“We want to have on the Memorial the names of all the old boys who received their education in Speenhamland School, and who made the great sacrifice in the War”

Plans were afoot for another memorial.

The School War Memorial, which is being generously given by Mrs Waldron, has taken a forward step in the past few days. The architect has paid a visit to the Schools, and we hope very soon to see the proposed design. We want to have on the Memorial the names of all the old boys who received their education in Speenhamland School, and who made the great sacrifice in the War. Names should be sent in to Mr Herring at once. He would like full name, rank, and regiment or ship.

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

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Still more to come

June 5th

My list of old scholars who have died during the War numbers 38, and there are still more to come.

St Mary’s CE School, Speenhamland (C/EL119/3)

The number of old boys who died for their country is now 34

June 3rd

The number of old boys who died for their country is now 34. I have advertised in NW News, and have had many answers.

St Mary’s CE School, Speenhamland (C/EL119/3)

Now going to Russia

More soldiers shared their experiences back home.

May 2nd
Visit of Fred Dore and Reg. Claridge, two old boys who have seen service in Flanders, France, Italy, and are now going to Russia.

St Mary’s CE School, Speenhamland (C/EL119/3)

“I am afraid he will not stay”

Postwar wages had not kept up with price rises.

Ap 29th

Visit of Charles and Cecil Burningham who have just been demobilised, and Robert Tompkins and Leslie Booth who were demobilised some time ago.

New scale of salaries came from Office, but teachers are not very satisfied. Mr Robbins has £142.10s which he says is not enough, and I am afraid he will not stay.

St Mary’s CE School, Speenhamland (C/EL119/3)

Especial commendation

Speenhamland children were apparently especially interested in the Navy.

Ap 16

The Mayor, accompanied by Mr E J Forster, came at 3.15 and a very pleasing little function took place. The Prize-winners were five in number in order as follows:

Boys: 1 George Bourne aged 11, 2 Fred Bogg aged 13
Girls: 1 Evelyn Herbert aged 13, 2 Rose Watling aged 12, 3 Hilda Curtis aged 10.

The Mayor mentioned that this was the only school in the Borough that had gained 5 prizes, and George Bourne was singled out for especial commendation.

St Mary’s CE School, Speenhamland (C/EL119/3)

Mayor to present prizes from the Navy League

Apr 15

Letter from Mr Forster to say the Mayor would be here tomorrow at 3 pm to present the Prizes won by scholars of this school (two boys and three girls) in connection with the Navy League.

St Mary’s CE School, Speenhamland (C/EL119/3)

“During the past four years I have worked as hard as ever I did in my life”

Life was getting back to normal.

Apr 11th

Mr Robbins has completed his first week’s work since his demobilisation. It has been a very great help to have him back, for during the past four years I have worked as hard as ever I did in my life. Already he has begun with the sports and introduced Rugby football, and in other ways has helped me with work I have hitherto been unable to do.

St Mary’s CE School, Speenhamland (C/EL119/3)

Essays in connection with the Navy League

Apr 10th
Letter from Mr Godding to say the Mayor would present the prizes to the winners of the best essays in connection with the Navy League next Wednesday aft. Ap. 16th.

St Mary’s CE School, Speenhamland (C/EL119/3)

Still several ill with Influenza

A teacher took some time off to be with her soldier husband. She returned on 21 March, but resigned on 2 May to follow her husband to Aldershot.

Earley
14th March 1919

Mrs Plumer has been away the past two days, as her husband is returning to his military duties next week.

Speenhamland
Mar 14th

This week the attendance has much improved, reaching 92.8%. There are still several ill with Influenza.

Log books of St Peter’s CE School, Earley (SCH36/8/3); St Mary’s CE School, Speenhamland (C/EL119/3)

“Upwards of 50% of those who had made the great sacrifice from the Parish had received their education in this school”

A school wanted its own war memorial.

Speenhamland

Mar 10th

Visit of J E Robbins – Assistant Master of this school. He joined up in 1914 and had just been demobilised. He will recommence work here in about a fortnight’s time.

Meeting of Parishioners held in this room last evening to decide on a War memorial for those who have fallen. After several propositions for windows in the Church etc, I proposed that as upwards of 50% of those who had made the great sacrifice from the Parish had received their education in this school, it would be fitting to put some memorial here as well as elsewhere. I am pleased to say my proposal was received with approbation, and a list of names suitable inscribed will be placed in this school.

Sandhurst

March 10th 1919

Have received a communication from Mr. Newey, lately an assistant master here stating that he hopes to return to school as soon as he is demobilized.

St Mary’s CE School, Speenhamland (C/EL119/3); Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1)

An inspiration for the generations of children in the near future

In Speenhamland it was felt that there should be two war memorials.

A representative meeting of parishioners was held in the schoolroom on Monday, March 10th, to consider the question of a War Memorial for this Parish. Those present were unanimously of the opinion that some permanent memorial should be raised to the gallant sailors and soldiers from our midst who have laid down their lives for their country. It was felt that the main memorial should be in the Church itself, and that some record should also be placed in the School adjoining, through which so many of the boys had passed, as this would be an inspiration for the generations of children in the near future. Various suggestions were made as to the memorial in the Church, which will be considered in due course, and the following (with power to add to their number) were appointed a Committee to deal with the matter:- the Vicar, the Churchwardens, the Sidesmen, Mr. Herring, Mrs. Day, Miss M. Bunny, Miss Fuller and Miss Wilson. Mr. Corden will act as secretary.

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

A Lecture at the Picture Palace on the Navy

em>You may remember that Mrs Thornton had been absent since the 12th, due to the return home of her soldier husband. This was causing difficulties for her colleagues.

Sunninghill
18th February 1919

Mrs Thornton is still absent, & as a consequence 4 teachers are managing 5 rooms, & each teacher has charge of 2 classes – an instance of overwork of which we have had much undesirable experience of this school.

Speenhamland
Feb 18th

About 120 children of the Upper Standard attend a Lecture at the Picture Palace on the Navy; they will be required to write an Essay on what they see and hear and prizes will be given for the best.

Receipt for £1.1.0 received from the Organiser of the King’s Fund for the Disabled.

Ascot
February 18th 1919

Through lack of coal great difficulty is being experienced in keeping the rooms warm enough for the boys to work in any degree of comfort.


Log books of St Michael’s CE Mixed School, Sunninghill (88/SCH/32/3); St Mary’s CE School, Speenhamland (C/EL119/3); Ascot Heath Boys’ School (C/EL110/4

A collection for the King’s Fund for the Disabled

Jan. 21

We made a collection for the King’s Fund for the Disabled and I am sending £1.1.0 as the result.

St Mary’s CE School, Speenhamland (C/EL119/3)

A new flag for Peace Day

Braywick
17th January 1919

As the school flag is worn out, we the teachers and scholars, determined to purchase a new one for ‘Peace Day’. So with the managers’ consent a half holiday was granted to-day that we might give a concert, the proceeds of which to buy a flag. Children worked very heartily with their teachers to become proficient in their plays, dances and songs and good results are hoped for.

Speenhamland
Jan 17

Visit of Francis C E Lewis of the RFA, an old boy.


Log books of Braywick CE School (C/EL65/4)
; St Mary’s CE School, Speenhamland (C/EL119/3)