Special courses for discharged soldiers who wish to enter the teaching profession

Newbury welcomed former soldiers to the teaching profession.

Friday, September 27th, 1918

Teachers on Military Service

The Sub-committee much regret to report that Lieut. M. Rose, Hants Regiment, has died as a result of wounds received in action in France. Mr Rose was on the staff of the Newbury Boys’ Council School, and left to enter the army in June 1916. This school has now lost two of its masters in the war.

Training of Discharged Soldiers

A circular letter was received from the Board of Education, with reference to the establishment of special courses for discharged soldiers who wish to enter the teaching profession, and suggesting that applicants from each area should be medically examined by the School Medical Officer. The Sub-committee were informed that the Committeee’s School Medical Officer (Dr R. Hickman) had kindly offered to medically examine any candidate from this area without payment of the usual fee.

Finance, School Management and General Purposes Sub-committee of the Education Committee of Newbury Borough Council: minutes (N/AC1/2/9)

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The best results are obtained only by getting into touch with the men personally

Thousands of wounded or sick troops had now returned home. the nation owed them support for their service. Some needed medical help, others re-training for new occupations, or help finding jobs.

The Disablements Sub-committee beg to report that they have been notified of approximately 2,524 disabled soldiers and sailors discharged into the county. Of the cases now entered upon the Register, which exclude those being investigated, the numbers specifying disabilities are as follows:

Amputation of leg or foot 51
Amputation of arm or hand 34
Other wounds or injuries to leg or foot 353
Other wounds or injuries to arm or hand 147
Other wounds or injuries to head 69
Other wounds or injuries 192
Blindness and other eye affections 77
Heart diseases 217
Chest complaints 93
Tuberculosis 101
Deafness and affections of the ear 72
Rheumatism 151
Epilepsy 37
Neurasthenia 47
Other mental affections 31
Other disabilities 532

Of this number all have been provided with a Medical Attendant [i.e. a doctor] under the National Health Insurance Act, and special treatment, including the supply or repair of artificial limbs and surgical appliances, has been provided in accordance with the recommendations of Military Authorities, Medical Boards or ordinary medical Attendants.

From the 1 April 1917, 280 cases have received Institutional treatment – both in and out-patient – at Military Hospitals, Civil Hospitals, Sanatoria, Cottage Hospitals or Convalescent Homes.
The total number of tuberculous soldiers and sailors to date is 101, and of these 72 have received Institutional treatment within the County under the County Scheme and three have received Institutional treatment outside the County Scheme. This treatment is provided through the County Insurance Committee.

The Committee has assisted with Buckinghamshire War Pensions Committee in the provision of a new wing for Orthopaedic Treatment at the King Edward VII Hospital, Windsor. This, which was urgently needed, and will be of the greatest benefit to men in that part of the county, will be opened in the course of two or three weeks. The Committee has also been instrumental with the Buckinghamshire Committee in obtaining the approval of the Minister of Pensions to a proposed Scheme for the provision, equipment, and establishment of a special hospital for totally disabled soldiers and sailors at Slough and an assurance from the Ministry of adequate fees for maintenance thereof. Her Royal Highness Princess Alice is forming a provisional Committee, and we have every hope that the proposed arrangements will e speedily carried into effect.
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“No German shell will ever penetrate the Bucks accent”

Percy Spencer was still delighted by news of his sister’s engagement, and had some cheery reports for her of life near the Front. The amusing books Florence was sending him were going down well.

9.9.15
Dear Florrie

Hurrah! for the good tidings of great joy. Don’t let anything postpone it.

Give my love to Mr Image and tell him all my sympathy is his. Poor fellow, he’ll never have any peace at all now, and as for an enjoyable pipe, already he must see the vision of it fast fading. They’re always sending our fellows away upon courses of instruction in the various arts of killing; why not send you away for a 14 day’s pipe loading course with say a one day refresher course occasionally. Something of the kind will have to be done.

Well dear, I’ve no news to tell you except that I’m very busy so don’t expect to hear from me much. But don’t worry.

I’ll write when I can, and when I can’t, take it for granted I’m all right. I’ll let you know soon enough if I’m not all right.

I’ve just discovered a Maidenhead boy in our Signal Section; also a Wycombe man who went to school with the Skulls! So I think I’m safe enough, as the Signal Office is between me and the enemy, and no German shell will ever penetrate the Bucks accent, or anybody connected to a Wycombite Skull. After thinking it over carefully, I’m sure you’ll agree that even Will in his worst moments couldn’t beat that at short notice.

“Short [Cruises?]” has been a Godsend to us. The Quartermaster Sergeant has even been seen to smile once or twice lately since I lent it to him, and he confesses that it’s done him a world of good. It’s just the sort of thing we have time for, and the style of reading to take us away from the monotony of our affairs.

My heartiest good wishes and love to you both
Yours ever
Percy

Letter from Percy Spencer to his sister Florence (D/EZ177/7/4/44)