“He has had one of his legs amputated, but is going on well”

Several Bracknell men had been killed or very badly injured.

We have to record the death of three Bracknell men who were on active service.

Sapper Alfred Brant, R.E., was killed on 1st December, 1917. His officer wrote that he was killed instantanously, and said that he had rendered very valuable service and had just been nominated as an N.C.O.

Private Henry Fletcher was in the Royal Berks; he died of fever at Salonika on January 1st.

Corporal A.F. Davis, 2/4 Royal Berks, was killed on January 20th. His mother has received a letter from the Chaplain who buried him, in which he says that he was a very fine soldier and very popular with all. Before the war he was a policeman in the Berks Constabulary.

Trooper Richard Legge, Berks Yeomanry is reported missing since 27th November. He was serving in Palestine.

Sergt. F. Mutlow, R. Scots Fusiliers, was seriously wounded on December 14th. He has had one of his legs amputated, but is going on well, and is in hospital at Liverpool.

Bracknell section of Winkfield and Warfield Magazine, February 1918 (D/P 151/28A/10)

One dare not let one’s mind rest on the conditions

Lady Mary Glyn paid close attention to the news, especially as it might affect her beloved soldier son Ralph.

Sept 8th [1915]
[Highcliffe, Hampshire]

My own darling Scraps

I watch the news, and read all I can. The Scotsman shares with the Daily Telegraph the letters from Ashmead Bartlett, but yours gives the vivid sense of the vision of it, the very sound of it, and the conditions on which one dare not let one’s mind rest, since one has not the distraction of active duty or the power to do service in that field, but I often wish I could be a vivandiere and carry food and drink and bring it to your post wherever it might be! Yes, I know “man is immortal till his work is done” – and I know your work is not done, and I try to say my prayers just in the simple words of the “Paternoster” [Our Father]…

I hope with Maysie to make out how we can replenish your stores of little comforts and to have some scheme of regular supplies, and have the joy of their sending. Only I hope that your DMO will soon require you for the other work?… I hear Willie has gone out to your part… and after the shock of loss in Captain Legge’s death it will comfort him to have such work to do.

I try to think of all you say of the interest; the immense scope for all your powers; your way through this most awful experience to the heights of service none have done without going through some such furnace. But my darling I try so hard not to be “fussy” (as ever!) even in my prayers. I try to rely – to confide – to commend – hour by hour & then to know it is all right, and that you have been getting ready all this time, & keeping yourself true all along in preparation for it. And then I can feel glad at moments! Thankful for you always, with every bit of my love glorying in your part and in your “calling” at this great time.

Letter from Lady Mary Glyn to her son Ralph (D/EGL/C2/2)