We have been glad to welcome them home

The men and women who had served the country began to return home.

A large number of our Service men have now been demobilised and we have been glad to welcome home recently, Sergeant Major Edwin Gray, Corporals A. Brown and W. Reed, and Privates A. Beal. Ed. Brant. F. Brant. H. Brant, H. Hoptroff, G. Higgs, A. Clayton, E. Culley, D. Knight, Smith, C. Streamer, S. Thurmer, R. Thurmer, C. Taylor, C. Reed. T. Wetherhall.

Ptes. Streamer and Hoptrodd we understand have elected to join the new army.

We beg to congratulate Quarter Master Sargeant H. R. Oatway on gaining the M.S.M., and Sister Constance Druce on the honour of being mentioned in despatches.

Winkfield section of Winkfield District Magazine, March 1919 (D/P 151/28A/11/3)

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“His machine nose dived to what seemed certain death”

There were varying fortunes for the men of Winkfield.

OUR MEN WHO ARE SERVING.

Much sympathy is felt for the family of Private Charles Mitchell, who we much regret to record was killed in action on October 11th. He was only 19, and had been at the front but a few weeks. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 11th, at 6.30 at the Parish Church , when we have no doubt that many will show their sympathy by attending.

Stoker Karl Brant has been very ill with pneumonia but is now convalescent and home on leave.

Private Fred Fancourt has been wounded in the face; he is in Hospital in France and is doing well.

Flight Commander Foster Maynard met with an aeroplane accident which nearly cost him his life. It is reported that when flying, through some mishap, his machine nose dived to what seemed certain death, when it was held up by some branches and he sustained many cuts about the head and a badly broken arm, but is now doing well in hospital.

Private Albert Carter is ill with trench fever, he is in hospital in England and we hope progressing favourably.

We are glad to learn that Private John Carter who had a very long and serious illness, is now convalescent, also Private George Streamer is now almost recovered and able to take up light duty in Ireland.

Private William Burt has been invalided out of the Amy, the chronic nephritis from which he is suffering being brought on by the exposure and hardships of the trenches. He is much better now and will we trust in time get quite strong again.

We congratulate Sergeant Henry Oatway on his promotion to Sergeant-Major in the Engineers.

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS TO OUR MEN.

We have always remembered the Sailors and Soldiers from our Parish at Christmas, and sent them small Christmas gifts which they have greatly appreciated. Mrs. Maynard raised the fund for doing this last Christmas and the Christmas before by means of a rummage sale, but this cannot be managed this year and so we must fall back on the subscriptions as in 1914, but I am sure that we shall feel it a privilege to do our share in bringing some Christmas cheer to the men to whom we owe so much. About £15 will be required.

Winkfield section of Winkfield District Magazine, November 1917 (D/P151/28A/9/11)

“The return to the hell of war must be to our brave fellows a terrible wrench, far more than going out for the first time”

Winkfield men received a sympathetic hearing on their rare visits home on leave.

OUR MEN WHO ARE SERVING.

We regret to report that Pte. George Streamer has been very badly gassed and is now in Hospital in England. It is feared that he may be invalided out of the Army; his sight is badly affected.

Pte. Frank Brant has been seriously ill for several weeks. He is hospital in France and we trust that the anxiety of his relatives will still be relieved.

Pte. James Winnen has been suffering severely from shell-shock, but is now convalescent.

We are glad to welcome home on leave this month Lance-Corporal Edwin Gary, who recently won the Military Medal, Lance-Corporal Hartly Golding, and Privates G. Chaney, W. Harwood, W. Fisher and N. Town.

After the peace and quietness of a few days at home, the return to the hell of war must be to our brave fellows a terrible wrench, far more than going out for the first time. May they have a very real place in our gratitude and prayers.

Winkfield section of Winkfield District Magazine, October 1917 (D/P151/28A/9/10)

Why should the young do all the fighting and the dying and offer the great sacrifice by themselves?

