Gifts to Soldiers, 1916 and a subsequent marriage in 1920

For despatch to the soldiers on active service, the village schoolchildren were collecting eggs. On these they wrote their names, and in July 1916 Miss Winifred A. Hopkins, of New Cottages, Chicheley, received a thank you note regarding one of the eggs that she had collected. Now attached to the 24th General Field Hospital, this was from Private R.S. Lawson, originally of the Durham Light Infantry, who wrote that when his regiment was being heavily shelled, near Loos, whilst running for cover he collided with a tree and injured his eyes. He was then transferred from the Durhams to the R.A.M.C., and in his letter he said that it had been a long time since he was in the trenches. As well as an embroidered silk handkerchief, complete with the French flag and the words ‘Souvenir de France,’ also enclosed with the letter was a postcard, worked in silk colours, bearing the flags of the Allies  under which, with a pretty French scene displayed in the corner, a smaller card carried the words ‘A kiss from France.’ Another pupil from Chicheley school, Florrie Wright, also received a thank you letter, this being from a private in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who was recovering from wounds received in action.  

(At Chicheley Parish Church, on Monday, June 7th 1920 Miss Winifred Hopkins married William Hedge, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hedge of North Crawley. He had served with the Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry during the war, rising to the rank of Colour Sergeant Major. Winnie was the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hopkins of Chicheley, her father having for several years been in the service of Lady Farrar at Chicheley Hall.)