In a prisoners’ hospital in Germany

Some PoWs were in a bad state.

We are glad to welcome home John Tidy, Richard Taylor and Percy Huxford, who have been prisoners of war, and to hear that Arthur Francis and Ben Ferns have arrived in England, though they are at present in hospital. Mrs. Ednie has heard that her son Victor is in a prisoners’ hospital in Germany, but he is expected to be moved home soon.

Winkfield District Magazine, January 1919 (D/P 151/28A/11)

Most forms of disablement can be usefully dealt with

Provisions for men left disabled as a result of wounds were becoming personal for Ascot people.

The name of William Tidy (son of Mr. Tidy of the Royal Nurseries) has, we regret to say, to be added to our Prisoners of War.

We also feel deep sympathy for the anxiety of the families of William Nobbs and Walter Barton, both of whom are reported missing.

Sergeant Major Arthur Butcher and Corporal William Jones have been called to the Front.

Pte. Thomas Statham is wounded, but we are thankful to say he is progressing favourably.

Pte. Ernest Taylor has been ill in Mesopotamia.

Corporal Claud Parsons (Machine Gun Corps) has received the Military Medal for gallant conduct.

Lieutenant Ernest Monk (R. West Surrey) has been promoted Captain. He gained his commission owing to conspicuous gallantry. He married the daughter of Mr. Jones, London Road. Both he and Corporal Parsons are wounded.

Pte. Walter Talbot is home, and has been discharged “disabled.”

We would like to say that extensive arrangements for the training of disabled men have been set up all over the Country, and most forms of disablement can be usefully dealt with. Any disabled Sailor or Soldier in the Parish requiring training should apply to Mr. Tottie, who will be very glad to give information and assistance.

Ascot section of Winkfield District Magazine, June 1917 (D/P151/28A/9/6)

A record of which we may well be proud

Ascot churchgoers sent care parcels to their friends in the forces, and entertained strangers in the Royal Flying Corps.


In January a parcel was sent to Ascot men in the Navy or Army serving abroad “with every good wish for a happy New Year from your friends in Ascot.” The parcel contained a fitting writing case, a pair of thick socks, and some candles for the men in the trenches, and was sent to 12 men in the Navy, 75 men in France, and 13 in Egypt, Salonica and Mesopotamia.

Many letters have since been received from the men thanking Ascot for their kind thoughts of them, and giving good accounts of themselves. The cost of the parcels with the postages has more than exhausted the funds at the disposal of the Committee, and we must hope of means of replenishing the fund before long.

We are very pleased to hear that Sergeant Grimmett has been recommended for a commission, and we cordially congratulate him. This will make the sixth commission specially earned by Ascot, and is surely a record of which we may well be proud. The names of the gallant six are- 2nd Lieuts. Baker, Grimmett, Robinson, Stuart, Taylor and Watson, and we wish them “Good Luck.”

We regret to have to add the name of William J. Tidy (Gun Section H. A. C.) to our Prisoners of War.

CLUB ROOM for the men of the Royal Flying Corps.

Through the earnestness and energy of several ladies of All Saints congregation a Club Room has been opened at the Fire Brigade Station in High Street, the Committee of the Brigade having most kindly lent their premises for the purpose.

Ascot section of Winkfield District Magazine, March 1917 (D/P151/28A/9/3)

A parting of ways

The Ascot parish magazine acknowledged the loss felt by those whose loved ones had been killed. Meanwhile, the Church Lads’ Brigade were drilling with real guns.

WE WISH OUR PEOPLE every Blessing from GOD during the year of Grace, 1915. We deeply feel with many of them, who have been called upon to part, who have been called upon to part, so far as this present life is concerned, with those who are precious, very dear indeed, to their hearts. But the parting is for a time only, and we “sorrow not, as those that have no hope.” We have a very glorious Hope indeed: and the “Roll of Honour” is enclosed in the Frame of Immortality. “I believe in the Resurrection of the body, and the Life Everlasting.” We ourselves return this new year to our work for a little longer, until our own turn comes to pass on into the “Beyond”.

Our deepest sympathy is tendered to Mrs. Phillips, a former parishioner of All Saints, on the loss of her two sons who have given their lives for the sake of their country. The Eternal Resurrection Morning will reunite many families of this fair English land, over whom for the present there has come a parting of ways.

The Recreation Club at All Saints Parish Room is much appreciated by many of the men. During the past month two musical and variety entertainments have been arranged by Mr. And Mrs. Tottie, and one by Mr. Tidy. An excellent lecture on the War has also been given by Mr. Patton.

The Church Parade Services on Sundays at 9.45 a.m. have been delightfully hearty. We warmly welcome the continued presence among us of the Territorials.

We are under very great obligations to Captain Thomas (who has volunteered for the Army) for his continued interest in our Company. He still comes over form Windsor from time to time on the Tuesday evenings. Subjoined is the Report of the Annual Inspection.

C.L.B. Ascot Company.

The following extract from the official Report to the Governing Body has been received from Captain Everett.

In common no doubt with others, this Company has suffered recently from loss of services of some of its officers and warrant officers, and consequently there has been, I was informed, some lack of regularity in attendance and of keenness among the lads.

This was not apparent however in those who paraded for my inspection: and the performance of the Squad, Physical and Company drilling showed solid work had been done.

In the Company drill greater attention should be given to the use of the commands laid down in the “Guide” for the various formations.

The general turn-out, steadiness, and behaviour on parade was good, with one or two exceptions. The carbines should in some cases be “pulled through” oftener.

With encouragement, the Company should do well, as there is promising material in its ranks.

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