Credit is due to the children for often denying themselves some little treat for the benefit of the men who have done so much for us

Many schools sent “comforts” (food, clothing, books, even cigarettes) to soldiers and sailors. Children at Sandhurst also collected for comforts for those serving at home, while those in Burghfield provided various things for wounded soldiers, ranging from eggs to splints made in their handicraft classes.

Mrs Bland’s School, Burghfield
The Managers regret that they are shortly to lose the services of the Head Teacher, Miss M F Jackson, who in the time that she has been here has won their regard and esteem, and has made many good friends. She is engaged to be married to Sergeant Major Edward Mobbs of the Canadian Forestry Corps, who not content with depriving the neighbourhood of so many beautiful trees, is to carry off our good teacher. He only went to Canada about 13 years ago, after 12 years in the Coldstream Guards, and his family live at Tunbridge Wells.

School Efforts

The chestnut campaign has resulted in the collection of 1 ton 3 cwt of “nuts”, and application for their removal has been sent in.

During the period January 1916 to 31st July 1917, no less than 1660 splints and surgical appliances have been made by the boys in Mr Staveley Bulford’s classes in the Handicraft Room, and have been sent in for use in the war Hospitals or abroad.
The children of the CE Schools have up to date sent 1957 eggs and £1.9s.1d in cash for the use of the wounded soldiers, and have been awarded a “War Badge” as a recognition of their efforts. Credit is due to the children (and in many cases their parents) for often denying themselves some little treat for the benefit of the men who have done so much for us.

Lower Sandhurst
December 13th 1917

Sold flags at School on behalf of the Home Defence Comforts Fund. Amount realised in the one day £2. 4. 9 which was sent to Mrs Russell, the Organising Secretary.

Burghfield parish magazine, December 1917 (D/EX725/4); Lower Sandhurst School log book (C/EL66/1, p. 418)

“This frightful drain of carnage”

Cambridge don John Maxwell Image (a friend of the Spencers) fulminated against failings in the Navy, and in particular criticised Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty. Admiral John Fisher had just resigned as First Sea Lord in protest at Winston Churchill’s mismanagement of the Dardanelles campaign.

Tunbridge Wells
Wednesday 19 May 15

Whose empirical rashness cost us the 3 Cruisers, the Formidable, the Monmouth and Good Hope?

God bless Jacky Fisher, if he rids us of this intolerant, and intolerable, meddler.

But our friend the Censor will refuse to let you read these sentiments of the average, well-educated Englishman. Will he permit me to add that I should welcome Arthur Balfour as First Lord? – or in any other capacity, to strengthen a Government “odious” (Crewe’s pet word) to one half the electors.

“England must wake up” (so His Majesty once told me he originally expressed the famous phrase) – but she is bovine still – and this frightful drain of carnage means the drain of her best. The Spring is perished out of the year, and our next generation will be bred from inferior stock.

God bless you both.

Your very affect.

Letter from John Maxwell Image, Cambridge don (D/EX801/1)