A thank-offering for all the mercies God has shown us during the years of war

St Peter’s Church Committee

A Processional Cross has been presented to St Peter’s as a thank-offering for all the mercies God has shown us during the years of war.

The final list of subscribers to the Cross Fund, which is now closed:

The Vicar, Mr F Rogers, Canon Meara, Mrs East, Mr and Mrs Snow, Mrs Parkinson, Mrs Plaistowe, Mrs Arundell, Mrs Arnold, Mrs and Miss Wright, Mrs Warwick, Mrs Crowhurst, Miss Sperling, Mr and Mrs G Parkinson, Miss Leaver, Major and Mrs Boulton, Mrs and Miss Lilly, Mrs W Fuller, Mrs Newell, Miss Lenns, Mr and Mrs Warren, Mrs Adams, Mrs C West, Messrs G Woodwards, D Blay, Don. Blay, F Lovegrove, R Lovegrove, F Matthews, F Street, H Hill, F Davis, C Snow, R Potter, R Knibbs, F Potter, G Burfoot and B Perkins.

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, June 1919 (D/P181/28A/28)

These served their King by land or sea from the Parish of Wargrave during the Great War

A final list of the Wargrave men who served in the war. NB: where this symbol † appears in the list, an entry for this soldier exists in the corresponding supplement to follow.


These served their King by land or sea from the Parish of Wargrave during the Great War.

Additions and Corrections for this Roll should be sent to the Vicar as soon as possible.

Adby, L.
Adby, C.
Adby, W.
Adby, O.
Alderton, F. J.
Allen, C. W.
Allum, H.
Amos, G.
Andrew, H.
Arnold, A. E.
Arnold, W.
Attlesey, H. F.

A critical time

Reading churchgoers offered their prayers for the war.


For the entry of the British troops into Jericho.


For the spirit of self-sacrifice and perseverance in the nation.

For God’s blessing on Ireland at this critical time, especially on the Feast of S. Patrick (March 17th).

For the Russian people at this critical time in their history.

For all our fighting men and all suffering from the war, especially those in danger from air raids in London and on the East Coast.

For Horace Beesley, one of our altar-lads, just gone out to France as a volunteer carpenter.

For all the wounded, sick and prisoners on both sides.

For the fallen, especially Frederick Mott, Wine Place; John Hannon, Milman Road; William Mason, Stanley Street.

Reading St Mary parish magazine, March 1918 (D/P98/28A/16)

All patriotic people recognise that they should spend as little as possible on themselves at the present time

Winkfield people were encouraged to join a new war savings movement.


It is hoped that we may be able to form in this parish a War Savings Association, and so a meeting to discuss a scheme and, if possible, start a local Association, will be held on Friday, March 16th, at 7 p.m. in the Men’s Club Room, Winkfield Row.

All patriotic people recognise that they should spend as little as possible on themselves at the present time, so as to be able to lend what they can save to the Nation to help to pay for the war, and a War Savings Association enables members to purchase the 15/6 War Savings Certificates on better terms than they could do as individual investors.


A meeting to discuss the formation of a War Savings Association and a Parish War Society was held at the men’s Club Room on Friday, March 16th, when there was a good attendance.

The Vicar put forward some suggestions for rules to form the basis of a Parish War Society, the objects of which should be to promote the production of more food, to encourage thrift and saving and the loyal carrying out of the Food Controller’s requirements. Mr Burridge, who kindly came from Bracknell explained the working of a War Savings Association, and a motion by Mr. Asher was carried that a Committee consisting of Messrs. G. Brown, H. Harrison, C. Osman, J. Street, and the Vicar, should be appointed to go into these matters and take the necessary steps for the formation of a War Savings Association.

The Committee met the next day and decided to apply at once for affiliation to the National War Savings Committee for a Winkfield War Savings Association, with the Chairman the Vicar, Treasurer Mr. C. Osman, Secretary Mr. Tipper.

Arrangements have been made to receive payments on Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Club Room, Winkfield Row, by Mr. Tipper; on Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Parish Room by Mr. King; or parents with children at the Schools can send their money to be received by Miss Harris.

The Secretary will be glad to furnish full information to any applicants.

Winkfield section of Winkfield District Magazine, March and April 1917 (D/P151/28A/9/3-4)

“His parents have received no official report from the War Office”

There was news of the Winkfield men serving.


Our deep sympathy goes out to the parents and relations of Pte. John Lunn who was killed inaction in the beginning of November. At the time of writing his parents have received no official report from the War Office, but they heard the sad news from his Commanding Officer who, in a sympathetic letter speaks in high terms of their dead son and the regret felt at his loss.

Lieut. Cecil Hayes-Sadler, R.E., and Privates Albert Fletcher, George Higgs, Earnest Woodage have gone to the front in France, and Dr. Albert Jones has sailed for Salonika. Their names are added to our long list read out in Church, with the request for special prayer in our Intercessions on the second and last Sundays in the month.

We have just learnt that Pte. F. Street has recently joined the M.T.A.S.C.

We are glad to hear that Pte. C.E.Burt is now doing well after his relapse and is in Reading Hospital.

