A war bonus for a nurse at home

There was trouble when a local nurse was dissatisfied with her pay and conditions, as the cost of living soared.

March 6th, 1917

Nurse had sent a letter of resignation since the last meeting, owing to being refused a weekend holiday or one night’s absence of the District during her attendance at a midwifery case, by Mrs Christie-Miller and Mrs Crawford acting on behalf of the Committee. Mrs Crawford had seen nurse privately and had asked her to withdraw her resignation, promising to persuade the Committee to do what they could for her in the way of weekends and in giving her if possible a further ‘war bonus’ or increase of salary: The Committee agreed to allow nurse to go away for Easter ie April 5th – 12th provided that Miss Skinner could send a nurse (midwife) to take charge of the District during that time. The Committee entirely supported Mrs Christie-Miller and Mrs Crawford in their refusal to allow nurse to be away from the District during a Midwifery case….

The Committee agreed to give nurse a war bonus of £1 to cover the remainder of the financial year.

Sonning and Woodley District Nursing Association Minutes (D/QNA/SO1/2)

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War charities registered

The County Council’s War Charities Sub-committee had been busy registering local war charities, ranging from bandage making to Christmas gifts for the armed forces.

REGISTRATIONS

Since the last report to the Council the following applications for registration under the War Charities Act, 1916, have been approved, and the Clerk has been instructed to issue certificates and to notify the Charity Commissioners:

No of Cert. Name of Charity Applicant

21 Bracknell War Work Depot (Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild) Mrs Littlewood, Hillside, Bracknell

22 Hanney Xmas Tree Fund for men serving HM Forces H. Leslie Edwards, schoolmaster, Hanney

23 Bracknell Xmas Parcels Fund Canon H. Barnett, Bracknell Vicarage

24 Bradfield District of Berkshire Branch of British Red Cross Society C J Haviland, Mead House, Bradfield

25 Bracknell Oaklea Auxiliary Hospital Mrs L A Berwick, Sunny Rise, Bracknell

26 Crowthorne Waste Paper Collection of War Charities Miss H M M Moody, Ferndene, Crowthorne

27 Wargrave Woodclyffe Auxiliary Hospital W. Ryder, The Little House, Wargrave

28 Wokingham Work Guild Mrs H M Lomax, Frog Hall, Wokingham

29 South Easthampstead District of Berkshire Branch of British Red Cross Society Miss E Monck, Aldworth, Crowthorne

30 Heatherside Auxiliary Military Hospital Miss E Monck, Aldworth, Crowthorne

31 Finchampstead Belgian Refugees S F Smithson, The Old Rectory, Finchampstead

32 Maidenhead Rural North Branch of British Red Cross Society Mrs Carpendale, Pinkneys Green

33 Hungerford Sailors and Soldiers Xmas Parcel Fund E C Townshend, Willows Close, Hungerford

34 Finchampstead Hospital Supply Depot Miss L M Hopkinson, Wyse Hill, Finchampstead

35 Bourton War Hospital Supply Depot Mrs W H Ames, Church Farm House, Bourton

36 Hungerford District of Berkshire Branch of British Red Cross Society A S Gladstone, JP, Wallingtons, Hungerford

37 The VAD Red Cross Hospital, Hungerford A S Gladstone, JP, Wallingtons, Hungerford

38 The VAD Red Cross Hospital, Barton Court, Kintbury A S Gladstone, JP, Wallingtons, Hungerford

39 Twyford and Ruscombe War Committee Rev. R W H Acworth, Twyford Vicarage

40 Sonning and Woodley Surgical Requisites Association Mrs C Christie Miller, The Deanery, Sonning

41 Mortimer VAD Hospital Miss F M Wyld, Highbury, Mortimer

42 Waltham St Lawrence Prisoners of War Fund Claude M Warren, Old School House, Shurlock Row

43 Wokingham South Rural District of Berkshire Branch of British Red Cross Society Mrs A M Western, The Coppice, Finchamapstead

44 Registered in error – subsequently cancelled

45 Ascot Military Hospital Miss Nora Collie, Ascot Military Hospital

46 Wantage District of Berkshire Branch of British Red Cross Society Miss Gertrude Elliott, Ginge Manor, Wantage

47 Binfield Popeswood Auxiliary Hospital Henry E A Wiggett, White Lodge, Binfield

48 Spencers Wood Local Red Cross Fund Rev. F T Lewarne, Spencers Wood, Reading

49 Faringdon District of Berkshire Branch of British Red Cross Society Henry Procter, Gravel Walk, Faringdon

EXEMPTION CERTIFICATES (to 7 January, 1917, only)

