Victory Week

The war was definitely over now.

Eastbury CE School
28th June 1919

The Peace Treaty signed today.

June 23rd-28th 1919

A “Victory Week” in connection with “Victory Bonds” was held this week and resulted in £59 being taken.

Log books of Eastbury CE Primary School, Lambourn (D/P79B/28/2, p. 360); and Cookham Alwyn Road School log book (88/SCH/18/1, p. 338)

New War Loan

The war might be over, but it still needed to be paid for.

24th June, 1919.

A circular letter was read from the Local Government Board calling attention to the new War Loan just issued.

Minutes of Wantage Board of Guardians (G/WT1/23, p. 400)

A school treat to commemorate the end of the war

Wargrave children had an extra day off after a messy party, while it was more sober news in Boyne Hill.

November 19th 1918

The school was closed yesterday (18th) to enable the cleaner to clear the rooms after a school treat, which was held on Saturday to commemorate the end of the war.

Boyne Hill
Nov: 19th

War Loan takings today are £4.1.9.

Another death has been reported this afternoon.


The school closes this afternoon until Monday Nov 25th by order of the education committee as the epidemic is still very bad.

Log books of Wargrave School (88/SCH/36/1); Boyne Hill Girls’ CE School (C/EL121/3); St Joseph’s Infant School, Newbury ( N/ES 7/1)

‘Peace’ after four weary years

12th November 1918

At 4pm the Mayor sent round requesting that all schools in the borough be closed for the rest of the week. Celebrations were held in the town and village, and the children were able to attend. ‘Peace’ after four weary years. ‘God save the King’.

Boyne Hill
Nov: 12th

It has been decided to close the schools at 3.45 pm this afternoon for the remainder of the week. The percentage of attendance is 73.3. War Loan £8.10.6.

Log books of Braywick CE School (C/EL65/4); Boyne Hill Girls’ CE School (C/EL121/3)

Too exciting to enjoy

Patriotic enthusiasm in Swindon was aroused by the public exhibition of a tank and a flying dispay.

4th May 1918

An ideal day. After dinner I chopped up fire wood for a week then shaved and washed and dressed and with wife and Mur & Marj. went down to the Public Offices. Great crowds there. Wife & I went into the Pub. Off. and each got a W.S.C., then down into the enclosure where the Tank was and had a tank stamp put on it and poked in our heads and looked round it. Not much room for the poor devils who worked them…

After tea I went to Bath Rd reading room, then hearing a lot of flying going on I went down the Town, and was glad I did, for an aviator was giving a most marvellous display of flying at the Town Hall. He seemed capable of doing anything with his machine. Looping the loop and flying down under the telephone wires and round the clock and coming up over the roof and round the corners enough to frighten one to death. Expected him to come a crash on the ground or into the walls every minute. It was too exciting to enjoy it. Men like this I should think too valuable to risk losing.

I heard 120,000£ has been invested this week in Swindon in the War Loan.

Diary of William Hallam (D/EX1415/25)

Collecting war loans

Ascot children saved for the war effort.

May 1st 1918

A War Loan Association has been formed in connection with the School; formerly the School was a Collecting Centre for the Ascot Association.

Ascot Heath Boys’ School log book (C/EL110/4, p. 94)

Consolidation of the floating debt will become urgently necessary when peace has been concluded

Local government finances were set to be strained for years to come, thanks to the war.


The Committee have received notification from the Berks War Agricultural Executive Committee that certain of the Council’s pasture lands in the parishes of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Charney and Cholsey, scheduled for conversion, have now been transferred to category 4; the field at East Hanney has been placed in category 3.


A letter has been received from the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, on the subject of loans, stating that the board has been informed by the Treasury that the provision of capital from Government funds is likely to be impracticable both during the war and for some time after the conclusion of peace, and that any new issue of Local Loans Stock while war-borrowing is still going on or during the period of consolidation of the floating debt, which will become urgently necessary when peace has been concluded, must be regarded as out of the question.

Report of Smallholdings and Allotments Committee to Berkshire County Council, 27 April 1918 (C/CL/C1/1/21)

£10 more War Loan

The Vansittart Neales invested more in war savings.

20 February 1918
I went to Marlow – bought £10 more War Loan.

Diary of Florence Vansittart Neale of Bisham Abbey (D/EX73/3/17/8)

War loans purchased with legacy

William Hallam cleared an outstanding debt by buying war loans for his brother.

William Hallam
3rd April 1917

I received my Certificate of War Loan Stock for 50£ from Simonds at Wantage, and 50£ for my bro Geo. Purchased with the legacy of 100£ from my father so I am out of his debt now.

Florence Vansittart Neale
3 April 1917

Intercession service – very short.

Diaries of William Hallam (D/EX1415/26); and Florence Vansittart Neale of Bisham Abbey (D/EX73/3/17/8)

A call for economical but wholesome recipes

The vicar of Wargrave was at the heart of the village’s flourishing War Savings Association, and also efforts to encourage food to be produced locally. The March issue of the parish magazine announced:

War Savings and War Rations

A meeting of the Wargrave War Savings Association will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 7 .p.m., in the Iron Church Building. All Parishioners are most cordially invited to attend. The subject of War Rations will also be discussed.