The people of Winkfield were urged to support the young men who were heading to the Front.

VICAR’S LETTER

MY DEAR FRIENDS,

When you receive this Magazine we shall be nearing the completion of a year of War, and this fact cannot fail to solemnize in our minds and make us seriously consider whether we are one and all doing our duty in this supreme crisis of our Nation’s history.

The call to service and sacrifice has been answered by numbers of our young men – a list of whom is printed in this month’s Magazine – but have we who are unable to offer ourselves for active service contributed all we can and ought to the common cause? As the Bishop of London says, why should the young do all the fighting and the dying and offer the great sacrifice by themselves? The sacrifice that is for all should be offered by all, and all are bound to make the resolution “I will pray, I will repent, I will serve, I will save.”

And yet we must sorrowfully confess that the army of intercessors to offer prayer as sacrificial as the self-oblation of the millions of men who have offered themselves for war, has not been forthcoming; unlike France or Russia, out Churches have not been filled with men and women to pray for the men whose peril and blood is their shield, and I must confess to much heart sickness and disappointment that even our intercessory services in the second Sunday evenings and the last Sunday mornings in the month have not been better attended.

What is the explanation? It cannot be that we are indifferent to our country’s need or without love to our brothers at the Front; nor is it that England does not believe in God; there is enough love of our country and enough belief in God to crowd our Churches with earnest suppliants. What then is lacking? Is it not the belief in prayer and especially the belief in united supplication in God’s house? Is not the lack of this the reason why the men and women who ought to be in the praying line have not proved so steadfast as the men in the fighting line, who so greatly need our prayers, and surely have a right to expect them.

I sincerely hope therefore that large numbers will make a real and special effort to attend the special Intercession Services on Wednesday, August 4th and on Sunday, August 8th, of which notice is given in another column. The result of this war will depend very largely on the atmosphere of prayer which has been created, for prayer is the strongest force in the world, and as has been truly said, through prayer we bring our nation and our Allies into contact with Christ, and set the life of the whole Society as well as individuals in the stream of that purpose of redemptive love which can overrule even war for God.

Your sincere Friend and Vicar,
H. M. MAYNARD.

PARISH NOTES

Lieut. Godfrey Loyd and Private Henry Hoptroff have just gone to the Front, and Privates Edwin Gray, Ernest Gray, Edward Holloway and Lance-Corporal Reginald Nickless are under orders to be in readiness to go immediately. We trust that they and their naturally anxious relatives will have a place in our prayers.

Much sympathy is felt for the family of Private John Williams (Royal Field Artillery) who died in hospital after a very long and distressing illness. He was buried with full military honours at Cosham Cemetery on July 1st, and special memorial prayers were said for him on Sunday, July 4th.

NOTICE

On Wednesday, 4th August, the anniversary of the declaration of war, a great service in St. Paul’s Cathedral has been arranged, when the King and all the leaders of the nation will attend to inaugurate the second year of the war be asking God’s help. In Winkfield Church, there will be Celebration of the Holy Communion at 8 a.m., and Litany and Intercession at 11 a.m. Also Evensong and Intercession at S. Mary the Less at 7.30 p.m.

On Sunday, August 8th, both morning and evening, there will be special services with Intercessions and Thanksgivings for the way in which the country has been preserved from many dangers.

The following is list of Winkfield men serving in His Majesty’s Forces at Home and Abroad.
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“The sad news has definitely come”

News was sometimes slow to reach families at home. One Winkfield man was killed in the wars first month, but only in the spring did the sad news reach his family. They also now had to worry about two of his brothers following his example.

VICAR’S LETTER
MY DEAR FRIENDS,-
Once again I must thank you very cordially and whole-heartedly for your kind and generous “Easter offering” and, as we have no Parish Social this year, let me now take the opportunity of thanking heartily the Wardens, Sidesmen, Sunday School, Teachers, Choir, Bell-ringers, and all other helpers in parish work.