2 Burghfield Sailors and Soldiers Xmas Parcel Fund H G Willink, JP, Hillfields, Burghfield

3 East Challow Xmas Presents Concert Fund Miss E B Vince, Manor Farm, East Challow

4 Kintbury Xmas Presents Fund Mrs Alice G Mahon, Barton Holt, Kintbury

Report of War Charities Sub-committee of BCC, 20 January 1917 C/CL/C1/1/20)

Thanks for the war bonus

A Berkshire nurse was grateful for her war bonus.

January 4th, 1917
Nurse had written a letter of thanks to the ladies of the Committee for the donation of £1 from the nursing fund given her as a war bonus, also for some gifts in kind sent for Christmas.

Sonning and Woodley District Nursing Association Minutes (D/QNA/SO1/2)

Sending dressings right out to the firing line

People in the villages of Wokingham Rural District gave their money generously, while those in Wargrave were proud to know that their handmade surgical dressings were being put to use at the front where they were most urgently needed.

Our Day

Very hearty congratulations and our best thanks are due to Mrs. Oliver Young and all her collectors, for the splendid contribution sent this year from the district to the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. The Cheque sent to the County Secretary from the Wokingham North District was for £168. 10s. 1d. and was made up as follows:-

£. s. d.
Wargrave per Mrs. Victor Rhodes: 19 3 2
Wargrave per Mrs Vickerman 36 0 0
Hare Hatch per Mrs. A. W. Young 20 7 2
Twyford per Mrs. F. C. Young 23 4 0
Remenham and Crazies Hill per Mrs. Noble 21 1 7
Mr. Noble per Mrs. Noble 20 0 0
Sonning per Miss Williams 13 0 0
Woodley per Miss Pantin 3 6 2
Hurst per Mrs. Roupell 12 8 0

£168 10 1

Wargrave Surgical Dressing Emergency Society

Since March 23rd, 1915 over 300 Bales of dressings and comforts have been sent to Casualty Clearing Stations in France, Malta, Egypt, Alexandria and Port Said. The Society is now approved by the War Office, and properly licensed under the New War Charity Act. In future it is intended to print the hospitals where dressings are sent every month, in the Parish Magazine, as it cannot fail to be a source of satisfaction to know that while the Hospital is doing all it can for the men who have come back, the Surgical Dressing Society is sending every month about 20 Bales right out to the Firing Line, for the use of the men who come out of the trenches on the field of Battle.

List of Hospitals for October and November:

B. Ex. F. France:
No. 5, Casualty Clearing Station
No. 27, Field Ambulance – 9th Scottish Section
No. 3, Canadian Casualty Clearing Station

Egypt:
No. 19 General Hospital, Alexandria
No. 31, General Hospital, Port Said

These Hospitals have 4 Bales of Dressings etc. each:
No. 21 Casualty Clearing Station
No. 5 Casualty Clearing Station
No. 2/2d London Casualty Clearing Station
No. 1/1 Midland D. Casualty Clearing Station
British Exped. Force, France.

4 Bales each.

By order of the Director General. Vol. Organizations
Scotland Yard.

Wargrave parish magazine, December 1916 (D/P145/28A/31)

The increased cost of living

A Berkshire nurse wanted more money to cover price rises.

Monday December 11th

Nurse Morgan had written to ask for a war bonus or increase of salary to meet the increased cost of living. It was decided to give her donation of £1 at Christmas and to consider the subject again in 1917.

Sonning and Woodley District Nursing Association Minutes (D/QNA/SO1/2)

Blinded soldiers turn to chicken rearing

Berkshire County Council and its committees dealt with several war related matters. One was the registration of the multitude of independent war charities which had sprung up.

Report of School Management Sub-committee, 14 October 1916

HEAD TEACHERS AND MILITARY SERVICE

The following Head Teachers have rejoined the Army since the last meeting: Mr Mills (Childrey), Mr Hunt (Cold Ash), Mr Bird (Priestwood), Mr Andrews (Mortimer St Mary’s) and Mr Verrall (Brimpton). Their places have been filled temporarily by the appointment of the Certificated Assistant (Woman) of their respective schools, or by the transfer of a teacher from another school.

