A splendid address on Duty and Patriotism that even the tiniest could understand

Empire Day was the focus for patriotic expressions in schools across the county.

Piggott Schools, Wargrave
Empire Day

The children of the Piggott Schools celebrated Empire Day (May 24th) in right loyal fashion. They assembled at the School, and with flags flying, marched down to Church where a short service was held. The Vicar gave an appropriate address. Re-assembling on the Church Green they proceeded to the Schools and took their places round the flag pole from which the Union Jack was flying. A good number of parents and friends of the children with many of the soldiers from the hospital were waiting their return. As the boys passed the soldiers they gave them a salute in recognition of what they had done for their country.

The National Anthem was sung, and the flag saluted, and Miss. E. Sinclair gave a splendid address on Duty and Patriotism in such a way that even the tiniest could understand it. Capt. Bird proposed a vote of thanks to Miss Sinclair and hearty cheers were given in which the soldiers joined. Three Patriotic and Empire Songs were sung by the children, the Vicar called for cheers for the Teachers, and Mr. Coleby announced that Mrs. Cain had most kindly provided buns and sweets for all as they left the grounds. Hearty cheers were given her for her thoughtfulness. Cheers for the King concluded the proceedings.

Alwyn Road School, Cookham
May 24th 1917

Empire Day was celebrated today. The Headmaster addressed the children assembled in the Hall, and the National Anthem was sung. The children then went to their classrooms and ordinary lessons proceeded till 11 o’clock. Each class teacher then gave a lesson on “Empire” and kindred subjects till 11.30. This was followed by a Writing Lesson when some of the important facts were taken down.

The school assembled in the Hall again at 11.55 and after a few more remarks by the Headmaster the national Anthem was again sung and the children dismissed.

Opportunity was taken of this morning’s addresses to instil into the children’s minds the necessity of economising in the use of all food stuffs, and more especially of bread and flour.

A holiday was granted in the afternoon. (more…)

Morris dancing children entertain wounded soldiers on a rainy day

The Earley branch of the Church of England Men’s Society invited recuperating wounded soldiers for an afternoon out. Unfortunately traditional British summer weather disrupted plans.

Entertainment of wounded soldiers

The entertainment committee of the C.E.M.S. deserves every congratulation on the perseverance with which on the wettest of wet July days they carried out a scheme which they had elaborated with much care and pains for the entertainment of wounded soldiers of the War hospital. The plan was to have tea in the Vicarage garden; this, unfortunately was wholly out of the question and at the last minute it was doubtful whether the authorities would allow the soldiers to come out of the hospital in the pouring rain. Fortunately no difficulty was placed in the way.

Private motor cars had been lent by Mr Christie Millar, Mr L Sutton, and others for their conveyance, and at about 3pm some forty soldiers turned up in the Parish Hall where our men and their lady helpers were making arrangements for tea. Mr Cyphus had arranged the musical part of the programme and the Morris dances performed by the very small children from one of the schools gave perhaps more genuine pleasure to the soldiers than any other form of entertainment that could have been thought of.
Mr E H Moss

Earley parish magazine, September 1915 (D/P192/28A/13)