The total sum paid into the Secretary’s hands up to February 26th, amounts to £1014 9s. 6d., which has been extended in the purchase of 726 Certificates value £1 five years hence; 21 value £12 five years hence: and 13 value £25 five years hence.


There is no doubt that the Chairman’s kind gift of one sixpenny coupon on every Certificate up to ten has proved a strong inducement to save that number. And he is so pleased with the response that he has most generously determined to extend his offer up to 25 Certificates for each person.

Vicarage Office Hours

On Saturdays 9.30-10.30 .a.m. and 5.30-6.30 .p.m. the Parish Room is open for War Savings Business.

Certificates due members may then be obtained, and Certificates may be purchased.

During the days of the War Loan the Vicar was glad to welcome War Savings business on any day and at any time when he was at home, but he must now ask members to be more particular in the observance of Office Hours.

Money may be sent to the Vicar if accompanied with a clear statement of Certificates required, full names and sufficient postal address.

The meeting duly took place:

War Savings Association

A very well attended Meeting was held on Saturday, March 10th, in the Iron Church Building. Mr. Bond presided and gave an address on Food Production and War Rations.

A Committee was appointed for Food Production of which Mrs. Bulkeley is Chairman, supported by Mrs. Hinton, Miss. Rhodes, and Messrs. Butcher, Chenery, Crisp and Pope.

A good deal of work has already been done in organising parties to dig, and in providing allotments and seed potatoes for those who want them.

A Committee was also appointed for Food Economy in charge of Mrs. Winter, supported by Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Cain, Mrs. Chenery, and Mrs. Hermon.

It is hoped that the committee may give much help in disseminating information and enlisting support. Mrs. Winter will be very grateful for any economical recipes which have proved wholesome and successful. These recipes will be exhibited in the Parish Room.

Wargrave parish magazine, March and April 1917 (D/P145/28A/31)

“A splendid witness to the determined spirit and confidence of the country”

Stratfield Mortimer pried itself on generosity investing in War Loans.

War Loan
Owing to the efforts of one or two patriotic capitalists, and the assistance provided by some kind canvassers, it is estimated that our little village contributed, in small sums, well over £300 to the great War Loan, which has been such a splendid witness to the determined spirit and confidence of the country.

Stratfield Mortimer parish magazine, March 1917 (D/P120/28A/14)

All classes should help the allies to win the War

The vicar of St Mary’s in Reading urged parishioners to contribute to the war effort with their savings.

The Vicars Notes

Everybody of all classes, I hope, means to subscribe to the War loan, and so help the allies to win the War. I should like it to be generally known that the rooms have been secured at 6 Broad Street by the Reading War Savings’ Committee, and they will be open each day up till Feb. 16th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Every effort will be made to explain the intricacies of the loan to those who wish to apply. A big public meeting will also be held to stimulate interest in the loan, and this will be followed by a house-to-house visitation.

Reading St Mary parish magazine, February 1917 (D/P98/28A/15)

The spirit of the times

Newbury supported the war effort in various ways. The parish church gave up its hall, Sunday School children were displaced, women prayed, and the well-off were expected to donate to government “savings” schemes.

The Soldiers in the Parish Room are grateful for any gifts of papers and magazines for their spare moments. We are glad to know that they find it a comfortable billet, as far as such quarters can be comfortable.

The attendance at the Friday Women’s Service has not lately been kept up to the former standard and we should very much like to see more coming to take part in this weekly act of intercession. Surely in these days there is more and more need of prayer, prayer for others, prayer for ourselves, prayer for our brave sailors and soldiers and airmen, prayer that people’s hearts may be turned to God, and that as a Nation and an Empire we may become more worthy of the victory and peace which we all so much desire.

Owing to the occupation of the Parish Rooms by the military, the boys’ and girls’ Sunday Schools have had to be temporarily transferred to the Day Schools. This involves rather a longer walk on the part of teachers and scholars, but they have entered into the spirit of the times, and put up with the change without grumbling, and we are glad of this.

Our best congratulations to Sergeant Ernest Hill on his promotion.

Since our last issue the Government have started a new War Loan, which it is hoped will bring in a very large sum of money, such as is necessary for the prosecution of the war. It is, clearly, the duty of all who can do so, to contribute to this Loan, but those who have not the means for this should certainly do their utmost, both to be economical in their personal and household expenses, and to try and save up pence and sixpences to invest in the Post Office War Savings Certificates.

Newbury St Nicholas parish magazine, February 1917 (D/P89/28A/13)

Collecting for war loans

Pupils in Abingdon were assiduously putting their family’s savings in war loans.

1917, 11th-16th February

£12.2.3 for War Loan was taken on Monday.

Abingdon Girls’ CE School log book (C/EL 2/2, p. 133)

An address on the war and war loans

Girls at school in Ascot received a lecture aimed at encouraging them to collect money for the government war loans.

8th February 1917

Mrs Elliot came to the school on Thursday afternoon to give the girls a short address on the war and the war loan.

Ascot Heath Girls School log book (C/EL109/2, p. 268)