Report of Smallholdings and Allotments Committee, 14 October 1916

COTTAGES AND LAND FOR BLINDED SOLDIERS, &C, FOR POULTRY FARMING

Enquiries were made on behalf of the Blinded Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Hostel, St Dunstan’s, as to whether any assistance could be given in finding locations near Reading for Blinded Soldiers who have been taught chicken rearing. They require a cottage and about an acre of ground at a rent not exceeding £30 per annum.

The agents in the Reading district were asked if they had any suitable properties available, but from the replies received it appeared that no suitable places were available for renting, and only three or four were put forward for sale.

It was stated by St Dunstan’s that at present only leasing could be considered.

Report of the War Charities Committee, 14 October 1916

The following applications for registration under the War Charities Act, 1916, have not been approved, and the Clerk instructed to issue certificates and to notify the Charity Commissioners: (more…)

A Mission of Repentance in the time of this terrible war

The Church’s response to the war, in the form of the National Mission, was attracting interest in central/east Berkshire.

The National Mission

Meetings for instruction and devotion are being arranged in various centres of the Rural Deanery. Twyford is the Centre for the parishes of Hurst, Remenham, Ruscombe, Woodley and Wargrave.

It is proposed to hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 20th, beginning in the Parish Hall, Twyford, at 3.30pm. and ending, after tea, with a service in Church. The name of the speaker, and other particulars, will be announced later.

It is hoped that a second meeting will be arranged at the same hour on Saturday, September 23rd, for Teachers and all who have the charge of children.

The Witness of the Church

When we speak of the Message of God to the Nation in the time of this terrible war and of the Mission of Repentance, we naturally think of the great responsibility of the Church of England.

The Church is the witness to Truth and we must thank God that the Church of England has been faithful in her stewardship.

When we penitently recall the sins of selfishness, the pursuit of wealth, and the heedlessness of God, which are at the root of this war, we must remember that the Church of England has all along been bearing faithful witness against them both in life and doctrine.
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A doctor is ‘much occupied’ at the Military Hospital

A local doctor was too busy to attend civilian patients due to his role treating wounded soldiers. That meant more work fell on nurses.

Thursday 7th September, 1916
Some trouble had arisen about the case of Mrs Knight of Charvil who wished to book the nurse for confinement in September, but subsequently it was arranged that nurse should take the case as a midwifery one by the wish of Dr May whose time was much occupied at the Military Hospital – Reading.

Sonning and Woodley District Nursing Association minutes (D/QNA/SO1/2)

More men in Earley heed the call

Yet more men from Earley were serving.

LIST OF MEN SERVING IN HIS MAJESTY’S FORCES

The following additional names have been added to our prayer list:
Percy Hayward, Ernest Hayward, Hubert Neale, Walter Woodley, Albert Ruddick, William Spratley, William Rickards, Charles Prior, Sidney Farmer, Ernest Bluring, William Wheeler, Harry Summers, Sidney Neate, John Eggleton, Alec Hearn, Alfred Harris, William Weight, Percy Phillips, William Martindale, Alfred Martindale, Percy Martindale.

In addition to those already mentioned we especially commend the following to your prayers:

Killed in action: Augustus Smith.
Died: William Carter.
Sick: Horace Stamp.
Prisoner of War: Percy Cotterell.

Earley St Peter parish magazine, March 1916 (D/P191/28A/23/1)

Topsy turvy times, as darkness shrouds us all

Trinity Congregational Church, Reading, had been forced to hold evening services in the afternoon thanks to the blackout.

Echoes from the Deacons’ Vestry

If anyone had prophesied two years ago that we should now be holding Evening Worship at 5 o’clock in the afternoon, we should have advises him to consult a doctor, and yet, so topsy turvy are the times, that the improbable has come to pass. We took the step with some trepidation, partly in the interests of economy (for to darken our church would have meant a large expense), but also because we knew many of our members preferred the walk in the daylight rather than in the darkness that shrouds us all at night in these days.

Trinity Roll of Honour

This month the call of “King and Country” has claimed yet another of our useful workers. Mr Eric Bowsher, our Publication Secretary, has joined the Army Service Corps, and is now in training at Osterley, Isleworth. We are very sorry to lose him…

Another name is that of Private Joseph Woodley (whose services in the choir are greatly missed), 5th City of London Territorial Regiment, London Rifle Brigade.

