Pinning peace medals

Maidenhead children were presented with something to remember the end of the war by.

King Street School
4th November 1919

The Mayor, accompanied by the Mayoress, and the Clerk to the Education Committee, visited this afternoon to distribute the Peace Medals to the children. Time would not permit for him to hand each child his medal, so he pinned one on the Head Teacher & asked the teachers to do likewise for the children.

Gordon Road Boys School
November 4th 1919

The mayor accompanied by the Mayoress and Town Clerk visited the school to distribute the Peace medals.

Boyne Hill Girls’ CE School
Nov. 4th

The Mayor, accompanied by the Mayoress & Mr Davies, addressed the children for a few minutes this afternoon, the occasion of the distribution of Peace Medals. The afternoon Cookery Class was postponed.

War Loan takings today = £3.15.

Log books of King Street School, Maidenhead (C/EL77/1); Gordon Road Boys School, Maidenhead (C/EL/107/1); Boyne Hill Girls’ CE School (C/EL121/3

In memory of ‘our boys’ who have fallen

A war memorial was unveiled in Maidenhead.

King Street School, Maidenhead
22nd July 1919

Mistress left school at 3.10 p.m. to attend the ceremony of the unveiling of the War Memorial at Gordon Rd School, in memory of ‘our boys’ who have fallen.

Maidenhead Gordon Road Boys School
July 22nd 1919

This afternoon a memorial of the Old Boys of this school who have fallen in the war was unveiled by the Mayoress, the Mayor, Councillors Norkett and Chamberlain. The Rev. Mr Wyatt and the town clerk were also present.

Central Continuation School, Reading
22nd July 1919

Received notice today that in response to the King’s wish, an entire week’s holiday has been granted.

Log books of King Street School, Maidenhead (C/EL77/1; Maidenhead Gordon Road Boys School (C/EL/107/1); and Central Continuation School, Reading (89/SCH/8/9)

We do want to commemorate the gallant dead

St Luke’s War Memorial Meeting, Monday, February 17th

May I summon all parishioners who can come to a meeting at 8 pm on Monday, February 17th, in the National School, East Street? I feel sure as citizens we shall all back up whatever the Mayor and his Committee decides on for the Borough, but as Churchmen in our Parish Church or elsewhere, we do want to commemorate the gallant dead, and show our thankfulness to God for the great Victory he has vouchsafed to our cause. Please attend in good numbers, both of men and women!

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, February 1919 (D/P181/28A/28)

‘Peace’ after four weary years

12th November 1918

At 4pm the Mayor sent round requesting that all schools in the borough be closed for the rest of the week. Celebrations were held in the town and village, and the children were able to attend. ‘Peace’ after four weary years. ‘God save the King’.

Boyne Hill
Nov: 12th

It has been decided to close the schools at 3.45 pm this afternoon for the remainder of the week. The percentage of attendance is 73.3. War Loan £8.10.6.

Log books of Braywick CE School (C/EL65/4); Boyne Hill Girls’ CE School (C/EL121/3)

“What true Christian can think of the feebleness of organized religion in the face of the world’s great need, through these terrible years, without a sense of bitter shame!”

Nonconformist churches also commemorated the anniversary of the war.


The celebration of the Fourth Anniversary of the Declaration of War was the occasion of further united Free Church effort in Tilehurst.
We met for United Prayer at 8 a.m. in the Congregational Church, and spent a very memorable three quarters of an hour around the Throne of Grace. Some twenty six friends from the three churches met for this service, and the atmosphere was very intense.

The Wesleyan Church was crowded in the evening at 6.30 for the United Preaching Service, the Congregational Church being closed.

Representatives from the three churches took part in the conducting of the service. Mr Beckley for the Wesleyans, Mr Sleep for the Armour Hall, and our Pastor [Revd E. J. Perry] for our church. Mr Perry was appointed to preach the sermon, and he chose for his text the familiar words which close the Lord’s Prayer: “Deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory for ever”. The preacher sought to show the fact of the Sovereignty of God. People had often said, “Why doesn’t God do something?”, but is there after all anything left for God to do? …

The service was marked by great solemnity and earnestness, everyone feeling that we were bearing the burden of a common shame and sorrow. Suitable hymns were specially selected, and the singing of them was led by a strong united choir.

Members of our church returned to their own place of prayer to meet around the Lord’s Table for the Sacrament.

