The American Battle Hymn will be sung both morning and evening

The fighting was over, but peace was not completely secured, with negotiations ongoing.

Sunday, Jan. 5th will be observed as a day of special thanksgiving for victory, and a prayer for the statesmen of the world assembled at the Peace Conference. There will be celebrations of the Holy Communion at 7 and 8, and the American Battle Hymn will be sung both morning and evening. The collections will be given to the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St. John Jerusalem, which urgently need help. It will be remembered, of course, that the great services of thanksgiving for peace will follow when the peace is signed.

Speenhamland parish magazine, January 1919 (D/P116B/28A/2)

It is hoped that the attendances at the Intercession Services will be as large and the progress as real as during the last four anxious years

The war might be over, but there was still plenty to pray for.


For four years the first Sunday in the year has been observed as a Day of Intercession for our cause in the Great War. This year the Archbishops have requested the Church to observe the day as one of Prayer for the Nation and our Allies, and to devote the offertories at all services to the Red Cross Society and the Order of St John of Jerusalem. It is hoped that the attendances at the Intercession Services will be as large and the progress as real as during the last four anxious years.

11.0 a.m St Mary’s Church, Morning Service.
11.45 a.m. St Mary’s Church, Holy Communion.
3.30 p.m. St Michael’s Church, Evening Service.
6.0 p.m. Rector’s Room, Evening Service.

Sulhamstead parish magazine, January 1919 (D/EX725/4)

Sending dressings right out to the firing line

People in the villages of Wokingham Rural District gave their money generously, while those in Wargrave were proud to know that their handmade surgical dressings were being put to use at the front where they were most urgently needed.

Our Day

Very hearty congratulations and our best thanks are due to Mrs. Oliver Young and all her collectors, for the splendid contribution sent this year from the district to the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. The Cheque sent to the County Secretary from the Wokingham North District was for £168. 10s. 1d. and was made up as follows:-

£. s. d.
Wargrave per Mrs. Victor Rhodes: 19 3 2
Wargrave per Mrs Vickerman 36 0 0
Hare Hatch per Mrs. A. W. Young 20 7 2
Twyford per Mrs. F. C. Young 23 4 0
Remenham and Crazies Hill per Mrs. Noble 21 1 7
Mr. Noble per Mrs. Noble 20 0 0
Sonning per Miss Williams 13 0 0
Woodley per Miss Pantin 3 6 2
Hurst per Mrs. Roupell 12 8 0

£168 10 1

Wargrave Surgical Dressing Emergency Society

Since March 23rd, 1915 over 300 Bales of dressings and comforts have been sent to Casualty Clearing Stations in France, Malta, Egypt, Alexandria and Port Said. The Society is now approved by the War Office, and properly licensed under the New War Charity Act. In future it is intended to print the hospitals where dressings are sent every month, in the Parish Magazine, as it cannot fail to be a source of satisfaction to know that while the Hospital is doing all it can for the men who have come back, the Surgical Dressing Society is sending every month about 20 Bales right out to the Firing Line, for the use of the men who come out of the trenches on the field of Battle.

List of Hospitals for October and November:

B. Ex. F. France:
No. 5, Casualty Clearing Station
No. 27, Field Ambulance – 9th Scottish Section
No. 3, Canadian Casualty Clearing Station

No. 19 General Hospital, Alexandria
No. 31, General Hospital, Port Said

These Hospitals have 4 Bales of Dressings etc. each:
No. 21 Casualty Clearing Station
No. 5 Casualty Clearing Station
No. 2/2d London Casualty Clearing Station
No. 1/1 Midland D. Casualty Clearing Station
British Exped. Force, France.

4 Bales each.

By order of the Director General. Vol. Organizations
Scotland Yard.

Wargrave parish magazine, December 1916 (D/P145/28A/31)

Doing the repairs of a family of six

Berkshire children were supporting the war effort.

October 19th 1916

Lower Sandhurst Council School

To-day being “Our Day” Red Cross Fund, the School Red Cross Box was opened and found to contain £1 – 18 – 6. This amount was forwarded to the Local Organiser for inclusion in the Sandhurst Contribution.

This amount included, our ‘War Contribution’ has now reached the sum of nine pounds five shillings; and 1017 eggs have been sent to the National Egg Collection.’

Alwyn Road School
A collection was taken in school today on behalf of “Our Day” the British Red Cross and Order of St John.

Stoke Road School, Slough

A good many exhibits for the economy exhibition have been received from the parents of children attending this school. A noteworthy exhibit is a pair of boots repaired by a boy of sixteen whose father is in the Army. In a note his mother says he is doing the repairs of a family of six.

