Sent off by the evening train

Children collected wild blackberries for jam to help oombat food shortages.

Sep: 16th

Money earned by children picking blackberries received, £5.11.3. This was divided amongst the children according to the number of pounds each had picked.

September 16th 1918

The children of classes I and II will be taken out for the purpose of gathering black berries for M.O.F during the school sessions in not more than three half days per week.

16th September 1918

The children on three half days each week when fine will go under teachers supervision to pick blackberries for Ministry of Food. Half holiday to pick blackberries, 56lbs picked and sent off by evening train.

Lower Sandhurst
September 16th 1918

The children gathered 215 lbs. of blackberries after school this afternoon.

16 September 1918


Log books: Thatcham CE School (C/EL53/4); Goosey CE School (C/EL89/1, p. 169); Lower Sandhurst School (C/EL/66/1, p. 447); Datchet National Mixed School (SCH30/8/3, p. 406); and Aldermaston School (88/SCH/3/3, pp. 93-94)

Blackberrying again

It was another productive afternoon.

September 13th 1918

Blackberrying half-holiday.

346 lbs. gathered.

13th September

The girls accompanied, by the teachers went berrying on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, and secured over 70 lbs which were duly weighted, packed and sent to Mr Harris.

Sept. 13th

Older children taken out blackberrying (1.45 pm – 3.50 pm); 67 ¼ lbs gathered and forwarded to central agent.

Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1, p.447); Braywick CE School log book (C/EL65/4, p. 204); Buscot CE School log book (C/EL73/2)

A half holiday for blackberry picking

Sandhurst children had the chice of schoolwork or gathering berries for jam for the soldiers.

September 11th 1918

A half holiday given to-day for blackberry picking. Those children not joining in the work were kept at school.

A total of 171 lbs. was the result.

Cookham Rise

School closed in the afternoon for blackberry gathering.

Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1, p.447); Cookham Rise County Primary School log book (C/EL71)

Picking postponed

7th September 1918

The schools are invited to pick blackberries for the government, for jam, and three hay days allowed to school girls. The weather, however, as yet, has not been fortunate, so the picking has had to be postponed until the weather becomes more settled. The cookery class was resumed on opening school.

September 7th 1918

Saturday. The day being fine, the children were encouraged to make an attempt to gather one cwt. Of blackberries. At the end of the day I was able to send off 13 baskets containing 246 lbs. of fruit.

Braywick CE School log book (C/EL65/4, p. 203); Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1, p.446)

Blackberry jam for the troops

Blackberry picking by schoolchildren continued.

Lower Sandhurst School
September 6th 1918

A half-holiday was given to-day to enable the children to gather blackberries. Unfortunately the weather was showery and only a small quantity was picked. Five baskets containing eighty-two pounds were despatched to the Central Office.

Maidenhead Gordon Road Boys School
September 6th 1918

Half Holiday. The elder children taken by the teachers to get blackberries to make jam for the troops.

Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1, p.446); Maidenhead Gordon Road Boys School log book (C/EL/107/1, p.112)

Baskets for blackberries

A school in Sandhurst was particualrly involved in picking blackberries for jam, combatting food shortages.

September 4th 1918

At the request of the Education Committee I am organising the picking of blackberries for the Ministry of Food. Have received 18 baskets for use.

Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1, p.446)

Two old boys home on 7 days leave

Two Sandhurst soldiers visited their old teacher.

July 19th 1918
Jack Carter and Jon Morgans, two old boys home on 7 days leave called to see me this week.

Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1, p. 444)

‘Called up’ for the Army

Lower Sandhurst’s headmaster got a glimpse of his possible future.

June 5th 1918

Mr. Anderson, Education Secretary, called to see me in reference to my being ‘called up’ for the Army on June 19.

George Brown, an old scholar, now a member of the Australian Expeditionary Force who has been discharged from hospital, called to see his old school to-day.

Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1, pp. 438-439)

Medical Examination under the Military Service Act of 1918

Would the headmaster of Lower Sandhurst School have to be called up?