I would refer you to the account of the Easter Vestry meeting for a summary of the Church accounts, and though our balance in hand for Church expenses has, owing to the expenditure of rather large sums on necessary repairs, been largely reduced, yet we still have a satisfactory balance on the right side.

Last year I was able to report an increased amount in the offertories given away, and so it is indeed cheering to know that this year we have eclipsed all records in this respect, and our special offertories for outside purposes have considerably more than doubled those of last year.

This is, of course, largely owing to special offertories for various War funds, and I trust that the lessons of self-denial and self-sacrifice which the war is teaching us will be fully learnt and continue to influence us when we once more enjoy the blessings of peace.

Your sincere Friend and Vicar,
H. M. MAYNARD

PARISH NOTES

OUR ROLL OF HONOUR.
The following names have lately been added:
James Thurmer
Edward Thurmer
Albert Streamer
George Streamer
Lawrence Frederick Webb

Privates George Chaney, Cecil Jenden, Harry Ottaway, and Harry Rixon have just gone to the Front, and we will trust be remembered in our prayers.

We are glad to be able to state that Private John Williams is now much better and, we hope, is well on the road to complete recovery from his dangerous illness.

We much regret to announce that Private Charles Streamer was killed on August 26th. Some months ago it was reported that he had been wounded, but no information as to his whereabouts was forthcoming ; but now the sad news has definitely come of his death in the service of his Country.

Memorial prayers were said for him on Sunday, April 25th, when there were present several members of his family to whom our sympathies go out. His two brothers, George and Albert, have just joined the Royal Berks Regiment.

Winkfield section of Winkfield District Magazine, May 1915 (D/P151/28A/7/5)

A fight for liberty and honour

The Winkfield parish magazine had news of local soldiers, and a report on the Christmas gifts sent out to the Front. It also took a look back at the lessons of history and the possible meaning for the present war.

We have heard with regret of the death in action of William Cartland, aged 21. He was severely wounded and died the same day.

William Cartland lived here until he enlisted in the Army about three years ago; he was confirmed in 1909, and was a communicant and member of our Guild. He will be deeply mourned by many friends in Winkfield who loved and respected him, and much sympathy is felt for Mrs. Cartland and family in their great loss.

Our wounded.
We welcome home Pte. Albert Carter for a brief rest and convalescence.

Pte. Charles Reed who left for the Front only a few weeks ago, is in hospital at Southampton with frost-bitten legs and rheumatic fever, but we rejoice to hear that he is already convalescent; also that Pte. Charles Lunn, who was wounded, is progressing well in hospital.

We much regret that no further news has been heard of Pte. Charles Streamer, who was reported wounded. It was thought that he was in hospital in England, but the War Office can give no news of his whereabouts, and much sympathy is felt for his relatives in their great anxiety.

We were delighted to see at the beginning of the month Cecil Hayes-Sadler who obtained a few days well earned leave from the Front after some months of most useful and hazardous work as a despatch rider. Mr. Hayes-Sadler has the honour of being the first of our Winkfield Volunteers to get out to the Front.

‘15

In the days when Britannia’s rule of the waves was being established, “the Fifteen” was a common phrase in England to describe the attempt of the “Old Pretender” to regain the crown which his father James II., lost by interfering with the liberties of the English people. A. D. 1715 was the date of that attempt. Few of us, in the present time of trouble, are likely to forget another “Fifteen,” when on June 18th, 1815, 22,000 British Soldiers with a mixed force of 45,000 allied troops withstood 80,000 French veterans on the field of Waterloo. That, too, was a fight for liberty and honour. But the greatest “Fifteen” of all was seven hundred years ago. John, King of England and France had made one of the many attempts of the Norman Kings to destroy the customs and freedom of the English over whom he ruled. At the Island of Running-mead in the Thames Valley, on June 19th, 1215 he was brought to book, signing the Magna Charta, which has since become the charter of freedom not only in England but of the whole civilised world. Again and again John’s successors have tried to revoke that charter – again and again they have been brought to book. At last England grew tired of the incessant struggle and banished the last to break the peace of the realm (James II.). This settled the question, perhaps for ever. Is it too much to hope that out of 1915 may come a similar judgement on rulers who break the peace of Europe?

