“They have quickly finished their service and laid down their young lives in the great cause”

Many Bracknell families had reason for concern.

We have to record, with very much regret, and with great sympathy with those who are bereaved, that the following have fallen in action.-

William Collinson Harry Wilkes
George Rance Harry Winter
George Morton

Most of these are very young, and they have quickly finished their service and laid down their young lives in the great cause.

We also greatly regret to learn that Vernon Taylor, son of our Station Master, has died of his wounds.

Amongst the missing is Henry Hayles.

Walter Blyth is reported to be a prisoner, as is Charles Smee, who was serving in General Townshend’s force in Mesopotamia.

Amongst the wounded is Reginald Taylor, another of Mr. Taylor’s sons, but we hope that his wound is comparatively slight.

Arthur Jenkins, who was missing, is now reported amongst the wounded, and a postcard has come from Fred Morgan who was reported missing to say that he is a prisoner in Germany.

Bracknell section of Winkfield District Magazine, September 1916 (D/P151/28A/8/9)

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Reported wounded and missing long ago in Gallipoli

Children and adults in Bracknell contributed what they could to the war.

EGGS FOR THE WOUNDED.

During the last seven months from January, 1916, 1,106 eggs have been sent to Reading for the National Egg collection.

I should like to take this opportunity to thank on behalf of the Soldiers all those who have sent eggs, and also Mr. Barnard, who has most kindly conveyed them to Reading free of charge. I hope that everyone will continue to send as many eggs as possible each week either direct to the Vicarage or to Mr. May, High Street.

A.M. BARNETT.

WAR WORK.

Names of some of the Bracknell Children who have lately sent knitting to the War Work Depot:- Ethel Brant, Alice Cheney, Phoebe White, Amelia Quick, Phyllis Gough, Dorothy Gale, Mary Wera, May Rance, Grace Fowler, Evelyn Townshend, Margery Metson, Ethel Morley, D. Townshend.

We regret the news has now come through that Jack Franks, who was reported wounded and missing long ago in Gallipoli, is dead. He was one of our choir boys, and though it is now some years since the family left Bracknell, many of us remember him very well, and much sympathy is felt for his mother.

Bracknell section of Winkfield District Magazine, August 1916 (D/P151/28A/8/8)

A Christmas party for soldiers’ families in Wokingham

St Sebastian’s Church in Wokingham held a Christmas party for the families of local soldiers, who must have been particularly lonely at this time of year:

‘On Service.’ The following is a complete and amended list of those from this Parish. Any additions should be notified as soon as possible.
Akers, Frank, Royal Berks
Annetts, Samuel, HMS Minerva
Annetts, Arthur, 8th Royal Berks
Bingham, Wilfred, Royal Engineers
Bunce, Joseph, 4th Hants
Butler, John, Grenadier Guards
Butler, Thomas, Grenadier Guards
Carter, Col. Duncan, Remount Depot
Casserly, Corpl John, RFA [Royal Field Artillery]
Chaplin, Sidney, 4th Royal Berks
Chamberlain, Charles, 8th Royal Berks
Clacey, Sergt Frank, 7th Queen’s Royal West Surrey
Collar, Robert, 6th Inniskillings
Darbourn, George, 4th Royal Berks
Englefield, William, 4th Royal Berks
Frost, Capt. Frank, S & T Indian Corps
Fisher, Alfred, 4th Royal Berks
Hurdle, James, 2nd West Yorks
Hurdle, Herbert, RFC [Royal Flying Corps]
Hurdwell, Alfred, 4th Royal Berks
Jewell, James, Royal Berks
King, Egbert, ASC [Army Service Corps]
King, Sergt Edwin, Royal Irish Fusiliers
King, William, RFA
Littlewood, Herbert, 7th Queen’s Royal West Surrey
Milam, Ernest, 2nd Royal Berks
Munday, William, 8th Gloucesters
Newman, William, HMS Assistance
Parker, Alfred Charles, 3rd Royal Berks
Perry, Alfred, 21st Lancers
Perry, James, 2nd Hants
Perry, Charles, 2nd Lincolns
Phillipps, Francis, HMS Lancaster
Povey, Frederick, 2nd West Yorks
Povey, William
Povey, Ernest, Royal Berks Yeomanry
Prater, Daniel, Royal Engineers
Prior, Gerald, 4th Hants
Rance, Albert Victor, 4th Hants
Readings, Charles, HMS Talbot
Robertson, John, 5th Royal Berks
Rose, Charles, RFA
Stafford, Lieut. John Howard, Royal Engineers
Townsend, Charles, 7th Queen’s Royal West Surrey
Townsend, Lance-Corpl Albert, 5th Queen’s Royal West Surrey
Tucker, Sergt Harry, 5th Royal Berks
Tyrrell, Edwin, 4th Royal Berks
Waygood, John, Royal Berks

A Prayer Book, in a special binding, was sent to all these at Christmas, as a little remembrance from ‘their fellow Parishioners,’ and judging by the letters received, the gift has been much appreciated.

On Wednesday, December 30th, the wives and children of those ‘on service’ were invited to the Parish Room. The arrangements for their entertainment were undertaken and admirably carried out by Miss Radcliffe, to whom, and to those who assisted, hearty thanks were given.”

Wokingham St Sebastian parish nagazine, January 1915 (D/P154C/28A/1)

In defence of Right versus Might

The parish of Wokingham St Sebastian urged those young men eligible for army service to join up, and others to pray for them. Seventeen young men had already answered the call.

The War– a few thoughts.

Men are wanted at once in their country’s service, in defence of Right v. Might. A quick response may mean a shortening of the struggle and consequent saving of many lives. Are you, who read this, eligible for service? Make no mistake as to the reality and urgency of the need.

However hard it may be, try not to let anxiety destroy your capacity for usefulness, or prevent you carrying out your everyday duties better than ever.

Take your share in the work of Prayer. Don’t leave it all to others, but privately and also along with others in the ordinary or part, specially remembering those from the parish, viz:

Samuel Annets
Charles Chaplin
Walter Hurdle
Ernest Milam
Donald Prater
William Povey
Albert Rance
John Robertson
Frank Akers
Robert Collar
James Jewell
William Newman
Frederick Povey
Ernest Povey
Charles Readings
Edwin Tyrrell
Harry Tucker

(Wokingham St Sebastian parish magazine, September 1914 (D/P154C/28A/1)