June 4th 1918
I was absent from School this morning having been called to Reading to undergo Medical Examination under the Military Service Act of 1918.

Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1, p. 438)

An old boy who has been wounded

A wounded soldier visited his old school.

May 10th 1918
Albert Pell, an old boy, who has been wounded, came to see me.

Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1, p. 437)

Now in the WAAC

The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was founded in 1917 to free up male soldiers for front line action.

May 1st 1918
Miss Garnett, a former teacher, now in the W.A.A.C. called to see me.

Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1, p. 436)

The absolute necessity for food production

Children contributed to the food supply.

Hinton Waldrist
April 26th 1918

Received letters signed Beresford thanking boys for their work in sending vegetables to the sailors.

Ascot Heath
April 26th 1918

Occasional extra time in the Garden will be taken, in view of the absolute necessity for food production.

April 26th 1918

The recently formed War Savings Association has made an excellent start with about 60 members.

Hinton Waldrist C of E School log book (C/EL84/2, p. 165); Ascot Heath Boys’ School log book (C/EL110/4, p. 94); Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1, p. 436)

More war savings

Sandhurst joined the thousands collecting money for the war.

April 18th 1918
Commenced collecting for War Savings Comm.

Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1, p. 433)

Flag waving children greet the Royal Family

Reading children were excited to witness a royal visit.

George Palmer Boys’ School
12th March 1918

Visit to Reading of H.M. King George & H.M. Queen Mary. Assembled school at 9.30 and marched along Elgar Rd, Field Road, Carey St. & Howard St to Oxford Road, lining the street between the premises of Messrs Callas, Sons & May Ltd, and Messrs Dunlops Ltd. The royal party was seen on its way to No.1 War Hospital & on its return. Flags were kindly lent to the boys by Mr Drew, proprietor R.F.S.C.

St Giles Boys’ School, Reading
12th March 1918

Boys were allowed to go to Jackson’s Corner to see HM the King and his Queen. They returned to school.

Battle Infants School
15th March 1918

The Head Mistress was not in school till 1.50 o’clock on Tuesday [12 March] as permission was granted to witness the ceremony of the reception of representative inhabitants and war workers of the town, by their Majesties, the King and Queen, in the Town Hall.

Redlands Boys’ School, Reading
March 12th 1918
The School marched to Broad Street marching at 1.55, in order to see the King and Queen passing the factory. At 3.30 the Scholars returned and were dismissed when close to the School.

Alfred Sutton Primary School, Reading
12th March 1918

The Infants’ school is very small on account of the King’s visit, the Junior pupils are being taken by the teachers to see the procession.

Sonning CE Girls and Infants
12th March 1918

School closed for children to see the King in Reading.

Lower Sandhurst School
March 12th 1918

I was absent from school during the latter part of the afternoon as I was attending a War Savings Conference at Wellington.

Log books of George Palmer Boys’ School (89/SCH/8/1, p. 149); Reading St Giles Boys School (R/ES2/9, p. 259); Reading: Battle Infants School (SCH20/8/2, p. 312); Redlands Boys’ School, Reading (86/SCH/3/30, p. 335)Alfred Sutton Primary School log book (89/SCH/37/1, p. 246); Sonning CE Girls and Infants’ School (89/SCH/1/4, p. 284); Lower Sandhurst School (C/EL66/1, p. 429)

Trying to ‘do their bit’

Food shortages were encouraging people to take up growing heir own fruit and veg.

Food Production.

The Committee of the Crowthorne, S. Sebastian, Finchampstead and Sandhurst Horticultural Society has decided to hold a Fruit and Vegetable Show during the month of October, the idea being to encourage the cultivation of food to the greatest extent possible. For this same purpose the Wokingham Horticultural Society has just been formed and proposes to hold a Show on Sept. 25th.

In this connection the ‘Wolf Cubs’ are trying to ‘do their bit’ on a piece of ground kindly lent to them.

Will anyone send them along a few seeds, but more especially seed potatoes.

Wokingham St Sebastian parish magazine, March 1918 (D/P154C/28A/1)