A short life on earth, given for the cause of freedom and liberty

More news of Reading men.

The Rev. G.N. Naylor has been appointed chaplain to the R.A.F. in Reading.

We shall miss the R.A.F. officers, cadets and men at the Sunday morning parade service, but I that many of them will still come to our high celebration and to evensong.

The special appeals fund will be closed on the 10th of December.

Intercessions List

Departed: Private Leonard Cadman, D.C.L.I.; Gunner Ivor Hicks, A.F.A.; Sergeant George Murley, Berks Yeomanry; Major Max Henman; Lieutenant Sydney Cecil Lansdown Guilding R.F.A.; Gunner George Poulton Smith, R.G.A.; Bombardier Gerald Frederick Jordan, Berks R.H.A.; Gunner A.J. Hayden; Private A.V. Palmer.

Sick and Wounded: Corporal Coggs; Private E. Targett.

Our sympathy and prayers have, I am sure been given to the relatives and friends of the above, all of whom have nobly done their duty, and given their lives to the Empire, and for the cause of freedom and liberty. Lieutenant S.C.F. Guilding was one of our servers. His was a short life on earth, but he has been called to higher service elsewhere, and we shall not forget the work he did for us here. R.I.P.

Reading St Giles parish magazines, December 1918 (D/P96/28A/35)

Dolton, Murley and Reed

More Reading men joined up.

The Vicars Notes
All Saint’s District
Roll of Honour

The following additional have been sent in for remembrance at the Altar.

Albert Edward Dolton, William Ashley Murley, Ronald Reed.

Reading St Mary parish magazine, December 1916 (D/P98/28A/14)

Baby Dardanella’s father joins up

One new recruit from Reading (a worker at Huntley & Palmer’s biscuit factory) decided to name his baby daughter Dardanella. This topical/patriotic choice was not unique – if you check freebmd, you’ll find that 17 little girls born in England (and eight in Wales) between 1915 and 1917 were given this first name. In fact little Miss Horne only had Dardanella as a middle name – her first name was Marjorie.

The work for our wounded soldiers goes steadily on, but owing to holidays we have not had quite so many meetings, or so large attendances. The following further subscriptions have been received: Mrs and Miss Cray, 5/-; Mrs Baughan, 10/-; Mrs Hamilton, 10/-; Mrs Murley, 10/-; and these additional items have been sent to the depot: night shirts, 12; bed-jackets, 3; dressing gown, 1; pairs bed-socks, 9; pillow-cases, 6; face-washers, 40; tray-cloths, 16; many-tailed bandage, 1, Total, with those already sent in, 807.

Amongst the latest to join His Majesty’s forces are A. W. Case and Edward Horne, both clerks in the factory and ‘pals’, who have just joined the Hampshire Regiment. Mr Horne leaves behind him a wife and little baby daughter who was baptised by the name of “Dardanella” the other day!

Reading St John parish magazine, September 1915 (D/P172/28A/24)

Friends and relatives of the troops praying for those they love

The parish of Reading St John remembered its young men who had joined up:

The War

 The following names should be added to the list already published of young men connected with our parish who are now in training or at the front:-

A.G. Wing, Douglas George Pugh, M P Pugh, George Murley, Stephen Neate, Albert Neate, Walter Edward Scott, Giles Ayres, Albert Higgs, Murray Slade, Fred Wheeler, George Thompson, Fred Wiggins, Wm Bushnell, W Heath, S Higgs, W Martin, B Rolfe, Wm Shepherd.

Special Intercession will be made by name for all connected with our parish after the Evening Service on the Sunday before Christmas at both Churches.

Our week-day Advent Services will still keep their special character of Intercession Services, and the special subject to be thought of and prayed for will be announced each week. It is encouraging to see more relatives and friends of our soldiers coming to these Services to pray for those they love.

Reading St John parish magazine, December 1914 (D/P172/28A/23, p. 2)