SOLDIERS’ AND SAILORS’ CHRISTMAS PRESENT SCHEME.

This has now reached a satisfactory conclusion, and 51 parcels have been dispatched. The following warm things were sent out : 24 undervests, 22 pairs of gloves, 8 pairs of socks, 9 helmets, 2 mufflers, 7 mittens, 2 knitted purses, 1 belt, 4 dozen khaki handkerchiefs, 4 air cushions, 2 other presents; and each parcel contained also such items as these: cigarettes, matches, candles, chocolate, soap, string, writing paper, safety pins, a “first aid” to French, and cough lozenges.

Miss Montgomerie wishes to thank all those who helped to bring this undertaking to a satisfactory issue, especially Mrs. Brant and Miss. Jenden, both of whom have given most kind assistance.

Winkfield section of Winkfield District MonthlyMagazine, January 1915 (D/P151/28A/7/1)

Hearty goodwill

The parishioners of Winkfield remembered their own men serving in the Armed Forces, as well as helping out Belgian refugees and those remaining in their blighted country.

VICAR’S LETTER.

MY DEAR FRIENDS,

I am glad that the response to my plea, made in last month’s Magazine, for distressed families in Belgium has been well responded to.

As I write, the house to house collection made by members of the C. E. M. S is not yet completed, so I cannot now announce the total amount received, but such returns as have come in are very encouraging and lead me to hope that we shall be able to send up a substantial sum as some small acknowledgement of the great debt we owe to our Allies in their Country’s dire need.

As regards to the proposed arrangements to provide for another Belgian family in our parish, I have been twice disappointed in the matter of a house, but we now have a definite offer from Miss Donaldson of her house “Asphodel,” rent free for six months, if we will furnish it for the reception of a small family, and I should be grateful for any offers of monetary help to this end, and also for the loan of any furniture that can be temporarily spared.

I am delighted to be able to report that Miss Montgomerie’s efforts to raise a fund to give a Christmas present to all the Soldiers and Sailors who hail from our Parish, have been crowned with much success; a brief report and list of subscribers is appended. It is pleasant too to record that our Choirmen have just sent a present of 500 cigarettes to each of our own Sailors and Soldiers at the Fronts.

Notices of the Christmas Services will be sent out later, but let me now heartily wish you all a happy Christmas. This Christmas will be unique in our experience for it will find so many homes with the usual family gathering marred by the absence of their loved ones in danger at the Front or away from home in training; and in too many cases the joyous Festival will be clouded by the sorrow of bereavement, and the knowledge that some dear one is enduring pain and suffering among the wounded. Let all those thus in anxiety and sorrow be very much in our thoughts and prayers this Christmas-tide.

Your faithful Friend and Vicar,

H. M. MAYNARD.

OUR WOUNDED.
We are glad to be able to state that Fred Rixon had now returned home and is now convalescent. Albert Carter and Charles Streamer are also progressing well in hospital.

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SOLDIERS’ AND SAILORS’ CHRISTMAS FUND. It is pleasing to hear that the Christmas Present Fund for men in service who have left this parish has amounted to approximately £9, a sum which will admit of a useful present being sent to each man. Every parcel sent off will contain a paper, stating that it has been subscribed for by the people of Winkfield as a token of their hearty goodwill.

We wish to thank all the subscribers to this fund for their generous contributions, which have enabled the scheme to reach a successful issue; and it is believed that we are all glad to the brave men who are helping in the Great Cause, and with whom we are proud to claim comradeship in this Parish.

