Greyfriars War List

Note: To Rev Wm A Doherty from Ernest RiversOn the 19th May 1918 Ernest Rivers gave to the Rev William A Doherty a book containing the names of those from the parish of Greyfriars Church, Reading who had serverd in the Great War. The book does not look remarkable , but it contains a record of those from one parish who went off to war, where they had lived and what happened to them. The book cannot be complete as it was completed before the end of the war and does not appear to have been added to. Indeed some who are not listed as casualties are known to have died.
The book is in two parts and contains 6 lists. Each page has been scanned so you can see the original and transcribed so you can search for names. Notes have been addedto help you search further if the person has been found in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database or on the 1901 census.
It would be nice to show a parish map here to locate listed streets and perhaps census transcriptions at some point in the future. The 1911 census would provide a better tool for finding families and underatanding how badly families and the parish were affected by deaths.

Inside the cover is written:

To Rev Wm. A. Doherty B.A.
Greyfriars Church

From Ernest Rivers
19th May 1918

On the opposite page is the index for part 1.

“Greyfriars Church” Reading. Prayer Roll: On Behalf of Our Soldiers + Sailors

Contents: Page
Part I

List of Names “Military”  New List Pages 1 to 6: I.
List of Names “Naval”  New List Pages 7 to 8: VII
List of Names on Record roll Including New & Old Lists Pages 9 to 11. IX
contents of Part I on Page 13. XIII

Contents: Page
Part II
List of Names Military Original : Pages 1 to 5 I
List of Names Naval Original : Page 6 VII
Vision of Britain has some graphs which show how the population in Berkshire was affected by the war. In 1911 the male and female population of Berkshire aged 15-19 was 12971 and 11989 but by 1920 the same group (now aged 25-29) numbered 9454 and 11860. Given similar death rates in normal times, the male population should ahve been around 12831. That is a loss of about 26% of the male population in that age group. The effects can already be seen by 1921 where the population under 5, and so the birth rate, is much lower than ten years before.

  18 Nov 2007