Intercessions list

Reading churchgoers prayed for their men.

Intercessions List

Lieut. C.J. Grimes, R.E.

Prisoner: Lieut. F.R. Hill.

Departed: Sergt. Harold Willoughby.

Reading St Giles parish magazine, August 1918 (D/P96/28A/35)

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Intercessions list: Reading St Giles

Reading churchgoers were asked to pray for their men.


Intercessions List

Sick and wounded: Kenneth Baines, Private Edwin Ritchie.

Missing: Alfred Henry Douglas. Harold Willoughby, Privates George May, Harry Kirkby, and Pavey.

Prisoners: The Rev. H.A. Smith-Masters, C.F. Lieut Cuthbert J.W. Trendall, Private Ernest Rogers.

R.I.P.: Driver Walter Browning, Corporal Frederick Browning, Captain Noel Thornton, Privates Ware, Connell and Dowler, Lieut. Mervyn Trendell.

Reading St Giles parish magazine, June 1918 (D/P96/28A/35)

Invaluable (except to the War Office)

Percy Spencer was still awaiting his formal transfer to the Territorial Division he was temporarily attached to in Hertfordshire. Army bureaucracy was still holding things up, even though Percy’s services were evidently in great demand:

Silverdale
Belmont Hill
St Albans
Feb 7.1915

My dear Florrie…

I’ve been awfully busy the last 10 days both in & out of the office. One day on a long march of the Division, when I passed Mrs Plunkett & Miss Barton, and two other days motoring round with the Staff on staff rides. I was only there because Lord Robertson, the officer commanding our Signal Section, was thrown from his horse last Saturday and was unable to do his work. Mrs Plunkett invited me to dinner one night last week but I [didn’t] get away from the office any evening before 8.30….

My fate is still in the balance, but General Willoughby has made a personal application to a chum at the War Office, saying that they must let me remain here as I am “invaluable” to him – i.e. worthless.

Yours ever
Percy

Letter from Percy Spencer to his sister Florence (D/EZ177/7/4/2-3)

Problems with an ‘old buffer’ of a clerk in the Orderly Room

Percy Spencer was still desperately trying to organise his transfer from Kitchener’s Army to work with his old boss in a territorial unit, and being stymied by army bureaucracy, as today’s letters reveal:

Pte Spencer, No:-11814
The Gloucester Regiment
YMCA Tent
Horfield Camp
Bristol
Sep. 21.14
Staff Captain R J Holliday
Dear Sir
I was very glad to get your wire today, and again thank you for all the trouble you are taking in the matter.

I had not made an application in writing, as I was quite unable to obtain a form for the purpose. The officers are all very sympathetic, but once in the Orderly Room they seem to curl up before some old buffer of a clerk there and merely repeat his assurance that nothing can be done.

So today I have myself written a formal application to Lt. Col. C J Baines, who is in command of the depot here – the GOC so far as I can ascertain is a General Knox, and if that is the man you want to get hold of, I’ll try and get his full name and address.

I will remain here as long as I can, or until you advise me that you can do nothing further, and in the meantime I’ll try to push matters at my end.

Yours faithfully
Percy J Spencer
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