“A horrible long way away” from her new husband

Ivy, Marchioness of Titchfield (1887-1982) was a new bride when she wrote this letter to Ralph Glyn. She was the niece of the Duke of Richmond, and married William, Marquess of Titchfield (1893-1977), heir to the Duke of Portland and a serving officer in the Royal Horse Guards, on 12 August 1915.

Sept 20th [1915]
Berriedale, RSO

Dear Captain Glyn

Thank you so much for your kind letter of congratulation from the Dardanelles. Titchfield is there with Byng. He arrived on the 4th September. It will be awfully interesting for him seeing both campaigns, having been in France since August last year, but it is a horrible long way away & news is scanty.

I am told you are back so send this to the WO & shall hope to see you if I am in London.

Thanking you again for your good wishes.

Yrs Ivy Titchfield

Letter from Lady Titchfield to Ralph Glyn (D/EGL/C31/20)

A hero’s death: who will follow his example?

One of the first Berkshire men to fall in the war was a regular soldier from Cookham Dean. He was killed at the First Battle of the Aisne which ended with stalemate. He was a private in the 1st Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment. The parish magazine gave the following tribute to him:

In Memoriam
On Sept. 14th, in the Battle of the Aisne, George Carter, of Hoveden Cottages, was killed in action. George Carter was a born soldier, he was only 23 years of age, and had served nine years in the army and had joined the Militia six months previously to entering the Regulars. He came home in February last from eight years’ service in India, the same bright cheery face greeting us as it used to do in old days when he was a boy in school. He was one of the first to be called up and went off waving his goodbyes to his many friends in the village early one morning at the beginning of August. He lies in a soldier’s grave in France, having died at the post of duty a hero’s death. His name will not be forgotten in Cookham Dean.

The list of all those who are on Active Service at the Front or who are on Home Defence or who have recently joined the Army as Recruits or who are otherwise in training will be found below. I hope it is accurate and complete; I have done my best to make it so; but it is only too possible that a mistake may have occurred here or there, if so, I hope my attention will be called to it, and that anyone concerned will kindly accept my apologies for it. It has been my earnest endeavour to avoid mistakes, and I have repeatedly asked for information, but scarcely anyone has responded to my request. Our daily prayers in Church are offered for these dear men and lads who have so nobly come forward at the call of duty. It is not too late for others to place their names on this roll of honour and there are some few whom I should be proud and pleased to see doing so. Is there no one who feels an ambition to take George Carter’s place?

Roll of Honour
The first list contains the names of those whose homes are in Cookham Dean, and who, it is believed, are actually serving at the Front or who are on Home Defence. The second list contains the names of those who have, since war was declared, joined either the Officers’ Training Corps or who are in training as recruits. On the third list are the names of some closely connected with Cookham Dean but not actually resident here.