Ploughing the land

The local committee of the National Relief Fund, which aimed to help people thrown into poverty as a direct result of the war, decided to help out a mother trying to keep her son’s farm going.

21 April 1917
Application for Loan

The following letter from Mr W H Tottie was read:

Mrs Lake, Yew Tree Farm, Swallowfield
This woman has with her husband been looking after a farm for their son who is in the Berkshire Yeomanry. As her husband died recently and she has since then been quite unable to find or pay for labour she now wants assistance towards ploughing the land. A neighbouring farmer will do this for her and he asks £5, but Lady Constance Pasley thinks it could be done for less – say £3 – the Pensions Committee and the War Agricultural Committee have no powers to grant this and I would suggest that our National Relief Fund should help her. It is obviously desirable that the land be tilled. Mr Norland and the War Agricultural Committee have particulars.

Yours sincerely
(Signed) W H Tottie

The Committee decided that Mrs Lake be granted a loan of not exceeding £5, such loan to be repayable six months after the issue of the cheque and to be secured by a promissory note signed by Mrs Lake.

National Relief Fund: Berkshire Committee minutes (C/CL/C6/4/1)

No prizes this year – feed starving Belgian children instead

As the school year drew to a close, an Abingdon school reflected on the impact of the war.

1916, 24th-28th July

No prizes were given this year. In order to practice the public duty of economy, the County Council gave none, but in order to preserve the efficiency of the school, a number of War Time Certificates were awarded to girls for completing with credit a year’s work in their respective classes. These were presented on Thursday morning by the Mayoress (Mrs H Clarke) who was accompanied by the Vicar and Mrs Kennedy, Mrs Reynolds, Miss Morland and Miss Clarke. Mr Tatham, Mr Gadd and the Revs Barker and Thomas were also present. Maggie Money, Standard 7, received the Bishop’s Prayer Book, and 8 other girls Certificates from the Diocesan Inspector, 20 others were commended. The Medals, Bars and Clasps had not arrived.

Some things done by the children in War Time:

Xmas puddings to Soldiers to value £1
Overseas Fund Xmas 9/
Wool for socks made £1
Blind Soldiers and Sailors Fund 16/6
Empire Day Overseas Fund 12/6
Cottage Hospital 74lbs weight
Oxford Cot Fund 10/0

They voted that the Prize Money usually given by the Managers, together with 10/6 which they brought themselves should be given to the Fund for starving Belgian children. This amounted to £2.10.6.

Abingdon Girls’ CE School log book (C/EL 2/2, p. 120)

The cause of righteousness, against the reign of force

The parish of Theale hoped for peace as 1915 began.

FOR KING AND COUNTRY.
The following names have to be added to those already published in the Parish Magazine:-

Sec. Lieut. R. W. Walker … Army Service Corps.
Montague Roberts … … 2nd Life Guards.
William Alfred Morland … A.S.C.
Ernest Harry Morland … A.S.C.
William John Dyer … A.S.C.
William Ernest Quelch … Royal Berks Reserve.

We still wish each other a Happy New Year, but out most heartfelt wishes and prayers go out for our Country and our Empire, and for the Cause for which we and our Allies are fighting – the Cause of Righteousness, and Honour, and Freedom, against the Reign of Force.

By God’s Help, may the year of our Lord 1915 witness the Victory of our Arms, and the Restoration of Peace to the World.

Theale parish magazine, January 1915 (D/P132B/28A/4)

For King and Country

More young men from Theale had joined up by October 1914.

FOR KING AND COUNTRY.
In addition to the names published in the Magazine for September, the following from our Parish have offered themselves:-
William Corderoy, King’s Royal Rifles
Arthur Eatwell, Kitchener’s Army.
Jesse Eatwell, Oxfordshire Light Infantry.
Albert Howard Morland, Grenadier Guards.
Harry Morland, Grenadier Guards.
James Janes, Royal Berks Yeomanry.
Owen Wyatt, Royal Berks Yeomanry.

Theale parish magazine, October 1914 (D/P132B/28A/4)