“It is even yet difficult to realize that the war is over”

Bracknell was starting to come to terms with the end of the war.

It is even yet difficult to realize that the war is over, and though, thank God, the fighting is ended we must remember that, for a long time to come, we shall have to keep to the food regulations, and the coupon books, and practice economy and war saving in every possible way.

One more name has been added to the Roll of Honour, Sergt. Gordon Court, who was killed on November 4th, just a week before the Armistice was signed. He had much fighting in the earlier part of the War, and then after some time of service in England he went out again a few weeks ago. It seems likely that his will be the last name to be added from this Parish, to the gallant company of those who have laid down their lives in the great cause. Fifty-seven names are on our list of fallen. We hope that we shall be able to erect some permeant memorial which will worthily preserve their memory.

We congratulate Sergeant Percy Smith, of the R.A.M.C., on the Military Medal which has been awarded to him.

In common with the rest of the country we have been visited with the plague of influenza, and it has caused the death of several persons in Bracknell, and its immediate neighbourhood.

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

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Very special efforts to be made shortly in the hopes that we are at least in sight of the end of the War

There was still a perceived need to raise money for munitions.

War Savings

The National War Savings Committee are arranging for very special efforts to be made shortly in the hopes that we are at least in sight of the end of the War, and in the confidence that we may reach it if only we do not relax now. There will be a “Guns Week” during which the aim of each Association will be to raise as nearly £5 per head of population (not of members) in War Bonds, War Savings Certificates, and Post Office Certificates combined – and a continuous offensive lasting until 30th September 1919, during which the object should be to secure that by that date five certificates per head of population (including the Guns Week ones) shall have been taken up. This only means about 6d per head per week. Details will be issued before long.

Burghfield parish magazine, November 1918 (D/EX725/4)

Blackberries are for soldiers only

Warfield children did their bit.

The Warfield School War Savings Association is progressing steadily, and the members at present have invested well over £400. The purchase of the 15/6 certificates, which in five years becomes £1 is a splendid investment, and the officials would greatly welcome new members; the minimum weekly investment is only sixpence.

The elder scholars of the Day school had the unique experience of Blackberry picking in school hours last week. Accompanied by Miss Leach they searched the bushes and succeeded in gathering 400 lbs. in the time allotted by the Education Committee. The berries were sent in the M.O.F. hampers to the local agent at Wokingham, as they are for soldiers only.

Warfield section of Winkfield and Warfield Magazine, October 1918 (D/P 151/28A/10/9)

An Essay Competition on National Kitchens

Sunninghill
11th October 1918

During the past week an Essay Competition on National Kitchens was held, the prize being a War Savings Certificate offered by Miss Gibbons, Hon. Sec. of the National Kitchen here. 68 essays were sent in & were judged by Lady Askwith, who awarded the prize to Valentine Hullway – Stand. VI. She reported that the Essays reached a very high level, & as a consequence she gave 5/- in War Savings Stamps to the 2nd competitor, as did also Miss Gibbons to the next; the same lady also gave 2/6 to another competitor + Mrs Gibbons gave a like sum to still another.

Log book of Sunninghill: St Michael’s CE Mixed School (88/SCH/32/3, p. 232)

£1000 in war savings

A war savings group in Wokingham reached a landmark.

October 2nd 1918

The amount collected in connection with the War Savings Account has now reached £1000.

Wokingham Wescott Road School log book (C/EL87, p. 187)

Now, we have to thank God for a series of victories that bring the end of the War appreciably nearer

There was optimism in Maidenhead that the end was in sight.

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

The War Intercession Services were, I understand, very well attended. Now, we have to thank God for a series of victories that bring the end of the War appreciably nearer. There is still a long row to hoe, but we do seem to feel that the work to be done, will eventually be completed to the satisfaction of all the Allies. Owing to the Fuel and Lighting Order, Week-day Evensong from September till the Spring, except on Friday, which will be unaltered, will be held in both Churches at 3 p.m….

I remain, Your faithful friend and Vicar
C.E.M. FRY

WAR SAVINGS ASSOCIATION

Furze Platt residents will be glad to know how successful the Furze Platt war Savings Association continues to be. Formed in November, 1916 [sic?], it now has a membership of 107, with a total subscription to date of £958 10s 6d. The following table shows the progress made:
Members Sum subscribed
March, 1916 73 £125 1s 6d
November, 1917 82 £422 11s 6d
July, 1918 105 £941 9s 0d

Members of the Association are grateful to the Committee for their continued interest in the work, particularly to Mr Fry, the Hon. Secretary, and Mr Naylor, the Hon. Treasurer, who are always to be found in St Peter’s Room on Monday evenings for the purpose of receiving subscriptions. The good work done by Mr Hawthorne will not readily be forgotten, and it is hoped that the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Peddar, will soon recover from the illness which had laid him aside.