Winkfield portion of Winkfield District magazine, December 1914 (D/P151/28A/6/12)

A fate dreadful to contemplate

The vicar of Winkfield was anxious to help both Belgian refugees who had reached safety in Berkshire, and those left behind to a worse fate. In nearby Warfield, meanwhile, we learn whether proposals to start a Rifle Club to train potential recruits would be going ahead.

Winkfield

VICAR’S LETTER.

MY DEAR FRIENDS, –

I am very anxious that we as a parish should try to do our best to help our distressed Allies the Belgians. As you know, thousands of Belgian families have been obliged to take refuge in England, and homes of some sort must be provided for them.

Through the generosity of two parishioners two families will shortly come and make temporary home in Winkfield, and from enquiries I have made as to accommodation, I think we could well arrange to provide for another destitute family if funds to support them are forthcoming. Probably at least one pound a week would have to be guaranteed. I have the promise of one guarantee of 5/- a week and should be glad to receive other offers of help to guarantee the remaining funds necessary.

But besides those poor people who have reached England in a state of destitution, there are thousands still in Belgium, especially in the outlying districts, who cannot get away: country people whose villages have been completely destroyed, homeless, destitute, and whose fate in the coming winter is dreadful to contemplate if help does not quickly reach them.

There is no need to remind you of the immense debt we owe to the brave Belgian people, and of our duty to do our utmost to help them in their dire need, and so I hope that those who cannot afford to guarantee any sum weekly for destitute Belgian families in England, will self-denyingly give as large a donation as they can to help these poor people starving in Belgium.

I should be glad to receive the names of more who would volunteer to take collecting cards, and when they call for your donations I trust they will meet with a generous response.

Your faithful Friend and Vicar,
H. M. MAYNARD.

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Every young man should know his duty

The Winkfield parish magazine was proud that many of its young men had joined up (and one female nurse), but urged others to follow them. They also shared a poem more notable for its keen patriotism than its literary merits.

Our Choir has been denuded of about half its senior members, five of them having volunteered for Foreign Services in answer to their country’s call.

We may perhaps feel rather proud of the number of men from this parish who are now serving their Country in this great National crisis, but it may well be that there are still some holding back who ought to come forward in response to the stirring appeal “Your King and Country need you.” As the Bishop of Chelmsford has truly said, “In this war or right against wrong every young man should seek to know his duty, and when he knows it face it even unto death.”

Besides a large number who have enrolled themselves as Special Constables, 45 young men of the parish are now either serving at the Front or undergoing training to take their part in this great war. We print a copy of the list posted on the Church door, and hope that more names will soon be added to this list of honour which perhaps at the end of the war may take more permanent form of a board or tablet so as to hand down to future generations the names of those who fought in the brave days of old.

NOW AT THE FRONT

Blunden, Horace Frank Ottaway, Ernest (Navy)
Brant, George Ottaway, Harry
Carter, Albert Reed, Charles
Harris, Herbert Rixon, Fred
Hayes-Sadler, Cecil Simmonds, John S. (Navy)
Lunn, Charles Streamer, Charles
Mitchell, George (Navy) Taylor, William (Navy)
Mitchell, Henry Thurmer, Ernest
Ottaway, Albert Woodage, Walter

Sister Constance Druce.

UNDERGOING TRAINING

Banstead, George Hoptroff, Henry
Berney, Thomas Reedham Jenden, Cecil
Chaney, George Kimble, Archibald
Chaney, John Maynard, Forster H.M.
Diaper, Arthur Nickless, Reginald
Fisher, William Nickless, Wallace
Gray, Edwin Parrott, William
Greatham, Charles Reed, Walter
Harris, Ernest Rixon, Henry
Hayes-Sadler, Ralph Spears, William
Hipple, George Thurmer, William
Holloway, William Thurmer, Robert
Holmes, Arthur Webb, Albert
Holmes, Fred

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