Berkshire at War

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The Berkshire Record Office (BRO) has been running a blog since August 2014 which documents daily events of the First World War contained in collections of letters, school log books, parish magazines and other records in the archives.

The blog has a search facility which makes it possible to find out about topics, people, streets or places of interest.

Results from a search on ‘Katesgrove’ included a report in the Christ Church parish magazine of August 1916 about an afternoon at the vicarage for 30 wounded soldiers from the number five war hospital in Katesgrove.

Some played bowls with the ladies and members, others competed in clock golf and lawn quoits, whilst those who did not feel equal to much exertion reclined in deck chairs and listened to the pleasant strains of a gramophone.

A ‘Whitley’ search revealed that in February 1918 many local schools, including Christ Church, Lower Whitley and George Palmer boys’ school, were closed because teachers were needed to help prepare ration cards when food rationing was introduced in Reading.

If you would like to consult original documents and records or use online resources such as Ancestry, findmypast or the British Newspaper Archive, the Berkshire Record Office is open:

Tuesday 9.00am to 5.00pm,
Wednesday 9.00am to 5.00pm,
Thursday 9.00am to 9.00pm,
Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm.

It will be closed for annual stock take from 26 November to 7 December 2018 inclusive.

BRO advise calling 0118 937 5132 in advance to book.

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