It will be within the recollection of subscribers to the Magazine that the sum of £110 1s has been invested in War Savings Certificates towards the Building Fund for a new Parish Room, which is so badly needed. It is hoped that it will be possible to add to this sum from time to time, so that immediately after the war the building may be put in hand.

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, September 1918 (D/P181/28A/27)

The National War Savings Department

War savings investments were still a government priority.

10/9/18

School visited by Miss J A Jones of the National War Savings Dept.

Cookham Rise County Primary School log book (C/EL71)

War Savings Badge

Aston Tirrold children were collecting for the war.

3rd August 1918

Received four hundred coupons from Salisbury Square. War Savings Badge. Three receipts sent to the local Hon. Sec – Mr Anderson.

Aston Tirrold CE School log book (C/EL105/1, p. 165)

£39 since December

Buscot children collected for the war.

1918 July 31st
The School War Savings today reached the sum of £39.10s.7d (commenced Dec. 8th 17).

Buscot CE School log book (C/EL73/2)

“It is our bounden duty to do our utmost to supply the Government with the financial resources which will enable them to win the war”

Speenhamland people were encouraged to contribute their savings to the government’s war funds.

We have had two War Savings’ Associations at work in the Parish, one called S. Mary’s branch and the other in connection with the Day Schools. The first has not been met with the support that the excellence of the cause demands. The other is in a more flourishing condition, for there are 58 members who have subscribed a sum of over £300 since its formation 18 months ago…

We sincerely hope that many more of the parishioners will join the Association and avail themselves at the same time. Most of us have relatives and friends in Army or Navy, and it is our bounden duty to do our utmost to supply the Government with the financial resources which will enable them to win the war.

Speenhamland parish magazine, July 1918 (D/P116B/28A/2)

£10 war savings

Newbury children were rewarded with a day off for their contributing to the war savings programme.

21st June 1918

Half holiday to celebrate passing of £100 line by School War Savings Association.

Newbury St Nicolas CE (Boys) School log book (90/SCH/5/3, p. 43)

The O.T.C. had never been so strong in numbers as it was now

Reading School boys did much to support the troops.

The O.T.C.

The O.T.C. had never been so strong in numbers as it was now. There were 158 in the corps, and there were 77 recruits. At the War Office inspection in June last the officer inspecting was greatly impressed with their “soldierly contingent,” and though great credit was due to the officers and instructor. The corps had suffered a loss by the retirement of its commander, Captain Crook. After a long period of service, and he was also sorry to say that Sergt- Major Green, D.C.M. had been obliged to give up the post of instructor owing to ill-health. It was agreed to give Sergt-Major Green some material recognition of his good services to Reading School, and a fund had been opened for that purpose. Mr Keeton referred to what the old boys had done during the War, as reported elsewhere.

Good work has been done in other directions, and the School workshops, under Mr. Spring, had turned out a great deal of material, such as crutches, splints, bedrests, &c., for the Reading War Hospitals. The boys had also helped in food production. Many had given up a portion of their time to gardening, and a squad of 50 boys did harvest work last year in the neighbourhood of Hastings. In the matter of war savings the School had subscribed £1,650.

Reading School Magazine, April 1919 (SCH3/14/34)

A special effort in Crowthorne

War savings certificates were selling well in Crowthorne.

May 16th 1918.
The total number of W.S.C. now bought equals 540; a special effort was made this week.

Crowthorne C.E. School log book (D/P102B/28/2, p. 22)

A permanent memorial of the war

A soldier serving in Palestine sent a gift to the school his children attended.

7th May 1918

One of the nicest and certainly the most valued and unique present received in the name of the school was sent to us from Palestine a week or so ago. It is a wooden bound book containing dried and pressed flowers from the Holy Land. The sender is First Class Warrant Officer Ernest Baker and the book bears the title of blumen aus dem heiligen land [flowers from the Holy Land, in German] being posted on 4. 4. 18. The sender is now on active service in the Holy Land, his children attend our school but he is a perfect stranger never having seen Warfield. The book will be carefully placed in the museum cupboard to be a permanent memorial of the war.

Today I read and explained the royal letter of congratulation from the King and Queen. It is now framed and hung to be read by scholars of future years. On April 30 we had 124 members on our war savings association and we have purchased 386 certificates.

Warfield CE School log book (C/EL26/3, p. 395)

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)