“We all long for peace, but it must be peace after victory, and the enemy must be thoroughly beaten first”

Even as more men were reported killed, some were determined that no easy quarter should be given to the enemy.

“Sir Albert Stanley, President of the Board of Trade, has sent a letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal Bourne, the Chief Rabbi, the Salvation Army, and the heads of Churches of all other Denominations in England and Scotland and Wales, calling attention to the serous scarcity of coal, and suggesting that Church Services should be held in daylight.”

The Times, October 17th.

If this should be enforced, we hope our congregation will loyally fall in with such an arrangement.

THE WAR

Our brave troops, along with those of our Allies, have been winning victory after victory for the last three months, and the enemy has made proposals for an armistice to the President of the United States. We all long for peace, but it must be peace after victory, and the enemy must be thoroughly beaten first. We can safely trust to our Rulers, and to our Admirals and Generals, with those of our Allies, to see that no premature peace is entered upon. Now they need all our prayers, that they may be guided to right decisions. We are deeply thankful for God’s recent mercies to us, and we pray that we may be worthy of them. What a glorious day it will be when the war really ends, and our men return home again!

Mrs Doggett has lost her husband, Sidney Newman Doggett, from illness in France, and we offer her our sincere sympathy in her trouble. Like so many others, he has nobly given his life for his country.

ROLL OF HONOUR

91 Albert Edward Marshall, 2nd Batt. Wilts Regt, died of wounds at Haesnes April 12th, 1918. RIP.
92 John William Charles Gough, 5th Batt. West Riding Regt, killed in action July 20th, 1918. RIP.
93 L-Corp. Frederick John Lake, 1st Dorset Regt, killed in action July 20th, 1918. RIP.
94 Pte Jesse A Buxey, 1st Royal Warwicks, killed in action in France August 30th, 1918. RIP.
95 Pte Sidney Newman Doggett, Roayl Warwickshire Regt, died in France September 28th, 1918. RIP.
96 Gunner Philip John Webb, RGA, died of wounds August 15th, 1918. RIP.

Newbury St Nicolas parish magazine, November 1918 (D/P89/28A/13)

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“Reformed” Belgian deserter seeks shelter in Bisham

The voluntary work of Florence Vansittart Neale of Bisham Abbey continued with the local Red Cross branch providing clothes for displaced Serbians, and a stray Belgian needing help.

19 March 1915
Red X meeting. Settled ask for grant to send clothes [to] Servia [sic]!…

Julian returned! Said he was reforme’. Wanted to stay here to find work! We told him impossible. Wired to Salvation Army for orders about him.

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

Seven men leave Bisham

Enough of the Belgian soldiers at Bisham Abbey were now well enough to leave hospital, that it was decided to shut down one of the wards.

30 December 1914
Very fussing morning. Doctor came at 10 & said 7 men were to leave. Rushed about getting their clothes, giving lunch. Left 12.50, Maisie with them & Salvation [Army] lass!…

Felt very sad without all the men. Shut up North Ward. Julian to Green & Francois to Middle.

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