Really splendid work at Devonshire Lodge

A voluntary war hsopital in Reading was no longer needed. Devonshire Lodge was a big house in Shinfield Road.
Devonshire Lodge V.A.D. Hospital

It was with sincere regret that many of us heard that this excellent Hospital was closing at the end of December. We would offer our sincerest congratulations to the Commandant, Miss Purcell, and her staff on the really splendid work that has been done.

Reading St Mary parish magazine, February 1919 (D/P98/28A/16)

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Progress at a terrible cost

There was more sad news for Reading families.

The Vicar’s Notes

Though the Allies have made great progress in the War, yet it is a progress at a terrible cost, and there have been many families who have lost those near and dear to them during the past month.

Of one, Guy Bartholomew, the extracts from the following letter speak for themselves:

“As a subaltern in your son’s Company, and as a friend of his out her for more than 12 months, I wish to write and tell you of my own and the Company’s sympathy for you in your loss. His death is the most grievous loss suffered by the Battalion since its formation. In him we have all lost a great friend, whose example and wonderful devotion to everything that was right have been of incalculable service to many out here.”

All Saint’s District
The War

Our Heartiest congratulations to Commander J.W. Carrington on gaining the Distinguished Service Order, and to Private A.J. Purcell on being awarded the Military Cross. Our deepest sympathy to the parents and friends of many of our young men who have been killed in action, or reported missing or wounded.

Roll of Honour

Percy Borreet, John Warburton Phillips, Arthur James Purchell, William John Purchell.

Reading St Mary parish magazine, October 1916 (D/P98/28A/13)