“He has had one of his legs amputated, but is going on well”

Several Bracknell men had been killed or very badly injured.

We have to record the death of three Bracknell men who were on active service.

Sapper Alfred Brant, R.E., was killed on 1st December, 1917. His officer wrote that he was killed instantanously, and said that he had rendered very valuable service and had just been nominated as an N.C.O.

Private Henry Fletcher was in the Royal Berks; he died of fever at Salonika on January 1st.

Corporal A.F. Davis, 2/4 Royal Berks, was killed on January 20th. His mother has received a letter from the Chaplain who buried him, in which he says that he was a very fine soldier and very popular with all. Before the war he was a policeman in the Berks Constabulary.

Trooper Richard Legge, Berks Yeomanry is reported missing since 27th November. He was serving in Palestine.

Sergt. F. Mutlow, R. Scots Fusiliers, was seriously wounded on December 14th. He has had one of his legs amputated, but is going on well, and is in hospital at Liverpool.

Bracknell section of Winkfield and Warfield Magazine, February 1918 (D/P 151/28A/10)


A marvellous escape from an airship crash

Broad Street Church kept in contact with all its men who had joined up.

News has now been received from Air-Mechanic Fred W. Warman to the effect that he is interned at Croningen in Holland. He was acting as wireless-operator in the air-ship which came down there, and had a marvellous escape. We are glad to know that he writes in a bright and cheerful strain, and that he is trying to make the best of things.

Flight Sub-Lieut W. R. Taper of the RNAS has been appointed for duty in Malta. It has been a pleasure to see him frequently in our midst in recent weeks. The good wishes of many friends at Broad Street will go with him as he takes up his new duties.


Brother Woolley has consented to continue his good services by acting as correspondent with our members on service. This [is] a quiet piece of work which is bound to have its good results when things are normal again.


The list of our men who have responded to the call of God and King and Country. (more…)

Heroic gallantry under fire

A proud father in Thatcham wanted everyone to know about his son’s heroism.

A Letter from Mr. Vallis, Master of the Blue Coat School.
Rev. Sir, I am wondering if you have room in your next issue of the Parish Magazine for a short paragraph re my son’s D.C.M. The brief official notice was as follows:-

“The Distinguished Conduct Medal has been awarded to Band Corpl. Albert S. Vallis, Scots Fusiliers, for heroic gallantry and devotion to duty throughout the campaign as a stretcher bearer, notably on Oct. 18th, and the 19th and 20th, 1914, when he brought in wounded men under heavy fire.”

Believe me, Yours obediently, S. Vallis.

We are most pleased to be able to publish this letter in our magazine. It is a real joy to rejoice with Mr. Vallis and his son in the latter’s gallant conduct and its due recognition; more especially is this so, as it has several times been our duty to sympathise with the same family on the occasions when members of it have been wounded.

Thatcham parish magazine, September 1915 (D/P130/28A/1)