Mr Hubert Cox and Mr Fred Gleave, of the 9th Worcesters (Garrison Battalion) have also been called up, and are stationed at Gosport.

Trinity Congregational Church, Reading: church magazine, March 1916 (D/EX1237/1/11)

Leave to see a soldier brother

The Sonning and Woodley District Nurse had a week off to spend time with a brother on leave from the Front.

Friday January 7th, 1916

It was agreed that the Committee should meet on the first Tuesday in each month now that the Fridays were taken up by the working party for war work….

Nurse Morgan had since the last meeting asked leave to go home to see her soldier brother. As the matter could not be delayed for the next Committee meeting, Mrs Crawford and Miss M Player had allowed her to go for a week and they were able to supply place meanwhile by a nurse obtained for them from the Berks Country Nursing Home. It was agreed that the week should be part of Nurse Morgan’s annual holiday. All had gone well during the week Nurse Morgan was away.

Sonning and Woodley District Nursing Association minutes (D/QNA/SO1/1)

A war bonus for nurses

Rising prices caused the Sonning and Woodley District Nursing Association to pay its nurse – who went out into the community to help the sick in their own homes.

December 3rd, 1915
Nurse Morgan had written to ask for a “war bonus” of 2/ per week added to her salary, or a raise in salary now that the cost of living is so much higher. It was agreed to give her the 2/ per week for December and to raise her salary next year to £100 per year…

Thursday January 27th was suggested for the Annual General Meeting and it was agreed to ask Miss Moxley and if possible a nurse who had been nursing wounded soldiers to speak at the meeting.

Sonning and Woodley District Nursing Association minutes (D/QNA/SO1/1)

A large number of Queen’s Nurses are with the army

Sonning and Woodley District Nursing Association met to “consider an application from a Queen’s Nurse.” Queen’s Nurses were especially prestigious district nurses.

Thursday October 19th 1915
The Committee considered they were most fortunate in obtaining a Queen’s Nurse so soon as such a large number of Queen’s Nurses were nursing in connection with the army at the present time.

Sonning and Woodley District Nursing Association Minutes (D/QNA/SO1/2)

A critical time in the history of the Balkan states

More Reading men were serving their country – and one female nurse had also gone to the front.

Intercessions

For God’s guidance of the Balkan states at this critical time in their history.

For God’s good hand upon our Navy and Army, and on all preparing to serve their King and Country.

Roll of Honour
Frank Thomas, Arthur Ford, Frank Tothurst, Ian Duncan Dickinson, Henry James Brian, Ronald Dyson, Stanley Curtis.

R.I.P.
William Heath, Frederick Clemetson.

All Saints District
Roll of Honour

The following additional names have been sent in for Remembrance at the Altar.

Alfred Ashby, Arthur Austin, Charles William Adair, Lionel Austen-Leigh, Fred Bartholomew, Lilian Simpson Field (Nurse), Hugh Douglas Hawkins, Arthur Stanley Hawkins, Henry Maule Kemble, Algernon Kink, Harold John Cooke Neobard, Harry Tims, Cecil White, Ernest Woodley.

R.I.P.
William Henry Bodie, Frederick Charles Clemetson, William Porter.

Reading St Mary parish magazine, October 1915 (D/P98/28A/13)

No evidence that distress caused by the war

The Berkshire branch of the National Relief Fund met again on 23 March to consider cases of distress due to the war. They tended to be suspicious of claimants, and perhaps it is no surprise that they didn’t bother to meet for another two months.

23 March 1915

Applications for relief were considered from:
W Russell, Woodley. Resolved that no grant be given as no evidence was given that the applicant was in distress owing to the war.

Mills, Kintbury. A letter from Colonel Willes was read with regard to this case. resolved that upon the information before the Committee, the applicant’s distress was not caused by the war, & therefore no grant be made.

Gunn, Binfield. Resolved that a grant of 10/- a week for the period of one month beginning March 22nd be made. The secretary was instructed to intimate to the local secretary that the Committee trusted a further grant would not be necessary.

Cole. The assistant secretary reported that the Maidenhead Sec. had written saying Cole had disappeared from the town.

George. Also that the Vice Chairman had authorized a grant of 12/6 per week for four weeks beginning March 13th on behalf of D J George of Maidenhead. The Committee confirmed such grant.

National Relief Fund Berkshire Committee minutes (C/CL/C6/4/1)