; Willie Healey (of Cherry Court), R.I.P.

Thanksgiving
For the granting of the Military Medal to Frederick Nunn (Hope Street)

S. Saviour’s District
Roll of Honour

The names of those from the district who have fallen in this War are now placed in the Church, on a framed roll kindly presented by Mrs Ward. Crucifix, brass candlesticks, vases for flowers, and all kind gifts, are placed with the roll of honour, on the prayer desk near the Chapel. John Warren Wells, one of the latest names, was killed on April 28th. He had been thrice wounded, and was granted the Military Cross posthumously.

Wounded

We regret to hear that George Jacobs has been obliged to have his left foot amputated. The operation fortunately seems to have been successful.

Among those recently wounded are Thomas Howarth, Albert William Shillingford, and Leonard Lee. We are glad to hear the wounded are mostly doing well.

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

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Songs of a patriotic and martial character

Wargrave children both entertained wounded soldiers and raised money for them.

The Children’s Concerts

The Concerts annually given by the Scholars of the Piggott Schools, took place on Friday, May 5th. There were large audiences, both in the afternoon and evening. At the afternoon performance, the Soldiers from the Hospital who were well enough to attend, were present. The spectacle of the united choruses, numbering about 75 children, who were massed on the platform when the curtain was raised, was a very pleasing one. The opening chorus “Welcome good people” was well received, and for two hours the young performers ably sustained their various parts: One item following another in quick succession. The recitations were very amusing and given with clear enunciation, the songs were lively and of a patriotic and martial character, while the dances were cleverly done by nine couples of the smaller children and sixteen of the elder girls, Mr. Healey very kindly officiated as accompanist.

After defraying expenses, the sum of seven guineas was sent to the Hospital for Wounded Soldiers, and a letter of thanks to the children was received from Mrs. Victor Rhodes, the Commandant.

Votes of thanks were proposed in the afternoon by the Vicar and in the evening by Mr. H. F. Nicholl, to Mr. Coleby and the Staff for the admirable work done in coaching the children. It was a delightful entertainment and must have entailed much devoted work from all concerned.

Wargrave parish magazine, June 1916 (D/P145/28A/31)