The war was all consuming, and even small villages like Barns Green were being subsumed by the ever growing controls and requirements brought about by the need to sustain the war effort. The residents of Itchingfield parish continued with a multitude of fundraising efforts, which were utterly unrelenting in their call on the purses, efforts and time of the population. Even children were involved and some, like the Pilbeam brothers, gave their own possessions, sending their mouth organs to the Navy. When they received a letter of thanks from the Ship that had received their gifts, their kindness was reported in the Itchingfield Parish MagazineWe print the following two letters. Perhaps other children could do something in the same way to show that we do not forget our sailors who are guarding our shores.Toat Hill, Slinfold, July 16th 1916Dear Admiral Jellicoe - My little brother Cecil, aged 7, and myself, aged 8 ½ , are sending you two mouth organs for the sailors to help to cheer them ; they are not quite new, but our mother thought the sailors would like to have them as we have two cousins in the Navy, but we do not know which ships they are on. Please will you let us know if you get them safe? With love to you and all the dear sailors. We are your loving little friends. Arthur Henry and Cecil Ernest Pilbeam.(Now living at Barns Green)H.M.S. Iron Duke, 20th July 1916I am directed by the Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, Commander-in-Chief, Grand Fleet, to acknowledge the receipt of and to thank you for your kind gifts of mouth organs which is greatly appreciated, and has been distributed amongst the men of H.M.S. Iron Duke, who are most grateful for your kind thought. Sydney Searle, Fleet Distribution Officer.