Furlough from duty in Italy

5th May 1919

Mrs Hewitt is absent, leave for some days being applied for during her husband’s furlough from duty in Italy.

George Palmer Boys’ School log book (89/SCH/8/1, p. 158)

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“Nowadays there is not much time for letter writing”

Reading women made clothes and bandages for wounded soldiers, while both ladies and gentlemen contributed to the cost of materials.

CARE AND COMFORTS WORKING PARTY

We acknowledge with many thanks the following donations: Miss Hewitt, 2s 6d; Mrs Morley, 5s; Mr Howard Allsop, 10s; Mr W R Cook, 10s; Mr H Pretty, £4 6s 3d (being one penny for each day of the war). The garments sent during the month are: 9 white shirts, 4 helpless shirts, 21 bags, 4 pairs slippers, 4 longtailed bandages, 28 face cloths. Total with those already acknowledged, 2.364.

Funds were getting very low, so a few letters were written to some of the gentlemen of our congregation who cannot be expected to sew themselves, inviting them to help us, but nowadays there is not much time for letter writing, so will some more of our men folk be so kind as to send us contributions. They may rest assured that the work is well done and much appreciated.

Reading St. John parish magazine, July 1917 (D/P172/28A/24)

Staffing difficulties

A Reading school was stretched to its limits, and offering only half day sessions due to lack of staff.

29th March 1917

Attended office to confer with the Chairman as to the practicality of trying ‘two sessions’ a day after Easter. Owing to ‘staffing’ difficulties the idea was dropped.

Mrs Hewitt absent, her husband, a wounded soldier, being home on leave before again joining his unit.

George Palmer Boys’ School, Reading: log book (89/SCH/8/1, p. 141)

Left on the doorstep

The Knowl Hill Church Lads’ Brigade were delighted with an anonymous gift of the bugles they wanted.

Knowl Hill

The School Managers have been very busy of late… There is still anxiety about the School Staff. We were sorry to lose the services of Miss Hewitt, who had to return to her school at Swallowfield. For a short time, until the epidemic of scarlet fever and measles necessitated the closing of the School, we had good assistance from a Miss White, a Teacher from Reading. We trust that we shall be blessed with a sufficient and efficient School Staff when the School re-opens. This re-opening is of course dependent on the epidemic. It is a great distress to us that Mrs. Butterworth has been attacked with the fever, through lovingly nursing her child. We hope that she will soon recover.

As Mr Butterworth is unable to send his usual report about the Church Lads’ Brigade he has asked that the following information be given.

The Church Parades and Classes have been well attended during the past month. The receipt of the needed two bugles has given much pleasure. One was left at the School House doorstep. The donors wish to be anonymous, but they are most heartily thanked.

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

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)

Splendid work for wounded soldiers

The women and girls of Reading St John continued to be active in supporting soldiers and sailors.

GIRLS’ CLUB COMPETITIONS…

The result of the Competitions is all the more gratifying as S. John’s Girls have been doing work in other directions all the winter; at Christmas time they sent out 20 hampers to some of our poorest neighbours, and 70 toys either made or mended. They have also made and sent to members of our Army and Navy, 3 nightshirts, 7 waist-coats, 12 pairs of long sailors’ stockings, 36 helmets, 17 pairs of socks, 16 scarves, 57 pairs of mittens. Mrs. Stuart Rickman or Arborfield Grange kindly provided all the wool for articles sent to the Navy, and another friend the wool for those sent to the Army. As many of the girls are continuing this work during the summer, there will soon be a further list of articles to the credit of the club.

CARE AND COMFORTS COMMITTEE.

Our Working Party for providing comforts for the wounded soldiers is doing splendid work. We are now in direct touch with the Military Hospital, and can be assured that we are working on the articles most needed at the moment., as Miss Homan has been appointed a member of the Sub-Committee which deals with this branch of the work. The following is the list of further subscriptions towards our fund for the purchase of materials.

Amount already acknowledged, £6. 0s. 6d; Anonymous, £1; St John’s Day Schools, 10/-; Miss Bell, 10/-; Mrs Dimbleby, 5/-; Mr John Eighteen, £2 2s 0d; Miss Hewitt, 2/6; Miss Green, 10/-; Mrs and Miss Cray, 3/-; Mrs Dauncey, 10/-; Mrs Arnold, 10/-; Miss B. Venner, 2/6; Nurse Bath, 2/6; The Misses Turquand, 10/-; Mrs Meaden, 10/-; Mrs Harrison Jones, 10/-; Miss Harrison Jones, 10/-; Mrs Beare, 5/-; Anonymous, 10/-; Mr Herbert Kingham, £1 1s 0d. Total £16 4s 0d. The £3 acknowledged last month as from Messrs Sutton should have read the Misses Sutton.

The following is the list of articles sent to the Red Cross Depot from our Working Party up to date:

hot water bottle bags, 38; locker cloths, 78; brush bags, 78; many-tailed bandages, 26; oddment bags, 21; anaesthetic pads, 34; pairs slippers, 45; pairs socks, 10; coloured pillow covers, 29; feather pillows, 3; nightshirts, 3; operating coat, 1; face cloths, 25; old linen. Total, 391.

EASTER CARDS

Replies have … been received from the following at the front: S. Pottinger, Albert Stevens, H. W. Fisher, G. King.

Reading St John parish magazine, June 1915 (D/P172/28A/23)