Winkfield section of Winkfield District Magazine, December 1916 (D/P151/28A/12)

Too upset to work

A Reading teacher joins up, as a Cookham teacher’s brother is killed in action.

Reading St Giles Boys’ School
29th May-2nd June 1916

Fourth Standard without a teacher owing to the loss of Mr Webster who joined his group for Active Service as from 29 May. Mr Webster was here for 11 years nearly.

Cookham Alwyn Road School
May 29th 1916

Miss Street absent today. She received news this morning of her brother’s death in Egypt and was too much upset to attend to her duties today.

Reading St Giles Boys School log book (R/ES2/9, p. 233); Cookham Alwyn Road School log book (88/SCH/18/1, p. 274)

A privilege to do one’s duty

The parishioners of Warfield felt the church was in danger, presumably from foreign invasion, and rallied round to help, as the church magazine bears witness:

“England expects that every man will do his duty” has been exemplified by the noble way in which the men of Warfield have come forth to guard their old Parish Church during this period of anxiety. One feels sure that they need no thanks, being always a privilege to do one’s duty. It is also right that the Parish Magazine should chronicle their names which are taken as they stand on the list before the Editor.

Messrs. J. Street, R. Searle, Fairminer, Goddard, Haines, E.Street, Pearce, Chaney, Peat, Higgs, Lovejoy, B. Bowyer, Brockbank, Johnson, G. Woodwards, C. Dyer, Bowyer, S. Moss, W. Dyer, E. Gale, H. Crocker, W. Bowyer, Crewe, Rickson, Parks, Dixon, R.Crow, J.Crow, G.Lewis, Joe Lewis, Dyer, Vicar, E.Gregory, B. Gregory, Inglefield, Lovejoy, S. White, Gill, Lewis, S. Bowyer, T. Bowyer and Son, Staniford, S. Stacey, Gale, Inskeep, A. Bowyer, Clee, Banham, Jakeman, Thatcher, Campbell, W. Excel, L. Bowyer, Carding, E. Bowyer, Ward and Woodwards.

Ascot, Bracknell, Cranbourne and Winkfield District church magazine, August 1914 (D/P151/28A/6/8)

Is the anguish of war a message from God?

Sydney Spencer, who hoped to become a clergyman some day, confided to his diary his wish to assist with nursing the wounded, and his concern for them.

10th August 1914
I called at Mr Street’s on the way home [from playing at Stubbings], & stopped chatting till about 9.15. Mrs Frank Street’s son Roland has volunteered. The more one thinks of things the more incredible does it seem that Europe is in the throes of a huge war. Today’s paper tells of a great battle in Liege between Germany & France where thousands have been lost on either side. Yesterday I had a letter from dear old “Jumbo” (Oliphant of Exeter Coll), & he tells me that most of the colleges are now barracks & the Examination Schools are turned into hospitals. Also he tells me that rumours are floating that Oxford will not meet next term but that nothing official has yet been announced. Soon we must expect to hear of an engagement between England and Germany. So far naval engagements only have occurred between us & even those were of that cold deadly slaughtering type – the hidden mine type – but soon the armies must meet & then our hospitals must be filled with men wounded & dying. How I do long to be able to go to them & help them. I am no good as a fighter: I have no strength in my arms, but I long to be able to attend to the sick & wounded, & to help them spiritually.

I do feel so strongly the desire to talk to them of those deeper things of life. There is so much talk nowadays of practical help. You must attend to the bodily wants. Yes that is true, but is there not a deep want & hunger for someone to cure these mental disorders too? What does it profit a man if he save his body & lose his soul? I am sure that underneath all the bluff & “don’t care” of the ordinary man there lies hidden a very real desire to learn of spiritual things. I feel that the harvest is truly plenteous but the labourers very few. This war with all its horrors & its terrible tale of desolated homes & death, now seems like a message from God, not now a gentle pleading, but the Voice of his Trumpet commanding attention. How long Oh Lord hast thou pleaded in gentle tones, can I now feel bitter that Thou dost command? No. It is only the warning noise for a loving Father who so yearns for his wayward children that he may stop at nothing in His determination to make them feel His presence.

Oh England, my England, how I love your hills & vales, your softly flowing streams, your smiling pastures & meads, your “burding” brooks & tumbling waterfalls, your mountains wrapped in mystery! How too I love you, my English countrymen with your breezy English atmosphere, & your big hearts full of the potentiality for good! My Oxford, over which I seem to see hang a cloud of golden softness, my Alma Mater in whose soft arms I have been caressed for a short time, & may be again if God so wishes it! Men of Oxford who have so kindly treated & so manfully despised all those things in me which wanted altering! My heart goes out, & out to all, to My England, & I feel very sad, for the very love I have for her & for Oxford & for her people, is made sad by the vapid frivolity, the utter selfishness, & the endless whirligig of pleasure seeking which I see all around me. Shallow superficiality masquerades as “practical optimism”, vapid pleasure seeking as common sense, healthy mindedness & serious thought is dubbed morbidity, & religion “mere weakmindedness”. When are people going to wake up to their utter need? Will they do so now in this time of dire distress & anguish?

Diary of Sydney Spencer (D/EX801/12)