Progressing favourably in Egypt

Ascot churchgoers continued to think of their men in the services.

On Wednesdays there will be an address after Evensong and War Intercessions at 7.30 and also on Fridays at 11, after the Litany.

The following have written thanking the Men’s Committee for Christmas parcels safely received :–

M. Sumner, W. Roots, F. Swayne, R. Sensier, F. May, J. Nobbs, J. Siggins, J. Williams, S. Waite, E. Butler, G. Larkin, G. Andrews, A Barnard, F. Barton, H. Wilderspin, C. Berridge, G. White, E. Dunstan, G. Talbot, W. Jones.

We are very glad to hear that Fred Talbot, who was reported dangerously wounded, is now reported progressing favourably in Egypt.

The collection at Evensong on Christmas afternoon when carols were sung, amounted to £2 10s. 0d. fot St Dunstan’s Hospital for Blinded Soldiers.

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

Now they know what war means

Meg Meade wrote to her brother Ralph in Egypt. She was staying with their parents in Peterborough, and had heard from her naval husband.

Jan 26th [1916]
My darling Ralph

I hear that the beautiful Lady Loughborough was an Australian called Miss Chisholm & she married out in Egypt the other day.

I sent the Gallipoli bomb to Miss Jackson at that Irish address. I have not yet heard if it’s arrived alright.

I sent £1 to the Home Office for permission for you to wear those foreign orders, & they have acknowledged the money without saying where the warrants have been sent to…

How I envy you in beloved Egypt, & near the Nile!

Jim writes very well, but they have no news. His destroyers are joining up every day, & the gales never stop blowing for an hour…. Jim sent me really a heavenly rhyme about Royalist & her officers which I am copying out for you. Isn’t it priceless.
Maysie will tell you all her news. Poor John has got to have his jaw cut again before it can heal.

The parents seem very well, & Mamma has a thousand irons in the fire as usual, & sometimes get her fingers burnt, but she always retaliates! She’s started a first class Red X workroom in the Knights Chamber which of course infuriates the other Cross Red women who aren’t Red X here!

There is no chauffeur & no gardeners. We live in the hall & dining room & Dad’s study. Mr Green & the housemaids are supposed to run the garden!! So Dad & I had a morning’s weeding today, one had almost to push one’s way along the Monastery Garden through the weeds. But the War has reduced all gardens to that. Dad busy with the hoe, poking, pushing & destroying, muttered pathetically, “Poor dears” & I found he was addressing the weeds!

PS I went to see Aunt Syb who is wonderful, & Joanie, who is the same, but she seemed to me so altered in the face. Something has happened to her eyes, & they seem shattered by the sorrow and shock, & who can wonder. It is so awful.

[On a separate sheet is the poem:]


Rumour we paid for safe evacuation of Gallipoli

Lady Mary Glyn informed her son Ralph of the death of his cousin Ivar Campbell.

The Palace

My own darling Ralph

Jan 12. The news has come of Ivar. “Died of wounds” and I know how much you will feel it, and how grieved you will be for Aunt Syb, Joan and Enid – & regret my regret, which I have ever had for “words spoken in haste”, but I love to know it was all made up outside the old Inverary Church the day after his father’s funeral – and it was the old Ivar we will one day meet again, that gave me that kiss & the old radiant smile – for we used to be such friends when he was a little boy, and now he will teach me to be more gentle and to say less, however strongly moved!

I saw Aunt Syb [Ivar’s bereaved mother] on Thursday in last week. She is always brave, and had been cheered by letters from him on Christmas Day & on New Years Day….

I go to bed too tired to write, but first go to sleep. It will get better as I have now got through the worst, & the next Rest Room at the Great Eastern, and the Red Cross Work Room are started & working well & delightful helpers all rallying round me, and I have been happy in it all….

We have lost Swayne. He went yesterday & is a dreadful loss. If he passes the medical, he will be attached to Flying Transport Corps….

Your very own
Jan 12 1916

Lady Mary’s daughter Meg Meade wrote to Ralph the same day with the latest rumours about Gallipoli:

12th [January 1916]
23 Wilton Place, SW

My own darling Ralph

…Now that you are among the fleshpots your no longer flagging spirits are not dependent on witty letters from your devoted family.

There is a rumour going all round London that we “paid” for the evacuation of Gallipoli in safety. It only goes to show how far people will go in the gossip without foundation…

Your ever very loving Meg

Letters from Lady Mary Glyn and Meg Meade to Ralph Glyn (D/EGLC2/3)