Delightful excursions for the wounded

People gave according to their means – whether that was lending a luxury yacht or giving handcraft skills.

Colonel Sir Wyndham Murray’s Yacht “Cecilia”

The kindness shown by Sir Wyndham and Lady Murray towards our sick and wounded soldiers is perhaps not so well known as it ought to be. This is the fourth year in succession in which he has devoted his beautiful little vessel during the whole summer to the service of Netley Red Cross Hospital. She is a steam yacht of 200 tons, on the roll of the Royal Yacht Squadron, of which Sir Wyndham is a member. And daily, weather permitting, she has taken parties of patients, medical officers, or sisters, for trips on the Solent, from Southampton Water to Ryde, Cowes, &c. except in the matter of coal, which the Admiralty have supplied, the whole upkeep of the yacht and crew is borne by the generous owner: and no one enjoys the outings more than he and Lady Murray when they find themselves able to be present in person for a few days on board. The Cecilia has carried about 1,000 passengers each summer, and the Hospital authorities have often expressed their appreciation of the benefits conferred upon all who have taken part in these delightful excursions.

The boys attending the handicraft centre at Mrs Bland’s School, under Mr Stavely Bulford’s tuition, have made no less than 2,500 splints and surgical appliances between February, 1916, and August, 1918, besides other work. The demand for wooden appliances is diminishing, owing to introduction of other material, but the young workmen need have no doubt that their labour has not been in vain. Mr Bulford is resigning his appointment as Instructor under the Education Committee, as he wishes to take up honorary work in connection with the War Hospital Supplies Depot. We shall all be sorry to lose him.

Blackberries

School collections sent in: C of E School, 5 cwt, 17 ½ lbs; Mrs Bland’s, 2 cwt, 3 qr 14 lbs.

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

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“Once bit twice shy”: a job for Apsley Cherry-Garrard

After the collapse of his scheme to use dogs to look for wounded soldiers, Apsley Cherry-Garrard was in no hurry to accept a war job, but he told his lawyer was considering another opportunity. He was not among those expecting the war to be over by Christmas.

Dear Mr Farrer

I have not been in [to the lawyer’s office] because I am not sure if I am going to take a job helping to run a converted yacht with wounded etc. I want a job if possible, but the doctor here [at Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire] refuses me medically – however I think something will turn up. But I won’t be hurried – once bit twice shy. So perhaps it is better to wait a while – especially as Kit [Drover?] says that war is going on 3 years.

Yours very sincerely

Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Aug 28

Letter from Apsley Cherry-Garrard to Arthur Farrer, D/EHR/Z8/127