Making dressings for wounded soldiers

20 women in Wargrave set up a working party to manufacture dressings to treat wounded soldiers.

On April 27th, in connection with the Wargrave Emergency Surgical Dressings Society, a Branch was opened at the Working Men’s Club by Miss Sinclair; in the unavoidable absence of Miss Choate.

Mrs. Bulkeley has kindly consented to be President. The Working Committee consists of Mrs. W. Dulley, Mrs. Hawkins, Miss Lovett, Miss Oliver, Mrs. T. Whitbread, and Mrs. Wrigley.

At present there are about 20 members. Three boxes of dressings and linen for the wounded have been sent to Headquarters, at Wargrave, to be sterilised and sent to the Front.

Thanks are due to the Club Committee for the use of the room, to Mr. and Mrs. Wrigley for a Social, which realized £1 7s. in aid of the fund for materials; to Mrs. Bulkeley for materials for Respirators and a subscription, and to Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Barham, Mrs. Brunsden, Mrs. Dell, Mrs. Hawkins, Mrs. Marshall and Miss Maskell for linen; to Miss Sinclair for a subscription.

New Members will be gladly welcomed. The Meetings are on Thursdays, between 3 and 6.30 p.m.

Old Linen, Collars, etc. will be greatly appreciated.

M. Firbank, Hon. Secretary.
May 22nd, 1915.

Wargrave parish magazine, June 1915 (D/P145/28A/31)

Cadets camp in Knowl Hill

Some east Berkshire Cadets enjoyed a camp in Knowl Hill. The conditions were almost certainly more pleasant than those the cadets might expect when they were old enough to go to the front.

Knowl Hill

We are much pleased to be able to record that Mr. T. A. Whitbread was very successful in an examination for N.C.O’s held recently at Reading, passing with “distinguished honours.” He has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. About 40 other competitors were examined.

From April 22nd to 26th the 2nd and 3rd Companies of the 4th Battalion of the Windsor Royal Berkshire Regiment Cadets were in camp in a field kindly lent by Mr. Bates. The Commanding Officer was Capt. Marrow, with Lieut. Soaper and Leuit. W. E. Barrett under him. The Companies were about 50 strong. They were joined by some of the Maidenhead Cadets on Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday the whole, some 60 strong, attended Knowl Hill Church for the morning Service, and were joined by Capt. Brookes, Maidenhead. The Companies were inspected by Capt.-Adjutant Armstrong.

Wargrave parish magazine, June 1915 (D/P145/28A/31)

Red Cross training funds raised

The Red Cross class in Wargrave raised funds to keep going by playing cards.

On Thursday February 11th, a Whist Drive was held in connection with the Red Cross Society Class now being delighted with the arrangements made for them. The prize winners were Mrs. Baxter and Mr. Murkett, for the highest; Mrs. Prater and Mr. J. Brant, mystery number; and Mrs. Goodal and Mr. Roberts, for Bridge, respectively. The arrangements were carried out by a Committee of Class, including Mrs. Butterworth, Mrs. Firbank, Mrs Dulley, Mrs. Mead, Miss Lovell and Miss Oliver, and Mr. Butterworth, assisted by Mrs. A. Whitbread, Mr. Wrigley, and Mr. T. Whitbread. It is expected that the funds will be augmented by over £2. 10s. 0d.

Wargrave parish magazine, March 1915 (D/P145/28A/31)