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In his newsletter published 21 January 1916, Rev Whincup reflects on two deaths close to home Here I am back again amidst my work with the boys at the front. I am sorry that I was unable to be amongst you much during my short “leave” but my time was so very much occupied that I found practically no opportunities for any parochial visitations; and I should not have liked to visit various people and leave out others. It was so very kind of you to give me such an affectionate welcome and I much appreciated the presence of so many of you at the “At Homes.” You sent me back to my work out here very much encouraged and helped by your great kindness and your generous expressions of appreciation of my efforts on behalf of our dear boys at the front. I can only wish that I was more worthy of such appreciation. As soon as I got back here I received the bad news of the death
of Pte Cameron Margetts, the only son of the Rev W J Margetts, the late vicar of Baildon. Pte Margetts’ death was quite a shock to me because he was one who took a deep interest in the religious work of the battalion and he was very frequently with me. Mortally wounded Pte Margetts was wounded whilst doing a most heroic act. Several men of another battalion were badly wounded, a cry went up for stretcher-bearers and though there was no order for Pte Margetts to go to assist, yet he rushed in the midst of the bombardment to the help of the wounded. He was mortally wounded and died in about an hour. His life and death have left a deep impression upon his comrades. Pte Margetts will be remembered by some of our congregation at Windhill Church, because at one time he regularly assisted at the early morning Communion Service. During the last few days we have
seen much more of the real horrors of war and the awful cruelty which generally accompanies it. The enemy has been much more active around here, gas has been used in great abundance and big efforts have been made in order to obtain an advantage over our troops but so far all efforts in that direction have failed miserably owing to the bravery and resolute tenacity of our troops. Sir John French (pictured), in his final words of farewell to the British troops in the field, assures us of his confidence in the ultimate victory of our armies. The same confident spirit very largely prevails amongst the British on this important Western Front; and judging by recent events in this neighbourhood, there is much justification for such a spirit,
although it looks as if it will need all the men possible in order to bring about that complete victory in other fields of operations which is so necessary for the maintaining of our national prestige and the complete vindication of those principles of righteousness and international honour. I was very sorry to hear of the death of the Rev Charles Strong, my predecessor in the living at Windhill. Many of you will have already heard the message which I asked the Rev H A Moreton to read in Church on the Sunday after Mr Strong’s death and probably it is scarcely necessary for me to add to that expression of sympathetic regard towards the late vicar of Windhill. My personal relationships with the late Mr Strong were always most pleasant and it was with very sincere regret that I heard of the fatal termination of his illness.
Returned to hear of the death of a friend