Wescott Road School, Wokingham

The Head Master left school at 3pm in order to attend the War Pensions Committee Meeting.

Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1, p. 377);
Cookham Alwyn Road School log book (88/SCH/18/1); Stoke Road School, Slough: log book (89/SCH/28/1, p. 389); Wokingham Wescott Road School log book (C/EL87, p. 168)

Flags for sale

The parish of Wargrave had patriotic fundraising plans.

Our Day

Flags will be sold in Wargrave, on October 19th, in aid of the British Red Cross Society and the order of St John of Jerusalem.

Wargrave parish magazine, October 1916 (D/P145/28A/31)

The second Day of National Intercession: a help which all can give but a power which none can measure

As a new calendar year dawned there was another national Day of Intercession. Florence Vansittart Neale helped with the recruitment of worshippers in Bisham.

2 January 1916
Special day for Intercessions & celebrations. Had been round to people & asked them to come, so had quite good congregations. Special psalms & lessons & hymns. National Anthem, & chain of prayer from 8 o’clock.

The call was reported in detail in the Winkfield magazine:


The following notice is issued by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York:

The first Sunday of this year (January 3rd, 1915) was observed as a special Day of Intercession in connection with the war. It is proposed that the opening of the coming year shall in all our parishes be marked in a similar way, Sunday, January 2nd 1916, being set apart in our Churches and Cathedrals for solemn intercession to Almighty God and for thankful recognition of the devotion that has been forthcoming in the manhood and womanhood of our country. With a view to really thoughtful use of so solemn an occasion we propose that wherever possible the observance should begin on the two preceding days; that Friday, December 31st, the closing day of the year, should be kept as a day of self-denial and of penitence for the manifold sins and shortcomings whereof we are conscious as people; and that on Saturday (New Year’s Day), at such times as may be most convenient, Services should be held and opportunity given for quiet in preparation for the Holy Communion and other Services of the Sunday thus specially appointed.

We are permitted to state that this proposed observance of the opening Sunday of the New Year meets with the entire approbation and endorsement of his Majesty the King.

We have already communicated to the authorities of other religious denominations in England the proposal we are making for the observation in this way of the opening days of the coming year, and it is our hope that the whole nation may thus be moved at a solemn hour to turn to Him Who is our Hope and Strength.


In Wargrave, the parish magazine advertised the events:

The Red Cross
All the Collections on Sunday, January 2nd, the Day of National Intercession, will be given to the British Red Cross Society.

Three Solemn Days
The last day of the year, Friday, December 31st, will be observed as a day of humble confession of penitence and intercession in regard to the War. Saturday, January 1st, may be observed as a day of special preparation for the Communion on Sunday. Sunday, January 2nd, will be observed as a Day of National Intercession.

The Services on Sunday, January 2nd, will be as follows- Holy Communion 8 a.m., preceded by Litany 7.45 a.m. and 12 o’clock. Mattins and Sermon at 11a.m. Children’s Service at 2.30 p.m. Evensong 6.30. The Sermons will be preached by the Rev, A. H, Austen-Leigh. A special character will be given to all the services.

It is hoped that no one will neglect to do his part in the work of Prayer, it is a help which all can give but of a power which none can measure.

The next issue reported:

British Red Cross Society
The Church Collections on the Day of National Intercession amounted to £22 13s. 3d. and were given to the Joint Committee of the British Red Cross Society and the British Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

In Reading, St John’s parish magazine also announced the day:

Again we are called by the Archbishop and Bishops to make the first Sunday of the year, i.e. January 2nd, a day of prayer and intercession for our nation. We are called also to observe the last day of the Old Year as one of penitence, and the intervening day as one of preparation, in so far as shall be possible for us.

Diary of Florence Vansittart Neale (D/EX73/3/17/8); Winkfield section of Winkfield District Magazine, December 1915 (D/P151/28A/7/12); Wargrave parish magazines, January and February 1916 (D/P145/28A/31); Reading St. John parish magazine, January 1916 (D/P172/28A/24)

Rejected on account of ill health

The Longworth parish magazine reported various matters relating to the war in their February issue:

Four of the men who offered themselves as recruits were rejected on account of health. There remain to be added to the previous list Albert Underwood (Marines), Charles Batts, William Bestly, Frederick Weston, and Bartholomew Green.

Miss Bartlett’s very excellent Nursing lectures were greatly appreciated by those who attended them, but we wish that this has included more of the village mothers.

£7 10s was sent to the British Red Cross Society and the Society of St John of Jerusalem for the wounded soldiers. The carol singers collected £3 10s. 9d. The rest was made up by the collections in Church. We will give the amounts subscribed for the Belgium Fund next month.

Longworth parish magazine, February 1915 (D/P83/28A/10/2)