The great sacrifice

Crazies Hill Notes

So far as we have observed the following from our list of those serving King and Country have been home on leave recently and it gave us great pleasure to welcome them:

Henry Doe, Hubert and Walter Denton, Tom Silver, Joseph Kimble, Jesse Waldron, Sam, Jim, David and Tom Weller.

Charles Ellison Woodward is a first-class wireless operator on a patrol yacht and not on a mine-sweeper as stated in our last issue.

Much sympathy is felt for Willie Denton who had a leg amputated owing to wounds and is now in Netley Hospital. He was a faithful member of our choir, and when home on leave some time ago he took his place in the choir as usual and we were all so glad to see him back. To his father and relatives as well as to himself we offer our sincere sympathy.

Hare Hatch

The deepest sympathy of a large circle of friends is felt for Mr. and Mrs. Sharp, whose son Valentin was killed at Salonica, on September 28th.

The Commanding Officer states: “We looked upon him not so much as a comrade but as a brother, he was greatly loved by the whole company.”

Valentine served at Gallipoli until he was wounded when, after a short period of convalescence at home, he was sent to Salonica where he has made the great sacrifice. This second bereavement has called forth the deepest sympathy for the family. We trust they will be supported and comforted by our prayers in the hour of trial.

Wargrave parish magazine, November 1917 (D/P145/28A/31)

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A visit to Netley

Florence and Henry Vansittart Neale of Bisham Abbey visited their daughter Phyllis, nursing at Netley Hospital in Southampton. The Royal Berkshire Regiment had a camp on Southampton Common at the time.

21 January 1916
Quite a warm day. H & I walked all morning, got quite exhausted. Motor took men. Phyllis & Seymour came in afternoon to Netley. Saw over hospital & Berks tent, then on to [Netley] Abbey. Lovely ruins.

Diary of Florence Vansitart Neale (D/EX73/3/17/8)

Help in this sad time of war

The women and children of Wargrave and Knowl Hill worked hard supporting the war effort, as the parish magazine bears witness. Netley was a big hospital for the wounded in Southampton.

Berkshire Red Cross Society
Mrs. Oliver Young wishes to thank the kind friends who have given such valuable help to the Red Cross Society, both in money and work, with the result that 311 garments and 6 kitbags, complete, have been sent to the Depot in Reading. Berkshire has built and equipped a Hut at Netley, which is now filled with wounded soldiers. Two Ambulances at the cost of £400 each, have been bought for the work at the front, and a third has been subscribed for.

From the depot in Reading large consignments of garments have been sent to Headquarters in London, to Hospital ships, to Hospitals abroad, and also to the various Battalions of the Berkshire Regiments, at home and at the front.

The Wokingham North District was also asked to provide 126 warm woollen garments for our Fleet, which was done.

Mrs. Oliver Young will be very glad to have more pyjamas, shirts, socks and woollen comforts as there are still wanted.’

The League of Honour
Mrs. Groves is pleased to be able to say that 130 Members have been enrolled from this Parish, in the Wargrave Band of the above League, and that she has forwarded the socks, mittens, etc, which have been knitted by the Members, to the Berkshire Regiment, and to the Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. The next meeting will be duly announced.

The Hon. Treasurer of our Belgian Guests Fund, Miss S. Nancy Huggins, acknowledges with many thanks our first instalment to that Fund of £2. 4s. 0d.

Knowl Hill
The children of our Schools have been trying to be of some help in this sad time of war. Many have done knitting, whilst others have contributed towards the tobacco fund.

Wargrave parish magazine, January 1915 (D/P145/28A/31)