We all devoutly trust that August 4th, 1919 may be spent in very much happier circumstances, our many loved ones restored to our home circles. Meanwhile, let us ease one another’s burden all we can, and live in a way that is worthy of the great sacrifices of our “boys”.


“We have no traitors in our midst worse than the so-called “pacifists,” who want peace at any price and, in many cases, are simply enemy agents.”

The fourth anniversary of the start of the war was commemorated soberly in churches throughout the county.




Sunday, August 4th, has been set apart for the purpose of commemorating our entry into this terrible war. We shall remind ourselves that it was impossible so long as we maintained honour, righteousness and justice to hold back. We took our place by the side of France and Belgium, not from any desire to increase our own power or raise our position in the world, but simply to prevent wrong and to work righteousness. Our objects are still the same. There is no hope for the world until the gigantic military despotism of Germany is destroyed. There will be services of Intercession at 11 a.m., St Mary’s Church, followed by the Holy Communion; 6 p.m., St Michael’s Church.

There were good attendances at the church on Sunday, August 4th, for Thanksgiving and Intercession. The offertories for the fund for assisting Prisoners of war belonging to the Royal Berks Regiment amounted to:

11 a.m. £3 11s 0 ½ d
6 p.m. £1 13s 1 ½ d
Total £5 4s 2d

Earley St Peter

August 4th

The anniversary of the proclamation of war (August4th) will this year fall on a Sunday. I do not know whether any special Order of Prayer will be issued. For myself I consider that the forms of Prayer for use in the time of War (by authority, S.P.C.K., 1S.) Contains sufficient material. But I hope all the clergy will prepare well beforehand to stimulate and satisfy the spiritual needs of their people. The collect, Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday (x. after Trinity) might well be used. Otherwise the order suggested for the last year may be used again (Forms of prayer, P. 87 FF.) with necessary changes.

My Dear Friends

The first Sunday of this month, August the 4th, is the anniversary of the war. I wonder what we should all have felt if on August 4th 1914, we had thought it would have continued up to this time. Lord Kitchener indeed said three years and enrolled his army for that time, but such is a contingency seemed impossible to the generality of our countrymen, many of whom thought that the first battle of the Marne was the beginning of the end.

Who then dreamt of the collapse of Russia, or of the entry of America into the war? Who for a moment imagined that Germany would descend to the depths of degradation to which she has sunk in the eyes of the world by her false dealings and her barbarities. Who had any conception of the miseries, the losses, the bereavements, of the greatest war that the world has ever seen? (more…)

“What true Christian can think of the feebleness of organized religion in the face of the world’s great need, through these terrible years, without a sense of bitter shame! “

Maidenhead had not yet joined the ecumenical movement, with only a few turning out to a special prayer meeting.


The attendances at both services on August 4th were very cheering, and a spirit of gratitude to God and confidence for the future was evident.

But what happened to the “United” meeting on the previous evening? There were no more than about 60 present in all, representing the four Free Churches! Say 15 from each. In many towns, all the Churches, Free and Established, joined together for once to thank God and His mercies to us as a nation. In Maidenhead we did not get further than the reading of a formal resolution by the Mayor under the open sky, and the singing of the National Anthem. It appears as though we have a very long way to go yet before any kind of Christian unity is possible. What true Christian can think of the feebleness of organized religion in the face of the world’s great need, through these terrible years, without a sense of bitter shame! In the midst of the storm, when so much would have been gained by the calm inspiring voice of a united Church, we stand in sections, glancing suspiciously at each other, while the nation looks on with curled lip. Who does not feel the shame, the deep curse of it? If it be not mended, a world in earnest will pass the Churches by.

For, be sure, it is due to shallowness of spiritual life, not to depth. The unity, for which so many are now seeking, will not come, and ought not to come, by any Church throwing its principles upon the dust-heap, and embracing creeds that it cannot with a whole heart believe; it can only come by all the Churches, representing many different points of view, agreeing that in comparison nothing matters, neither creed nor form of worship, compared with sincere love to Christ, and loyalty to His Kingdom. And, as the preacher said in our pulpit on August 4th, “I dare to say, on behalf of this Church, that we call all men brethren who call Jesus, Lord, and will work with them in any good cause, and kneel with them in prayer and common worship. We will not be less broad than the Apostle who said “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.”

Maidenhead Congregational magazine, September 1918 (D/N33/12/1/5)